New York’s City’s First And Only Film Critics Boot Camp Is Based In Brooklyn

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Brooklyn, NY – For the third consecutive year, HITN/ KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp, a week-long summer program designed to teach young teens the skills to critique and review films, has once again come to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And in the coming months, some of these young participants will graduate and will start critiquing major motion pictures and hitting the red carpets to interview A-list celebrities.

This highly interactive program provides young teens from the boroughs of the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn with an experience in a professional setting of real master control rooms, working studios and digital media equipment. These aspiring film critics develop critical thinking skills while learning the art of writing and recording their film reviews. They also gain confidence while practicing on-camera interview skills. As part of the camp activities, the students meet with special guests from the entertainment industry including actors, film critics and producers.

Once the young participants complete the week-long camp, they have the opportunity to join the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team. This group of national youth reporters attend press screenings, interview talent on the red carpet, and review new film releases rated up to PG-13. These young film critics— ages 9 to 15 years old— and their reviews are seen, read or listened to by more than 7 million people every month. “The summer is the time for kids to enjoy themselves, but they shouldn’t stop learning,” says Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “This program successfully accomplishes both by creating an environment where the kids can enjoy themselves by watching movies, while also learning how to combine the art of critical thinking and communicating through the use of technology. HITN is proud to offer this experience to these future film critics.”

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp

Is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, a national, nonprofit (501-c-3) organization founded in 1991 whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children’s media. For more information, visit www.kidsfirst.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

HISPANICS IN NEW YORK CITY

HITN Brings Innovation to Hispanics in New York City

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Brooklyn, NY – HITN, a non-profit Spanish-language media network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million households around the United States, brings innovation to Hispanics in New York City by co-hosting SMART CITIES NYC ’17, a three-day event to showcase the advancements in technology through an interactive trade show and exhibition of hundreds of local, national and global organizations representing the government, academic, public and private sectors featuring speakers from around the world who are pioneering technological and innovative solutions to urban problems.

HITN is the vehicle for Smart Cities 17’ to bridge the Spanish speaking community with its mission to bring innovation to neighborhoods where the Hispanics reside. In efforts to continuously inform the Hispanic communities on the new and upcoming proposals from the most innovative minds from all over the world, HITN encourages its communities in becoming central patrons in promoting forward thinking to find the best ways to serve the public. Smart Cities initiatives focus on making the city better, safer, and smarter like reducing traffic congestion with self-driven automobiles and improving pedestrian safety. Smart Cities continues to provide access to Wi-Fi, adding solar panels, increasing LED street lighting in city neighborhoods, improving emergency response with the use of drones in fire operations, and enhancing customer service through the use of 311 and Parks mobile apps, and community kiosks.

HITN is proud to partner with Smart Cities NYC ’17 as it is our mission to provide a wide array of educational information to the Hispanic communities,” says Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “These upcoming events will provide ways for our communities to better serve and improve our way of living and providing the necessary resources to help take better care of our planet.”

Launched in 2012, the Smart Cities Council is the author of the internationally recognized Smart Cities Readiness Guide, which provides guiding principles and best practices for an integrated, cross-cutting smart city. The Readiness Guide is the framework used to produce Readiness Workshops, which are delivered all over the world to help cities create their smart city roadmaps. With regional councils in North America, Europe, India and Australia/New Zealand, the Council is comprised of more than 120 partners and advisors who generate $2.7 trillion in annual revenue and who have worked on more than 10,000 smart city projects past and present. To learn more, visit www.smartcitiescouncil.com.

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

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media

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Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the non-profit, Spanish-language media network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million households across the United States, has helped its viewers for decades to live healthier lives by offering programming on how to prepare nutritious meals for their families, how to incorporate fitness into their busy everyday schedule and why mental health is so important. So as technology and media have become a necessary factor in our daily lives, HITN now wants also to focus on helping its viewers keep a ‘Healthy Media Diet’ together with Common Sense Media.

