Community Media

With all of the community media we produce, our aim is to engage and inform Latinos and others whose issues may often be ignored by the mainstream media. We achieve this by providing journalism training, and by producing El Tecolote, a free, biweekly, bilingual newspaper.

 

El Tecolote 

Our oldest media product, El Tecolote, is produced primarily by scores of volunteers who lend their writing, translating and photography skills to ensure that the newspaper hits the streets every two weeks. We publish 10,000 print copies of El Tecolote and distribute them to more than 350 locations in the inner and outer Mission, Bernal Heights, the Tenderloin and the Civic Center. We also distribute to parts of South San Francisco, in the East Bay’s Fruitvale area, and to several locations in Marin County with heavy concentrations of Latinos. El Tecolote is the longest-running Spanish/English bilingual newspaper in California. In 2014, El Tecolote was voted best community newspaper by the SF Weekly, and profiled by the San Francisco Chronicle as part of its “A Changing Mission” multimedia feature.

Our organization is a member of the San Francisco Neighborhood Newspaper Association, a group of 16 neighborhood-based newspapers, and a founding member of New America Media, a national network of ethnic news media.

Learn more about El Tecolote >>

 

Fuerza Joven: High School Journalism Training Program

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Since 1985, our Fuerza Joven Program has helped to spark and sustain journalism opportunities for youth. It has served as a vehicle for Mission District youth to become more active in their community through real-life, meaningful journalistic projects that foster creativity, exploration of place and cultural identity. Our staff develops summer programs designed specifically for the needs of the Mission District community.

In 2013 Acción Latina produced a Multimedia Journalism Program targeting youth aged 14-18, who were interested in understanding what it takes to become a multimedia reporter. It provided intensive training over the course of three weeks, with the goal of giving participants the tools and support to investigate, produce and publish stories. Training included: developing story ideas, conducting research, and interviewing key sources,  basic photography skills, audio recording, videography and editing. A stipend was awarded upon completion of the training.

Learn about our Cultural Arts programming >>

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    1 month ago by accionlatinasf Hola! I’m Fátima, the Cultural Arts Manager at Acción Latina, and I will be taking over our IG account this week while I participate in the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Leadership Institute in San Antonio, Texas. I travelled here with my 15 month old son and my mom porque this is what being a working mom looks like for me and my familia. Shout out to the  #nalac  team and my Accion Latina family particularly  @josue .rojas.art and  @southwestairlines  for being so supportive and making our travel and accommodations possible! Today was Day 1 of our program,
  • This is still Ftima Ramrez reporting from San Antonio TX
    1 month ago by accionlatinasf This is still Fátima Ramírez reporting from San Antonio, TX. It’s Day 3 of my participation in NALAC’s Leadership Institute. Yesterday Dr. Tomas Ybarra-Frausto said, “Artists build what is not here,” and it got me thinking about the superpower artists have to advocate for ideas that create our imagined future. Like Evonne Gallardo said “Art in society is not the icing but the flour in the cake.” Artistic minds are valuable assets to solving our problems so not only is it worth it to advocate for the arts but it’s absolutely necessary to reshape our present and open doors for
  • This is Day 4 in San Antonio and we got
    1 month ago by accionlatinasf This is Day 4 in San Antonio and we got into the nitty gritty at NALAC’s Leadership Institute—fundraising, planning our artistic season, discussing the difference between a leader and a manager ( yup there’s a difference between initiating direction/change and maintaining systems and planning efforts). We also laughed, reflected and visited the McNay Museum particularly checking out their TransAmerica(n) exhibit celebrating transgender representation in art—this is what moving from artistic style to substance looks like.  #nalaqueros   #nli2019   #nalac   #latinoLeaders   #beyourselfeveryoneelseistaken   #hotchairsforrebelgirls 
  • It was Day 6 in San Antonio today our Graduacin
    1 month ago by accionlatinasf It was Day 6 in San Antonio today (our Graduación) so this will be my last post of the IG takeover this week. What an amazing experience at NALAC’s Leadership Institute! Amigxs and lessons for a lifetime of conocimiento and an aventura for my mom who joined me this week to take care of my baby while I participated in a leadership workout with 30 other Latinx artists and art administrators from around the country including Puerto Rico. Plus an inspiring keynote address by Gonzalo Casals, the Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum in Nueva York. Applications for next year’s 20th
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    3 weeks ago by accionlatinasf Cuéntale a tu comadre, compadre y amigxs! ENCUENTRITOS ARE BACK at Acción Latina! We kick off our first session next Saturday August 10 from 5-8 PM featuring  @mayandynasty  and Pedro Rosales’ Afro-Peruvian rhythms. Nos vemos el próximo Sábado después de  @paseoartistico  en la Mission! ✨Design by  @lsiete7 
  • Bueno today was Day 2 at the NALAC Leadership Institute
    1 month ago by accionlatinasf Bueno today was Day 2 at the NALAC Leadership Institute, and there are a lot of lessons I’m chewing on. Two questions posed by Dr. Maribel Álvarez for all cultural partners to consider is “What would our community lose if we weren’t doing what we do?” “What is worth winning?” As Dr. Tomas Ybarra-Frausto said, “Culture is the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.”  #NoLlegamosAyer  “NoNosVamosMañana  #HereToStayAndRiseUp   #nalaqueros   #LatinoNationTime   #NLI2019  Also muchas gracias  @centrogaleriaeva  for welcoming us and nourishing us with delicious food, art and community! Group photo by:  @annieysaldana 
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    1 month ago by accionlatinasf It’s Friday and Day 5 of the Institute! Can’t believe we graduate from the program tomorrow! My brain was stretched today with conversations on budgets, governance and language. I learned that budgets aren’t just numbers—they’re about the values we associate with our work. Might be obvious, but it felt like a moment because when you reframe it like this you question why we pay consultants more than community leaders who also facilitate and guide our work. We also visited the Say Si organization in San Antonio. Can I say “¡Guao!” What an amazing and beautiful place!  #Nalaqueros   #NLI2019   #LatinoNationTime   #equitableBudgets 
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    2 weeks ago by accionlatinasf Check out  @louda .badhombres at Encuentritos this Saturday from 5-8 PM at Accion Latina. They’ll be performing along  @mayandynasty  and Pedro Rosales’s Afroperuvian band. See you there!
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    1 month ago by accionlatinasf Thank you  @sfchronicle_datebook  for the light! We really appreciate the profile on  @crazycrab415  which will run through August 23rd at Acción Latina’s Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th St. ❤️
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    2 days ago by accionlatinasf Last week to check out Livin’ for the City by father-son duo George Crampton and George Crampton-Glassanos at Accion Latina’s Juan R Fuentes Gallery. Don’t miss your chance to see our most art packed and vibrant show of the year! Closing reception is this Friday at 6 PM.