'Horizonte' marks 10 years of news through Hispanic lens

September 18, 2013

Eight, Arizona PBS marks the 10th anniversary of its weekly public affairs program "Horizonte" – a show created to address issues of particular interest to the local Hispanic community. The show is hosted by José A. Cárdenas, senior vice president and general counsel of Arizona State University. The Eight original production was launched Sept. 18, 2003.

"Arizona Horizon/Horizonte" coordinating producer Mike Sauceda explains the show’s genesis. “The Eight, Arizona PBS management team recognized the importance of the Hispanic perspective within Arizona's community and wanted a program that presents that perspective," Sauceda says. "A committee from Eight, Arizona PBS met with Hispanic community leaders to determine what kind of issues we would cover and who might be a good host. Download Full Image

"It was decided that 'Horizonte' would be a show that would deal with issues ‘through a Hispanic lens,’ and that the show would be produced in English so that it could have an audience not only among Hispanics, but also among the wider community, since many of the issues covered by 'Horizonte'  are of broad appeal,” says Sauceda.

To commemorate the 10-year milestone, "Horizonte" will feature a special retrospective episode on Sept. 19, including clips from the show’s archives and guests on the following topics: immigration, politics and arts and culture.

The immigration segment will include a look back at a discussion on SB 1070 before it became law, and the “Protect Our City Initiative,” which required Phoenix police officers and other city employees to enforce federal immigration laws. Featured guests include Lisa Urias, co-chair of the Real Arizona Coalition, and Daniel Ortega, attorney and past chairman for the National Council of La Raza.
The politics segment will feature video clips from earlier broadcasts on Senator Russell Pearce’s recall election and Ethnic Studies Law HB 2281, which targets an ethnic studies program in a Tucson school district, as well as discussion about legislation between Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and House Assistant Minority Leader Kyrsten Sinema. Featured guests include: Bettina Nava, partner with FirstStrategic Communications public affairs firm, and John Loredo, political consultant and former Arizona state lawmaker.
The arts and culture portion of the broadcast will include highlights from earlier interviews with Edward James Olmos and Cheech Marin, as well as current guest artist Zarco Guerrero.

The retrospective episode will also feature interviews with local Hispanic leaders and others in the community commenting on what "Horizonte" has done for the community, what topics wouldn't be covered if it weren't for "Horizonteand why people watch "Horizonte."

Additionally, Cárdenas will appear as a guest on Eight’s "Arizona Horizon" Sept. 18, to discuss the anniversary of "Horizonte."

In the shows 10 years on air, Cárdenas has interviewed a veritable who's who of Arizona newsmakers. Governor Janet Napolitano, Congressmen Ed Pastor, Jeff Flake and Raul Grijalva, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, political consultant Alfredo Gutierrez, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his successors Rick Romley and Bill Montgomery. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Arizona Supreme Court Justice Ruth McGregor and more have all joined Cárdenas in the "Horizonte" studio to discuss issues ranging from public policy to education.

Other memorable guests include: Ray Suarez of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," Jorge Ramos of "Univision" and actor, director and Olympic gold medal winner Henry Cejudo.

Prior to his tenure as senior vice president and general counsel of ASU, Cárdenas was chairman of the law firm Lewis and Roca LLP, where he practiced in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, and transactional/international law. Cárdenas is a longtime member of Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, having served on its board for several years and as president for three years, and is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

He has been appointed to various committees, commissions, task forces and boards by the Board of Regents, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona State Bar and various Arizona Governors. He is also a member of the boards of Xico Inc. and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), having served 10 years as chairman of the TGen board.

Sauceda’s voice may be as familiar as his work on "Horizon." In addition to his full-time duties as a "Horizon" producer, he is a well-known news anchor on KTAR radio. Sauceda has been with "Horizon" since 1990. He arrived with many years of local radio experience. Sauceda is an Arizona native and favors the classic style of reporting: to truly dig up what’s behind a story and then craft it into a segment the community can understand and learn from.

Laarni Fernandez-Nuez is the Producer of "Horizonte." Prior to producing for "Horizonte," Fernandez-Nuez was a special projects producer and assignment desk manager at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix. She also worked at the ABC affiliate in Phoenix and for television stations in Chicago. Laarni earned a master's degree from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's in Mass Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Renewed foundation grant supports News21 program

September 18, 2013

Eighteen journalism students will be able to participate in the Carnegie-Knight News21 program over the next three years, thanks to the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

The Carnegie-Knight News21 program brings together talented journalism students from universities across the country to produce in-depth multimedia news projects that cover important issues. The program is headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Download Full Image

Starting in 2014, a renewed three-year grant will fund six students each year to participate in the Carnegie-Knight News21 program. The students will be selected from the Cronkite School and the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation has supported News21 since 2012.

Robert J. Ross, president and CEO of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, said the foundation is thrilled to continue supporting journalism students from both the Cronkite School and the Gaylord School.

“We are proud to invest in the future of journalism with our continued support of News21,” Ross said. “News21 demonstrates the kind of quality journalism that students are capable of doing. We have been impressed by News21’s award-winning projects and the lasting impact it has had on the national discourse.”

This year’s project investigated the enduring battles facing post-9/11 veterans. News21 students documented the plight of veterans as they navigate the often complicated federal bureaucracy for help. The Washington Post, NBCnews.com and The Philadelphia Inquirer were among the news organizations to feature the investigation. Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation 2013 fellows were Cronkite students Peter Haden, Rachel Leingang and Mauro Whiteman, and Gaylord students Bonnie Campo, Chase Cook and Kelsey Hightower.

“We sincerely appreciate the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s continued support,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School. “This grant will allow News21 to continue to bring in top journalism students to participate in this landmark program.”

The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, the daughter of Daily Oklahoman Publisher E.K. Gaylord. Ms. Gaylord created the foundation in 1982 to improve the quality of journalism by supporting research and creative projects that promote excellence and foster high ethical standards in journalism.

News21 is part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, an effort on the part of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to change the way journalism is taught in the U.S. and train a new generation of journalists. The program also receives support from the Hearst Foundations, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the Peter Kiewit Foundation and Women & Philanthropy, part of the ASU Foundation.

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