The ‘Healthy Media Diet’ initiative, in partnership with Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization which provides parents with resources that teach children how to properly incorporate technology and media in their lives, will provide resources that will help parents deal with the common concerns associated with excessive use of technology and media. In a study conducted by Common Sense Media, most families do not feel connected as they would like to be and and feel addicted to their devices. The interactions and bonds built within familiars are critical for children’s social and intellectual development. By embracing a ‘Healthy Media Diet’, parents can teach children and themselves how to keep a healthy balance that we should all incorporate into our daily lives.

HITN understands that eliminating technology and media completely from the lives of children is not the solution or option,” says Ed Greene, Vice President of Community and Partnerships at HITN. “HITN recognizes that every day the immediate and exciting changes, which create new opportunities and pitfalls can also present new challenges and concerns for parents and kids alike. And in conjunction with the existing tools shared by Common Sense Media and through our partnership, we will be able to provide parents with educational resources and activities that parents can use to implement within their families.”

HITN will also be participate in Common Sense Media’s national campaign #DeviceFreeDinner. Common Sense is the nation’s leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a powerful voice for kids and families in the 21st century. Millions of families, educators, and policymakers turn to Common Sense every day to access our independent rating systems, unbiased research, and trusted tools and advice that help them navigate a rapidly changing digital landscape at home and at school. Learn more at www.commonsense.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

film critics boot camp

HITN Hosts Open House for Brooklyn’s Only Film Critics Boot Camp For Teens

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Brooklyn, NYHITN, the non-profit Spanish-language media network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million households in the United States, will host an open house at its studio located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for parents interested in learning more about the Summer 2017 HITN/KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp. The HITN/KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp is a highly interactive program that provides young teens from Brooklyn and the surrounding boroughs with an introduction to the world of film and media in a professional studio. The boot camp is designed to offer local youth, ages 9-15, the opportunity to learn the skills to critique and review films, present their reviews on-camera and conduct interviews. “KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Boot Camps is an opportunity for children to build confidence, skills in journalism.

The HITN/KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp for Teens is a highly interactive program that provides young teens from Brooklyn and the surrounding boroughs with an introduction to the world of film and media in a professional studio. The boot camp is designed to offer local youth, ages 9-15, the opportunity to learn the skills to critique and review films, present their reviews on-camera and conduct interviews. “KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Boot Camps is an opportunity for children to build confidence, skills in journalism, in “KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Boot Camps is an opportunity for children to build confidence, skills in journalism, in film, and to build friendships and memories,” says Ranny Levy, Founder and President of Coalition for Quality Children’s Media. “We are so happy that we were able to do this again with HITN and to add an additional third week for beginners.”

The boot camp will offer four (4) one-week sessions. The first three (3) will be for beginners and the last one-week session will be for advanced students. All campers will watch the latest films, write critiques, produce video reviews, and learn interview techniques while meeting actual film critics, producers and actors. “We are so excited to host an open house for our 2017 KIDS FIRST! boot camp”, says Ed Greene, Vice President of Partnerships and Community Development of HITN. “This reception will provide an opportunity for kids and families to hear from our KIDS FIRST! graduates.

“We are so excited to host an open house for our 2017 KIDS FIRST! boot camp”, says Ed Greene, Vice President of Partnerships and Community Development of HITN. “This reception will provide an opportunity for kids and families to hear from our KIDS FIRST! graduates and learn of the educational and instructional elements of the boot camp experience.”

All campers who complete the program have the opportunity to join the national team of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics. These select few will review new film releases, interview talent and share their views on entertainment. On a national platform, every month, reviews and coverage of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics reach more than 7 million people.

Open house event will take place on April 5, 2017. Guests must RSVP by March 31, 2017 by e-mailing filmcritics@hitn.org. For more information, visit www.hitn.org/kidsfirst.KIDS FIRST! a project of the 25-year-old Coalition for Quality Children’s Media whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children’s media. KIDS FIRST! is supported by major entertainment industry leaders, teachers, librarians, media professionals, lobbyists, policymakers, child advocates, educators, parents, and families nationwide with a cumulative membership of over 17 million.

