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