LEXINGTON, NEBRASKA – The Latino population in several Nebraska communities now has access to an additional news source.
“Noticias De Mi Pueblo” or “My Town’s News” has expanded its focus to Hastings, Madison, Nebraska City, Fremont, and Schuyler.
The YouTube channel was started in June 2019 spotlighting the community of Lexington.
“The purpose of this newscast was to help those who do not speak English to get local information about what is happening in town,” said Gladys Godinez, community organizer with the Center for Rural Affairs.
Then, the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in rural areas of the state.
“We need local and rural information in Spanish to be aware of the continuous changes in our communities that affect us all,” said Godinez. “The need is drastic, about 25 percent who have had positive tests are Latinos in a state where we are only 11 percent of the population.”
The Center for Rural Affairs recently received a grant from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to distribute information in Spanish via the channel.
Videos are published twice a week and contain school news, event cancellations, and other resources.
The YouTube channel may be found at: bit.ly/2HGFDHF.
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