Journalism is overwhelmingly white. As a matter of fact, a 2018 Pew Research Center analysis found that 77 percent of newsroom employees – those working in newspapers, broadcasting, and internet publishing – were non-Hispanic whites. This makes newsroom employees less diverse than other parts of the US workforce, which means that we don’t always have representation in media or ownership of our stories. In an industry that still hasn’t figured out how to embrace people of color, it’s then not surprising that it’s difficult to find enough Latinos columnists.
But they definitely do exist, and they’re writing about everything from niche subjects to detailed accounts of our histories, all the while weighing in on the topics that dominate national headlines. Below, check out eight Latino columnists that should be on your radar.
With Hola Papi, his column for Out, John Paul Brammer is answering “life’s queerest questions.” In the advice column, Brammer takes questions from readers (you can email him at [email protected]) on just about every topic, including coming out, relationships with your friends and family, and more.
For Remezcla, immigration lawyer Nubia Willman answers your immigration questions. With immigration law changing so constantly, it can be difficult to tell what information is relevant. In this column, Willman works to clear up the confusion. (Ask Willman a question here.)
Gary Suarez writes the Cultura column, which covers Latin trap, over at Noisey. His posts examine issues within the Latin trap scene and the shortcomings of the music industry as a whole, and Suarez also highlights those making their mark in the genre.
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When she’s not writing about books for The New York Times, Concepción de León is contributing to the Styles’ section El Espace, a weekly column covering news and culture for the Latinx community. The pieces are all in English and Spanish, so that you can “forward it to your tía, your primo Lalo or anyone else.”
In this Remezcla column, Yesika Salgado covers sex and relationships. In the series, which launched February 2019, she shares personal stories about how her idea of dating differs from her mother’s, but she also tells readers all the lessons she’s learned along the way.