Sunday, September 4, 2011

El Diario documents the Latino Experience of Sept. 11th

El Diario / La Prensa, the Spanish language daily newspaper in New York, has launched a multimedia project that documents the Latino experience of the Sept. 11th tragedy.

"Sept. 11th...the Latino experience / Nuestra Experiencia" -available at offers portraits of Hispanic victims, their families, and of survivors and responders. Along with a two-week print series, the project also examines the impact of 9/11 on Latinos in multiple areas.

The public can share their own 9/11 stories by logging-on to the site, and clicking “¿Dónde estabas ese día?” (Where were you that day?) link. Testimonials can be recorded in English or Spanish language. In other interactive tools, users can also express how they feel 10 years after the 9/11 tragedy, and they can also add a tribute to individual Hispanic victims listed in the archive.

The editorial team at El Diario dedicated months to researching and reporting for the news project. The resulting archive of the Latino experience of Sept. 11 has major historic value, as it features the perspectives of individuals not found elsewhere. Woven together, the compelling testimonies and reports document the Latino experience of Sept. 11th.

That devastating day changed America forever. And in New York, it altered the course of an election that could have ushered in the first Hispanic mayor of New York City; it shifted the real estate landscape, which, in turn, affected Latino communities already struggling with gentrification; and it set off a chain of policies that have had far-reaching consequences for immigrants.

Special reports in El Diario's print edition started on August 30th and will culminate with a commemorative edition of El Diario to be published on Sunday, Sept. 11th.

The project also includes partnerships with other media outlets, including Spanish-language radio stations in NYC, and sharing content with WAPA-TV in Puerto Rico and WAPA-America in the U.S. for a one-hour television special about 9/11, “El Día que el mundo cambió – 10d”, hosted by Sonia Valentin. The special will air on Saturday, Sept. 10th at 9:00 pm.

El Diario has lauched a public awareness campaign featuring actor John Leguizamo urging Latinos to document their 9/11 stories. For more information and to participate, visit

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