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El Nuevo Tennessean

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Starting in 2011, the bilingual tabloid was published by the LCRC as El Nuevo Tennessean. Five of the articles also appeared as installments in Jonesborough Herald and Tribune on Aug.23, Sept.6, Sept. 20, Oct.4 and Oct.18.

Since 2000, the Language and Culture Resource Center (formerly the Department of Foreign Language), in cooperation with the Communication Department and the Department of Literature and Language, has published twelve annual editions of El Nuevo Tennessean, a bilingual newspaper, with local and regional newspapers (see below for a history of those publications). 

Students in participating classes are responsible for interacting directly with community to seek out stories and articles, conduct interviews, and translate for the paper, which is then published as a supplement to local newspapers. The purpose of the project is two-fold: First, to inform the Spanish speaking community about the services, and resources available to them in the area. Secondly, to inform the resident population about the culture and contributions of the Hispanic population. 

The bilingual newspaper project provides an opportunity for students from various fields of study to enhance their communication ability and research skills. It has been a great resource for partnerships between the university and the community, and many other programs have been developed in association with El Nuevo Tennessean, including the development of Applied Spanish Minor academic program, which institutionalized community outreach. 

ETSU students, Bristol Herald Courier partner for latest issue of El Nuevo
( ETSU Accent Vol. 58, No. 14, page 6)

On May 19, the Bristol Herald Courier published El Nuevo Bristol Herald Courier, the culmination of an annual project involving ETSU Spanish and journalism students.

The project was inaugurated over 10 years ago as the dream of Dr. Jack Mooney of the Department of Communication, and this eleventh edition is a tribute to Mooney, who recently retired.

This year's edition addresses many issues of interest to local readers and the area's Hispanic community.

Max Hrenda, an ETSU 2009 fall graduate, wrote about attitudes toward the terms Hispanic and Latino. Students who came to this country to play sports discussed the rewards of being an athlete with reporter Jennifer White, another fall graduate.

ETSU May graduate Eileen Rush explored the stories of two women who survived domestic violence. Senior Kimberly Foli examined the DREAM Act, a proposed law that would open educational opportunities to immigrant children, while her classmate Amanda Marsh wrote about workplace pain and injuries, and how to avoid them.

Another senior, Jessica Harbin, explored the slow economy and its effects on people who wire money to relatives in their home countries.

The Bristol Herald Courier distributed the paper to its subscribers and copies may also be available from the Department of Communication and the Language and Culture Resource Center (LCRC) at ETSU. El Nuevo can also be viewed online at

In past years, other newspaper partners have included Kingsport Times-News, Erwin Record, Greeneville Sun, Johnson City Press, Citizen Tribune, Rogersville Review and the Tomahawk in Mountain City.

Dr. Ardis Nelson of the LCRC says, This years edition, under the leadership of Mary Alice Basconi of the Department of Communication, has seen a shift in focus to more in-depth coverage of timely issues.

The newspaper project provides a meaningful service-learning experience in cultural competency to our students as well as practical know-how that will serve them well in careers in translation and interpreting.

Spanish students did interpreting and translating, while journalism students handled reporting, photography, writing and layout. Diego Soriano, who recently graduated from ETSU with a masters degree in public administration, served as Spanish editor.

For more information, contact Basconi at 439-6552 or the LCRC at 439-8342.

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