March 2016

In this Edition of NHMC at Work

  • NHMC TV Writers Program: Submission Period Opens April 4th
  • HOPE Leadership Institute
  • D.C. Policy Shop Update
  • Welcome Our New Executive Assistant
  • NHMC is Hiring!
  • 2016 Google Policy Fellowship Program


NHMC TV Writers Program: Submission Period Opens April 4th

NHMC Writers Program Did you know that Latinos make up only 2.8% of writers staffed on television shows? Are you an aspiring television writer that wants to bring your authentic voice and stories to television? The NHMC Television Writers Program is a direct response to the lack of diverse writers in television and is inviting all Latino television writers looking to hone their skills to apply for the paid, five week workshop that focuses on the writing of an original TV pilot conducted in an environment that simulates a TV Writers Room. Submission Period: April 4 – August 7 Program Dates: October 3 – November 4 For more information and to apply please visit:

HOPE Leadership Institute unnamed (8)

NHMC’s President and CEO, Alex Nogales, was invited by the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) to media train a group of talented Latinas as part of its HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI). The HLI is the first and only statewide leadership program specifically designed for professional Latinas in California. The goal of the Institute is to train Latinas in vital leadership and advocacy skills, enabling them to create fundamental change within their local neighborhoods and across California. To learn more about HOPE, visit their website at
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NHMC has a long history of media training Latina and Latino experts across various fields. In June 2014, NHMC launched the Latino Experts Program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to increase the visibility of Latino experts in local news coverage. Over a two-year span, NHMC trained more than 100 Latino leaders, representing various fields of expertise and based in 12 television markets, to speak on television. “Latinos are an integral part of the American social fabric, but you wouldn’t know that from watching the news,” said Alex Nogales, a multiple Emmy Award-winning producer who led the trainings. “It’s time for the media to reflect reality. There are thousands upon thousands of Latino experts in their field, working to make this country better for all Americans. Latino views and faces are essential for balanced and responsible coverage, and yet they are still largely excluded. We now have the opportunity to transform this by elevating Latino perspectives on the issues shaping our country.” To learn more about NHMC’s Latino Experts Program, visit our website at

D.C. Policy Shop Update

NHMC in D.C. – Pushing for Policies to Bring More Latinos Online unnamed (9)The FCC voted on March 31 to approve modernization of the Lifeline program. Lifeline currently offers a modest discount to low-income families struggling to afford basic landline or wireless phone service and will now expand to include broadband. Latinos face many barriers to getting online. A recent study showed only 50 percent of Latinos have access to home broadband, compared to 72 percent for their white counterparts. Latinos most frequently cite high cost as the primary reason for non-adoption. The number of Americans who subscribe to home broadband has declined significantly in recent years, lagging most among communities of color, the poor, seniors, people with disabilities and those with less formal education.
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“Poor people are precisely the ones who need Internet service the most, for learning opportunities, job applications, health care needs, civic engagement and staying in touch, but are often the least connectedbecause they cannot afford the cost of getting and staying online,” said Jessica Gonzalez, NHMC Executive Vice President and General Counsel. “The FCC’s decision to modernize the Lifeline program will reduce the inequality that keeps communities of color from taking advantage of the the vital opportunities that the Internet brings. What’s more, with proper Internet access, the next generation of Latino storytellers can prepare to tell our stories to the world in an increasingly digital media market.” An ardent supporter of Lifeline for nearly a decade, the National Hispanic Media Coalition has been very active in the FCC’s ongoing modernization process over the past year, filing comments and reply comments. The vote comes at the heels of President Obama’s March 9 announcement, launching ConnectALL-an initiative that aims to connect 20 million more Americans to broadband by 2020. Along with the announcement, the Administration submitted comments to the FCC supporting proposed Lifeline modernization and released a study detailing the state of broadband adoption. NHMC recommended that the Administration support Lifeline modernization in its comments to the Broadband Opportunity Council last year and lauds the Administration for taking steps to help bridge the Digital Divide.

Welcome Our New Executive Assistant

unnamed (10)A San Diego native, Lia Duarte joined the NHMC family as its new Executive Assistant. Lia graduated from University of California, San Diego where she earned her BA in Communication and minored in Psychology. Prior to establishing a career with Hyatt hotels and becoming a hospitality professional, Lia’s experience included working in Sales and Customer Service, volunteering with human rights organizations like NCCJ and interning with MTV Tr3s where she assisted with coordinating events within the Latino community that focused on inclusion and diversity.

NHMC is Hiring!

unnamed (11)Communications Assistant NHMC is looking for a full-time Communications Assistant who is eager to learn about press/marketing/PR/social media, and has previous communications experience. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to: uploading press related materials to NHMC website, compiling media lists, and other duties as assigned or requested. Candidate should be self-starting and able to initiate and follow through on projects. Candidates should also have top-notch written and oral communication skills and be social media savvy. For additional information, click here.

NHMC Policy Fellowship Program

Are you a current law student who is looking for an internship this summer or fall? NHMC is looking to hire fellows for its Policy Fellowship Program. Chance to visit and network with executives at Facebook, Google, and Univision/Televisa. Email your resume, email your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Summer 2016 Consideration Deadline: April 15 Fall 2016 Consideration Deadline: July 31 Include “Summer/Fall 2016 Policy Fellowship” in the email subject line. For additional information, click here.

2016 Google Policy Fellowship Program

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NHMC is proud to announce its participation in the 2016 Google Policy Fellowship Program. Through this program, NHMC will be hiring a law student intern to join its team in the summer of 2016. Application deadline was March 25th. Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 for 10 weeks during the summer of 2016 (June-August). The Policy Fellow will work closely with NHMC’s policy team to advance NHMC’s agenda. They will work on complex legal and policy issues, and may be called upon to draft FCC pleadings, internal memoranda, press releases, blog posts, editorials and other documents as needed. They will also build skills while enhancing NHMC’s advocacy before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other agencies. Past fellows hail from distinguished schools such as Harvard, 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.]]>

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