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Charlotte Spanish-language newspapers take awards

By Franco Ordoñez
Washington Correspondent

Charlotte-area Spanish-language newspapers took home the top awards in one of the most prestigious contests in Latino journalism.

Qué Pasa-Mi Gente newspaper won the top prize, a Gold Award, in the general excellence category for its election and immigration coverage. It focused much of its reporting on deportations and the impact on immigrant families.

Another Charlotte paper, Hola Noticias, took second place and received a silver award in the same category for papers with a circulation under 30,000.

The awards were presented at the recent National Association of Hispanic Publications convention in Anaheim, Calif.

Rafael Prieto, editorial director of Qué Pasa-Mi Gente newspaper, said it was an honor to be recognized.

“This award is dedicated to the Latino community of Charlotte, especially the undocumented who are the most vulnerable,” he said.

The awards were among more than 27 received by Charlotte-area Spanish language papers.

La Noticia, one of the first Spanish-language papers to be published in the Queen City, took home multiple awards. It won gold for Outstanding Cartoon Strip by Benjamin Gallardo, silver for its series on families separated by deportation and another silver for editorials on the debate in North Carolina over providing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Qué Pasa-Mi Gente also received a silver award for editorials on the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and a bronze for education coverage. Hola Noticias won silver awards for its lifestyle and travel sections and another for being one of the best new Spanish-language publications.

Email: fordonez@mcclatchydc.com; Twitter: @francoordonez
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