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HITN PARTNERS WITH THE PUERTO RICAN CULTURAL CENTER TO CELEBRATE “FIESTA BORICUA”

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HITN will present a special program “De Bandera a Bandera” featuring one of the largest Latino festivals that take place in the Midwest. The program will include a posthumous recognition of Ramón Lopez, a principal contributor to the concept of the ‘Paseo Boricua’ and a visit to three Puerto Rican towns that stand out for their traditions and cultural richness.

Brooklyn, NYHITN TV has announced a partnership with Chicago’s El Centro Cultural Puertorriqueño Juan Antonio Corretjer de Chicago (Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center, PRCC) for special coverage of the virtual 2020 Fiesta Boricua (Puerto Rican Festival). This is one of the largest Latino festivals, and the most important, that takes place in the Midwest. HITN’s coverage will include performances and an introduction to the Fiesta by Dr. Jesús Hernández Burgos, director of the Public Health Initiatives of the PRCC as well as a colorful segment, Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos (The Best of Our Towns), highlighting the cultural heritage and traditions of three Puerto Rican towns. The special, De Bandera a Bandera (From Flag to Flag), will air on HITN on Sunday, September 6 at 6:30a.m. Pacific / 8:30 a.m. Central / 9:30 a.m. Eastern and will re-air at 9:30 a.m. Pacific /11:30 a.m. Central / 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

According to José E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, “Fiesta Boricua has become the quintessential representation of our Puerto Rican-ness in Chicago, particularly as it highlights the rich legacy of the city’s cultural roots through music, dance, food, theatre, arts, and bringing to the stage new and emerging artists from Puerto Rico.”

This year the Fiesta Boricua celebrates the 25th anniversary of the installation of the flags in the well-known ‘Paseo Boricua’, a six-block segment of Division Street between Western and California Avenue adorned with Puerto Rican flags, for which there will be a posthumous tribute to a principal collaborator of the founding of Paseo Boricua, Ramón López, López. The program will also feature renowned musicians. Some who have participated in previous years are Willie Colón, Ismael Miranda, and El Gran Combo.

During the broadcast, HITN will include a colorful segment entitled “Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos” (“The Best of Our Towns”), which will highlight the culinary specialties and cultural traditions of the three towns in Puerto Rico. One of the towns is Hormigueros, on the west side of the island. It is also known as the “pilgrimage town,” because the Basílica of Nuestra Señora de Monserrate is located in the town’s historic district. Mayor Pedro Garcia Figueroa says, “This virtual festival makes us re-experience the emotions we had in 2011, on that journey from flag to flag, where we carried the image of our patron, Maria De Monserrate, in the same way we have always done it through the streets of my town. We open our arms to our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters on this occasion, and we embrace them, because we are all one people.” HITN will also highlight the town of Loiza in eastern Puerto Rico, which is known for its cultural richness and Afro-Puerto Rican roots. Julia M. Nazario Fuentes, Loiza’s Mayor says, “Culture has a wonderful ‘soul’ that transcends borders, and now we know that it also overcomes the difficulties of the pandemic. In 2018 we had the honor of visiting Chicago for the Bandera a Bandera event, where we joined in fellowship with the people of our diaspora. This year we have had the joy of being part of the event, thanks to the wonders of technology. We hope you like Burén de Lina and Sheila’s turbans, as well as the music of Belelé and Junte Loiceño. When we least imagine it, we will embrace each other again. Whether here or there, we will always be Puerto Ricans.”

Finally, will also highlight the town of Comerío in the east central part of the island, which is often called “La Perla del Plata” (“Pearl of the River Plata”), and was known as a center of obacco. Comerios’ Mayor, José “Josean” Santiago adds, “Our town is distinguished by the passion to keep our roots alive, which identifies us as Puerto Ricans. We are very proud to have been the first town to be included in Lo Mejor de Nuestros Pueblos. Today, in celebrating 10 years, we remember, with much love and gratitude to all those who participated in this great event that marked our history and who have united us to the great Boricua community in Chicago. We send everyone a firm embrace and many blessings. If God allows it, we celebrate together the next Puerto Rican party of Bandera a Bandera together.” Former Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez will close the event from Comerio.

During HITN’s special program the mayors of these cities will reinforce and raise awareness to the importance of being counted in this year’s census, promoting citizen participation, in an effort to maximize the participation by Puerto Rican families as a whole. It should be noted that according to recent data, less than 30% of Puerto Ricans on the island have filled out their U.S. Census forms.

Chicago residents can tune in at8;30am CST via Comcast 647, DIRECTV 461, DISH 880, and U-verse 3055. The show will be broadcast in Puerto Rico via Liberty Cable.

