This book examines Latino news making as part of a larger narrative - the cultural productions and conceptions of Latinos. The author traces historical and commercial contexts of Latino orientated news production, beginning with late 19th century and early 20th century US Spanish language newspapers, examines the production of contemporary Latino news, and postulates future developments in the field.

Bilingual and English Language Media

Bilingual and English language media

Bilingual and English language Latino-oriented media, mostly magazines but also electronic media, represent the latest efforts to re-create the Hispanic audience as a viable commercial product. This isn't an entirely new concept. Several of the earliest Latino-oriented newspapers were Spanish-English bilingual, and in at least one case, Spanish-English-French trilingual. These 19th-century newspapers were published by and for merchants in the ports of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea that linked the United States and Latin America. Like today's bilingual and English language Latino news, the journalism produced in these early newspapers targeted a specialized audience, and the newspapers were run as businesses (Wilson & Gutiérrez, 1995, pp. 177–181).

Although sharing these key characteristics, today's bilingual ...

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