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Futuro Media’s investigative division continues to grow following its 2021 launch
NEW YORK, NY (February 14, 2022) — Independent, nonprofit news media organization Futuro Media announced today Kara Andrade as the new senior editor of Futuro Unidad Hinojosa Investigations (FUHi), the organization’s new investigative unit led by Maria Hinojosa and Diane Sylvester.
“I’m so thrilled to have Kara joining us to help launch our new investigative unit,” said Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media Founder and Executive Producer / Senior Correspondent for FUH. “This important new project deepens Futuro’s capacity to do important journalism. Kara’s dedication to producing work that helps Latinos and other communities hold the powerful to account stands out. She is always putting humanity and people at the center of her stories.”
Futuro Unidad Hinojosa Investigations (FUHi) is Futuro Unidad Hinojosa’s (FUH) new investigative unit, dedicated to producing highly impactful multimedia journalism that will hold the powerful to account for the communities they serve. Andrade will be joining a team of reporting specialists, including the team’s recently hired senior producer Roxanne Scott, who will produce powerful multimedia investigative journalism projects with Futuro’s award-winning podcasts Latino USA and In The Thick, Latino Rebels, a pioneering digital news outlet founded by Julio Ricardo Varela that reaches millions through its website and podcasts, and with the organization’s original podcasts and programming division, Futuro Studios, as well as with outside partners and independent investigative journalists.
“We are building something radically new at Futuro, an investigative effort that will work directly with communities to address the issues they are facing,” says Diane Sylvester, Executive Producer for FUH. “Kara’s deep knowledge about journalism and community-building will be an invaluable asset for our organization.”
Andrade brings extensive experience in journalism, most recently serving as program director at the International Center for Journalists where she directed the Mexico Border Investigative Reporting Hub, Latin America Media Initiative, and Open Data Costa Rica. Andrade co-founded HablaCentro Informatics NFP and LLC, a network of citizen journalism and information sharing hubs in Latin America that shared reliable and timely updates from the ground during crises. Kara is also an adjunct professor and PhD candidate at American University’s School of Communication.
“I am very excited to be joining a team committed to diversity, rigorous independent journalism, communicating with empathy and telling unforgettable stories,” says Andrade.
FUH is a special projects division of Futuro Media that seeks to develop highly creative multimedia projects that will build on and deeply enhance the ongoing work of the organization’s multimedia journalism and original programming. In fall 2021, FUH launched “We Imagine…Us,” its first podcast and multimedia project to inspire people and communities to envision how they can work together to create a world that is truly equitable for all.
About Futuro Unidad Hinojosa:
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 Investigations (FUHi) is its new investigative unit, dedicated to producing highly impactful multimedia journalism that will hold the powerful to account for the communities we serve. With a unique approach to investigative reporting, it centers the human experience. FUHi will build on Futuro’s long standing relationships with the communities we serve (Latino/a/x, Black, immigrant, Indigenous, LGTBQIA) to develop story ideas and work with them to create new areas of inquiry and data to illuminate issues they face.
About Futuro Media:
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; 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.