KIDS FIRST! a project of the 25-year-old Coalition for Quality Children’s Media whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children’s media. KIDS FIRST! is supported by major entertainment industry leaders, teachers, librarians, media professionals, lobbyists, policymakers, child advocates, educators, parents, and families nationwide with a cumulative membership of over 17 million.

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

Coat drive

HITN, Brooklyn Navy Yard Host Annual Coat Drive

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Businesses in Downtown Brooklyn Work to Keep New Yorkers Warm this Winter with annual coat drive.

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the Spanish-language media company that delivers educational programming to more than 44 million homes nationwide has again partnered with New York Cares to host its second annual coat drive. Over the last 25 years, New York Cares has donated approximately 1.6 million coats to New Yorkers in need. And with temperatures already reaching 20 degrees, HITN recruited the Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY) and local businesses within the navy yard in order to help New York Cares reach its goal of collecting 200,000 coats.

“We are very happy that we were able to provide coats for many of our fellow New Yorkers who need them. It is extremely comforting to know that we have helped prepare those in need to weather the cold during the upcoming months,” said Valerie D. White, Vice President External Affairs, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

In addition to the BNY, two other important contributors to the coat drive were Duggal, a leading supplier of printing and graphic display services and New Lab, a community of hardware-centric designers and engineers working on emerging technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence.

“So many of our New Yorker’s need help. We often store coats in our closets that we know we won’t ever use again and what better way than donating it to someone who will appreciate it,” says Heather Griffin, Director of Marketing for Duggal.

“New Lab is proud to be part of this strong Brooklyn Navy Yard community. By coming together to help the New York Cares Coat Drive initiative for the greater community of which we’re all a part of, is very important to us,” says Meetra Javid, Member Agent of New Lab.

“I’m thrilled we collected a record-breaking number of coats this holiday season. This can only be attributed to our collaboration with the Brooklyn Navy Yard and our neighbors within the navy yard,” says Mike Nieves, CEO of HITN. “In this season of giving, we must aim to continue helping our fellow New Yorkers and we look forward to recruiting more partners next year in order to double the number of coats we collect.”

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

Teens Attend Brooklyn’s First Boot Camp for Film Critics

Teens Attend Brooklyn’s First Boot Camp for Film Critics

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Teens attend Brooklyn’s first boot camp for film critics: these teens haven’t yet graduated high school but will soon start critiquing major motion pictures!

Brooklyn, N.Y. – In its mission to educate while entertaining our youth, HITN is hosting a week-long boot camp for its second class of future movie critics – who all are under the age of fifteen!

In the second year of the partnership between HITN and KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp, young participants are invited to HITN’s television studio – which is based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard – to learn the art of writing film reviews and practice on-camera interview skills. The students are able to participate in the bootcamp with scholarships provided by HITN.

The week-long camp (August 8th – 12th), is designed for teenagers interested in the field of film reviews who already have some media experience. As part of the camp activities, the participants will interact with special guests from the world of film, including actors and producers. Once the young participants complete the program, they will become a member of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Coalition. This group of national youth reporters review new film releases geared for kids. A group of 18 young film critics, ages 8 to 18 and their reviews are seen, read or listened to by more than 7 million people every month.

KIDS FIRST! is supported by major entertainment industry leaders, teachers, librarians, media professionals, lobbyists, policymakers, child advocates, educators, parents and families nationwide. Support comes from national nonprofit organizations including the National Education Association, REEL Fathers, National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Council of Women’s Organizations, with a cumulative membership of over 17 million.

What: HITN Hosts Brooklyn’s First

Boot Camp for Young Film Critics


When: August 8th  – 12th

Where: HITN-TV,

Brooklyn Navy Yard  

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