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Latino Journalists That You Should Follow On Twitter To Diversify Your News

It’s 2019 and we all have trust issues when it comes to the media, for valid reasons. For one, President Trump has named the media the enemy of the people and everyone’s racist tíos now have social media. If you haven’t Marie Kondo’ed your social media, yet, let me show you what a life-giving feed looks like. 

Each of these Latino journalists, editors, and bloggers have been lovingly considered and have passed the test. While they can’t control whether the news sparks joy, their delivery certainly does, and their audience is us, Latinos unidos.

Jorge Ramos | @jorgeramosnews

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Jorge Ramos is infamous for his hardline reporting and unapologetic interviewing. He and his team recently flew into Venezuela to interview Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. The interview must have been pretty damning because Maduro has yet to return their cameras and tape.

Maria Hinojosa | @Maria_Hinojosa

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President of Futuro Media and host of NPR’s podcast “Latino USA”, if you don’t already have Hinojosa in your ear, you need her on your feed. Above all, she’s a talented storyteller, and bring’s la gente’s stories to the world.

Arelis R. Hernández | @arelisrhdz

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Hernández is a reporter for The Washington Post, and her feed is a collection of her own investigative journalism along with all the RT’s you need to know about. Follow her for Washington politics.

Cristian Farias | @cristianfarias

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Cristian Farias is on The New York Times’ Editorial Board and is delivering all the law and justice issues you need to know about in plain language. This is the only update I could understand.

Eileen Truax | @EileenTruax

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A self-proclaimed “migration nerd,” Truax is hyper-focused on keeping migrants, Dreamers, and asylum-seekers in the news. She’s also here to deliver “#bilingualchisme.”

Alexis C. Madrigal | @alexismadrigal

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A staff writer for The Atlantic, this Mexican-American journalist is focused on how technology influences society. That means you’ll hear about how the small world of anti-vaxxers on social media are influencing a nation, the effects of social media on local elections, and yes, Facebook advertisements. Truly important stuff.

Marie D. De Jesús | @MarieDennise

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Marie Dennise is a photojournalist who has covered everything from Jay Z to cockfights. The Boricua’s photos speak for themselves, and you’ve probably already seen them on front covers.

Adolfo Flores | @aflores

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The National Security Correspondent for Immigration on Buzzfeed News, Flores primarily covers all the ways ICE is not doing its job and not being regulated to do so. Journalism is the only thing keeping ICE ‘in check’ (if that’s happening at all). Follow for real-time news.

Juan Brammer | @jpbrammer

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Juan Brammer is the person you need to follow for all queer Latinx chisme. He writes for Out Magazine, The Trevor Project, and even Food and Wine.

Soledad O’Brien | @soledadobrien

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Soledad O’Brien is an icon in her own right. She’s one of the first Afro-Latinas to make it on screen and own her own talk show. Her presence on Twitter deserves its own stage.

Marlena Fitzpatrick | @MarlenaFitz

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Fitzpatrick is known for her work in Enclave Magazine and Latino Rebels. She’s also known for her expertise in all things música. 

Esmeralda Bermudez | @LATbermudez

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If Latinos making news in entertainment is what sparks joy for you, then Salvadorian @LATbermudez is for you. She’s an LA Times staff writer focused on Latinos in entertainment. 

Vanessa Erazo | @infoCinelandia

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Self-described as the source for “everything on Latino film,” Erazo is the Film Editor of Remezcla and is also the Co-Director of Cinelandia USA. Dive deep into classics and new films alike with this movie buff.

Ashly Perez | @itsashlyperez

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I was shooketh when Buzzfeed let Perez go, simply because her work and her feed is artwork. Today, she’s a writer for Jennifer Lopez-produced series “Good Trouble,” but she’s plugged in as ever to the news that matters to Latinos and is worth the follow.

Andrea González-Ramírez | @andreagonram

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A journalist for Refinery29, @andreagonram is based in Puerto Rico, delivering on the ground news and updates that don’t typically make it stateside. You’ll hear news from her that you won’t hear anywhere else.

Ana Navarro | @ananavarro

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Navarro is a Republican news pundit and journalist that will not buy into conflated fear-mongering so common among Rep. pundits these days. Plus, she dog walks Trump like no other and I’m here for the roasts from his own party.

Matthew Yglesias | @mattyglesias

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One of the co-founders for Vox.com, Yglesias is well-versed in American policies that make poor people poorer. He wrote a book called “The Rent is Too Damn High” and you can guess that you’ll feel validated as heck following him.

Domenico Montanaro | @DomenicoNPR

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Based out of Washington, Montanaro is another leading journalist in all things politics. He’s currently publishing out of NPR and making the news make sense on Twitter since 2009.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | @AOC

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Okay, so AOC is no journalist, but she is reporting the Twitter news in politics faster than anyone else. She’s plugged in, and she’s calling people out. Her reports on politics have become the news. 

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This Cartoonist’s Right To Free Speech Is Under Threat As He Loses His Job For A Cartoon About Trump’s Failed Immigration Policies

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This Cartoonist’s Right To Free Speech Is Under Threat As He Loses His Job For A Cartoon About Trump’s Failed Immigration Policies

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Political cartoons often land the artist in hot water – either with the public or their political target. But few could have seen this coming.

A Canadian cartoonist lost a long-term work contract with a news organization for a cartoon that they didn’t even publish.

The Canadian artist created this cartoon and allegedly lost his job because of it.

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A Canadian cartoonist’s illustration of President Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral last week. Two days later, Michael de Adder said on Twitter that he had been fired by a publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada.

De Adder’s illustration depicted Trump asking the two dead migrants, “Do you mind if I play through?”

