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NEW YORK (June 7, 2021)––Independent, nonprofit news media organization Futuro Media announced today founding support for the Futuro Unidad Hinojosa Investigative (FUHi) from Hispanics in Philanthropy, a transnational network of grantmakers committed to strengthening Latino communities across the Americas.
“We are honored to be the first to seed resources into Futuro Media’s new investigative unit created to share the complexities of our cultures and communities with the world,” said President and CEO Ana Marie Argilagos. “This expansion will develop a team equipped to produce in-depth investigative stories from a culturally relevant lens. These features will be an extension of the compelling stories that Futuro Media shares with audiences, stories that are created by and for our communities. We are excited for the authentic and honest conversations on the issues that reflect and impact the lives of Latino communities.”
“This marks an incredible milestone for Futuro Media as an independent newsroom and for me as a journalist,” said Futuro Media founder and Emmy Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa. “We have been fortunate over the years to do investigative work on a project by project basis. With the crucial early support of Hispanics in Philanthropy we will now be able to do deep investigative work regularly and fully on our own terms. Investigative journalism is so important in a vibrant democracy as it holds the powerful to account on profound issues facing our communities and by and large there are very few organizations like ours run by Latinos, journalists of color or women who get the support to do this kind of work.”
Hispanics in Philanthropy was joined by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as the first institutional supporters of the Futuro Unidad Hinojosa Investigative (FUHi).
More about Hispanics in Philanthropy, Futuro Unidad Hinojosa, and Futuro Media:
Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) is on a mission to strengthen Latinx leadership, influence, and equity by leveraging philanthropic resources with an unwavering focus for social justice and shared prosperity across the Americas. As the leader of a transnational network of foundations, donors, and nonprofits, we are making impactful investments in the Latinx community and developing our leaders so they can effectively address the most pressing issues impacting communities in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. Follow HIP on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Futuro Unidad Hinojosa (FUH) is a special projects division of Futuro Media led by Maria Hinojosa and Diane Sylvester. This entrepreneurial unit seeks to develop highly creative multimedia projects that will build on and deeply enhance the ongoing work of Futuro Media’s multimedia journalism and original programming. FUH adds essential reporting capacity and expertise, particularly in the area of investigative journalism. FUH also creates bespoke highly creative works that elevate the stories of communities that are ignored or under explored in other media. Futuro Unidad Hinojosa Investigative (FUHi) is its new investigative unit.
Futuro Media is an independent, nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. Based in Harlem and founded in 2010 by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media is committed to telling stories from points of view often overlooked by mainstream media. Futuro Media produces Peabody Award-winning Latino USA, the longest running national Latino news and cultural public radio program; In The Thick, a politics podcast from the perspective of journalists and issue experts of color; Latino Rebels, a pioneering digital news outlet founded by Julio Ricardo Varela that reaches millions through its website, radio programming, and podcasts; Futuro Studios focuses on original podcasts and programming; and Futuro Unidad Hinojosa (FUH), a unit within Futuro Media, focuses on investigative journalism and special projects.