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Sol de medianoche
Bienvenidos! Spanish newspaper launches in Anchorage
By Shannon Ballard Photojournalist: Heather Hintze - 10:28 PM May 5, 2016
ANCHORAGE – Thursday was Cinco De Mayo. For some people that means margaritas and Mexican food, but a group of Latinos who call Alaska home celebrated with the launch of a new bilingual newspaper.
It’s called Sol De Media Noche, which means Midnight Sun.
The paper advocates for a community that its writers say is often overlooked.
“We’re part of this community. We can make it better,” Sol De Media Noche contributor Indra Arriaga said.
The latest census shows there are about 50,000 Latinos living in the last frontier, but some say their community often isn’t consulted when big decisions are made that affect the state.
Arriaga is proud of her Mexican heritage and helped start the paper to provide news and information to Alaska’s growing Latino population.
“One thing that draws me to America, the United States, is the rule of law. It’s the fact that I have a voice,” Arriaga said.
She says new paper is a chance to be heard. Each article is written in Spanish and English to tell stories, uncover problems and fight for solutions.
If you look at the bylines in the paper half are by Latinos and half are not. The whole point is to have articles that apply to a larger population and wont be lost in translation.
Sol De Media Noche is printed quarterly. Five-thousand copies have been distributed around the state.
You can find it at coffee shops and stores that specialize in Latin products.