Latino News Sources in The U.S.

With Latinos becoming an ever-larger segment of the US population, it makes perfect sense that we have many excellent Latino news sources in the U.S.

Some of the best Latino news sources come from areas that have large Hispanic populations, such as California, Texas, and Florida, but thanks to the wonders of the internet you can now access these news sources from absolutely anywhere.

Whether you want to read world news focusing on Hispanic countries, coverage of the antics of favorite Latino celebrities, or opinions and lifestyle stories relevant to the Latino community, you can surely find it among the following top sources of Latino news.

Latino News Sources in The U.S.

El Planeta – Boston

This Latino newspaper covers the greater Boston area and offers high quality international, US, and local news.
It meets the unique needs of Latino readers by offering lifestyle articles on topics like parenting and fashion from a Latino perspective, as well as tackling tough issues such as the rights of undocumented workers.
The “Best of El Planeta” provides especially nice feature for locals by compiling a Latino readers’ choice list of all the best stuff in Boston.

Hoy & Hoy Fin de Semana – Los Angeles

If you live in LA and like to read your newspaper the old fashioned way, you can get the daily newspaper Hoy or the weekend edition Hoy Fin de Semana delivered right to your doorstep.

Hoy Fin de Semana actually claims the distinction of having the largest delivered circulation of any Spanish language newspaper in the US, so you can tell how much the Latino community in LA must love it.

Readers from all over the US can also enjoy this paper online. It has a special focus on news from Mexico as well as US immigration news.

El Nuevo Herald – Miami

El Nuevo Herald started out as the Spanish language version of the Miami Herald but quickly evolved its own identity.

Today El Nuevo Herald offers comprehensive news for south Florida as well as international news, with a special focus on Cuba, as you would expect for a paper serving the Cuban-American capital of the US.

La Voz – Houston

This newspaper has very strong coverage of international, US, and local news. With Latinos and Hispanic culture having had a strong presence in Texas for generations upon generations, it seems there is more interest and engagement here with politics and the content ofLa Voz reflects this. Therefore La Voz makes an excellent source of news for those interested in a Latino perspective on US politics.

Other Latino News Sources

Of course you have many other options for reading Latino news in the US. For example, you might try some of these national news sites:
• CNN en Español
• FOX News Latino
• Huffington Post Latino Voices
• CNET en Español

You might also like to look at some other local or regional news sources:

• Al Dia (Dallas-Fort Worth)
• El Diario de El Paso
• La Gaceta (Tampa)
• El Sentinel (Orlando)
• El Diario la Prensa (New York City)
• Hoy Chicago
• Vida Latina (monthly magazine for Georgia and the Carolinas)
• Washington Hispanic (DC)

Finding Local Latino News in Your Area

You might also consider looking for small newsletters or other publications that serve a hyperlocal area and contain news for your city or neighborhood.  There are many Latino news sources in the U.S. today, just do a local search to find the best sources.

One excellent way to find such publications would be to simply visit the shops, business, and restaurants serving the local Latino community and check out what they might have on a bulletin board or newsstand by the door.

You can often find out about local entertainment and community events this way.

Bilingual Toys Taking Off

By Keiko Morris, Newsday, Dec. 12, 2006

Bilingual Toys Taking Off
Ian Hede, at 20 months, plays in two languages. Sometimes he and his mother, Marcela Hede, solve a simple puzzle of shapes -the words for those shapes written in English and Spanish for his mother to read aloud. And sometimes, he finds his amusement in his LeapFrog letter reader, which, with the simple push of a letter, offers Ian the sound of the letter in Spanish and a catchy little tune.

“We made the decision as a couple to raise him bilingual because we thought it would be a great asset,” said Marcela Hede, 36, an East Northport resident who is originally from Colombia. Her husband, Neil Hede, is American. “We have this mentality that we are citizens of the world,” she said. “We like the fact that we can communicate in different languages and with different people and meet people of different cultures.”

As it turns out, the Hedes are not the only ones looking for toys that will help develop dual language skills. Industry experts say that the demand for such playthings has been growing in the past five years and toy companies, in an attempt to cater to a lucrative market, have boosted the number of such toys. Toys “R” Us identified bilingual toys as the second of its top five hottest toy trends for this holiday season.

“From the toy-making perspective, it really acknowledges this growth of our population, and it actually speaks to the economic power of the Hispanic community,” said Chris Byrne, toy expert and contributing editor for the magazine Toy Wishes. “It’s profitable to market high-profile mainstream toys to this community.”

In 2007, Hispanics are expected to surpass African-Americans as the minority group with the most spending power, according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. The center estimated that Hispanic buying power will increase by 8.1 percent to reach $863 billion in 2007. And by U.S. Census estimates, the Hispanic population has increased by about 18.6 percent between 2000 and 2005.

During the past three to five years, more emphasis has been placed on bilingual products in the marketplace, said Reyne Rice, a toy trend specialist with the Toy Industry Association. Still, Rice said that, by now, the market should be offering consumers more bilingual toys and games than are available.

Monopoly, The Game of Life, Risk, Scrabble and Candy Land all come in Spanish versions.

Fisher-Price sells a Bilingual Elmo, which sings in both English and Spanish and is supposed to teach children five new Spanish words when they squeeze his tummy. And the new TMX Elmo, one of this season’s top sellers, also has Spanish and French versions.

Amigo Bear is a new Care Bear member, complete with a cell phone and claims to teach numbers, colors and phrases in both English and Spanish. A new version of Baby Alive can be switched from English to Spanish. For a slightly older children, Oregon Scientific has developed a 3D interactive bilingual globe. And LeapFrog has developed a number of bilingual educational toys.

Joseph Ortego, 52, an attorney and Garden City resident whose family is from Spain, said that since his children were young the selection of bilingual toys has greatly expanded, a change he attributes not only to an increasing consumer base but also to a shift in attitude toward immigrant cultures and language. Among his generation of first- and second-generation children of immigrants, Ortego said there was an emphasis on ‘English and English only.’ That is no longer the general rule.

“What you also have are second- and first-generation people who want to promote bilingual education because it’s a tremendous advantage and they want to instill [their] culture in their children,” said Ortego, who put effort into finding bilingual toys and reading in Spanish to his daughters, now 19 and 15. The family would travel to Spanish-speaking countries once a year. “I guess there’s a different attitude from my generation. There’s no embarrassment of trying to speak another language in public.”

Mark Bonilla, Town of Hempstead clerk, whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, grew up in an era when speaking English was emphasized, often to the detriment of Spanish, in Hispanic immigrant households.