Latinitas launches Media Chicas program
Soledad O’Brien. Elizabeth Vargas. Jackie Guerrido.
These are just a few of the names that come to mind as we turn our focus to Latinas who lead the pack in the journalism industry. Now, our very own Latinitas members will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of these media trailblazers as they take part in a pilot program aimed at girls interested in developing skills in news media.
Latinitas’ newest two-day bootcamp Media Chicas Certification Program for all teen girls is the answer to the question: How do we cultivate female representation in media? Teen girls in grades 8 to 12, who want to get their voices heard and published in Latinitas’ online magazine, work with digital components of news reporting, work with mentors and be inspired to create stories that speak of issues important to them, are invited to take part in the program.
Media Chicas is Latinitas’ attempt to address a gap in the American news cycle where there are many important, crucial voices missing from stories every day. Pew Research Center reports newsroom employees are more likely to be white and male than U.S. workers overall. We want to ensure more women are getting seats at the decision-making tables or creating spaces of their own to have their voices heard.
When you look at Latina, Black and Asian females, the American Society of Newspaper Editors reports women of color make up less than 3 percent of American newsrooms. Even more disconcerting is the fact that less than 1 percent of leadership positions are held by women of color.
All teen girls interested in being published, who want to work alongside like-minded individuals and create change through media, can register at http://bit.ly/MediaChicas, call Latinitas’ Office at (512) 900-0304or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org