An NHMC-commissioned national poll showed that non-Latinos primarily learn about Latinos from what they see in news and entertainment media, particularly television and film. To increase and improve media portrayals of Latinos, NHMC’s programs increase Latino inclusion in front and back of camera to achieve balanced and accurate portrayals of Latinos in the U.S.
The NHMC Television Writers Program was created in 2003 and is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. Modeled after the previously successful Hispanic Film Project, the program is a direct response to the lack of diverse writers in primetime network TV. The NHMC Writers Program was created in accordance with NHMC’s mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV. NHMC’s Latino Scene Showcase features scenes written by NHMC TV Writers Program alumni and are performed by Latino actors for a select group of network and industry executives.
The NHMC has assembled some of the brightest and most experienced policy experts from around the country to increase diversity of viewpoints, information and news that reaches the American public.
We’ve visited the top twelve television markets, and identified Latino experts in each target area that focus on education, health, immigration, public safety, the economy/business, civil rights and the media. The markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Francisco-Oakland-San José, Boston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C, Detroit and Phoenix.
Each semester NHMC selects at least one student to participate in its Policy Fellowship Program. Fellows are guided through legal and policy research, analysis, writing and public speaking. They build skills while enhancing NHMC’s advocacy before the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies. Past fellows hail from distinguished schools such as UCLA, Berkeley, Georgetown, American and UNC. NHMC staff is dedicated to connecting them with future employers. Former NHMC fellows have gone on to judicial clerkships, the FCC, non-profit organizations, and law firms large and small.
To apply for the NHMC Summer 2015 Google Policy Fellowship Program, click here. Application deadline is March 12, 2015.