This Week's Captions: News or Noise? The A-Word / by Maria Hinojosa | March 17, 2013

This Week’s Captions: News or Noise? The A-Word


Get ready for our new series New or Noise where we take a look at media matters that may involve misunderstanding or misinformation and help you see the forest from the trees! First up: Amnesty. What does it mean? When did it become a dirty word? Our first News or Noise segment tells you more. Then we take you to North Carolina where undocumented teens are getting specially marked licenses. Is this helping? And we go digital—with an interview about a new web comedy series called East Willy B.


Latino USA, the foremost Latino voice in public media and the longest running Latino-focused program on radio, is the first radio program to commence equal-access distribution via Captioning for Radio. “Research has shown that Latino children have a higher incidence of hearing loss and deafness than other populations,” according to Latino USA’s Anchor & Executive Producer Maria Hinojosa. “When the opportunity to break this sound barrier came to our attention, we were pleased to embrace this new technology developed by NPR Labs and Towson University for the thousands of Latinos with serious hearing loss.”

The International Center for Accessible Radio Technology (ICART), a strategic alliance between NPR and Towson University, is co-directed by Mike Starling of NPR and Ellyn Sheffield of Towson University.

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