How to Reach One of the U.S.’s Fastest Growing Communities

June 6, 2012

by Chris Metinko, Media Relations Specialist, Business Wire/San Francicso

With the nation’s Hispanic population now topping 50 million people — or 16.3 percent of the nation — according to the latest U.S. Census, the importance of catering to Spanish-speaking media cannot be underplayed.

Earlier this month, Business Wire’s Denver office held a media breakfast to discuss just that, as well as the major issues and trends with greater Denver Hispanic media members.  The most obvious obstacle in reaching Hispanic and Spanish-speaking communities — the panel agreed — was in regards to language and trying to adjust to a population that is becoming more bilingual.

Reaching the U.S. Hispanic Market, a BW Media Panel

“The way things are going, you are seeing the Hispanic population really growing in the states and we are seeing people at different language levels,” said María Rozman, news director at KDEN Telemundo Denver. “We are seeing more people who are born here who speak both languages.”

Luisa Collins, news director at Univision Colorado, said the goal is to try and figure out if that community still chooses one language over the other, despite understanding both.

“Maria was talking about the Spanish language being spoken at home even if it’s a bilingual home, and one of the things that we see in the commercials — Spanish media research has shown — is that many of the Hispanic commercials are more effective than American commercials or those spoken in English,” Collins said. “So you have to know your viewer.”

As for what is interesting to the Hispanic community, Roberto Martínez-Maestre, general director of the newspaper El Hispano, said to not think to narrowly when pitching.

“One of the most important things is to stop having this idea that as Hispanics or Spanish speakers we are only interested in certain things or our needs are very exclusive or unique,” Martínez-Maestre said. “I, for example, in the newspaper or on my radio show don’t even sell it as a Hispanic media outlet. When I tell people what my newspaper is or my radio show is, I tell them it’s a newspaper and a radio show that happens to be published in Spanish.  . . . What the content is, it’s very general . . . The only difference is that I do it in Spanish. Do I focus on Hispanic needs? Not really, and that’s what I think we need to start doing more and more.”

Martínez-Maestre, added another thing to remember when pitching Spanish-speaking media.

“We all speak English, but if you are reaching a Spanish outlet, translate the release. If I get something in English I’ll read it, but then I think I have to translate it myself. It’s not being lazy, it’s being efficient. The Business Wire LatinoWire is all in Spanish and that’s very helpful,” he said.

“And provide someone who speaks Spanish for an interview,” Collins added.

JoAnne Hirsch, Business Wire/Denver also contributed to this post.


Upcoming Business Wire Events: Olympics in London, Katie Paine in Dallas, Meet the Media in Boston, Denver and Charlotte

April 30, 2012

Upcoming Business Wire Events

Business Wire’s Media Breakfast: The Olympics, Media & PR

Hosted by Business Wire London

With the biggest sporting event in the world at our doorstep, join us for a discussion about how the Olympics affects the media landscape. Panelists include: Matt Ball, Editor-in-Chief of MSN UK, Scott Dougal, Deputy Sports Editor, the Press Association, Duncan Hooper, Managing Editor, News & Sport, MSN and Darren Waters, Head of Devices & Social Media, MSN / ex-BBC journalist. This event is FREE for public relations and communications professionals.

Wednesday, May 2 at 8:45 AM BST
St Bride Foundation
Bride Lane, Fleet StreetLondon , EC4Y 8EQ, United Kingdom

To register: RSVP by Monday 30 April to uk@BusinessWire.com

Meet the Boston Media

Hosted by Business Wire Boston

Join Business Wire Boston for breakfast and a panel discussion with members of the local media. Learn about current trends in journalism, what kind of news editors are looking for, and how to effectively pitch a story. Panelists include: George Donnelly - Executive Editor, Boston Business Journal, Abby Jordan – Associate Regional Editor, AOL’s Patch.com, Leigh Montgomery – Librarian, Christian Science Monitor, Frank Quaratiello – Business Editor, Boston Herald and Don Seiffert – Associate Editor, News, Mass High Tech. This event is FREE for all attendees.

Thursday, May 3 at 8:00 AM ET
Westin Waltham Hotel
70 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA, 02451

To register: RSVP to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2184174926?ref=ebtn

Meet Denver Journalists and Public Relations Professionals Specializing in Targeting the Hispanic Market

Hosted by Business Wire Denver

Learn Tips for Reaching and Pitching Hispanic Media, a Critically Important and Growing Segment of the American Community. Daniel Montano, President/CE) of Elevation Creation International moderates a panel, including María Rozman, News Director, KDEN Telemundo Denver; Roberto Martínez-Maestre, General Director, El Hispano; Kim DeVigil, Senior Director, Communications, University of Denver; and Luisa Collins, News Director, Univision Colorado. This event is FREE for Business Wire members and $20 for non-members.

Thursday, May 3 at 8:30 AM MDT
Denver Athletic Club
1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO, 80204

To register: RSVP by May 1 to JoAnne Hirsch, (303) 861-8833 or joanne.hirsch@businesswire.com

Pitching to Pickup – Tips from Local Media on Working with Newsrooms

Hosted by Business Wire Charlotte

Local media professionals will discuss how to effectively pitch news to the media. Panelists include Dion Lim, News Anchor, WCNC; David Harris, Managing Editor, The Charlotte Business Journal and John Arwood, Business Editor, The Charlotte Observer. This event is FREE for Business Wire members and $20 for non-members.

Tuesday, May 22 at 7:30 AM ET
Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
911 East Morehead St, Charlotte, NC, 28204

To register: Please RSVP by Thursday, May 17 to Penny Sowards at penny.sowards@businesswire.com

Measuring What Matters: New Rules for 21st Century Communications Measurement

Hosted by Business Wire Dallas, with NIRI, PRSA, IABC and Critical Mention

What metrics really matter? How can metrics drive strategy? Join IABC, PRSA, NIRI, Business Wire & Critical Mention for the annual joint communications lunch, as Katie Paine, CEO of KDPaine & Partners, provides measurement insight on “best in class” measurement programs for 2012, best measurement tools today, where measurement is headed and more. Standard Luncheon Fees apply: Full-time Student $25.00, Guest $50.00 , Member $40.00 and Table of 10: $500.

Thursday, May 31 at 11:15 AM CT
Thanksgiving Tower (Tower Club)
1601 Elm Street, Dallas, TX, 75201

To register: Please RSVP by May 28 at 10:00 pm on this page

Business Wire holds dozens of local events every year. We bring local media members and industry thought leaders to your market to discuss today’s most relevant topics, from trends in today’s newsrooms to writing for SEO. Events are usually free of charge to members. For more upcoming local Business Wire events or to see what’s coming up in our award-winning webinar series, visit BusinessWire.com. Follow live updates from Business Wire events on Twitter: hash tag #bwchat


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