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

By COMMUNITY

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

By COMMUNITY

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

By COMMUNITY

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

By COMMUNITY

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

By COMMUNITY

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

By COMMUNITY

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

By COMMUNITY

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

By COMMUNITY

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