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What: Borja Echevarría de la Gándara has been appointed vice president of digital, for Univision news.
Based in Miami, he will report to senior vice president and executive director of News at Univision, Daniel Coronell.

echevarria (1)Media Company Univision News, has announced that Spanish journalist Borja Echevarría de la Gándara (photo) has been appointed vice president, Digital. He will be based in Miami and report directly to Daniel Coronell, senior vice president and executive director of News at Univision.

In his new role, Echevarría de la Gándara will direct strategy for Univision News’ digital platforms, including NoticiasUnivision.com and La Huella Digital (The Digital Footprint).He will also oversee the integration of digital and TV newsrooms, as well as participate in all editorial meetings, helping to establish editorial strategy across all platforms. In addition, he will be charged with creating a state-of-the-art data journalism unit for Univision News.

Borja is a veteran journalist with a distinguished career in his native Spain. He was recently deputy managing editor of El País, where between 2010 and 2014 he was responsible for digital content strategy and product development and played a key role in the newspaper’s highly successful transformation to digital. Upon graduating from Universidad Complutense de Madrid with a degree in Information Science, Echevarría de la Gándara began practicing journalism at El Mundo newspaper in 1995, moving up from reporter to online deputy editor in 2002. In 2007 he co-founded Soitu.es, an online news startup. In 2012, he became a Nieman-Berkman Fellow in Journalism Innovation at Harvard University.

The Associated Press scraped the term ‘illegal immigrant’ from its stylebook in April, but it does not seem the editors and software engineers at Google read the widely known stylebook, at least until very recently. Until a few weeks ago, the internet company’s translating site was translating the word “indocumentados as “illegal immigrants’.
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As ABC News journalist Jorge Rivas recently discovered when using Google Translate to translate a Spanish-language Univison News story (“Puerto Rico dará licencia de conducir temporal a indocumentados”) the internet company’s translating site had a different idea about what indocumentados meant and translated the word as “illegal immigrants.”Rivas checked a total of ten new stories. For eight of these, Google Translate also used the pejorative term “illegal immigrant” to translate indocumentados.

Quick correction

However, if you check the Google Translate site now to find out how it translates “indocumentados”, you’ll see that it renders the word as “undocumented.”

Apparently, as Care2.com writes, the change is all the more welcome as, after ABC’s Rivas at first discovered Google Translate’s inaccurate ’s rendering of indocumentados and contacted the company, a Google spokesperson indicated that Google Translate would keep translating indocumentados as “illegal immigrant.” “Since the translations are generated by machine, they’re not always perfect, but we’re constantly working to improve the quality of our algorithms, and we appreciate this feedback,” the company said via a statement.

A lot was at stake in urging Google to change how its software rendered indocumentados. The phrase “illegal immigrant” carries a host of pejorative associations that can have a huge influence on how the public sees immigrants and people of color,

Several immigrants’ rights organizations like Define American and progressive news outlets like Colorlines have been spearheading the opposition to the use the term “ilegal immigrants”. Much of the credit for pushing for the change goes to Jose Antonio Vargas, the founder of Define American and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and activist who came out as undocumented two years ago.

In March of 2013, Google chairman Eric Schmidt signed a letter addressed to President Obama that called on him to “enact immigration reform this year.” As Rivas points out, translating indocumentados as “illegal immigrants” is “dehumanizing” and could actually impede efforts to “put forward fair and humane solutions for immigration reform” such as Google’s own top executive has championed.

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MarissaMayerYahoo! Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer was brief and to the point in announcing this morning the $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr.

In her own Tumblr blog post, Mayer called the acquisition “incredibly special” and promised to operate the Tumblr site independently. In addition, she said David Karp would remain CEO, making sure the product roadmap, the team and their “irreverence” will all remain the same.

The announcement was hardly a surprise, as the Wall Street Journal had broken the news on Sunday afternoon, quoting sources close to the negotiation. Yahoo! Inc. on Monday sent out an official release.

Per its own website, Tumblr hosts about 105 million different blogs, on topics ranging from food and fashion to architecture and celebrity gossip. It reports over 300 million monthly unique visitors and about 120,000 signups every day.

Known as one of the fastest-growing media networks in the world, Tumblr is used by many Hispanic media outlets, including the English-language news site of Univision News, which updates several times a day, and even has a weekly section called Tumblr of the Week. Other Hispanic media companies targeting young, bicultural Latinos use Tumblr for quick uploading of photos and videos, including NUVOTV and NBCU mun2.

MarissaMayerYahoo! Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer was brief and to the point in announcing this morning the $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr.

In her own Tumblr blog post, Mayer called the acquisition “incredibly special” and promised to operate the Tumblr site independently. In addition, she said David Karp would remain CEO, making sure the product roadmap, the team and their “irreverence” will all remain the same.

The announcement was hardly a surprise, as the Wall Street Journal had broken the news on Sunday afternoon, quoting sources close to the negotiation. Yahoo! Inc. on Monday sent out an official release.

Per its own website, Tumblr hosts about 105 million different blogs, on topics ranging from food and fashion to architecture and celebrity gossip. It reports over 300 million monthly unique visitors and about 120,000 signups every day.

Known as one of the fastest-growing media networks in the world, Tumblr is used by many Hispanic media outlets, including the English-language news site of Univision News, which updates several times a day, and even has a weekly section called Tumblr of the Week. Other Hispanic media companies targeting young, bicultural Latinos use Tumblr for quick uploading of photos and videos, including NUVOTV and NBCU mun2.

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