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere App available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a cable subscription. For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

HITN Donates 100 iPads

HITN Visits Chicago to Support Fiesta Boricua 2018 and Donates 100 iPads

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Brooklyn, NY – HITN, From August 31 to September 2, 2018, Chicago’s Puerto Rican community led by Alderman Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward), State Rep. Cynthia Soto, and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer as well as other elected officials sponsored the 25th Fiesta Boricua (2018) also known as “de Bandera a Bandera“. This festival, which is the largest two-day Puerto Rican festival in the Midwest, annually draws thousands of visitors.

Among the festivities and events were a back-to-school carnival, a press conference, and the annual Noche Jibara/Guayabera Gala, as well as two days of festivities with the best of Puerto Rican food, music, and art history represented.

HITN was well-represented, with President and CEO Michael D. Nieves, Chief Learning and Development Officer Maryann Marrapodi, Angel Audiffred, Marketing Manager and L. Alejandro Molina attending the various functions.

During the Friday press conference, CEO Mike Nieves announced a new pre-school educational technology partnership as the largest Latino cable non-commercial network in the United States, with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer and its childcare, Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer, beginning with the donation of 100+ iPads with staff training, over 20 pre-installed children’s bi-lingual, math, and other STEM-based apps and will continue this initiative with HITN Puerto Rico in Comerio, Loiza and San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and its municipal daycares. “It’s my silver anniversary in Chicago, as I was also here 25 years ago. This is an honor for us, we are in 44 million households, and one of most significant markets for us is Chicago, so we are committed to the community here.

In addition to the above, the Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago presented a check for $20,000 as part of the 3R’s Campaign 4 Puerto Rico to the Mayor of Loiza, Julia Nazario Fuentes.

The list of distinguished participants at the press conference, in addition to HITN leadership, included: Hon. Julia Nazario Mayor of Loiza, Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Puerto Rican Patriot Oscar Lopez Rivera, New York State Assemblyman Jose Rivera, State Representative Cynthia Soto, Alderman Roberto Maldonado and PRCC Executive Director Jose E. Lopez and Childcare Director Xochitl Ramirez.

After the press conference, HITN’s Maryann Marrapodi, and CIC Director Ramirez, along with the childcare students, demonstrated the iPads and apps.

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

Solar Lamps Reach The Plaza De Loiza

Solar Lamps Reach The Plaza de Loiza

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Brooklyn, NY – HITN, On Saturday, August 18, in the community of Loiza, more than a thousand solar lamps were distributed to those who still suffer from faults in Puerto Rico’s electrical system. The public television network HITN, which provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million homes in the United States in Spanish, coordinated this effort to distribute lamps in the municipality of Loiza.

The Vice-Mayor of Loiza, Rafael Ortiz Escobar was present with Linda Hernández Rosado, from HITN’s board of directors and others from the HITN team to distribute the solar lamps to the community.

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

Brooklyn’s Three Kings Day Parade

HITN Contributes to Brooklyn’s Three Kings Day Parade

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The parade will feature a toy giveaway for Brooklyn children at the Brooklyn’s Three Kings Day Parade

 Brooklyn, NY — On January 7th, the Parada Tres Reyes Magos de Brooklyn will be hosting its annual Three Kings Day parade in Brooklyn. At the conclusion of the parade, participants will head to the All Saints Catholic Church for a toy giveaway for children in the community. HITN, the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the country, will collaborate with the parade organizers and will be donating over one hundred toys for this effort.

In light of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and Brooklyn being the recipient of numerous displaced families from Puerto Rico, this annual parade takes on new meaning and significance. Perhaps as never before, this Three Kings Day parade will allow for the uplifting of this important cultural and religious event at a crucial time for our city and its Latino communities, particularly those hailing from Puerto Rico. HITN has been delighted to work with the Parada this year because of this opportunity to give Latinos a piece of their home traditions.

“We are delighted to lend a helping hand to the Parada Tres Reyes Magos de Brooklyn and help offer Latino Brooklynites an opportunity to celebrate our rich culture and nuestra herencia. The celebration of this Three Kings Day parade, which is celebrated by most Latin Americans, comes at a very important time post-Hurricane Maria and undoubtedly will assist in forging bonds of unity between Latinos of all backgrounds and countries,” says Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “As always, HITN is ready to serve and help empower our communities.”

