Editor’s note: this is the first in a series featuring NHMC Television Writers Program graduates. NHMC launched its writers program in 2003 as another way to increase and improve portrayals of Latinos on television. This year’s application deadline is July 31, 2014. To apply and for more information, visit www.nhmc.org/writersprogram.
Sarah Hernandez (@FancifulSarah) , a 2011 graduate of the NHMC Television Writers Program, is a writers’ assistant on ABC Family teen drama Pretty Little Liars. The show’s 100th episode airs tonight.
Despite being the biggest media consumers, Latinos are woefully underrepresented in television and film; and the few portrayals we see are too often far from fair, accurate or balanced. As our our 2012 studies on media portrayals of Latinos showed, this has consequences on society: the most commonly-held Latino stereotypes run parallel to those reflected in media. This is why NHMC works to ensure fair and inclusive media portrayals.
This week NHMC welcomed Jonathan Diaz, a rising second-year Harvard Law School student, to Washington, DC as its summer 2014 Google Policy Fellow. The Google Policy Fellowship program is a highly-selective summer employment program through which Google provides stipends to students to work on Internet and technology issues at non-profit organizations, like NHMC.
Read more about NHMC’s policy work here.
On March 27, 2014, for the first time in recent memory (if not, ever), ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC’s entertainment heads will be together in one room discussing their diversity and Latino inclusion efforts, as well as the changing climate of broadcast television, during the keynote at the 2014 NHMC MediaCon, our annual event to advance Latinos in media and entertainment.
Exciting news: today, NHMC announced that Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer at Fox Broadcasting,will be joining CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler (who is also the first Latina to head a network), NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke, and ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee in a keynote panel session at the 2014 NHMC MediaCon, our annual event designed to advance the image and careers of Latinos in media, on March 27, 2014.
Eager to kick-start your career in the entertainment industry and not sure where to begin? Whether you’re headed towards a career in journalism, television or film, NHMC MediaCon on Thursday, March 27, 2014 can be a bridge to get there.
As a current student, I understand the pressure to figure out what you want to do after graduating, and how difficult it can be to do what you need to do get there, and how to plan ahead. NHMC MediaCon has provided me with invaluable opportunities to hear from top network executives, writers and producers discussing trends in the entertainment industry.
Last week, NHMC announced actress Emily Rios as one of the honorees for the 17th Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala, where we recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media.