Q & A with CLACS Alum Eva Sanchis

Eva Sanchis CLACS Alum
Eva Sanchis, CLACS Alum

Eva Sanchis graduated from the CLACS  joint journalism M.A. program in 2003. At CLACS, she focused her research on media portrayals of Latino communities, and overall media coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean. Since then, she continues to focus on these issues, and has published her work extensively, She recently relocated to London, where she works for the international NGO REDRESS. Here’s more about Eva, her time at CLACS, and her current work.

Q. What did you focus your research on at CLACS?

A. While completing my joint master’s program in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, I had the opportunity to intern with two CNN primetime shows:  American Morning with Paula Zahn and Greenfield at Large. I also began working as a full-time reporter for El Diario-La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States, where I covered the Hispanic and Latin American and Spanish Caribbean communities in New York.  My thesis at CLACS was partly based on these experiences. It examined mainstream media portrayals of those communities in the United States as well as U.S. media coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Q. Is there any connection between your current work and your research at CLACS?

A. Yes, since I completed my M.A. in 2003, my journalistic career has been devoted to writing about Hispanic and Latin American and Spanish Caribbean communities.  An ongoing concern within my work has been to combat distorted perceptions of these communities in the U.S. mainstream media. After NYU, I became the Metro and National News editor at the New York-based El Diario-La Prensa, the U.S.’s second largest Hispanic newspaper.  As editor, I supervised coverage of local and national news, and major international stories such as the 2008 US presidential election, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the earthquake in Chile. Prior to being an editor, I was the New York City Hall Bureau chief for El Diario, and I also reported special coverage from Latin America as an IRP Johns Hopkins’ fellow.  I have written for El Diario and other publications such as the World Policy Journal, the Progressive magazine, and the Financial Times magazine. I was also an adjunct professor at CLACS, where I taught the course “Covering Latino Stories in the United States.”  Since I relocated to London in 2010, I have continued writing as a freelancer about these communities from Europe.

Q. What sort of work are you doing now?

A. An important concern within my work continues to be to combat distorted perceptions of immigrant communities in the mainstream media of the host country.  I have continued writing about the Latin American and Spanish Caribbean communities from London.  I also work as the communication officer of REDRESS, an international NGO that helps victims of torture and related international crimes, and teach journalism to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers as part of the Migrants Resource Centre’s Media Project in London.  The project seeks to fight negative perceptions of these communities in British media as well as to ensure the inclusion and representation of immigrants and refugees at a policy and strategic level.  I am in the process of designing a blog called Immigrantcity, which hopes to become a source of understanding between immigrant and host communities in the UK. It will include stories of immigrants rarely seen in the mainstream media.

Q. What did you like best about your time at NYU/CLACS?

A. The excellent teachers and other staff at CLACS. They were not only highly qualified and passionate about their work, but also very supportive with the students.

Q. Have you published anything recently?

A. In 2008, I won the Guillermo Martínez Márquez Award for best Latin American reporting for a series on illegal logging in Honduras.  It is awarded by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. I was also a Félix Varela Award finalist for the same series. In 2009, I received a New America Media fellowship, underwritten by an Open Society Institute grant, to write a series of stories about the impact of the foreclosure crisis and the stimulus package on Latino communities. The articles were published in El Diario-La Prensa, New America Media and Feet in Two Worlds, and were featured in several TV and radio shows such as WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show.

Eva SanchisCheck out Eva’s upcoming blog Immigrantcity, which will feature past and future stories on Latino immigrant communities.

CLACS alumni and students are invited to an alumni meet-up on November 8th.  Alums and current students, please join us!
Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2011, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Room 701 of King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC), 53 Washington Square South, New York University, New York NY 10012

Posted by Von Diaz – MA Candidate at CLACS / Global Journalism at NYU

Published by Von Diaz

Von Diaz is a writer and radio producer based in New York City. She is a self-taught cook who explores Puerto Rican food, culture, and identity through memoir and multimedia. Her work has been featured on NPR, American Public Media, StoryCorps, WNYC, PRI’s The World, BuzzFeed, Colorlines, and Feet in 2 Worlds.

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