WHAT: Annual Brooklyn Three Kings Day Parade & Toy Giveaway WHEN: January 7th at 2pm (Parade), 4:30pm (Toy Giveaway)

WHERE: Parade will commence at Meeker and Graham and end at Broadway; the toy giveaway will take place at the All Saints Catholic Church at 115 Throop Avenue, Brooklyn

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

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HITN, Brooklyn Navy Yard Hosts Third Annual Coat Drive

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HITN partners with business in downtown Brooklyn to keep New Yorkers warm this winter

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the country, partners with New York Cares to host its third annual coat drive. For the last 28 years, New York Cares has donated approximately 2 million coats to New Yorkers in need. And with temperatures already reaching 20 degrees, HITN recruited the Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY) and Duggal, a leading supplier of printing and graphic display services in hopes of joining other local businesses within the navy yard in order to help New York Cares reach its goal of collecting 200,000 coats. Together, over 100 coats have been collected.

“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.

“So many of our New Yorkers 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.

“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 Michael D. Nieves, President and 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.”

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 is the public gateway to the yard, celebrating its past, present, and future and promoting the role the Yard and its tenants play as an engine for job creation and sustainable urban industrial growth. The center is home to permanent and rotating exhibitions, and hosts educational programs,  workforce development services, and a robust public tour program. BLDG 92 exhibits are open Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm–6pm, and admission is always free. Visit bldg92.org for more information.

Duggal: For more than 50 years, Duggal has served as a trusted advisor and partner in helping the world’s leading image-makers communicate visually with their audiences and customers. Duggal is recognized as a leading innovator in the visual communication, display graphics and multimedia industry, bringing several new and exclusive products to the market each year. Duggal is a certified 100% minority owned business. The company is an equal opportunity employer with a diverse staff and management of 370+ experienced professionals and technicians dedicated to providing the highest level of service for our customers. The company remains headquartered in  Manhattan, with seven additional facilities in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Portland Oregon, which total over 250,000 square feet of production space.

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

hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico

HITN Continues Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

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HITN contributes to Centro for Puerto Rico to purchase 52, 440 gallon water tanks for victims of Hurricane Maria through the Agua Pa’l Pueblo Movement as a continuance of hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the country, has donated $24,700 in efforts to help Agua Pa’l Pueblo, a fundraiser with its mission to provide clean water to the residents living in poor neighborhoods without access to filtered water following the flooding and mass destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

“While donations and supplies are welcomed in an effort to provide relief for the victims of Hurricane Maria, obtaining water is one of the country’s top priorities,” says Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “As we head into the holiday season and in more ways than one, Christmas serves as a reminder for all of us to shed light on everyone, including those who need it the most. We are all fortunate that we get to enjoy the things we have with our loved ones in the comfort of our home while others do not even have potable water readily available.

Agua Pa’l Pueblo, supported by the fundraiser Waves for Water, has successfully acquired dozen of 440 gallon tanks to install into poor areas that do not have access to clean water. With HITN’s donation, the fundraiser will be able to acquire 52 tanks each holding 440 gallons of water for Puerto Rican residents.

For more information on how to support Agua Pa’l Pueblo, please visit: http://www.wavesforwater.org/fundraiser/agua-pal-pueblo-puerto-rico

Waves for Water: Founded by Jon Rose in 2009, the organization launched with a program called the Courier Program – a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) distribution network of travelers who carry water filters in their luggage, eliminating the distribution challenges faced by philanthropic aid programs. Since then, W4W has reached nearly seven million people in more than 27 countries including Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Haiti, Brazil, Liberia, Mexico, India and Colombia. The organization was the first non-profit to team up with a U.S. military battalion in an active war zone to help people in need along the Kunar River in Afghanistan. In addition to a primary focus around providing access to clean water, they coordinate and execute natural disaster relief efforts around the world.

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

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Filmmaking App Helps Brooklyn Youth Shine Spotlight On Anti-bullying And Anti-harassment In Brooklyn Public Schools

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Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office collaborates with Brooklyn-based Hispanic non-profit broadcaster HITN to take on the challenge of bullying through the use of digital-storytelling and social media

Brooklyn, NY In a survey conducted by New York City’s Department of Education, 81 percent of its students have experienced bullying or harassment in their schools, a shocking 10 percent increase from last year’s survey. Of even more concern – according to the Brooklyn DA’s Bureau of Youth Initiatives – is that today’s teens live in a digital world where the evolving darker side of social media is taking shape as “an ongoing cycle of cyber-bullying and retaliation that frequently escalates beyond online harassment to result in delinquency and arrests — from inappropriate sexual messaging to one on one gang and gun violence, to even more tragic trends that impact their lives at every level.” And although there are numerous options for parents to help prevent their children from being bullied or harassed, there are not nearly as many tools for teens to use for themselves.

