New online service provides timely news and information for the Bay Area’s Spanish-speaking communities
As part of its ongoing rapid response to the COVID-19 crisis, KQED announced that it has launched KQED en Español, a new service for delivering vital reporting and resources with the Bay Area’s local Spanish-speaking communities. The initiative is part of a collaboration with Univision, in which KQED is providing Spanish-language translations of critical information to share with these audiences. All of the KQED en Español ongoing reporting and coverage is being hosted at kqed.org/elcoronavirus and an e-newsletter will deliver all of this coverage weekly.
“The COVID-19 crisis has affected everyone here in the Bay Area, and our journalists have responded to the challenges of reporting at this time by delivering some of the most critical news and resources about the crisis as it relates to our communities here in the Bay Area,” says Holly Kernan, KQED’s Chief Content Officer. “As part of our public service, it became imperative that we make a special effort to provide these crucial resources to our Spanish-speaking communities, many of whom have particular needs and who deserve the same quality of information and news about the crisis.”
The KQED en Español site includes articles on how some Oakland teachers are pledging to donate their stimulus check funds to undocumented families; how COVID-19 relief benefits have left out undocumented immigrants; the do’s and don’ts for wearing face masks; and resources for small businesses and those seeking advice about and support on paying rent during the crisis. The site also enables readers the ability to ask a question about the coronavirus in Spanish and get answers to pressing questions.
Every Thursday, KQED will deliver the KQED en Español e-newsletter, which includes the latest articles in Spanish from KQED and affiliated journalists reporting on the evolving crisis and response. The e-newsletter will also highlight the latest Spanish-language events and services around the Bay Area. To sign up for the weekly newsletter, visit kqed.org/elcoronavirus.