April – May 2012

In this issue:

  • March Madness Victories for the Take John and Ken Off the Air Campaign
  • Calling all aspiring television writers!
  • Tell Shareholders To Vote For Wireless Net Neutrality
  • NHMC 2012 Latino MediaCon & Expo
  • Bienvenidos! Welcome!

Call to Action: Call KTLA to Drop John and Ken

The Take John and Ken Off the Air campaign is celebrating a long list of victories for the month of March. On March 12, NHMC released a press releasecommending KTLA management for dropping “The John and Ken Show” from their daily news segment, “Driving it Home With John and Ken.” Thanks to the pressure placed on KTLA by campaign supporters the airwaves are slowly clearing from John and Ken’s hate. On March 21, the campaign celebrated its second victory after the passage of a Los Angeles City Council resolution condemning hate speech and calling for diversity in the radio and television workforce. The resolution singles out KFI AM programming, including “The John and Ken Show” and “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” and denounces their recent attacks on the community. The resolution passed by a majority, 13-2. Organizations representing different sectors of the community came together to testify as to the harm and effects hate speech has on our communities. There to testify were NHMC, the Black Media Alliance, All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, the Korean American Bar Association, and the Los Angeles Urban League. Please stay tuned on twitter @NHMC as we educate advertisers that continue to support John and Ken. Or you may e-mail Brenda Montes with any questions regarding the campaign, or text “drophate” to 877877 to receive campaign action alerts. www.nhmc.org/johnandken

Calling all aspiring television writers!

NHMC is now accepting applications for the 2012 NLMC/NHMC Television Writers Program. Ten writers will be accepted into the 5 week intensive program that takes place in Burbank, CA where they will be mentored by former NBC VP of Script Development, Geoff Harris. By the end of the 5 week period writers will have finished at least one half hour comedy spec or one hour drama spec. Writers will not only hone their writing skills but learn how to work with everyone at the writing table. Please note, this program is not for beginners. Apply now to join the group of successful writers that have graduated from this program, 10 of which were hired by networks last year for the 2011-2012 television season! Go to http://nhmc.org/writersprogram to download the application.

Tell Shareholders To Vote For Wireless Net Neutrality

For years, NHMC has stressed the importance of keeping the Internet open, so that consumers are able to access what they want, when they want it without interference from service providers. The FCC has rules in place to keep the Internet open over wired connections, but those rules don’t apply to our wireless Internet connections. For the first time, investors at various wireless companies will introduce open Internet proposals at the annual shareholder meetings of a number of top wireless companies – to attempt to secure change from the inside. At their upcoming annual meetings in April and May, investors in these companies will finally have an opportunity to vote and call on the companies to uphold net neutrality policies on their wireless networks. Today, the telecom providers are free to speed up connections to websites and apps that pay for faster wireless service – undermining our free market on the internet and influencing how we use our smartphones and tablets. This is the first time the Securities and Exchange Commission has recognized that shareholders deserve to have a stake in net neutrality issues, and a unique opportunity for consumers to voice their concerns directly to business leaders. Help make a mark on shareholders before they vote, and protect the future of an open Internet, by signing a petition on change.org.

NHMC 2012 Latino MediaCon & Expo

In case you haven’t heard already, NHMC will be hosting a one of a kind inaugural event July 20-21 called the 2012 Latino MediaCon and Expo. This event is the first to offer corporate partners and media properties direct access to both industry experts as well as the Latino entertainment consumer. The conference will be kicked off on Friday with an opening plenary titled: By the Numbers, The Power of American Latinos, where expert demographers will discuss the most recent stats and buying power of Latinos; and will be followed by many more interesting and engaging panel discussions. Saturday is the consumer expo where thousands of Latino entertainment consumers will converge to experience their favorite brands, shows, music and other media entities in a once in a lifetime opportunity. Event Sponsors: Please visit our website at www.latinomediacon.com for sponsorship and registration information. Don’t miss out!

Expand Community Radio

The FCC recently cleared the airwaves for community radio, allowing for the largest expansion of community radio in US history. Join the Prometheus Radio Project for an update on the national campaign to expand community radio, learn about new resources, and how you can engage. A window to apply for licenses is coming in the next year, but groups need to start preparing now to apply. (Visit prometheusradio.org for support and resources) Sign up for this webinar taking place on Monday, April 9 to get up to speed on the campaign plan, learn about new resources, & plug in.

Bienvenidos! Welcome!

During the month of March the NHMC Board of Directors celebrated the addition of three new extraordinary members: The Honorable Gloria Tristani, an attorney and former FCC Commissioner (MD);         Henry Fernandez, CEO of Fernandez Advisors and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CT);         Beth McConnell,Executive Director of the Media and Democracy Coalition (PA).         These three join an outstanding national board comprised of: Fern Espino (chair, MI); Marta Garcia (NY); Jeff Penichet (CA); Pete Gomez (CA); Angelo Falcón (NY); and Francisco Gutierrez (AZ). NHMC is honored to have these three excellent individuals on the board and looks forward to their counsel. Bienvenidos and welcome to NHMC!

Feature Documentary

Precious Knowledge Documentary Premiers May 17 on PBS In 2010 Arizona’s controversial law, HB 2281, banned Ethnic Studies courses, eliminating Mexican American Studies in the state of Arizona. The film “Precious Knowledge” documents what is being called the most contentious battle in public education in recent history and follows the stories of several students enrolled in the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson High School. Through interviews with students, teachers, and school officials wishing to outlaw the program, this powerful documentary weaves the intricate story of how a program that boasted a 93% graduation rate for its students was effectively eliminated and banned by Arizona lawmakers. To watch the trailer go to: http://vimeo.com/15062646

NALIP 2012: Diverse Voices, Universal Content

The thirteenth annual NALIP conference is coming to the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA, April 13 – 15. The conference will open with Director Robert Rodriguez as Friday’s keynote, and members will hear Universal Studios President and COO Ron Meyer as Saturday’s keynote, as well as many other top-level speakers analyzing the entertainment, documentary and new media industries and projecting future trends. Featuring intimate conversations with leading Latino media creatives and executives; workshops, pitching, and screening opportunities for emerging and mid-career filmmakers; access to movers and shakers in the Hollywood, network, cable, public and new media industry; and lunches, cocktails and networking events, NALIP 2012 is a can’t miss media gathering. Click here for more information.

About NHMC

The National Hispanic Media Coalition is a non-partisan, non-profit, media advocacy and civil rights organization established in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Its mission is to educate and influence media corporations on the importance of including U.S. Latinos at all levels of employment; challenge media that carelessly exploit negative Latino stereotypes; and scrutinize and opine on media and telecommunications policy issues before the Federal Communications Commission and in Congress. Learn more at http://www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on twitter @NHMC.]]>