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Hispanic Journalists Put Issues in Spotlight

June 21, 2001

--> U.S.-Mexican relations and racial profiling are among the issues taking center stage this week as 1,000 Hispanic journalists convene in Phoenix. The 19th annual National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention, titled "Our Time Is Now: Imágenes y Voces de Nuestro Tiempo," opened Wednesday and wraps up Saturday.

"Despite the economic downturn, news organizations are still sending people and recruiters are attending," NAHJ President Cecilia Alvear said Wednesday.

On the agenda:

* A panel on U.S.-Mexican relations featuring Mexico Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda.

* Discussions on the state of television news with panelists from ABC, CBS, and CNN.

* Discussions on President Bush's decision to discontinue bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

* Racial profiling. "It's an issue affecting people of color all around the country, so we thought it was necessary to discuss here," said Ana Lopez, executive director of the convention.

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