University of North Texas opens center for Spanish media

Thursday, October 19, 2006

This fall, the University of North Texas will launch its new Center for Spanish Language Media as one of the first comprehensive training and research programs to meet the growing demand for Spanish-speaking media professionals throughout Texas and the United States.

UNT plans to invest $250,000 per year for the next five years to help the new center, located in the Department of Radio, Television and Film, to fulfill its three-part mission. That mission involves:

• Preparing undergraduate students for careers in Spanish language media;

• Conducting and disseminating research on Spanish language media trends, companies and audiences; and

• Providing professional development opportunities to Spanish language media practitioners and their employers.

Dr. Alan B. Albarran, chair of the Department of Radio, Television and Film and center director, called the center "an important milestone that will help the development of the rapidly growing Spanish language media industries."

"Our center's three-fold mission will establish UNT as the premiere location in Texas and the nation for research and information on Spanish language media," he said.

Beginning in the 2007 spring semester, the center will offer a certificate program in Spanish language media that students can complete in addition to a bachelor of arts degree in radio, television and film. Students must be bilingual, or be working towards fluency in Spanish, to be considered for enrollment in the certificate program.

Lauren Boyle, program manager for the center, said a team of four graduate students will be involved in different research projects for the center.

"That team will play an important role in the development and gathering of research materials to build a master database, along with an abundance of relevant studies on Spanish language media both in the U.S. and abroad," she said.

UNT's Department of Radio, Television and Film is nationally recognized, with its students winning many awards for excellence over the years. The department offers one of the few master of fine arts degrees in Texas emphasizing documentary film production and studies.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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