WASHINGTON -- With the 2000 Census reporting that the U.S. Hispanic population now numbers close to 40 million, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists released its first-ever resource guide June 21 to assist journalists in covering the nation's diverse Latino population.
The guide, "Latinos in the U.S.: A Resource Guide for Journalists," published by Knight Ridder, was distributed to all attendees at the NAHJ convention in Phoenix June 20-23. The guide retails for $8.50, including shipping and handling. It will be posted on the NAHJ Web site in July.
"The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is committed to improving the quality of journalism in the nation's newsrooms," said NAHJ president Cecilia Alvear. "We firmly believe that in order to do so, journalists of all colors must accurately report on our communities. This handbook, still a work in progress, is intended as starting point on the way to understanding the complexity and diversity of the Latino experience in this country."
"This is the latest in a series of documents Knight Ridder has published in concert with minority journalist associations, all aimed at improving the news media by improving its knowledge of the people it serves," commented Tony Ridder, chairman and chief executive of Knight Ridder, in the guide's introductory letter.
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