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Over the past 20 years, Latino enrollment in higher education nearly tripled from 1.4 million to 3.6 million.

AL DIA launches Journalism Lab to highlight the historic increase of Latinos on Higher Education

"Journalism Lab on Higher Education" is the first lab launched by AL DIA News Media to study and publicize the historic increase of Latinos on higher education.

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Journalism Lab on Higher Education

"Journalism Lab on Higher Education" is the first lab launched by AL DIA News Media to study the historic increase of Latinos on higher education. 

We are currently the only lab focused exclusively on covering Latinos on higher education. We have a top-notch editorial team and journalists to report what the local media is not documenting. 

The numbers speak for themselves. Over the past 20 years, Latino enrollment in higher education nearly tripled from 1.4 million to 3.6 million. According to studies, the educational attainment of Latinos grew at a rate 2.5 times faster than that of non-Latinos. This growth is expected to continue to rise over the years.

Currently, Latino admissions are two and a half times that of Asians and 50% that of African-Americans. However, overall college enrollment is declining sharply. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, a total of 19.2 million students were recorded as enrolled on campuses for the fall 2015 semester. By early 2019, enrollment had dropped to 17.5 million.

In the world of higher education in Philadelphia, as across the country, what looks like a crisis can actually be a great opportunity. 

We believe that through a solutions-focused approach to reporting we can shed light on the specifics of this new phenomenon, enlighten policy makers on what is evolving in the key higher education sector, collaborate with the institutions of higher education striving with student attraction and retention, guide their new students find their way into college life and professional opportunities, and, at the end, contribute to the formation of the competitive workforce for our region and our country needs in the 21st Century.

“I often say that the evolving reality of U.S. society is ahead of the media’s current capacity to reflect it,” said Hernán Guaracao, Founder and CEO of AL DÍA. AL DÍA began building the Journalism Lab on Higher Education with the premise that the biggest asset of the U.S. economy is a competent workforce.

Journalist Némesis Mora is in charge of the editorial direction. The content to be published will follow the bases of multimedia journalism, to inform not only through written journalism, but also through recorded interviews, infographics and podcasts. As part of the Lab's editorial strategy, it will generate an average of 200 publications, individual interviews with Latino students, organizations, universities, Latino leaders, academics and key individuals in public policy in favor of access to higher education in the Latino community. 

The Journalism Lab on Higher Education is supported by the Local Media Association (LMA) through The Center for Journalism Funding and the support of Google News Initiative. In addition, it was sponsored by colleges and universities around Philadelphia, such as Villanova, Widener University and Holy Family University, among others.   

AL DÍA's was selected by LMA as one of 16 media organizations nationwide that are developing philanthropically supported journalism projects

“Professional workforce development through education is a crisis brewing in the dark in this country because most media, and in particular local media, do not have the resources to cover it,” said Guaracao. “With this initiative, we hope to start a much-needed public conversation to find short and long-term solutions.”

Stay tuned to AL DIA's social media and portal to learn more about the Journalism Lab on Higher Education. You can reach us on Instagram and Facebook as @ALDIANews. To access our website, log on to aldianews.com

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