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Your Voice Matters. Be Counted!

Your Voice Matters. Be Counted!

By HITN

The CENSUS 2020 is here, and The Puerto Rican Cultural Center is partnering with five community organizations in Humboldt Park, Chicago, to GET OUT THE COUNT. In this effort, HITN designs and produces the website and edits the videos on the home page, which serve as stand-alone PSAs on the organization’s respective social media.

The partners include The Center for Changing Lives, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, Chicago Commons, Centro Sin Fronteras, and The Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School. Visit the Census webpage at https://prcc- chgo.org/tu-cuentas-2020-census/

Together the partnership is launching a campaign to encourage all residents in Humboldt Park to fill out the Census form at: my2020census.gov. The goal is to reach Hard To Count (HTC) populations and help them count. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, HTCs include; immigrants, children under the age of five, racial minorities, and LGBTQ populations. Because of the coronavirus/COVID 19 crisis, we are concentrating our efforts online. The PRCC website https://prcc- chgo.org/ has a CENSUS 2020 page that will have information, news, social media posts, PSAs, where to get help, and FAQ information.

As well, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to conduct outreach and education among the Hardest to Count Populations in the Humboldt Park – West Town Community. The PRCC is the Regional Intermediary (RI) and is partnering with five organizations/sub-recipients to support the State of Illinois’s 2020 Census “Get Out the Count” campaign. This program will continue until the end of June 2020. In addition, the PRCC is partnering with local elected officials to ensure our community gets counted in the 2020 Census. The Latino community for decades has been undercounted in the U.S. Census. State Senator Omar Aquino shared with us that “The threat of being undercounted will be more serious this year due to the tactics of the current administration. As a unified community, Latinos need to take a stand to ensure we receive the valuable resources our communities receive as a result of the census count. Please take the time to properly fill out the Census so that our community’s voice will not be counted out.

Census data also guides the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal funding to programs that are crucial to the well-being of families and communities. We only get one chance every ten years at achieving a full count – this data will inform important policy decisions and determine federal funding allocations for a decade. U.S. Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, said Latinos “have the most to win and the most to lose. I’m talking about resources; it’s also known as money or funding. I’m talking about power. The ability to influence policy from Washington D.C. to the state legislature to City Hall.” State Representative Delia Ramirez shared that “As we face this public health crisis, participating in the Census now helps secure future funding for our communities. Crises like the COVID-19 are exactly why the government needs truthful, accurate, and precise Census data.” Self-responding to the Census is the easiest way to make sure you are counted amid the COVID-19 situation”.

Residents can self-respond to the Census online at https://my2020census.gov/ or over the phone in English by dialing 844-330-2020 or in Spanish at 844-468-2020.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

coronavirus resources and information

HITN Launches Content and Services to Help Hispanic Families Cope with the Coronavirus Threat

By HITN

HITN’s Vida y Salud brand has taken action in the face of the emergency caused by the rise of the coronavirus, providing educational resources, reliable information and advisory services in real time to Spanish-speaking families in the U.S. and in Latin America.

Brooklyn, NY – HITN announced that it has launched a full-scale effort to provide Hispanic families with information, resources and services that may help them navigate through the COVID-19 global pandemic. These efforts are led by HITN’s health and wellness brand, Vida y Salud, and include information on its website, daily television block, newsletters and social media accounts. In addition, HITN Television is broadcasting special messages and public service announcements throughout its programming.

The most useful and practical thing that we can do as a multimedia company is to raise awareness and provide content and services that help keep our audience and their families safe, informed and even entertained in these difficult times of uncertainty and fear,” said Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN.

The first part of the campaign is the adoption of the #YoMeQuedoEnCasa (“I’m staying home”) campaign. Through this simple message, adapted from the viral European experience, HITN is continuously reminding viewers that the best way to reduce the transmission of the virus is staying at home and avoiding physical social interaction.

To maintain viewers informed about the progression of the emergency, HITN has partnered with The Health Channel (a South Florida PBS service) to produce daily news briefs that are broadcast at the top of the hour, every hour, during primetime. The reports called “Coronavirus en Tiempo Real” (Coronavirus in real-time), are also shared with national Hispanic cable networks Vme and Mexicanal, and through several digital outlets.

The site VidaySalud.com has also created a robust microsite that provides the latest information and recommendations from the CDC about the condition and its management in Spanish-language. The site is complemented by newsletters sent directly to the subscribers’ emails and by several daily posts in social media. For Latin America, VidaySalud.com is also offering a free live chat with medical experts and psychologists who provide users with general information that may help them respond about the situation.

HITN has activated all of its digital properties to provide information and guidance during these critical times. Our high levels of reach and position are allowing us to connect with the audience in an active and meaningful way”, said Maximiliano Vaccaro, Vice President of Digital Services for HITN.

