I am on my way to wrapping up my second week as an intern at El Tiempo Latino. This newspaper is the biggest Spanish-written paper in the Washington D.C. metro area. It is the “go-to” newspaper for local Spanish speaking citizens, and I am privileged to be writing for them. This paper is located across the street from the White House. I can see the White House outside of our window, and it is an amazing view. Our paper is both, digital and print for the public. And thankfully, it is always free.
My duties as an intern is basically to do what all their other reporters do. I get sent to an interesting event to cover it, or I attend a press conference roundtable with community leaders to report what is being announced for the city. Anything interesting that goes on in the community gets to our editors and then they pick a reporter to cover each story. But it’s not always something that goes on in the community.
For example, my very first story published was about the final match of the “Champions League” tournament. This is the European cup final that comes around once a year among football clubs, not national teams. This year it was played on Saturday, June 3rd, and my editor wanted me to write an article analyzing the final match on Real Madrid winning their 12th European cup, increasing their dominance over European football. I was asked to write the article on how they can continue to dominate in years to come, based on the young players they have now, and young player than can potentially go out and buy this summer to build an even stronger future for the club. This article, of course, has nothing to do with the Washington D.C. local area, but the sport of football (soccer) is the most popular and beloved sport among the Hispanic community.
That was last week. But this week, I was assigned to cover an event at the National Museum of American History. That, of course, was a local story. But as of now, we are working on an event coming up called “Powermeter”. This event is about the local Hispanic community nominating the “Top 100 Most Influential People for the Hispanic community in the D.C. metro area.” Many beloved people from the local area are selected to be featured in this event. Many of them include congressional politicians, senators, mayors, and governors. Of course, the event awards known people in the community, but it also includes people that have little recognition. Such as activists, chefs, company owners, doctors, and many others who inspire the Hispanic community in the D.C. area.
What I’ve learned in my internship this week compared to last, is that people really do like to share their perspective to the press. Coming into this internship, I thought interviewees were going to avoid me, dislike me, or even despise me because of the rise of distrust on journalists today among the American public according to many studies. But personally, so far, I have experienced that many people still see the press as the most important tool to raise awareness and important activities in any community, especially from such an active area like D.C. For example, when I interviewed the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs on Friday, he said that the local press is their best friend to share important information, despite the distrust on the media that seems to be growing as time passes by.