A new Spanish language newscast launched to provide Spanish speakers in NH with up-to-date information on coronavirus-related developments. Created by NH Public Radio and the Granite State News Collaborative, the newscast is believed to be the first of its kind in the state. Spanish speakers will be able to access the five-minute news capsule by noon each day, via several platforms Mondays through Fridays.
Titled ¿ Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire? (What’s New, New Hampshire) , the newscast will be reported and presented by Daniela Allee, a bilingual reporter at NHPR. News items will focus on developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak, its effects on the state’s economy, and other related aspects of political, cultural, and social life in NH.
“As the Granite State continues to confront the coronavirus pandemic, this new service extends our commitment to reach new audiences and serve as a vital community resource for news and information,” says Jim Schachter, president & CEO of NHPR. “We were able to mobilize our resources in news gathering and translation to work quickly with our partners at the Granite State News Collaborative to bring the newscast from idea to reality in a short time for an underserved audience.”
Beyond the newscast, NHPR and other Granite State News Collaborative media organizations, including NHPBS and Manchester Ink Link, are developing Spanish language pages with COVID-19 information on their websites. That content will be cross-posted on the Collaborative’s website.
“Our efforts around the ¿ Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire ? newscast is just the first step toward what we see as a Collaborative-wide effort to create more media tools that serve diverse audiences in the Granite State,” said Melanie Plenda, director of the Granite State News Collaborative. “We’re calling the project Connecting New Hampshire, a broader initiative to extend news and information to underserved audiences that may already feel isolated from the news that is happening on a daily basis, simply because language-specific resources do not exist.”
Future efforts will include additional language-specific tools and translated materials in Spanish, with a goal of extending the initiative to other languages.
For the ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire ? newscast, translation support is being provided through the School of Journalism at the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University in Boston. Funding support for ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire ? comes from the Solutions Journalism Network and the NH Charitable Foundation.