In addition, HITN.TV, the channel’s website, is offering special content dedicated to helping viewers stay active and relaxed while at home or under quarantine, including exercise, yoga, and meditation programs, as well as creative ideas that include activities to do with the whole family without leaving home.

It is quite evident that our viewers have heeded the #YoMeQuedoEnCasa call and are enjoying the high-quality programming HITN offers Hispanic families. This adds up to what we have been observing over the last several months, where the network’s numbers have been on a consistent uptrend, week after week out-performing itself, delivering the highest Total day numbers HITN has seen in the history of its measurement, especially during Prime time. With top programs like Al Descubierto, Tesoros de Asia, Mundo Salvaje con Ron Magill, Centro Médico, and Historia de la vida, among many more, Hispanic families continue to prove that HITN is the network of choice for entertaining and educational content in Spanish,” said Erika Vogt-Lowell, Director of Programming and Acquisitions for HITN.

For more information on HITN’s coronavirus campaign visit Vida y Salud.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Postponed

¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Postponed Amidst COVID-19 Warning

By HITN

At the direction of state and city officials, federal and local health authorities, and in particular school closings, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of the ¡Tu Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival both online, as well as the Young Filmmakers Conference, Reception and Watch Parties.

The new dates are October 5, 2020 – November 6, 2020. We are committed to doing our part to help protect our staff and the industry. We are in the process of notifying filmmakers, sponsors, and all our outreach partners. We are deeply grateful for the incredible support we received in the process of organizing this event and ask for your patience and understanding through these unfortunate times.
Our team remains committed to our mission of providing pathways for your voices to be heard as we now look to running the festival in the Fall 2020. Updates will be posted on our social media pages @TCCINEYOUTHFEST and our website, cineyouthfest.org.

Sincerely,

¡Tu Cuentas¡ Cine Youth Festival Team

Contact: Lina Sands (646) 483-0730 March 17, 2020

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN’s Inaugural ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Announces Call for Entries

By HITN

HITN invites filmmakers to participate in inaugural film festival; submission period is open.

BROOKLYN, N.Y.– HITN TV announced today that entries are officially being accepted for the first edition of the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival to debut from April 15 – May 15, 2020. The online film festival will inform, inspire and elevate the voices of young Latinx in film, by creating new pathways for their stories to be heard.

Presented under the theme The Past meets The Present and Moves into the Future, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is designed to support emerging Latinx filmmakers in their creative endeavors, embracing a wide range of film genres that showcase the talents, vision, history and culture of historically underrepresented communities.

It seeks to champion the voices of those who are currently struggling for visibility on screen and behind the camera by providing a platform for young changemakers to express themselves through art, creativity and innovation.

We wanted to showcase the unique perspectives and experiences of young Latinos, and we decided the best way to do this was to give young Latinos a platform to express their perspectives through film,” said Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN.

Films are one of the most powerful forms of storytelling. They are highly effective at raising awareness, improving understanding and inspiring action and these are precisely our goals with this inaugural film festival,” added Alejandro Molina, ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Coordinator. “The upcoming 2020 Census and elections are pivotal moments for Latinos. This year’s inaugural theme speaks to what brought us to this moment in time and invites us to imagine a future where we are all seen and heard. Whether you are an amateur filmmaker in college or a high school student who aspires to make movies one day, we want to hear your story.

The ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is looking for short films that feature a Latinx in a creative lead position either in front or behind the camera. High school and college students are invited to direct, shoot and create their own short films to enter into the festival. English or Spanish-language works of fiction or nonfiction are welcome.

Filmmakers are invited to submit their short films for one of the following categories:

  • Technology
  • Arts & Culture
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Social Empowerment

Qualified filmmakers can submit their entries on CineYouthFest.org through Film Freeway.
The submission period opens Monday, February 10, 2020 and runs through Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Eligibility Criteria
Entries are selected by submission only. Short films must be 30 minutes long or less in length. All film genres, including documentary, drama, animation, comedy, and narrative, are eligible. Filmmakers must be 16 years of age or older to be eligible to enter.

Only films completed between January 1, 2017 and January 31, 2020 are eligible for this festival. Visit CineYouthFest.org for a complete list of rules and eligibility criteria.

Awards
The list of selected videos for the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival will be announced on Wednesday, April 8th and the selection will be screened on CineYouthFest.org from April 15 – May 15, 2020.
An independent jury will evaluate all entries based on a variety of factors, including awareness of subject matter, creativity in approach of subject matter, technical aspects such as directing, acting, cinematography and editing, originality, and inspirational and storytelling impact of the piece. Judges will select two winners from a pool of finalists. A grand prize winner will be selected to receive a cash prize of $3000. An additional student scholarship of $2,000.00 will be awarded to the outstanding work submitted by a student. Winners will be announced on May 22, 2020.

