FUSE and VOTO LATINO CRASH THE PARTIES INITIATIVE KICKS OFF WITH LAUNCH OF WEBSITE AND PSA CAMPAIGN
Nationwide Search Begins for Two Aspiring Latino Reporters To Cover the Democratic and Republican National Conventions
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and Award-Winning NPR Host Maria Hinojosa Among Esteemed Panel of Judges
NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES – March 31, 2016 – Fuse (www.Fuse.tv), a national television network for the fast-growing Latino and multicultural 18-34 audience, and Voto Latino, the leading nonprofit organization empowering American Latino millennials by engaging them through civic media, today announced the official launch of Crash the Parties, a partnership created to inspire and encourage Latino participation in the upcoming Presidential election.
The Crash the Parties initiative is a nationwide search to identify two aspiring, millennial Latino reporters to cover the Democratic and Republican National Conventions for Fuse. Beginning today, those interested in being considered can apply either online at crashtheparties16.com or at live events taking place at college campuses across the nation, the first of which was held at the University of Southern California on March 30. For more location updates, please visit crashtheparties16.com. Submissions are being accepted through May 15.
Key launch elements include the crashtheparties16.com website created exclusively for Crash the Parties reporter submissions, as well as a series of PSAs that will run on the Fuse and FM networks; Fuse.tv; FM.tv; votolatino.org; crashtheparties16.com; social media channels; as well as select cable systems across the U.S.
Following an initial public voting process that will identify the top ten finalists, two winners will be chosen in June by a panel of influential, expert judges. Judges confirmed so far include Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and media publisher; Alejandra Campoverdi, current Director of Multicultural Content at the Los Angeles Times and former White House Deputy Director of Hispanic Media; Maria Hinojosa, award-winning host of long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA; Lizza Monet Morales, actor, journalist, producer and social media influencer; and Katherine Vargas, former White House Director of Hispanic Media.
Once identified, the winners will receive media training and serve as Fuse reporters from the Democratic and Republican convention floors – appearing on television and online – offering an authentic perspective on the candidates, the election and issues at the forefront.