How journalists should cover Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15- Oct. 15
Hispanic Heritage Month starts today, September 15 and runs until October 15. It celebrates Hispanics in the U.S. It recognizes not only the Latino culture and history but also our contributions.
Congress started Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, and it was expanded to a month in 1988. The celebration coincides with the national independence days of several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica celebrate on September 15. Mexico celebrates its independence on Sept. 16 and Belize on Sept. 21.
Topics to cover on Hispanic Heritage Month
OK for the record, Hispanic Heritage Month IS NOT about margaritas and tacos. Don’t be cliché.
Hispanic Heritage Month is about shining a light on good people and projects that profile the Latino community. Do more than one story. Produce a series of profiles or stories that run every other day or week. Here are some suggestions:
- Hispanic entrepreneurs
- Studies being done on the Latino c ommunity by a local university or hospital.
- Hispanic philanthropists
- Latino community projects that are aimed helping children, immigrants and the community as a whole.
- The rise of bilingual schools and immersion schools. Who is learning Spanish as adults and children and why?
- The story behind the leader: profile Latino community, church and political leaders. What in their background made them the person they are today?
- Latino artists
- Hispanic educators
- The economy and Hispanic spending power
- Political power and the Latino vote
Turn to resources to give you ideas
If the suggestions I have given you still don’t spark an idea for a few stories for Hispanic Heritage Month, here are some resources that can help:
Remember as Latinos we want to see our stories all year long. Recognize this important month but don’t stop telling our stories when Hispanic Heritage Month is over.