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La Noticia Digital Newspapers, 1997-

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2021-009

Content Description

The La Noticia, 1997- newspaper collection contains digital copies of each publication since its founding. Publications include articles and information relating to local news, entertainment, lifestyle, business, immigration, sports, and other subjects relating to daily life and culture of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. All publications are entirely in Spanish and are formatted as PDFs. Collection materials are arranged in chronological order, beginning with April 1997 through present day.

Dates

  • 1997 - 2023

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material from this collection must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Biographical / Historical

La Noticia (1997-) is the largest Spanish-language newspaper between Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA. Hilda H. Gurdián and her husband, founders of the newspaper in April 1997, moved from Caracas, Venezuela in 1992 with their two sons. The Gurdiáns previously owned a book company and had some knowledge of running a newspaper, given that Hilda’s parents owned three of them.

Despite the popularity the newspaper has now, it took Hilda 99 attempts to secure an advertiser. It only took one yes for their idea of a Spanish-language newspaper to receive unwavering support from subscribers and advertisers. It still remains as the newspaper of choice for the state’s Latinx community.

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, La Noticia currently (as of 2020) serves over 300,000 readers in the state, with publications printed in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Asheville. The newspaper has tremendous influence on the Latinx community. Mecklenburg County’s Latino population rapidly grew from ~40,000 people (6.5%) at the time of the newspaper’s founding to ~153,229 people (13.8%) in 2019, according to census data.

La Noticia’s influence extends far beyond the North Carolina border; it has become a nationally recognized newspaper in the Latinx community, earning frequent national awards for its editorial, advertising, and graphics. In 2019 alone, La Noticia received 35 José Martí Awards, making it the most awarded Spanish-language paper in the United States. In 2020, La Noticia expanded its reach through online-first publishing. Now the Latino population can read valuable local news and information on a daily basis at www.lanoticia.com.

The dedicated and accomplished staff La Noticia prides themselves on the fact that “...we never underestimate our readers. We treat them with the utmost respect and consideration. This attitude has helped us earn their loyalty.”

Extent

62.5 Gigabytes

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian

Abstract

La Noticia (1997-) is the largest Spanish-language newspaper between Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA. Hilda Gurdián and her husband founded La Noticia in April 1997, with a mission to “provide readers with local news about what is happening in your new home.” The La Noticia teams works diligently to ensure that all Spanish-speaking people who make Charlotte their home have information in their own language while adapting to a new culture and community.

The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room and La Noticia, under the leadership of Director Hilda Gurdián, entered into a partnership in December 2020 to digitally preserve all La Noticia publications. This collection contains digital files of publications dated 1997-present.

Arrangement

Collection materials are arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Copies of La Noticia publications were donated to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room by Hilda Gurdian (Director, La Noticia) beginning in January 2021. Donations are received on an ongoing location.

Bibliography

"About.” La Noticia. Accessed January 2021. https://www.lanoticia.com/about/

Graff, Michael. “Life Lessons: La Noticia Publisher Hilda Gurdian.” Charlotte Magazine. December 26, 2016. Accessed January 27, 2021.https://www.charlottemagazine.com/life-lessons-la-noticia-publisher-hilda-gurdian/

Condition Description

All materials are in digital format.

General

In 2020, La Noticia expanded its reach through online-first publishing. Now the Latino population can read valuable local news and information on a daily basis at www.lanoticia.com.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll.

Title
La Noticia Digital Newspapers, 1997-present
Status
In Progress
Author
Sydney Carroll
Date
2021-01-27
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Contact:
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA