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NYC Council-member Carlos Menchaca Heads NYC Council Hearing
on News Media Responsibility to New York’s Immigrant Communities
NEW YORK – Carlos Menchaca, chair of
the City Council’s Immigration Committee, El Diario journalists, NewsGuild of
New York President Peter Szekely and other NewsGuild members will come together
on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at a press conference in support of local ethnic media
Though these newspapers are
private companies, they hold a particular public trust.The possible closing of the print edition of
El Diario and the consolidation of local news coverage into aggregated digital
content at the oldest Spanish-language daily in the United States, represent a
real loss for New York’s Hispanic communities.
The press conference will be
held 30 minutes before the start of NYC Council hearings at 10 a.m. on Jan. 27 to
explore the future of community-centered ethnic media in the city.
conference and hearing in support of
ethnic media in NYC
The NewsGuild of New
NYC Central Labor
outside City Hall
Jan. 27, at 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 15, El Diario’s parent company, ImpreMedia, laid off nearly half of the
publication’s editorial and sales staff—dealing a devastating blow to an
already overstretched, demoralized newsroom. Thirteen
employees received notice of their termination, which now threatens to close
the 102-year-old publication’s print edition and cut off an invaluable daily
news source for thousands of Spanish-speaking New Yorkers.
Diario is viewed as “The Champion of the Hispanics” in NYC’s Spanish-speaking
communities. Many do not have access to digital forms of media, and would have
no other way to learn about what’s going on in their neighborhood, their city
and their country if the outlet ceased its print publication.
NewsGuild of New York, Local 31003 of the Communications Workers of America, a
union founded by journalists 82 years ago, represents 2,800 members at New York
City area news organizations and other companies.