FULLERTON, California – January 27, 2014 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – The Cal State Fullerton Communications Department, as part of its Latino Communications Initiative, has partnered with Hispanicize Wire, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and Florida International University to conduct a survey of Hispanic journalists’ beliefs about their profession and their use of social media and technology.

The national survey will provide insights into the challenges facing Latino journalists and the impact of social media on the profession, said Inez Gonzalez, initiative director.

The 2013 census by the American Society of News Editors shows that in the past decade, the number of Latinos working in newsrooms declined to 4 percent, while Latinos constitute 17 percent of the U.S. population.

“The survey data will provide invaluable information to CSUF on how the College of Communications can better serve Latino journalists to enhance their social media and technology skills,” said Gonzalez.

The survey efforts are being led by Dean Kazoleas, director of the CSUF’s Maxwell Center for International Communications and Media. Conducted in English and Spanish, the survey will be launched Feb. 4 and is open to Latino journalists in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The online survey will be promoted nationally through Hispanicize Wire, as well as through the NAHJ.

“We intentionally made a five-minute survey to encourage the participation of as many Latino journalists as possible,” said Kazoleas.

Survey results will be released as part of the Hispanic Journalist Showcase at the fifth annual Hispanicize 2014 event April 1-4 in Miami.