Our Vision

 
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The Hispanic Media Initiative (HMI) is a program in the Department of Communication at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) focusing on the advancement of Hispanic media education, journalism, and research. HMI is the response to the successful creation of UTA News en Español in 2010, a Spanish-language television newscast produced by undergraduate students, recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), engaged in unique on-air broadcast journalism partnerships with Univision and Telemundo, invested in Hispanic media research and publications, and enjoying a healthy 100% graduation rate.

HMI approaches its mission by continuing to partner with private enterprise, producing multiplatform journalism content, researching and publishing Hispanic media studies, developing collaborative spaces connecting academic institutions, and creating unique opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in specialized journalism targeted to Hispanic demographics.

HMI has five pillar projects: Hispanic Media AudioVisual, Hispanic Media Exchange, Hispanic Media Partnerships, Hispanic Media Research, and Hispanic Media Initiative Alumni. Each project plays a key role in the sustainability and development of HMI by supporting specialized functions and providing a space for collaborative work related to HMI’s strategic goals of national and international impact.

 

Julian Rodriguez
Faculty Advisor—Hispanic Media Initiative
Department of Communication
University of Texas at Arlington

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Our Pillars

Alejandro Jimenez directing Proyecto U at Univision 23. Dallas, TX

Alejandro Jimenez directing Proyecto U at Univision 23. Dallas, TX

 
 
The Hispanic Media Audiovisual program immerses students in production of broadcast news. Gaining hands-on experience both in front of and behind the camera, students have the opportunity to work with A/V equipment found in most professional broadcast stations and use industry best practices to produce UTA News En Español (UTANE). UTANE is consistently recognized as making leading, inclusive media broadcast and reaching universities across the country and more than 40,000 regional households.

The Hispanic Media Audiovisual program immerses students in production of broadcast news. Gaining hands-on experience both in front of and behind the camera, students have the opportunity to work with A/V equipment found in most professional broadcast stations and use industry best practices to produce UTA News En Español (UTANE). UTANE is consistently recognized as making leading, inclusive media broadcast and reaching universities across the country and more than 40,000 regional households.


Great ideas take shape when students who share the same passion come together and discuss current topics in their field. The Hispanic Media Exchange was created to do exactly that. It serves as host to students from UT Arlington, Arizona State University, University of Florida, Universidad Javeriana - Bogota, Colombia, and many more. Students exchange ideas related to media, journalism, communications, and cultural inclusion. The goal of the exchange is to build collaborative partnerships to form unique perspectives on Hispanic media and develop professional skills that encourage team-building approaches.

Great ideas take shape when students who share the same passion come together and discuss current topics in their field. The Hispanic Media Exchange was created to do exactly that. It serves as host to students from UT Arlington, Arizona State University, University of Florida, Universidad Javeriana - Bogota, Colombia, and many more. Students exchange ideas related to media, journalism, communications, and cultural inclusion. The goal of the exchange is to build collaborative partnerships to form unique perspectives on Hispanic media and develop professional skills that encourage team-building approaches.


Encouraging research at the undergraduate level, the Hispanic Media Research pillar fosters an environment of inquiry and sharpens students' ability to pursue journalistic research. All members in this group develop specific research projects by drawing on current quantitative data and literature to study and offer solutions for real world problems revolving around multicultural journalism. The end goal of each research project is publication. Past projects have included themes involving Spanish-language media training, journalist job satisfaction, and the Colombian Freedom of Information Act.

Encouraging research at the undergraduate level, the Hispanic Media Research pillar fosters an environment of inquiry and sharpens students' ability to pursue journalistic research. All members in this group develop specific research projects by drawing on current quantitative data and literature to study and offer solutions for real world problems revolving around multicultural journalism. The end goal of each research project is publication. Past projects have included themes involving Spanish-language media training, journalist job satisfaction, and the Colombian Freedom of Information Act.

HMI has an impressive 100% graduation rate, with alumni successfully positioning themselves as media professionals in markets across the country. The Hispanic Media Alumni Pillar creates networking opportunities between HMI participants, both past and present, and industry representatives to facilitate the hiring process and to expose students to industry expectations for incoming professionals. 

HMI has an impressive 100% graduation rate, with alumni successfully positioning themselves as media professionals in markets across the country. The Hispanic Media Alumni Pillar creates networking opportunities between HMI participants, both past and present, and industry representatives to facilitate the hiring process and to expose students to industry expectations for incoming professionals. 


Students gain invaluable access to resources and experiences through the Hispanic Media Partnership. A network of industry leading media outlets, professional organizations, and other academic institutions, the Hispanic Media Partnership allows students to see real-life applications of the theories and practices they learn in the classroom. Relationships with companies and organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Broadcast Education Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Ross Video, Univision, and Telemundo give students a chance to develop highly desireable professional skills that make them very competitive when entering the workforce.

Students gain invaluable access to resources and experiences through the Hispanic Media Partnership. A network of industry leading media outlets, professional organizations, and other academic institutions, the Hispanic Media Partnership allows students to see real-life applications of the theories and practices they learn in the classroom. Relationships with companies and organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Broadcast Education Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Ross Video, Univision, and Telemundo give students a chance to develop highly desireable professional skills that make them very competitive when entering the workforce.


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