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Feet in Two Worlds Hits the Airwaves

Fi2W’s Jack Tomas screens Spanish-language election ads at the event “Economy vs. Immigration: What will unlock the Latino vote in 2012” on October 18.

Bring together great reporters is one of the things that makes the Center for New York City Affairs’ Feet in Two Worlds (Fi2W) immigrant journalism project so successful. Evidence of these rich collaborations is evident on October 26, when stories by four members of their team hit the airwaves on the national radio shows LatinoUSA and The World.

Stories co-produced by Fi2W and their reporters Martina Guzmán and Valeria Fernandez will appear on LatinoUSA. A segment covering the Fi2W event “The Economy vs. Immigration: What will unlock the Latino vote in 2012” which took place on October 18 at The New School will also be heard.

Over at Public Radio International’s The World a segment covering a story on Jollibee Filipino fast food restaurants by Fi2W reporter Aurora Almendral will take place.

Martina Guzmán for the past ten years has specialized in organizing and outreach within Latino communities, and particularly on building relationships with nonprofit organizations, other minority groups, and the Democratic Party.

Valeria Fernández has worked for La Voz newspaper for the last six years covering the immigration beat. The National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) recognized her sustained coverage of Proposition 200, Arizona’s first immigration law, and her series on Maricopa County Sheriff’s immigration raids in Hispanic neighborhoods with national awards.

Aurora Almendral is a Philippine-born freelance writer who researched and filmed a documentary on entrepreneurship and illegal immigration in Madrid as a Fulbright Scholar to Morocco and Spain. She previously worked as a research assistant at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and has written for Filipinas Magazine and New America Media.

The Feet in Two Worlds project brings new voices into the discussions of immigration, globalization and transnational culture through training and mentoring immigrant journalists. The award-winning program gives public radio listeners a unique window into the lives of immigrant communities while at the same time helping immigrant journalists advance their careers. Fi2W also sponsor town hall events on issues of critical importance to immigrants, and help public radio stations around the nation work with ethnic media in their local communities.


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