media diversity

Petition seeks to include more Afro-Latinos in Latin-American media

What do Latinos look like?

Well, what does a fruit look like. Or what does a car look like? Or what does a house look like?

There are many types of delicious fruits, or cars, or houses, each with its own distinctive features.

It’s not until we dig deeper into those features that we realize what kind of fruit we are eating, what car we are driving, or what house we will live in.

A HuffPost Latino Voices article titled “These Images Show #WhatLatinosLookLike” sought to take images of Latinos and show the world that Latinos are not just the brown-eyed, black-haired individuals many people are accustomed to seeing in mainstream media.

Since the HuffPost article was published, the hashtag has taken off and found renewed vigor at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists annual convention, which took place in Aug. 6-10.

“People look at us and automatically assume they know what we are,” says Victoria Arzu alongside her sister Sophia Arzu in a youtube video that calls on Latin American media to include more Afro-Latinos and other minorities in its programming. The two started a petition called “Proyecto Más Color” on and it has already surpassed its original goal of 100 signatures and now seeks to get 1,000.

According to the petition:

This is important because there has been a lack of representation of the diversity of the Latino culture, especially regarding the representation of Afro-Latinos. The only explanation for this disparity is discrimination. The younger generation of Afro-Latinos needs role models to look up to. Afro-Latinos have been oppressed for too long. We have the right to be represented in Latino media.

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36th Journalism Opportunities Conference


Event to take place Oct. 23 and 24.

USC Davidson Conference Center
3415 South Figueroa Street (at W. Jefferson Boulevard)
Los Angeles, CA 90089

The Journalism Opportunities Conference is an event co-sponsored by:

The 2014 CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California Journalism Opportunities Conference is open to all students and professionals, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Students eligible to participate in the job fair must be college sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students. Job interviews are walk-ups, although some recruiters may schedule their own appointments. Not all recruiters will be at the job fair both days, with the most on Friday.

Operating hours of the Job Fair will be: Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed noon to 2 p.m. for lunch; Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed noon to 2 p.m. for lunch. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.

RELATED: Register to be a recruiter/exhibitor

Workshops and panel discussions will be held both Thursday and Friday.

Meals: Coffee and tea will be provided each morning. Registration includes one ticket each for the Friday luncheon. No meals will be provided on other days or times.

Parking: Parking is available at USC Parking Structure D at W. Jefferson Blvd. and Royal St. for $10 a day. There is also 4-hour metered parking on the street.

Fees: Registration is $25 for students and $50 for professionals.

Note: Those who pre-registered by Friday Sept. 26, 2014 will receive free registration provided in part by The California Wellness Foundation, with a refundable $20 deposit. The deposit will be returned when you pick up registration material on-site. If you fail to show up, the deposit is forfeited. Registration fees will apply after Sept. 26, 2014.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Cancellations made after Sept. 26, 2014, are nonrefundable

Hotels: If overnight accommodations are needed, please contact CCNMA for recommendations.

For more information contact CCNMA at (424) 229-9482 or email at

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