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Introducing La Estrella, IndyStar's first newsletter in Spanish

Introducing La Estrella, IndyStar's first newsletter in Spanish


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IndyStar is launching its first Spanish-language newsletter for our readers in the Latino and Hispanic communities in Central Indiana. 

La Estrella will deliver helpful COVID-19 resources, information on how the pandemic is affecting our Latino community, the latest on what’s happening in our schools and our city. You’ll also find the stories of everyday Latino Hoosiers who are making a difference in Central Indiana, community events, and more.

I am originally from Mexico and grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, speaking only Spanish at home. I became fluent in English quickly, only a few months after we had moved there. But it wasn’t as easy for my mom. 

As I got older, I often found myself translating important information for her about what was happening at my school and current events in our city. I’d also translate for her during our doctor visits, at the bank, you name it. I was my mom’s unofficial interpreter everywhere she went. She trusted me to help her make important decisions. 

And I hope this weekly newsletter and our bilingual reporting can help us do the same for our Latino community in Indianapolis.  

After the coronavirus pandemic struck Indiana in March, with the help of my editor Daniela Franco Brown, we began translating stories to serve our growing Spanish-speaking population in Indianapolis who were seeking resources. 

We began publishing stories about where people could find food banks, lists of schools providing meals for kids, where to find financial assistance, and data about those who were most affected by COVID-19.

But we have also published the stories of people in the community who were helping their neighbors by making faces masks, volunteering and making wellness checks, or mentoring them to grow personally and professionally.   

And, although this isn’t the first time IndyStar has published stories in Spanish, this is the first time in recent years the Star has made a committed effort to produce original content about Latinos and for Latinos. 

Support our journalism

This newsletter and our content in Spanish are part of the Star’s diversity and inclusion efforts to better represent and serve our community. 

We want to be your advocates and help keep you informed by delivering the news you need straight to your inbox. You can sign up for our first issue of La Estrella here.

IndyStar reporter Natalia Contreras can be reached at 317-444-6187 or Follow her on Twitter, @NataliaECG.

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Published at Tue, 25 Aug 2020 15:47:53 +0000

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