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July 27, 2020

NJ Spotlight Launches “EN ESPAÑOL” Section on Website

NJ Spotlight and Montclair State University’s Center for Cooperative Media announced their collaboration to translate NJ Spotlight news stories into Spanish. The translated content, which is focused on COVID-19, now appears in a new online section of NJSpotlight.com called EN ESPAÑOL.

This initiative aims to provide Spanish-speaking communities in New Jersey with information from a statewide and policy perspective about the COVID-19 and how it affects the state budget, immigration, housing, education, environment and more.

On a weekly basis, the Center selects at least two stories published by NJ Spotlight which are then translated into Spanish by media partner Reporte Hispano, the state’s largest Spanish-language newspaper, and posted on NJSpotlight.com. The translated stories are made available for republication to all members of the NJ News Commons.

“The [NJ Spotlight] stories that we translated into Spanish provide timely and firsthand information on COVID-19 to the more than 1.8 million Latinos that we serve in New Jersey, representing nearly 21 percent of the state’s population,” said Kleibeel Marcano, editor of Reporte Hispano, who translates the stories. “There are certain English terms, like ‘flu-like symptoms,’ that may be vague for Spanish readers. That’s why a nuanced translation, culturally and linguistically, is crucial to mitigate language barriers and narrow information gaps in the Latino immigrant community, most especially during this unprecedented public health crisis.”

According to the Census Bureau, one in four homes speaks a language other than English in New Jersey, with Spanish being the most frequently spoken language in the state after English. And this population is being strongly affected by COVID-19, with statistics showing that Latinos in New Jersey are dying at the second-highest rate from the virus.

Check out NJ Spotlight and NJTV News‘ Coronavirus Information Hub at NJTVNews.org/coronavirus for more local reporting on the pandemic.

The new section on NJSpotlight.com is a result of a COVID-19 translation initiative lead by the Center for Cooperative Media. The Center has also worked with partners from The Korea Daily and Sing Tao Daily to translate NJ Spotlight and NorthJersey.com COVID-19 stories in Korean and Chinese.

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