Below excerpted from Consider the Alternative by Joan Villa (http://www.freepress.net/news/8478):
Like many communities, San Antonio, Texas, has a split personality, says Latina student activist DeAnne Cuellar. Although Hispanics account for 70 percent of the population, they show up time and again in local news not for their achievements or leadership but in stories portraying crime, drugs, and violence.
"We felt misrepresentation is erasing our history, making people forget we exist in society," Cuellar says.
Instead of shrugging it off, Cuellar and others organized the Texas Media Empowerment Project to give Hispanics and "communities of color" the voice she felt they lacked. Today the project monitors local news channels to increase awareness of unbalanced reporting, supports new perspectives and alternative media, nurtures minority leaders, and encourages the community to participate in the news and set media policy.
Below excerpted from the Texas Media Empowerment website (http://texasmep.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4&Itemid=16〈=en):
TEXAS MEDIA EMPOWERMENT FAQ's
What is the TEXAS MEP?
Who are the Texas MEP participants?