August - October 2013

In this Issue:

  • Save the Date for Upcoming NHMC Events
  • NHMC Washington, D.C. Policy Shop Update
  • Updates from NHMC’s TV Writers Program
  • Denouncing Fox News Anti-Latino, Anti-Immigrant Coverage
  • NHMC Celebrates 11th Annual Impact Awards Luncheon
  • Staffing Changes at NHMC
  • NHMC Launches Effort To Fund Its Legal Fellowship Program
  • Organizations: Apply Now to Own a Radio Station!
  • Spotlight On NHMC’s Fall Semester Law Fellow, Pedro Avila
  • Felicitaciones, Sylvia!
  • Attention Filmmakers!

Save the Date for Upcoming NHMC Events

NHMC Washington, D.C. Policy Shop Update

Over the course of the past few months, political gridlock and a government shutdown brought the nation’s capital to a grinding halt – but it couldn’t slow down NHMC’s DC policy office. NHMC has been engaged in a number of important, game-changing issues that will impact the future of communications in this country. Here are a few highlights: Since NHMC’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Jessica Gonzalez, testified beforeCongress and penned an op-ed about the Lifeline program earlier this year, NHMC has continued to stay engaged in defending the program that provides basic communications services to low-income families. NHMC was an active participant inNational Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week. On September 12, NHMC co-hosted and Jessica spoke at two events. The first was an in-person panel at the New America Foundation, where Acting FCC Chairwoman Clyburn also offered remarks (see video for highlights of Jessica’s remarks); and the second was a national grassroots call with Congresswoman Matsui. Additionally, NHMC’s Policy Director, Michael Scurato, traveled to Orlando, Florida to speak on a Lifeline panel at the COMPTEL Plus conference, put on by the industry association that represents competitive communications providers and suppliers. NHMC has also been active in addressing the broadband needs of schools and libraries and has weighed in on the FCC’s plan to modernize the E-Rate program. In late September, NHMC filed a letter with the FCC about proposed changes to the program in which it advocated for a number of outcomes, including cooperation between the FCC and the Department of Education to ensure that all of our teachers are trained to take full advantage of new technology and increased use of school wi-fi hotspots to keep students connected after hours. In addition, on September 20, NHMC’s Michael Scurato spoke on a panel with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to discuss the importance of E-Rate and the need to modernize the program. After the Senate unanimously voted to confirm Tom Wheeler as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), NHMC issued a statement welcoming the new chairman:  “At every step of the way, NHMC urges the Chairman to consider how the Commission’s actions will impact underserved communities – including the Latino community – and strive to create a media and telecommunications ecosystem, and a Commission, that is more inclusive of the diversity of this country”. Down the pike, NHMC will await the DC Circuit’s upcoming decision regarding the FCC’s Open Internet Rules. NHMC DC is looking forward to hosting our annual DC Impact Awards Reception on November 14.

Updates from NHMC’s TV Writers Program

2013 NHMC TV Writers Program Kicks Off!

In October, we kicked off the 11th year of the NHMC TV Writers Program, an intensive scriptwriters workshop that prepares Latinos for writing jobs at the major television networks, and is a direct response to the lack of diverse writers in primetime network TV. In fact, an NHMC-commissioned national poll showed that non-Latinos primarily learn about our community from what they see on television. For this reason, NHMC works to get more Latinos in back of camera to achieve balanced and accurate portrayals of diversity in the U.S.

Writers Program Alumni Work on TV NHMC is happy to announce the following writers who are working on shows during the 2013-2014 television season:

  • Rob Sudduth – The Crazy Ones (CBS)
  • Gina Monreal – NCIS (CBS)
  • Sarah Hernandez –Ravenswood (ABC Family)
  • Sierra Ornelas – Surviving Jack(Fox)
  • Mark Valadez – Gang Related (Fox)
  • Zoila Galeano – The Fosters (ABC Family)
  • Judalina Neira – Hit the Floor (VH1)

Tune in to these shows to support NHMC writers!

