HRP Offer Two Full Scholarships For Intensive Spanish Journalism Workshop

Intensive Spanish Journalism Writing Workshop

A two-week long winter intensive workshop (January 13th to January 24th 2014) for Bard students who are fluent in Spanish and wish to explore and hone their journalistic and communication skills and see the product of their work published in the monthly award-winning La Voz magazine of the Hudson Valley.

Taught and directed by journalist Mariel Fiori, managing editor of La Voz magazine, the workshop includes two guest lectures by Professor Melanie Nicholson and Professor Miles Rodriguez, who will talk about the intersection of literature and journalism, and the history of Mexican Americans in the US, respectively. The workshop addresses fundamental and advanced questions, such as: What is news? How to gather information? How does one conduct an interview? What are the basic elements of a good feature story for a magazine? What are the different types of feature stories? How to start a feature story? What do we say in the first paragraph? How does one end a story? What are the pitfalls to avoid? The two weeks will be structured as follows: the mornings will be devoted to classroom training (such as discussion, readings, and exercises), and the afternoons will be devoted to research, interviewing and writing assignments. The instruction will be in Spanish. For the purpose of checking for good use of language and grammar, a native Spanish speaker will be assigned for the duration of the workshop as a language tutor assistant.

Students participating in the workshop will benefit not only from learning the tools necessary to produce journalistic pieces in Spanish, but also from getting real experiences interviewing and researching on Latinos in the Hudson Valley: at least one of their assignments will be thoroughly revised for publication in La Voz magazine, Moreover, they will learn first-hand about the process of producing a monthly magazine. The process of creating and maintaining a publication in Spanish in the area involves getting a regular flow of quality submissions, copy editing for grammar and usage, finding the right images (photos or illustrations), graphic design, printing (which also includes proofing) and finally distributing 5,000 copies every month to 400 stops in 20 towns in 4 counties for an estimated readership of 20,000. La Voz readers will benefit from a more thorough understanding of what it means to live in this part of the world, and in the Hudson Valley in particular.

Today, La Voz is the only news publication in Spanish that covers the Mid-Hudson Valley .This workshop addresses the great need for written journalism in Spanish covering the Hudson Valley.

Sponsored by La Voz magazine, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Human Rights Project, the Trustee Leader Scholarship Program, and the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program at Bard College.

Students who would like to be considered as TLS candidates for La Voz magazine are highly encouraged to apply.

Price for Bard students: $275*

*This fee includes housing at Bard. If you don’t need housing, an appropriate discount will be applied. Price for Bard students demonstrating financial need: $175.

Price for outside community members: $375**

**Space permitting, there will be a few spots reserved for outside community members.

Additionally, the Human Rights Project is offering two full scholarships to Bard students. Please, answer the related question in the registration form below before December 1st.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.

Registration will not be completed until a faculty reference is received and payment is made. Send check payable to La Voz-Bard College via campus mail, or to 30 Campus Rd, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504.


Please register here:

Winter Intensive Workshop Registration



La Voz: cultura y noticias hispanas del Valle de Hudson (The Voice: Hispanic Culture and News from the Hudson Valley), is an award-winning free Spanish language publication that was founded in 2004 as a TLS student project at Bard College by Emily Schmall and Mariel Fiori. Thanks mostly to volunteers, La Voz has grown to become a highly respected local publication, winning awards for its overall design and cultural content from the New York Community Media Alliance and from the Dutchess County Executive. Today, we print and distribute 5,000 copies each month at 400 locations throughout Dutchess, Ulster, Orange and Columbia counties for an estimated 20,000 readers.

Of the nearly 120,000 Latinos living in the counties of Dutchess, Ulster and Orange, about 90,000 prefer to speak Spanish at home, according the latest US Census figures. First-generation Hispanic immigrants who speak Spanish at home, and little or no English outside the home, depend on La Voz not only for its informative aspects but also for its artistic attributes. Language barriers can be quite difficult to overcome, especially for individuals living in small towns or rural areas. We introduce readers, who are isolated not only by geography but also by language, to a world of arts and information. La Voz is the only publication of its kind in the area.

The focus of La Voz is to empower its Hudson Valley readers through actionable information. It features columns on health and legal affairs, an English learning worksheet, advice on personal finance, and a resource guide announcing local events and activities. Inspiring stories are also part of the magazine, with interviews and testimonials from immigrants who are achieving their version of the American dream. Short stories (cuentos), opinion pieces, poetry in translation, math puzzles and word games also contribute to the carefully selected content. Form is as important as content (as Marshall McLuhan put it, the medium is the message) and thus design helps make the magazine alluring and accessible. Strong both in content and form, it is no wonder so many readers have praised La Voz over the years and look forward to each new issue.

About Mariel Fiori

Mariel Fiori’05 is a journalist and a translator, co-founder and managing editor of the Bard sponsored monthly Spanish language magazine, La Voz, cultura y noticias hispanas del Valle de Hudson, which seeks to empower the Hispanic population of the Hudson Valley region through actionable information. Fiori is a journalist and translator with an MBA from NYU, Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies from Bard College. Before coming to the United States in 2003, she lived and worked for two years in Spain, and previously in Buenos Aires, her hometown, where she earned a degree in journalism and studied legal and commercial English-Spanish translation at the Catholic University of Argentina. She has worked for different mass media groups and independent media in Argentina, Spain and the United States as a researcher, writer, translator, editor and radio and television producer.  

Thanks to her passionate work with La Voz, Fiori has been the recipient of the Dutchess County Executive Arts Award in 2010, and La Voz has received four Ippies awards from the New York Community Media Alliance. On March 24th, 2012, she was one of the recipients of the award 40 under 40 rising Latino Stars by the Hispanic Coalition of NY.

Fiori is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, NAHJ, the Ulster County Hispanic Advisory Board, the American Association of University Women, AAUW, and the American Translators Association, ATA. Since 2007 she has been a board member of Somos la Llave del Futuro, SLF, Inc., a Dutchess county based non-profit organization which seeks to build leadership in immigrant communities, and since August 2010 she has been a board member of Family of Woodstock, Inc., an Ulster County based 40 year-old service agency.

She is a volunteer programmer at local community radio WGXC 90.7FM (for Columbia and Greene counties), and NPR Robin Hood Radio stations 88.1FM, 91.7FM, 91.9FM and 1020AM, and co-hosts one show, the weekly morning show ¿Qué cocinaré hoy?

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