White House to host forum on Latinos in media

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The White House is hosting a forum Thursday about how Latinos are portrayed in the media and the lack of representation of Hispanics in film and television.

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big picture: The recent preliminary US panel discussion scheduled during Hispanic Heritage Month . comes after government accountability office report found that Latinos are severely underrepresented in the media industry.

description: The White House is partnering with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to host a series of discussions to highlight Latino contributions to the country’s media ecosystem.

  • Thursday’s series will feature media executives and talent for the first time, including CEOs from the film and music industries.
  • Reps. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calf.) will moderate two panels with entertainment figures pushing for greater representation.

Intrigue: Castro, the former president of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has been vocal about the lack of Latinos in film and in the newsroom. He asked for a GAO audit.

  • That GAO report found that from 2014 to 2019 Hispanics only made up about 11 to 12% of the media industry workforce, even though Latinos represented 18% of workers in all other industries combined.
  • The report said that in 2019, about 8% of employees in newspapers and publications were Hispanic.

What are they saying: “For generations, Latinos have contributed to the success of the United States, but too often our stories are missing from the American narrative,” Castro told Nerdshala.

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