To date, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is being presented in collaboration with Northeastern Illinois University, Roberto Clemente Community Academy and Philadelphia Latino Film Festival.
For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Lina Sands, director of marketing, at LSands@hitn.org.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN TV and UBEAT.TV Join to Host First Ever High School E-Sports Tournament In New York City

HITN TV and UBEAT.TV Join to Host First Ever High School E-Sports Tournament In New York City

By HITN

Five schools will battle it out in a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament Event to be live streamed globally on UBEAT.TV and produced by Nerd Street Gamers

Brooklyn, NY – On February 29th, 2020, a group of students representing high schools from across the five boroughs will meet in the Brooklyn Navy Yard to battle it out in the first ever Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament.

All the participating high schools are sending their best gamers to the event. These students have been training for months – working on their gaming skills and developing the strategies they’ll need if they want to snatch up the UBEAT trophy for their school. Participating students will also have the opportunity to win a $2,000 grand prize, as well as other prizes including gift cards and custom T-shirts.

The esports industry is booming. In the last decade we’ve seen esports grow from streamed underground events to worldwide, televised programs,” said Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN, co-sponsor of the tournament. “However, we also noticed not enough Hispanic gamers and young women who enjoy video games are participating in this growing sport. That’s why HITN and UBEAT made sure to include young Hispanics and young women with this tournament.

While many of these students are familiar with the esports tournament circuit, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament will be a different experience for most of these students since it will be livestreamed across the world.

eSports for the Mediapro Group is an instrumental part of its strategy in innovation and outreach to reach the gaming community and modern audiences through new contents. Being a part of the first ever esports High School Tournament in New York, alongside our partners at HITN, is a key point to explore in the evolution of our multiplatform content”, said Marta Ruiz director for UBEAT (MEDIAPRO Group), also a co-sponsor of the tournament. UBEAT is an esports and gaming multiplatform (linear channel, web and mobile app).

The high schools participating in the tournament include: Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters; Newtown High School in Queens; Brooklyn Technical High School; Media and Communication High School in Manhattan and Maspeth High School in Queens. Esports clubs of up to 20 students will represent each school.

The winning school in New York will face the winner of another tournament taking place in Chicago next month. The final tournament between New York City and Chicago will be held in May 2020.

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament will be held at HITN’s headquarters in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and will be live streamed globally via UBEAT.TV, Mediapro Group’s esports multiplatform.  The tournament is being produced by Nerd Street Gamers, the national esports infrastructure company dedicated to powering competitive opportunities for gamers.

About UBEAT
UBEAT (MEDIAPRO Group) is a multiplatform esports and gaming distributor of Liga de Videojuegos Profesional (LVP) competitions and new entertainment formats for new audiences. UBEAT is a 24/7 television channel with more than 3,500 hours of live national and international competitions and an OTT platform with live and VOD content, offering a bespoke experience to each user, with innovative and interactive features. UBEAT is available online, via mobile app and on the main pay TV operators in Spain (Movistar, Orange, Telecable, Euskaltel and R), in Latin America (Movistar eSports UBEAT), and Mexico and Central America (Sky).

About Nerd Street Gamers
Nerd Street Gamers (NSG), formerly known as N3rd Street Gamers, is a national network of esports facilities and events dedicated to powering competitive opportunities for gamers. The company promotes greater access to the esports industry, laying a national framework for esports talent development and high-quality gaming tournaments. NSG has received backing from Five Below, Comcast, SeventySix Capital, Elevate Ventures, and angel investor George Miller. For more information, follow @nerdstgamers on Twitter or visit http://www.nsg.gg.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN’s President Honored by Schneps Community News Group

HITN’s President Honored by Schneps Community News Group

By HITN

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, Naomi Rivera, Executive Director of Government for HITN accepted the King of Kings Award on behalf of the company’s, President and CEO, Michael D. Nieves. Schneps Community News Group, the parent company of Schneps Communications, honored Michael Nieves, as one of the borough’s best men at its annual Kings of Kings County Awards held at Grand Prospect Hall.

The outstanding men honored are all giants in the fields of Healthcare, Business, Education & Nonprofit, Real Estate, Banking & Finance, and Law & Activism. These extraordinary men have been successful because they have a passion for what they do in the Borough of Brooklyn. Because of these men, Brooklyn is a better place to live and work!

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Civic Organizations Rise to the Occasion to Help Puerto Rico

Civic Organizations Rise to the Occasion to Help Puerto Rico

By HITN

On January 21, Attorney José Hernández, HITN’s Director of Operations in Puerto Rico, participated in delivering supplies to people affected by the earthquake wave which shook the southern part of the island on January 6 and 7. The event consisted of visiting official shelters in the municipalities of Peñuelas and Guanica; as well as, several neighborhoods which were severely affected. Toiletries were handed out, along with food, diapers for children and adults, cleaning products, toilet paper, and disinfectants, among other things. HITN participated in the delivery along with the Ladies Civic Club of Puerto Rico, a private non-profit entity, with almost one hundred years in existence, dedicated to philanthropy activities, for the benefit of the neediest communities in the country.