The cartoon refers to the image of Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, lying face down in water surrounded by reeds. The two drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande River to get into the United States.

Both the cartoonist’s original piece and the tweet announcing that he had been fired have both gone viral.

The tweet that broke the news of his firing, has nearly 100,000 retweets, almost 200,000 likes, and close to 10,000 comments.

However, De Adder has taken to social media to clarify a few things after all the tweets started going viral.

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“The highs and lows of cartooning. Today I was just let go from all newspapers in New Brunswick,” De Adder tweeted. He later clarified that he had technically been under contract to work for Brunswick News Inc., and wasn’t an employee who could be fired.

In a tweet on Monday, de Adder said he never submitted the cartoon to Brunswick News “for fear that I might be fired.”

He told CNN Business in an interview on Monday that the cartoon ran in the Chronicle Herald newspaper in Halifax on June 29, “after it went viral but before it went supernova.”

He described himself as feeling overwhelmed by the situation. “The way I was let go was swift and fell on the heels of the last refugee cartoon,” de Adder said. “I had every reason to suspect it was over that cartoon. … I was given no reason. I inquired and inquired,” he told CNN Business.

He added: “It was clearly my work. And Trump was always their No. 1 concern with me. Always.” He said he stopped sending Trump cartoons, adding “It got heated every time there was a Trump in the lineup.”

Reactions on Twitter came in fast and furious since de Adder tweeted his cartoon and news of him losing his job first broke.

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Like this Twitter user who pointed out the stupidity of the whole situation – that a cartoon upset the President of the United States and resulted in the firing of a journalist. That’s not how things are supposed to happen.

So, as she suggests, make sure you retweet the image so Trump continues to be annoyed by it.

Other’s hoped all the attention would help the artist win a Pulitzer for the cartoon.

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We’re sure he wouldn’t have trouble gaining the support of a few people.

And some expressed anger and outrage that the cartoonist depicting Trump’s immigration policies was fired, while the people actually creating the policies have faced zero punishment.

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It’s become quite obvious where people’s priorities lay and unfortunately, with the US government, they do not lay with migrants or immigration rights.

Many called out the shocking consequences of simply telling the truth.

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With all the talk of #fakenews, it’s shocking that when a journalist/artist is telling the truth and calling out the Trump administration for its inhumane and deadly immigration policies, they lose their job.

While many took to Twitter to express their solidarity with de Adder and to stand by his creative expression.

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Other’s were calling for a boycott of the media organization that terminated its contract with de Adder.

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These Latinas Are Dominating The Male-Centric World Of Media

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These Latinas Are Dominating The Male-Centric World Of Media

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Women, and especially Latinas, are on the rise leaving their mark on every industry. This is very noticeable in the world of media. From executive producers to journalists, these Latinas are leveling the playing field. Here are the Latinas that are changing the face of media.

1. Maria Hinojosa

Call her the great dame of public radio. Journalist Maria Hinojosa has been the host of NPR’s Latino USA for twenty years and is also the CEO of The Futuro Media Group, which produces the show and is fostering the work of other Latino journalists. Born in Mexico City, Hinojosa moved to Chicago as a child and has racked up several awards for her journalism work, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged and four Emmy awards.

2. Salma Hayek

Good hair day! Hoy el cabello si se comportó! #hair

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Salma Hayek broke both through the glass ceiling and box she was put in during her early Hollywood days. After a few roles in lackluster movies following her move to Los Angeles, Hayek ventured off on her own and started her own production company, which ultimately allowed her to call her own shots. She executive produced and starred in “Frida,” which gave her  an Academy Award nomination for best actress. Her other production successes include “Ugly Betty.”

3. Danielle Sanchez-Witzel

Danielle Sanchez-Witzel has been making a name for herself across multiple TV networks, including most recently at 20th Century Fox Television. She signed an overall deal. Her past credits include consulting producer on “From LA to Vegas,” showrunner and executive producer for “The Carmichael Show,” and co-executive producer of “New Girl.”

4. Soledad O’Brien

Apart from her stellar anchoring gigs, Soledad O’Brien can also add chairwoman and founder to her list of titles. The Hearst TV and former CNN anchor founded Starfish Media Group in 2013, which is a production and distribution company.

5. Victoria Alonso

A native of Buenos Aires, Victoria Alonso has had a hand in many of Marvel’s recent blockbuster hits. She has executive produced “Black Panther,” “The Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, “Ant-Man,” as well as upcoming projects including “Captain Marvel.”

6. Jacqueline Hernández

Jacqueline Hernández is tapping into the way Latinos access MMA and sports entertainment as the current president of Combate Americas. Before joining Combate last month, Hernández was the CMO at NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises.

7. Rebecca Aguilar

Encouraging women and Latinos in journalism is Rebecca Aguilar’s specialty. She founded the Facebook group ‘Latinas in Journalism’ last November and the 2,000 current members have used it as a forum to find job postings, share news, advice and encourage each other. Aguilar is a current member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a former television reporter.

8. Gloria Calderon Kellett

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It’s hard filling the shoes of a legendary television producer and writer Norman Lear, but Gloria Calderon Kellett is stepping into those shoes just fine as the co-showrunner of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time.” The Cuban-American producer and writer has been keen on showcasing issues Latino families have to tackle with on a daily basis into her show.

9. Tanya Saracho

Originally a seasoned playwright from Chicago, Tanya Saracho is bringing an authentic voice to the Starz show, Vida, as its executive producer. Her other television credits including working as a writer for Devious Maids, How to Get Away with Murder, Looking, and Girls.

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Which Latinas are helping to write, create and produce the shows, news and TV that you love? Let us know in the comments and share this post with your friends!

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