UM Studies Haitian-American Media In South FL

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — A study of Haitian-American community media in South Florida shows that AM radio is the way most members of the country’s largest Haitian-American community stays up to date with news here and in their homeland.

The University of Miami School of Communication researchers interviewed Haitian-American focus groups and media professionals from 2009 through 2011 about how and where they got news about Haiti and about their local community.

The researchers also found that language largely determined which media outlet was used the most. Haitian-Americans speaking only Haitian Creole relied on Haitian radio programs, while Haitian-Americans speaking only English rarely used Haitian media. Bilingual Haitian-Americans used media in a mix of languages but were more critical of the quality of information they got.

The report is available online at www.HaitianCommunityMedia.org .

Source: Associated Press

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