Wake Forest faculty members collaborate with Que Pasa, win New American Media award
June 4, 2009
Qué Pasa Media Network has been recognized by the New America Media group for an op-ed piece co-written by two Wake Forest University political science faculty members and the executive editor of Qué Pasa. The piece was published in Spanish in the Qué Pasa weekly newspaper on Oct. 29, 2008. New American Media is a collaborative network of more than 2000 ethnic news organizations.
The piece, titled “Qué Pasa Supports Barack Obama’s Candidacy,” won the 2009 Ethnic Media Award in the Commentary/Editorial (In-Language) category. It was the result of a research and writing collaboration among David Coates, Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies; Peter Siavelis, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellow and associate professor of political science; and Alejandro Manrique, Qué Pasa executive editor and news director. Manrique will accept the award during a ceremony June 4 in Atlanta.
The collaboration among the three began in 2007, when Qué Pasa was invited to participate in “Immigration: Recasting the Debate,” a conference held through Wake Forest’s Voices of Our Time speaker series. Coates and Siavelis continue to write op-ed pieces for the newspaper and to appear on the network’s radio programs. “It is a natural tie-in,” Siavelis says of the ongoing collaboration, “because we both are immersed in the world of ideas, research and investigation.”