November 2011

In this issue:

  • Hate Radio
  • John and Ken Must Go
  • Save the Date
  • Writers Accomplishments
  • No Human Being Is “Illegal”
  • Latino Finest
  • Combating the Proposed AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile
  • CBS Diversity

Hate Radio

The National Hispanic Media Coalition Commissioned the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center to investigate patterns of hate speech on the radio. After three years in the making, the study titled ‘Quantifying Hate Speech on Commercial Talk Radio’ has been released. This pilot study aims to develop a sound, replicable methodology for qualitative content analysis that can be used to examine hate speech in commercial broadcasting that targets vulnerable groups-ethnic, racial, religious, and the LGBT community. Segments between thirty to forty minutes were selected from each of three programs: ‘The Lou Dobbs Show: Mr. Independent’ (syndicated by the United Stations Radio Networks), broadcast on July 31, 2008; ‘The Savage Nation’ (produced at KFMB 760 AM and syndicated by Talk Radio Network), broadcast on July 24, 2008; and ‘The John & Ken Show’ (KFI AM 640, Los Angeles), broadcast on July 30, 2008. The qualitative content analysis reveals a significant incidence of speech that incorporates targeted statements against Latinos, unsubstantiated claims, and divisive language. Read the study

John and Ken Must GO

NHMC Demonstration at KFIThanks to our campaign 16 advertisers have ceased sponsorship of KFI AM 640 ‘The John and Ken Show.’ We have also been successful in catching the attention of major media news outlets, here are a few of those stories: SCPR: When Does Talk Radio Go Too Far? LA Weekly: John & Ken Radio Show Plagued by Anti-Latino Hate Speech FOX Latino: Study Finds Hate Speech on Talk Radio EFE: Latinos Push Advertisers to Boycott Anti-Migrant Radio Show NHMC and its allies are working hard to get Clear Channel shock jocks off the air. Stay in the loop on the latest developments by checking back at the campaign webpage

Save the Date

Join us to celebrate Latinos in the media. NHMC’s 15th Annual Impact Awards Gala will be held February 24, 2012, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. NHMC has a history of awarding Latino talent in the media and some of our past awaredees include: Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria, and Robert Rodriguez amongst many others. Come out and see who will be awarded this coming February. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Writers Accomplishments

Shelley Acosta Smith"I’m so grateful to have been (and still be) a part of the wonderful NHMC Writers Program!" – Shelley Acosta Smith NHMC is celebrating the huge success of its Writers Program. This season alone, eight of our writers were staffed on television series, to include ‘Grimm,’ ‘Happy Endings’ and ‘NCIS’ among others. In addition, Writer Shelley Acosta Smith won 1st place in the well-regarded Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition in the one hour category!  Shelley won with the same script she wrote in the NHMC Writer’s Program, a spec for ‘The Mentalist’ called ‘Orange, Black and Ruby.’ We are very proud of all our writers. ¡Magnífico!

No Human Being Is "Illegal"

No Human Being Is IllegalThe Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ, approved a Resolution Action urging journalists and style guide editors to stop the use of ‘illegal alien’ and encouraging continuous discussion and re-evaluation of the use of illegal immigrant in news stories. You can do your part too! Please sign the pledge Drop the I-Word is a public education campaign powered by immigrants and diverse communities across the country that value human dignity and are working to eradicate the dehumanizing term "illegals" from everyday use and public discourse.

Latino Finest

Freedom Riders Join a panel discussion with Freedom Riders from 1961 and current DREAM Activists to hear how the struggles compare and what can be learned from a 50 year old student led strategy. Panel Discussion: December 1, 6:00 p.m. Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240 3550 Trousdale Parkway USC, University Park Campus, Los Angeles, CA ‘Rebel’ Writer and Director Maria Agui Carter’s film "Rebel" will be aired on PBS in 2012. The film uncovers one of the most dramatic untold stories of Latino American contributions to a pivotal event of American history – the American Civil War. Learn more ‘Grimm’ Noberto Barba’s new NBC hour-long series ‘Grimm’ got a "back nine" episode order this fall. If you like fantasy, mystery, crime, and drama tune in Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. Country with a Latino Accent Latino performers will shine in the upcoming Country Music Awards. Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and Christina Aguilera form the greatest number of Latino stars ever to perform during the same show.

Combating the Proposed AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

AT&T and T-Mobile recently announced in a joint statement their withdrawal of the Federal Communications Commission application that would allow the $39 billion AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile. The news came shortly after the FCC designated the application for an evidentiary hearing on AT&T’s bid to purchase T-Mobile, dealing yet another blow to the takeover, which had already been challenged in court by the Department of Justice in August. "The takeover would have concentrated 80% of the wireless phone service market into the hands of only two providers, raising grave concerns about competition, prices, quality of service, and job losses," comments Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

CBS Diversity

Procurement Success Story The CBS Corporation has consistently increased minority contracting in the last three years, while saving over 8% in expenditure since adopting a supplier diversity initiative last year. The foundation of CBS’ procurement success story is investments in supplier spend visibility tools that provide reporting on spending and additional metrics for minority owned businesses across its entire enterprise. This data has enabled CBS to create and execute business strategies that result in increased spend with minority and woman-owned businesses. "The CBS Corporation’s effort in their Supplier Diversity Program is a success story that should be replicated by other corporations. It has been proven to help minority-owned business while increasing profit," comments, Raul Medrano, member of NHMC’s Business Advisory Board.]]>

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