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New America Media[edit]

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A tag has been placed on New America Media, requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under the criteria for speedy deletion, because the article seems to be blatant advertising that only promotes a company, product, group, service or person and would need to be fundamentally rewritten in order to become an encyclopedia article. Please read the general criteria for speedy deletion, particularly item 11, as well as the guidelines on spam.

If you can indicate why the subject of this article is not blatant advertising, you may contest the tagging. To do this, please add {{hangon}} on the top of New America Media and leave a note on the article's talk page explaining your position. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag yourself, but don't hesitate to add information to the article that would help make it encyclopedic, as well as adding any citations from independent reliable sources to ensure that the article will be verifiable. Feel free to leave a note on my talk page if you have any questions about this. Schuym1(talk) 00:37, 17 December 2008 (UTC)


New America Media is a multimedia source of ethnic news and a coalition of ethnic media. Founded in 1996 by the nonprofit Pacific News Service, NAM is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. Partnering with journalism schools across the US, NAM organizes regional networks of ethnic media and provides various other media competencies. These include an AP-style multi-media news syndicate and website sharing news from hundreds of ethnic news outlets as well as its own editorial staff, a trade association organizing national and regional ethnic media awards, professional trainings and fellowships for the sector, an online directory of over 2,500 media outlets that also functions as an emergency messaging service, a marketing and communications unit that channels advertising funds into ethnic media, and multilingual polling and research on issues relevant to American ethnic media communities.


New America Media[1] represents the third generation of ethnic news coalitions descending from the nonprofit Pacific News Service, founded in 1969. PNS was created by historian Franz Schurmann and journalist Orville Schell as an independent news source on the United States’ role in Indochina during the Vietnam War. After the war ended in 1974, PNS shifted its lens from the Far East to the American West under the guidance of executive editor Sandy Close, who would become the nonprofit organization’s executive director.

In 1991, PNS spawned its largest youth media project, YO! Youth Outlook [2], a multimedia collective of youth-centric news content. YO! publishes a monthly print magazine, hosts youth forums, speakouts, and blog-a-thons, offers youth journalism internships, and produces live radio and YO! TV broadcasts.

In 1996, PNS evolved into New California Media, a titular attempt to represent the state’s multi-ethnic population of Hispanic, Asian, and African Americans. NCM maintained PNS’s allegiance to alternative reporting and support for ethnic media voices, expanding it with editorial and marketing workshops for ethnic media at the organization’s annual Expo & Awards, dubbed the “ethnic Pulitzers” [3] by the News Hour with Jim Lehrer. NCM also initiated multilingual polling [4] on issues of particular import to ethnic Californians: the role of ethnic media in their daily lives, the impact of September 11, the progress of American race relations.

Also in 1996, Sandy Close co-founded The Beat Within [5] with David Inocencio, a social worker in San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center. The Beat operates on a dualistic model: Beat facilitators provide a weekly writing and discussion program in Bay Area juvenile detention centers, and from those programs, compile material into a weekly magazine of written and visual work by incarcerated youth. The Beat model has expanded into over 40 Bay Area juvenile halls, with pilot programs in several other regions including Washington, D.C.

In 2005, the organization expanded from New California Media into New America Media[6]. The James Irvine Foundation has called NAM “the most diverse media organization in the country,”[7] and Sandy Close has been honored with an Ashoka Senior Fellowship [8], a MacArthur Fellowship and an Academy Award.

NAM’s youth programs include:

• YO! Youth Outlook[9] (detailed in Our History)

• The Beat Within[10] (detailed in Our History)

• Silicon Valley De-Bug, a multimedia online magazine by and for South Bay Area youth[11]

• Roaddawgz, a drop-in space and artistic outlet for homeless San Francisco youth[12]

• The kNOw, a Fresno-based youth multimedia program[13]

• The California Council for Youth Relations, which seeks to connect at-risk youth with decision and policy makers


Comm pns (talk) 18:02, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

Nomination of New America Media for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article New America Media is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/New America Media until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Reyk YO! 20:35, 16 January 2015 (UTC)