Location: Miami, Fla.
About the News Organization: El Nuevo Herald is the second largest Spanish-language news outlet in the United States, covering local, national and international news for more than three decades, striving to be the most credible and dynamic source of news and information by producing journalism that makes a difference. El Nuevo Herald publishes in Spanish but also is routinely published in English in the Miami Herald. El Nuevo Herald shares a newsroom with the Miami Herald and they collaborate on a daily basis. Occasionally, the newspaper also collaborates with WLRN, an NPR affiliate that operates out of our newsroom. The newspaper’s coverage area extends well beyond the local community, reaching an audience of more than 357,000 in print and 3.9 million online. El Nuevo Herald’s digital readers stretch across South Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America.
As the gateway to the Americas—and with the uncertainty surrounding undocumented immigrants, TPS holders and Dreamers—the region is in constant flux. The pace of the growth, coupled with our limited staff size, makes it difficult to cover the various Spanish-speaking communities with real depth. Miami-Dade has one of largest foreign-born populations in the nation. The majority of residents, nearly 68 percent, are Hispanic, and therefore the most common foreign language is Spanish. While the immigrant population has historically been comprised primarily of Cubans, the last decade has seen a tremendous increase in the number of ethnic groups living here, including Nicaraguan, Mexican, Honduran, Dominican, Colombian and Venezuelan. Many of their experiences, needs, issues, societal contributions, etc. tend to fall under the radar in terms of coverage.
About this Position: This Report for America corps member boosts El Nuevo Herald’s immigration coverage by focusing on daily-life issues within the area’s Spanish-speaking communities. What are some of the struggles or successes within the Nicaraguan community in the area of Sweetwater or that of the Dominican community in the Allapattah neighborhood? How are Venezuelans in Doral coping with their limbo status as their hopes of returning home appears more of a dream than reality with the ongoing crisis in their homeland? What are the cultural contributions of the Colombian community to the South Florida tapestry? Who is planting and harvesting nearby agricultural crops and what is their life like? What does the process of assimilation consist of for the children of immigrants? This reporter is supervised by the Beats Editor and also works closely with the immigration reporter and with the English-side of the newsroom so that stories are published in both languages. The reporter produces a few pieces a week plus in-depth stories — all of which include visual elements in the form of video and photos.
Requirements: Fluency in Spanish (written / spoken) and multimedia skills