NHPR, Granite State News Collaborative launch news services to reach Spanish-speaking community
A new Spanish language audio newscast will provide Spanish speakers in New Hampshire with the latest information on coronavirus-related developments and other news.
The new service – launched by New Hampshire Public Radio in partnership with the Granite State News Collaborative – is believed to be the first daily Spanish newscast in New Hampshire. Beginning on Friday, May 1, Spanish speakers will be able to access the 5-minute news capsule by noon each day, via several convenient platforms. The newscast will be produced Mondays through Fridays.
Titled ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire? (What’s New, New Hampshire), the newscast will be reported and presented by Daniela Allee, a bilingual reporter at NHPR. News items will focus on recent developments related to the coronavirus outbreak, its effects on the state’s economy and other related aspects of political, cultural and social life in New Hampshire. Providing useful, actionable information for the state’s growing Hispanic community will also be a focus of the project.
“As the Granite State continues to confront the coronavirus pandemic, this new service extends our commitment to reach new audiences and serve as a vital community resource for news and information,” said Jim Schachter, President & CEO of NHPR. “We were able to mobilize our resources in news gathering and translation to work quickly with our partners at the Granite State News Collaborative to bring the newscast from idea to reality in a short time for an underserved audience.”
Listeners can hear the newscast via the popular text and voice messaging application, WhatsApp (sign up here to subscribe). In addition, the newscast will initially be available:
· online at nhpr.org/noticias
· and beginning May 4 online at the Granite State News Collaborative website: collaborativenh.org/noticias
Beyond the newscast, NHPR and other Granite State News Collaborative media organizations – including NHPBS and Manchester Ink Link – are developing Spanish language pages with useful COVID-19 information for their websites; that content will be cross-posted on the Collaborative’s website.
“Our efforts around the ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire? newscast are just the first steps toward what we see as a Collaborative-wide effort to create more media tools that serve diverse audiences in the Granite State,” said Melanie Plenda, Director of the Granite State News Collaborative. “We’re calling the project Connecting New Hampshire – a broader initiative to extend news and information to underserved audiences that may already feel isolated from the news that is happening on a daily basis, simply because language-specific resources do not exist.”
Future efforts for the Connecting New Hampshire initiative will include additional language-specific tools and translated materials in Spanish, with a goal of extending the initiative to other languages.
For the ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire? newscast, translation support is being provided through the School of Journalism at the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University in Boston. Funding support for ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire? comes from the Solutions Journalism Network and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
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About the Granite State News Collaborative
The Granite State News Collaborative is a statewide multimedia news collaborative that draws on and amplifies the strengths of its members to expand and add missing dimensions to coverage of issues of concern to the NH public as a whole, as well as to particular communities. Through coordinated reporting and engagement activities, the Collaborative will pursue inclusive and responsive coverage that builds public trust and holds government accountable to its citizens.