Even in this digital age, over 90% of Americans still tune into broadcast television and/or radio on a weekly basis. Television plays an indelible role in shaping attitudes and opinions about Latinx and other people of color, and American Latinx – who comprise 18% of the U.S. population – are least likely to have home broadband and more likely to rely on broadcast television and radio for news and information. For these reasons, broadcast diversity remains of paramount importance to the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
NHMC welcomes Brenda D. Villanueva for the summer as NHMC’s 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. Brenda brings an extensive background in Congress after working for Congressman Joe Baca (CA-43rd) for nearly six years. Her insight in telecom, technology and media issues will be a great asset to NHMC this summer.
This semester NHMC is pleased to be hosting two outstanding lawyers-in-training as part of its legal internship program. You have already met Liz Ruiz, and today I write to introduce you to Brenda Montes. Brenda recently graduated from the UCLA School of Law. In August she completed the California bar exam and she is now awaiting her results.
Consistent with our mission to increase the number of Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry, NHMC warmly welcomes Elizabeth Ruiz to the team as part of our Fall 2011 legal internship program. NHMC’s legal internship program celebrated its first anniversary this summer. Its purpose is twofold: to bolster NHMC’s legal research capacity and, more importantly, to prepare aspiring Latino lawyers to practice media and telecommunications policy.
Elizabeth comes to NHMC with a very impressive background. She recently started her final year at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina in 2006, and then spent the subsequent three years working as a news assistant and staff writer at The State newspaper in Columbia, SC. Aside from her journalism background, Elizabeth brings to NHMC her valuable experiences interning for FCC Commissioner Clyburn and as a Google Policy Fellow at Media Access Project.
By: Jessica J. Gonzalez
On Friday Google announced its 2011 class of Policy Fellows. For the past four years, the Google Policy Fellowship program has provided stipends to students to work on internet and technology issues at non-profit organizations for ten weeks during the summer. For the second consecutive summer, NHMC is proud to be one of sixteen host organizations. Last year we hosted an outstanding student from Santa Clara Law School, Monica Guzman. This year, NHMC welcomes Fabiola Rivas to the team, who was one of sixteen students chosen from a pool of over 900 candidates.