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What about ethnic and other non-English-language media in the United States, particularly Spanish-language journalism?

The importance of Hispanic media outlets, such as Univision and Telemundo, is likely to grow in the future as the bilingual population of the United States increases. Certainly Spanish- language journalism is not the only ethnic media in the United States, but in many ways it is the most central to the daily life of an increasingly politically assertive ethnic group. As of 2013 there were fifty-f our million Hispanics in the United States (17% of the total population), but most of the growth in this population since 2000 has not occurred as a result of immigration. As a result, Hispanic Americans are increasingly bilingual or speak English only.

How are these developments affecting the growth and health of Hispanic media in the United States? Spanish-language newspapers (El Nuevo Herald, El Diario, La Opinion) are not immune from the general decline of the newspaper business, with each of these three papers losing between 7% and 10% of their circulation in 2014. And while Univision's news program ratings actually declined in 2014, its total revenue grew 11%, from $2.6 billion to $2.9 billion. Rival Telemundo saw its rating increase in 2014, as well as its finances.

Hispanic media is not insulated from the general trends shaping the larger global news business. In relative terms, however, we should expect the power of these outlets to grow in the years ahead, as both the political and cultural impact of Hispanics continues to increase.

 
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