9/11: The Latino Experience

9/11: The Latino Experience

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NEW YORK CITY -- No corner of New York was left untouched by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. September 11 is forever etched as a painful and indelible mark on the soul of this city: The loss of so many loved ones seared our hearts and the solidarity that emerged was inspiring.

Ten years later, New Yorkers continue to suffer and show great resilience. But how a community that is 30 percent of the city's population has weathered the lasting effects of September 11 was the question for us.

So in the months approaching the 19th anniversary of the attacks, El Diario/La Prensa launched a multimedia initiative to create a platform for Latino voices and to report the impact on Hispanics.

That devastating event changed the course of a mayoral race that could have ushered in the first Hispanic mayor of New York City; it shifted the real estate focus, 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.

The web special offers portraits of Hispanic victims and their families, of survivors and responders. Woven together, the reports and testimonies unfold the Latino experience of September 11.

In this age of citizen participation in journalism, the goal of El Diario is to document -- with you -- the stories of 9/11 and its aftermath.

To this end, El Diario has engaged in extensive community outreach to promote interaction with the site. The outreach builds on El Diario's 98-year legacy as the "Champion of Hispanics". It also reflects impreMedia's commitment to expanding awareness through its national Think Digital-Piensa Digital campaign.

"Latinos are 30% of New York City's population," said Erica Gonzalez, Executive Editor of
El Diario/ La Prensa. "They lost loved ones, they responded at Ground Zero and today they are
helping restore lower Manhattan to its former glory. We want to make sure their voices are heard
on this anniversary and beyond."

The editorial team at El Diario dedicated months to researching and reporting for the project.
The resulting archive of the Latino experience of September 11 has major historic value, as it features
the perspectives of individuals not found elsewhere.

"El Diario's team was on the ground and worked around the clock to cover the September 11
attacks -- as we agonized over family and friends directly affected," said Publisher and CEO
Rossana Rosado. "With this project, we hope to show younger Latinos how the community
showed great resilience in the face of such a devastating event."

The project, titled September 11... The Latino Experience (11 de Septiembre... Nuestra
Experiencia) includes:

* Spanish and English-language content.

* A special public service announcement about the special by Emmy-award winning actor
John Leguizamo.

* A recap of the major Latino news stories in 2001.

* A map of NYC streets re-named for Hispanic victims.

Special reports in El Diario's print edition beginning August 30 culminating with a
commemorative edition of El Diario to be published on Sunday, September 11.

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
for a one-hour television special about 9/11, hosted by Sonia Valentin.

Click here to enter September 11, the Latino Experience.