RiverheadLOCAL Goes Bilingual

RiverheadLOCAL will begin publishing in Spanish, Denise Civiletti writes on the website. In addition to offering stories via es.riverheadlocal.com, the Long Island based site will also offer a new Spanish-language Facebook page, RiverheadLOCAL en Español. Writes Civiletti:

We recognize the growth in the Spanish-speaking population in our area and therefore a growing portion of our audience. We recognize that many people who are learning a new language learn to understand and speak the new language long before they can read it well. (I clearly remember my grandfather, a Sicilian immigrant, reading the Italian-language newspaper “Il Progresso” for that very reason.) Presenting news in the native language of a large percentage of the local population seemed logical — especially since there are no truly local news organizations to serve Spanish-speaking residents in their native language.

In addition, she writes, publishing content in Spanish will help serve local advertisers better.

Beyond that, though, bilingual publication will help build bridges in the community.

Bridges mean better understanding. And better understanding means better relations. It brings the unity and harmony that comes from knowing we’re all in this together, that regardless of national origin or native tongue, we are more alike than we are different.

Go to RiverheadLOCAL to read about reporter and recent hire Maria Piedrabuena, a native of Barcelona, Spain, and how the publication plans to oversee translation of its stories into Spanish.

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