Microsoft and Knight Center for Journalism of the Americas Launch Online Digital Storytelling Course for Next Generation of Latino Journalists

Four-week free online course designed to empower and motivate Latino students for careers in media

Microsoft and Knight Press announced Tuesday a partnership to create online courses storyteller Gen Z and Millennial Latinos. According to the Government Accountability Office, Latinos remain extremely underrepresented in the media industry, gaining little space in newsrooms, film or television over the past decade. From 2014 to 2019, Latinos made up 11 to 12 percent of the communications workforce, and in 2019, only 8 percent of newspapers and publishers were Hispanic. Through this partnership, the online course will support the empowerment of talent so they can assert themselves and thrive in the industry.

The “Digital Storytelling for the Next Generation of Latino Journalists” course is open to Latino college students in the United States from June 20 to July 17, 2022. In addition to the rapid growth of the general Latino population, the curriculum has been designed with Latinos accounting for 25% of all Gen Zers and 21% of all US millennials.

“Tomorrow’s storytellers need to reflect today’s realities. We believe technology has the power to enhance and transform storytelling, and we want to help the next generation of Latino students gain access to the information and tools that will empower them to play in the growth and future of the media industry indispensable role,” said Lisa Polloni, Microsoft’s global communications leader in the Americas. “Given their experience developing courses that equip students with the skills they need to succeed in this ever-changing field, we are proud to partner with Knight Journalism of the Americas on this project.”

This four-week, targeted program will provide opportunities for learning and professional development, and provide students with the tools they need to enter a career in the communications industry.

Professor Rosenthal said: “We are excited to partner with Microsoft to help aspiring Gen Z and Millennial Latino journalists through this free training opportunity to improve their ability as storytellers to use digital tools to Expand their reporting and editing skills.” Founder and Director Alves Knight Center for Journalism of the Americas. “We are grateful to Microsoft for their support of this project and to Amara Aguilar for agreeing to serve as an instructor for the course. We are fortunate to have her, an experienced Latino journalist and educator.”

Amara Aguilar is a professor of journalism at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. She teaches journalism for mobile and emerging platforms, storytelling Courses in social networking, visual journalism, diversity engagement, public relations strategy, and interaction design for Latino audiences.At the University of Southern California, she was DimelloAnnenberg Media’s award-winning bilingual channel focused on Latino audiences.

Latino students interested in learning and enhancing their reporting and storytelling skills for diverse audiences are encouraged to apply. The application process is very simple and the form can be found here.You can also visit the course page https://journalismcourses.org/course/digital-storytelling-for-the-next-generation-of-latinx-journalists/. follow him Microsoft Latin on Twitter and visit Microsoft Latin Blog Learn more and update.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation in the age of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. The company has been in Brazil for 33 years and is one of 120 subsidiaries of Microsoft Corporation, established in 1975. In 2020, the company invested more than $13 million to provide technology free of charge to 1,765 NGOs in Brazil, benefiting various social projects. Since 2011, Microsoft has supported more than 7,500 startups in Brazil by donating more than $202 million in cloud credits.

About Knight Americas News Center

The Knight Center for Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin is a professional training and outreach program for journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean and has become a world leader in online journalism programs. Over the past decade, its online courses have reached more than 270,000 students in 200 countries. The Knight Center also helped create a new generation of independent news organizations. These organizations develop self-sustaining training programs to raise the ethical and professional standards of journalism, thereby promoting press freedom and democracy in the hemisphere. For more information, please visit Knight Center.utexas.edu.

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