Through a collaboration between the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Bureau of Youth Initiatives, the Brooklyn-based non- profit media company the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) and DIYdoc, a smartphone app production company founded by social and technology entrepreneur John Carlin and filmmaker David Grandison, Jr., teens are being empowered to take on the challenge of bullying through a visionary program that enables them to produce their own authentic and compelling short films using their smart phones and specially designed, easy to use story templates. The app does more than make it possible for teens to share their own personal experiences on their smart phones and social media. The goal of HITN and the Brooklyn DA’s Office is to help amplify youth voices by providing the technology and training that make it possible for them to create their own short videos, share them with their peers and work with law enforcement to explore stories and solutions for real world impact.

We have to face the facts that bullying and harassment among teens is something that has become more dangerous,” says Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “By partnering with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office and using technology to help young people share their stories and possible solutions for bullying, we hope that teens, schools and parents can better address this ongoing issues.

This is a terrific opportunity to turn the tables on bullying and teach our children how to use their technology to make a positive impact. It has become all too clear that bullying has stepped out of the schoolyard and into cyberspace, which allows bullies the chance to post anonymous online taunts that are devastating to our children. This app is a great tool for helping kids help each other,” said Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez

This innovative program also allows young filmmakers to help their peers learn about cyber-bullying, offer ideas for ways to stop it and learn more about media literacy and how to create a compelling, well thought-out story online.

This research-based educational method combines project-based learning and peer-tutoring to reach the HITN and the DA’s goal of educating at-risk teens on this challenging topic. The community will benefit since the app enables participants to share informative films on the topic as well as other local news stories with their friends and relatives.

The world is changing because almost everyone has a powerful video camera in their hands in the form of a smartphone,” says DIYdoc producer David Grandison, Jr. “It’s time we use these smartphones and all the other social media apps for something good.

The Bureau of Youth Initiatives creates and manages programs and initiatives designed to meet the Office’s overall mission to keep Brooklyn residents safe through the prevention of crime and delinquency. The Bureau fulfills this  mission through educational programming, recreational activities, mentorships, internships, and career readiness initiatives that provide an in-depth understanding of the District Attorney’s role in the criminal justice system. To that end, the Office aims to build a well-informed citizenry that will contribute to the creation of a safer Brooklyn for generations to come.

DIYdoc is a technology company made up of app and media producers with a mission to enable young people to use inexpensive smartphones, that are widely available, to understand filmmaking better and create high quality films that matter.

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

oin Forces To Protect Endangered Species

HITN and Wildlife Conservation Network Join Forces To Protect Endangered Species

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Brooklyn, NY HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced a partnership with Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN), an organization that helps protect endangered species and their natural habitats, to include educational capsules on this topic as part of its programming.

The two-minute long capsules are part of HITN’s “Tu Planeta” block, which airs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern / 3:00 a.m. Pacific.  Each installment features information provided by WCN about at-risk animals, such as the African elephant, cotton-top tamarins in Colombia, Andean bears, and Ethiopian wolves.

HITN’s audience has a strong interest in nature programming and we have made it an integral part of our lineup.  We are pleased to join forces with WCN to generate this content, which, in addition to informing viewers, identifies concrete actions they can take to help protect endangered species and the future of our wildlife,” remarked Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN.

“We are excited to collaborate with HITN in this initiative to reach and educate the Spanish-speaking community about different species that are at risk,” said Stephanie Carnow, Director of Marketing and Communications at WCN. “Together we can raise awareness and educate people about the steps we can take to address the threats facing endangered wildlife around the world.”

WCN is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting independent conservationists around the world by providing them with strategic services and training in areas such as fundraising, marketing, accounting and strategic planning so they can work with communities to protect endangered species.

According to the most recent information from WCN, the planet’s wildlife face numerous threats; from climate change to human-wildlife conflict to illegal wildlife trafficking. Wildlife conservation is tremendously important not only for protecting endangered species, but also for protecting entire ecosystems which thousands of animals, plants, and people rely on. The global community must take immediate action to protect wildlife so that these incredible and important animals will be here for generations to come.

For more information, please visit HITN visit: www.hitn.tv

ABOUT WILDLIFE CONSERVATION NETWORK

The Wildlife Conservation Network’s (WCN) mission is to protect endangered species and preserve their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. WCN invests technically and financially in a select network of conservation partners to ensure their mission success, and creates large-scale, range-wide Crisis and Recovery Funds to support the best ideas to end extinction crises and bring wildlife back from the brink. Learn more about WCN’s unique approach to saving wildlife, or learn more about WCN’s conservation partners and their most compelling initiatives. The Wildlife Conservation Network is proud to have a number one rating for wildlife conservation organizations on Charity Navigator—with four stars and a perfect 100 score—and platinum status with Guidestar. Please visit: www.wildnet.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

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