2003 Hispanic Media Awards to Honor Spanish Language Journalists and Media Exec’s...

2003 Hispanic Media Awards to Honor Spanish Language Journalists and Media Exec’s from Across the U.S.


DENVER, CO–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 25, 2003–The top Publishers, Editors, and Reporters who create all or a portion of their work for Spanish language media (TV, radio, newspapers and the Internet) from across the United States will be honored in San Antonio on Friday, Oct. 17, 2003. They will be honored at the national Hispanic Media Awards to take place at the historic St. Anthony Hotel. The prestigious event will recognize honorees for their efforts to keep the largest minority in the country on top of the news that impacts the United States and the Hispanic community. The Hispanic Media Awards are considered by many to be the “Academy Awards” recognition event for the Spanish media.

Emcee for this national awards event, will be ABC News “20/20” correspondent, John Quiñones. Mr. Quiñones is a highly respected international journalist and the recipient of numerous Emmy and journalism awards. The Media Awards program is being produced by Events Concepts, Inc., a national promotions company that recognizes the growing influence of Spanish-language TV, radio, newspapers, the Internet, and the extraordinary efforts of professionals who contribute their journalistic excellence to keep the Hispanic community informed.

“In addition to being on top of the daily news like their English counterparts, Hispanic reporters have to determine what the news impact is, infer the significance to the Hispanic community, and communicate it in multiple languages. It’s a specialty that requires a solid command of both English and Spanish, experience in journalism, and the ability to write and communicate clearly,” says Chris Day, founder of Event Concepts and the Hispanic Media Awards. “It is up to the Hispanic reporter to accurately interpret and convey the information to the U.S. Hispanic market which is growing exponentially.”

Day attributes this growth to the constant influx of immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America along with other regions. According to published studies and updates by the Census Bureau this trend will continue. “In fact, the English media is already noting the importance of communicating the news in Spanish. The Los Angeles Times is now a partial owner of La Opinion, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the country; NBC purchased Telemundo, the second largest Spanish TV network; and there has been a significant proliferation of Spanish-language magazines in the country,” he said. “It’s critical to recognize Spanish-language media professionals, especially those who excel in their profession and go above and beyond the call of duty by devoting personal time to helping the Hispanic community to succeed in mainstream America,” Day says.

Nominations for this year’s Awards program are already being judged by an independent group of journalism and industry professionals. Additional sponsors are being secured for the event in conjunction with the existing sponsors Continental Airlines, Hispanic PR Wire, White Hat Management, The Cartel Group, and Hyundai Motor America. A portion of the profits from the dinner and related publications will go towards scholarship funds to students seeking careers in Spanish-language journalism. The web site address for the Hispanic Media awards is http://www.hispanicmedia100.org

Event Concepts, Inc., founded in 2000, is an event planning and consulting company that provides strategies to other companies breaking into the Hispanic and other niche markets. The company was established in Denver, Colorado by founder Chris Day and his wife, Coco, a native of Mexico. The company has been expanded to offer an Educational Symposium and promotional programs for organizations nationwide.



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2003 Hispanic Media Awards to Honor Spanish Language Journalists and Media Exec’s from Across the U.S.