Since December 28th, almost two thousand aftershocks of varying intensity have been felt and the effects in the southern municipalities is virtually constant. Thousands of people in the most affected villages are sleeping outdoors or in camping tents, because they are afraid of aftershocks which occur mostly at night. Authorities have ruled out that possibility through studies and statistics. Preliminarily, it has been estimated that there are around 7,470 homes and buildings that have totally and partially collapsed or are not safe to use.

As we did after Hurricane Maria, HITN is committed to the well-being of the population of Puerto Rico, and we always say, “Present!” to help when situations like the one currently affecting us occur. People from the rest of the country have extended themselves above and beyond with help for the residents of southern Puerto Rico. Now we have to address other problems that have arisen as a result of the situation, such as the impact on the mental health of the population. We will continue to help in the recovery of the country.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Annual Coat Drive

HITN, New York Cares and Brooklyn Navy Yard Companies warm up Brooklynites with Annual Coat Drive

By HITN

Brooklyn, NYHITN, (Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network) the first non- commercial Hispanic network in the United States that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the country, partnered with New York Cares and Brooklyn Navy Yard Companies to continue its annual coat drive tradition this winter. In its 4th Year, this important community-based initiative is just one of the many programs HITN leads throughout the year to help improve the lives of Latino communities. For the past several years, HITN successfully recruited tenants such as Brooklyn Navy Yard, New Lab, Duggal, Hip Hop Closet, City Scaled, Mediapro and DAZN, to multiply their efforts in increasing the number of collected coats every year.
HITN is proud to have led this coat drive once again, along with the Brooklyn Navy Yard and other yard tenants. We collected a grand total of 346 coats, a significant increase from last year. We want to thank all the businesses that participated. It’s efforts such as this that make the Brooklyn Navy Yard a true community,” said Michael D. Nieves, President, and CEO of HITN.

Here’s what some of the leaders of the companies participating in this initiative had to say:

Supporting our local community underscores our core mission of providing working families with economic opportunities available at the Navy Yard. We are proud to support New York Cares and our longtime tenant, HITN, in their annual coat drive for the fourth year running. Each year this program includes more Navy Yard businesses and more of our neighbors who commit to donating this essential resource for those in need during the winter months – and we look forward to an even bigger campaign in 2020,” said David Ehrenberg, President & CEO of Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

New Lab was honored to partner again with HITN for another successful winter coat drive,” said Shaun Stewart, CEO of New Lab. “The Brooklyn community is integral to our work at New Lab, and we are grateful to support people throughout the borough however we can. New Lab members and staff were thrilled to be able to give back through HITN.

HITN is hopeful that this project will continue to be successful and is committed to make it grow once again next winter.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

City & State NY selects Michael D. Nieves for The Responsible 100 Awards

By HITN

City & State is a long-standing institution in New York City recognizing the work of leaders across industries. Each year they shine a light on socially responsible leaders in New York with The Responsible 100 Awards. The annual awards ceremony honors an elite group of 100 New Yorkers who are setting new standards of excellence, dedication and leadership in improving their communities and making transformative change.

This year, they selected 100 New Yorkers from 10 sectors who embody one or more of the core principles of corporate social responsibility: charity, diversity, environment and sustainability, equity, ethics, privacy, sourcing, transparency, volunteerism and community engagement.

Michael D. Nieves, President & CEO of HITN was selected for his service in education, and we are proud to celebrate this achievement. His work is highlighted among outstanding leaders as well as socially responsible executives, visionaries and influencers.

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees, and thank you for your dedication to improving our society!

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

A New Personal and Family Oriented Experience with HITN at Dadeland Mall

A New Personal and Family Oriented Experience with HITN at Dadeland Mall

By HITN

The HITN event took place on Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th at Dadeland Mall in Miami. HITN invited guests to a new personal and family-oriented experience, highlighting the essence of the channel through entertaining, educational, and healthy activities for all family members. The event included free massages and healthy juices samples, face painting and animal-shaped balloons for children, a kids’ coloring area, the opportunity for a meet & greet with Ron Magill, host of Mundo Salvaje, and a spinning wheel for a chance to win amazing HITN branded products. HITN Learning was also a part of the event and the general public had the opportunity to enjoy their great products.

HITN always likes to involve the local community and small companies in these events and enjoys supporting local businesses. There were about 7,000 to 10,000 people who attended the event and enjoyed HITN’s games and activities while learning about the channel and its amazing content. HITN hosts public events in the community about 5 times a year and is looking forward to expand them into other prominent Hispanic areas in the United States. Stayed tuned for future dates and markets!

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv