December 2013 & January 2014

In this edition of NHMC Updates:

  • Diego Luna, Demián Bichir, Emily Rios, and George Parra to Be Honored at NHMC Impact Awards Gala Honorees 
  • NHMC to be Recognized by USC Latino Alumni Association
  • NHMC Weighs In on the First Latino ‘Bachelor’
  • Fighting Hate Speech in the Media
  • Educating and Mobilizing Latinos to Restore the Open Internet
  • Giving Voice to Latinos at Community Town Hall with the FCC
  • NHMC Media/Telecom Policy Shop Update
  • NHMC Releases 2013 Accomplishments
  • The Latest in Latino Hollywood
  • Sponsor Highlights

17th Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala Honorees Announced

NHMC announced last week that it will honor Diego LunaDemián Bichir,Emily RiosGeorge Parra, and Comcast Corporation at the 17th Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala on Friday, February 28, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. The NHMC Impact Awards Gala recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media, and is one of the premiere Latino entertainment events in the country, hosting Hollywood’s most influential figures. Past honorees include Robert Rodriguez, Michelle Rodriguez, America Ferrera, James Cameron, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Rosario Dawson, and the late Lupe Ontiveros, among others. Save your seat now and purchase a discounted early bird ticket before February 12.  For more information about the Impact Awards Gala, visit  For sponsorship and gala program book ad placement, please contact Brenda Rivas at or call the NHMC office at (626)792-6462.

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2014 Gala Sponsors
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Advocating for Latinos in Media/Telecom

NHMC Weighs In on the First Latino ‘Bachelor’ After ABC reality show “The Bachelor” premiered in January with its first Latino lead,  NHMC President & CEO Alex Nogales was interviewed on outlets like NPR and, calling it ” a step in the right direction,” but adding that he “would love to see more Latinos on screen that are mestizos.”  openinternetEducating and Mobilizing Latinos to Restore the Open Internet 
Following a court decision striking down network neutrality rules, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can nowblock or slow down websites, and give larger corporations an unfair advantage – making it much harder for small business-owners, bloggers, and filmmakers to have their voice and make a living. NHMC issued a statement expressing disappointment and began collaborating with its partners in the Voices for Internet Freedom coalition (including, Free Press, and Color of Change), as well as NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) and NAHJ (National Association of Hispanic Journalists) to educate and mobilize the Latino community to restore the open internet. For a simple explanation on net neutrality and the open internet, check out NHMC Executive Vice President Jessica González’s
blog post. To take action to restore the open internet, sign’s petition at  NHMC was interviewed or quoted on this topic in several outlets, including Colorlines, Communications Daily, The Real News Network, and Latin Post.
Fighting Hate Speech in the Media:
In addition to its campaigns targeting media outlets and personalities for hate speech, NHMC’s work on fighting hate speech also includes advocating for changes and actions from a federal policy level — and we recently celebrated a promising sign of progress on this front.  Following years of NHMC advocacy, we might finally see an update to 1993 report “The Role of Telecommunications in Hate Crimes,” as Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and numerous co-sponsors introduced legislation to direct the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to do just that. In general, in order to make changes in media and telecommunications policy, federal government agencies first need to collect important data. NHMC looks forward to working with Congressman Jeffries on making sure that this legislation is embraced and ultimately passed. For reports on the impact of hate speech in the media, visit: Giving Voice to Latinos at Community Town Hall with the FCC In January, NHMC and its partners in the Voices for Internet Freedom coalition (including Center for Media Justice, Free Press, and ColorOfChange) hosted a community town hall event in Oakland, Calif. offering community members a unique opportunity to speak with recently-appointed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler to help shape the direction of the country’s media and telecommunications policies. NHMC Executive Vice President & General Counsel Jessica González spoke at the event.  Prior to the event, NHMC also released a fact sheetabout Latinos and the digital divide. NHMC was featured in several outlets, including News TacoTech Wire, and Radio Bilingüe. For more information and event photos, click here.


NHMC Media/Telecommunications Policy Shop Update  

In January, NHMC took on two of its top agenda items – having the federal government examine hate speech in the media and preserving an open internet. The year has certainly started with a bang!
First, the good news. On January 15, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, with the support of more than a dozen co-sponsors and over 40 public interest and civil rights organizations, introduced the Hate Crimes Reporting Act of 2014. The Hate Crimes Reporting Act directs the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to prepare a report on the role of telecommunications in hate crimes. The last time the NTIA prepared such a report was in 1993, when the ways that we communicated with each other were vastly different than they are today. Among other things, a present-day update to this report would explore the proliferation of the internet and its role in spreading hate – something that the 1993 report could not contemplate. NHMC has been advocating for an update to this report as one of its top policy priorities for a number of years and thanks Congressman Jeffries and his co-sponsors for taking on this issue.
Next, the not-so-good news. After a lengthy court case, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals struck down important provisions of the Federal Communications Commission’s open internet rules. The rules struck down, which were adopted by the Commission in 2010, prevented wired and wireless Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking access to any lawful website or application and prevented wired providers from speeding up or slowing down certain content or services. The good news is that that court laid out a clear path for the FCC to reassert its authority over the internet and protect consumers from unfair business practices. The FCC must reclassify internet access service as a “common carrier” and keep it open to all to create and distribute content, access information, and make a living. And, NHMC is not alone in this fight – on January 30 it joined with some of its closest allies to deliver over a million signatures from petitions urging the FCC to take this step and keep the internet open. For more information, take a look at NHMC Executive Vice President & General Counsel Jessica Gonzalez’s excellent blog post. For more information on NHMC’s advocacy for an open internet,
2014 is sure to be a busy year for NHMC – on these issues and many, many more. We’ll be sure to keep you posted every step of the way.

NHMC to Receive Honor for Advocacy on Behalf of Latinos in Media

On Tuesday, February 11, the USC Latino Alumni Association will honor NHMC with a Special Recognition at its upcoming Alumni Spotlight. The event will also recognize the outstanding achievements of USC Latino alumni: Alma Martinez, Actor, Scholar and Activist, Santiago Pozo, CEO of Arenas Group, and Raul Rodriguez, Vice President and General Manager for Univision San Francisco Bay Area.  For more information, click here.

Sponsor Highlights


The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is the premier advocacy association for America’s local radio and television stations, advancing the interests of our members in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy work, educational efforts and technological innovation, NAB improves the quality of broadcasting and the service local TV and radio stations provide for their communities.

The NAB Educational Foundation offers professional development programs to advance the future of broadcasting through a commitment to education, diversity and community service. Among the foundation’s programs is the Broadcast Leadership Training Program, which is designed to help senior-level broadcast executives who aspire to group executive positions or station ownership – particularly women and people of color – understand the fundamentals of purchasing, owning, and the successful operation of radio and television stations.

NAB also hosts several industry conventions and gatherings every year, including NAB Show in Las Vegas, the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. Last year, more than 93,000 attendees from 156 countries and over 1,550 exhibitors attended NAB Show, making it the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment.


According to a report issued last year by the Pew Internet Project, the digital divide is narrowing for people of color mainly due to the rise of mobile computing. Today, both African Americans and Latinos are more likely than whites to own a mobile phone, which translates into improved access to life’s necessities, including education, jobs, and healthcare.

Almost half of T-Mobile‘s customer base are people of color and we continue to pioneer new plans aimed at making wireless more innovative and affordable than ever before. In the past year, we eliminated restrictive annual contracts, shortened the phone upgrade waiting period, and started a program that allows families to get up to four talk, text and Web lines without a credit check or contract.

We also are the only wireless company to embrace the needs of consumers from immigrant communities to stay connected to friends and family at home – by eliminating exorbitant data roaming fees for our customers traveling to more than 100 countries, and substantially reducing the price of calling and texting from the U.S. to those same countries.

In the coming year, T-Mobile will continue to join NHMC’s efforts to enhance broadband access and economic opportunity for all Americans.


Sprint‘s corporate responsibility program, Sprint Good WorksSM, is guided by the principle that doing the right thing is good business.  That’s why we are committed to pursuing diversity in all its forms, including: ethnicity, gender, generational, geographical, ability and thought.  We take a comprehensive approach, enabling us to attract the best and brightest employees who are able to provide our diverse customers with the best customer service and products available.  By developing and fostering a diverse, ethical and innovative workplace environment, Sprint demonstrates how good corporate citizenship works to bring people and resources together for a better world.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity begins at the top.  Sprint’s Diversity Council meets regularly and is comprised of senior leaders throughout the organization.  The Diversity Council oversees our inclusion and diversity strategies and ensures that these initiatives are a priority.  Sprint’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity works to maximize our strength as an inclusive company by focusing our efforts on our employees, customers and the communities in which we live and serve.

Sprint’s inclusion and diversity initiatives continue to be widely recognized. Sprint was named a Top 50 Best Companies for Diversity Practices by Hispanic Business Magazine.  Hispanic Network Magazine named Sprint as a “Best of the Best” company and also received an Honorable Mention award from LATINA Style 50.  To learn more, please visit

Keep Up With Latino Hollywood

For the latest news on Latino Hollywood, check out Latin Heat Magazine’s winter digital issue. Latin Heat provides business news coverage, latest breaking industry news, talent profiles, TV & films news, spotlight on talent in front and behind the camera, and inside research not found anywhere else on Latinos in Hollywood.


NHMC Releases 2013 Annual Report

The 2013 annual report highlights NHMC’s accomplishments advocating for responsible and inclusive media, Latino inclusion, and affordable communications for all. Click here to read the report.

#JOB Resources

The NHMC Jobs, Internships, and Programsonline posting service is a great success and is among the most visited pages on NHMC’s website. NHMC is now receiving a record number of job postings. Thanks to NHMC interns, this page is kept current.
We ask recruiting employers to support these efforts by sending a donation to NHMC so that NHMC volunteers can receive stipends for their efforts. Your contribution furthers NHMC’s mission to increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry. NHMC is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. Contributions are tax deductible. Email job listings

Benefits of donating include:

  • Job listing(s) received will be added to the NHMC website within the same business day it is received. An email confirmation will be sent with link.
  • Job listing(s) will be shared via NHMC’s Facebook page and Twitter.
  • Job listing(s) removal requests: Email confirmation of removal will be sent within one business day.

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