Jessice Retis (Cal State University), Latinx and the News Media in the US: Bilingual and Bicultural Audiences in the Digital Age
For more than two centuries, Spanish-language and bilingual news media have grown and changed alongside the growing communities they serve. Originally an advocate for immigrants marginalized by discriminatory political, linguistic, and cultural policies, Spanish-language media today serve growing communities of Latinx people born in the United States and abroad, educated in English, and speaking Spanish at home. To meet the specific information and communication needs of a diverse set of communities, the Spanish-language media landscape is broad and heterogeneous in its patterns of production, distribution, and consumption.
This presentation is based on a recently published report “Hispanic Media Today” (Democracy Fund, 2019). It surveys the history of U.S. Spanish-language newspapers, radio, and television; provides an overview of the general challenges of Spanish-language and bilingual media in the convergence and digital era; and assesses current trends and news media practices that might influence the future of this rapidly evolving sector.
Jessica Retis, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Affiliated Faculty with the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Border and Global Journalism, and the Human Rights Practice Program at The University of Arizona. From 2008 to 2019 she was Associate Professor in the interdisciplinary Minor of Spanish-language Journalism and Master in Communications programs at California State University. Retis recently joined UA to help launch and lead the UA first bilingual journalism program. She has been appointed visiting scholar at New York University, University of Tokyo, Florida International University, City University London, London School of Economics, and University of Westminster.
Retis holds a Major in Communications (University of Lima), a Masters in Latin American Studies (UNAM, Mexico) and a PhD in Contemporary Latin America (Complutense University of Madrid). Her areas of research include international migration, diasporas and the media, ethnic media, diversity and the media, and Latino media in Europe, North America and Asia. She is
coauthor of Latin Americans in London: Narratives of migration, relocation and belonging (Palgrave, 2020), co-editor of The handbook of diaspora, media and culture (Willey, 2019) and author of Media Spaces of Immigration in Madrid: Genesis and Evolution (OMCI, 2006).