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Podcast: Between Fear and Hope – Young Immigrants in Post-Election America

A conversation about language and action in the new political era.

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Welcome to the 2016 Election Issue of Fi2W’s Online Magazine

A message from Fi2W’s Executive Producer

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Unidos Mobile App Aims to Increase Voting by Latino Millennials

Millennials make up almost half of Latinos eligible to vote in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center.   Yet a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll reveals that only 44 per cent of Latinos say they plan to vote in November.  That compares to 70 per cent of Whites who say they will vote.

Feet in 2 Worlds developed the Unidos mobile app specifically to encourage young Latinos to register, vote, and become informed voters. Unidos is now in the app store and ready for download to iPhones.

Since we began covering elections in 2008, Latino voters have been an area of special interest for Fi2W.  Over the years the number of Latinos who register and vote has risen across the country, and Latino voters are widely credited with being a pivotal factor in the past two presidential elections.  But no one has discovered the magic formula that gets Latinos to vote in proportion with the rest of the U.S. population.

Why a mobile app? We thought it was time to see if public service journalism can break through the barriers to a dramatic increase in Latino voter participation.  The Unidos mobile app focuses on young Latinos, who, like millennials of all ethnic backgrounds, get most of their information online, much of it on their phones.  The app features a curated newsfeed of articles, radio stories and videos from a wide range of sources.

But that’s just the beginning.  Unidos has lots of shareable content.  There is a gallery of custom-designed emojis with messages about voting and civic engagement in Spanish and English.  There are extensive guides to voting, registration, and what to do if you encounter problems at your polling station.  There’s even information on how to become a U.S. citizen.  All of these are introduced by short videos, which are also shareable on social media.

These fun and informative features are the 21st Century versions of the guides, advice columns, and puzzles that have long been staples of newspapers.

Feet in 2 Worlds will continue to produce radio stories and web articles, as we have for over a decade.  But we also want to remain on the cutting edge of journalism.  The Unidos mobile app allows us do that while also providing a public service to our audience.

Download the Unidos app here.

Fi2W is supported by the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation, the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, an anonymous donor and readers like you.

The Unidos mobile app is made possible by generous contributions to a crowd source fundraising campaign on Beaconreader and a grant from the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

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Why Latino Voters Matter – 5 Reasons to Watch the Hispanic Vote in 2016

Challenges and opportunities in the upcoming 2016 U.S Presidential election.

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Letter from From Executive Producer, John Rudolph: Whose Farm to Whose Table?

Introduction to this issue of the Feet in 2 Worlds magazine.

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Listen to Stories from the Feet in 2 Worlds Documentary

For generations, immigrants who came to the US were forced to make a clean break with home. Today, with cell phones, the Internet, videoconferencing and cheap air fares, many immigrants remain in constant contact with their home countries. For them, the key to survival is not just learning how to live in America, but learning to live in two places at once.

Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes‘Tis) and set in New York’s immigrant neighborhoods, Feet in Two Worlds is an award-winning documentary featuring stories by reporters from the city’s ethnic newspapers, as well as WNYC reporters who regularly cover immigrant communities.

Read the story of how Feet in 2 Worlds got started.

Most of these stories have only been available to readers of small ethnic newspapers. Now public radio listeners have a chance to get an insider’s perspective on immigrant experiences in one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities.

This emotionally charged and sound-rich hour of radio features a soundtrack produced by DJ Rekha, an innovator in the city’s music scene.

Listen to stories from the documentary.

Human Smugglers Turned Kidnappers by Cindy Rodriguez

 

A Polish pharmacy in Brooklyn is an oasis for Poles far from home by Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska

 

Videoconferencing keeps an Ecuadorian family together by Cindy Rodriguez

Remittances are an economic lifeline for Haiti by Macollvie Jean-Francois

Gay South Asians in New York City by Arun Venugopal

An African immigrant waiting for asylum by Marianne McCune

The program includes introductory and closing essays by Frank McCourt and pieces reported by:

Macollvie Jean-Francois, reporter, Haitian Times
Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, reporter, Nowy Dziennik (Polish Daily News) 
Marianne McCune, reporter, WNYC, New York Public Radio
Cindy Rodriguez, reporter, WNYC, New York Public Radio
Arun Venugopal, reporter, India Abroad
Producer: John Rudolph
Editor: Karen Frillmann
Technical Director: Wayne Shulmister
Associate Producers: Jocelyn Gonzales and DJ Rekha
Engineers: Rob Christiansen, Curtis Fox, Ed Haber, Jennifer Munson and Rob Weisberg
Project Director: Andrew White, Center for New York City Affairs

Originally broadcast in May 2005, Feet in Two Worlds won two prestigious awards from the Society of Professional Journalists—the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Radio Journalism and the New America Award, “for excellence in collaborative public service journalism during 2005 by ethnic and mainstream news media working together to explore and expose a subject of significance to ethnic or immigrant communities in the United States.”

In conjunction with the release of the Feet in Two Worlds documentary, the Center for New York City Affairs hosted a town hall on May 10, 2005 featuring panel discussions on transnational communities in New York City, excerpts from the documentary and music by DJ Rekha. The event was taped for broadcast on The Brian Lehrer Show and aired the following day, Wednesday, May 11, on WNYC 93.9 FM / AM 820 from 10 am to noon.

Fi2W is supported by the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.

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Feet in 2 Worlds’ Journalism: A Legacy of Engagement

Opening the door for new generations of immigrant journalists

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Introducing the Feet in 2 Worlds Magazine: Redefining the American Dream

What’s the American Dream for today’s immigrants? Check out articles, infographics, an original video and much more in the Table of Contents.

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Analysis: Nothing New on Immigration Reform in State of the Union, But You Can Speak Out

Read our analysis of President Obama’s speech and answer our quick poll on achieving the American Dream

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Commentary: New Immigration Laws Are Coming, Whether It’s Under Obama or Romney

Neither party can afford to maintain the immigration status quo for another four years.