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Diversity Discussion: Journalists’ Jobs More Important Than Ever, Says Univision’s Salinas

While journalists, and those connected to Hispanic audiences in particular, had a busy 18 months covering the presidential election, the real work starts in the coming weeks, said Maria Elena Salinas, anchor at Noticiero Univision. Salinas was a keynote speaker at the B&C/Multichannel News Diversity Discussion.

“I think our job now is more important than ever,” she said.

Salinas, in TV news since 1981, noted that she’s never seen an election quite like 2016’s. “I’ve never covered an election where the next day people are crying and afraid,” she said, referring to the Hispanic community’s fears over loved ones being deported, among other issues.

She mentioned a sense of betrayal among some viewers, who felt that the network’s push to get people to vote would elicit a different result.

Salinas, who anchors alongside Jorge Ramos, said “things have calmed down a little bit” since Nov. 8. “I think eventually time heals all wounds,” she added.

The veteran anchor suggested people give President-elect Donald Trump a chance to do right by the country and by the Latino population. “Give him a chance to see if he can govern,” she said while acknowledging in the next breath that Trump does not possess governing know-how.

Mark Robichaux, editorial director at B&C and Multichannel News, interviewed Salinas in Manhattan. When Trump kicked off his campaign with an address that labeled Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug smugglers, Salinas said the whole of the Hispanic population felt the sting. “When you attack one specific community, in this case undocumented immigrants, you are really attacking all of them,” she said.  

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.