Denouncing Fox News Anti-Latino, Anti-Immigrant Coverage

In an open letter addressed to Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, NHMC President & CEO Alex Nogales denounced a September segment that called the children of immigrants “children of the corn,” emphasizing that this is only the latest instance in Fox News’ long history of anti-immigrant and anti-Latino hate speech. The open letter was originally published on The Huffington Post. To read the open letter, click here.

NHMC Celebrates 11th Annual Impact Awards Luncheon

NHMC celebrated its 11th Annual Impact Awards Luncheon in Pasadena, California on September 12. NHMC’s Impact Awards Luncheon honors Southern California media professionals and entities, as well as public servants and community leaders, whose achievements, generosity of spirit, and courage under fire have greatly benefited the region’s Latino community. KTTV Fox 11 news anchor Laura Diaz and KCAL-9 news anchor Rick Garcia hosted the event. Notable guests include former Major League Baseball great, pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, as well as City of Pasadena Mayor, Bill Bogaard. Click here to view a message from NHMC President & CEO Alex Nogales Awardees:
  • Kirk Whisler, President of Western Publication Research, Inc. –
    Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Latino Community
  • Kim Baldonado, NBC4 Southern California Reporter –
    Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
  • Sam Rubin, KTLA Entertainment Reporter –
    Outstanding Integrity in Broadcast Journalism
  • Geoff Harris, NHMC Television Writers Program Mentor –
    Outstanding Service and Commitment to Latino Writers
  •  Jaime Jarrín, Los Angeles Dodgers Spanish-Language Broadcaster –Excellence in Radio Broadcasting
Entravision Communications Corporation was the Reception Sponsor for this year’s Impact Awards Luncheon. NHMC especially thanks Walter Ulloa, Entravision’s President and CEO for his continued support of the organization. To view photographs from the event, click here.

Staffing Changes at NHMC

There have been some exciting changes at NHMC in the last few months. New hire: In August, Brian Pacheco joined NHMC as the new Social Media and Communications Strategist. Pacheco comes to NHMC from GLAAD, a national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, where he worked as the Spanish-Language Media Strategist. Departures and Promotions: In October, after nine years of great service, Executive Vice President Inez Gonzalez left NHMC and began a new opportunity as the Director of the Latino Communications Initiative at California State University, Fullerton. For her last day, she shared some NHMC history in a blog post. Read the piece here. Also in October, NHMC announced the promotions of Jessica J. Gonzalez to Executive Vice President & General Counsel and Michael Scurato to Policy DirectorRead more about Jessica and Michael here.

NHMC Launches Effort To Fund Its Legal Fellowship Program

For several years NHMC has hosted paid legal interns that assist NHMC’s lawyers in advocacy to advance NHMC’s mission. Today, NHMC announces opportunities for individuals and companies to offer tax-deductible donations to support this important program that is building a pipeline for Latino lawyers in the fields of media and telecommunications. For more information about the program, including sponsorship and branding opportunities,click here.    

LPFM Application Deadline Extended

The FCC is now accepting applications from non-profits to operate low power radio stations. Due to the government shutdown, the application deadline has been extended to November 14thAct now to seize the airwaves! To learn more about this opportunity,click here.

Spotlight On NHMC’s Fall Semester Law Fellow, Pedro Avila

Pedro is a second year law student at UC Berkeley’s law school, Boalt Hall. He is the son of Mexican immigrants and is deeply committed to serving the Latino community. To learn more about his journey, please visit NHMC’s blog.

Felicitaciones, Sylvia!

Congratulations to our very own Sylvia Covarrubias who was recently elected as Secretary to the Pasadena Latino Coalition Executive Committee. Established in 2011, the Pasadena Latino Coalition (PLC) seeks social justice and fair representation for the Latino community.  Follow PLC on Twitter @Pasadena_Latino.

Attention Filmmakers!

NUVOtv is accepting film submissions for a brand new showcase, Nu Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmakers. Submit your passion project. If selected, your film has the possibility to be seen by millions of viewers and earn up to $3,000*! Nu Point of View is looking for the next group of emerging Latino filmmakers. Shorts, features, documentaries… submit now! Official submission deadline is November 15th, 2013. There is no submission fee, so send as much material as you like! Go to for more information on eligibility requirements & terms and conditions. (*in licensing fees)


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