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October 18 - October 23, 2005
University of Southern California/In partnership with USC Annenberg School for Communication
Los Angeles, California

Responding to the new Latino majority in many American cities and towns, the Western Knight Center and the USC Annenberg School for Communication sponsored this week-long seminar designed to help journalists target, respond to and report on its changing audience through coverage of arts and culture. Built on the premise that the arts are often where the least comfortable of topics are first thrust into public view, issues covered included:

  • The common understandings and misunderstandings made by the media about Latino artists and their art.
  • How the demographic shift toward a Latino majority affects the meaning and expression of today’s American arts and culture.
  • Finding and telling stories that go beyond the usual.
  • The influence of the emerging artists on the social and the political as well as the cultural fabric of a community.
Applications for the 20 fellowships were accepted from arts & entertainment journalists, working at print, broadcast and online news organizations. Fellows were introduced to some of the nation’s leading musicians, authors, filmmakers, painters, playwrights, scholars, professional broadcast and print journalists, who shared their ideas for successful and compelling coverage of Latino art and culture. The competively-selected fellows explored America’s thorniest debate about race, looking at the past, present and future of -- particularly Mexican -- contributions to the arts and culture of the U.S.



What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"I learned a lot and feel I come away with a lot of resources. I'm extremely grateful for this time to think about issues that directly relate to my beat and my future aspirations in it."
- Tanya Weinberg, Florida Sun-Sentinel
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