MIAMI – June 17, 2019 – NBC News, MSNBC, and Noticias Telemundo announced today the Student Journalism Project, a collaboration with Instagram, highlighting issues important to young voters ahead of the upcoming Democratic presidential primary two-night debates taking place June 26 and June 27 in Miami, Florida. For Telemundo, the project is powered by the network’s award-winning corporate social responsibility platform “El Poder en Ti” (The Power in You), and Telemundo Academy, a multimedia academic program for students interested in pursuing careers in the media industry.

Student journalists from U.S. colleges and universities across the nation applied for the Student Journalism Project and a total of seven students were chosen to participate. These students completed an intensive orientation and training, held both at Telemundo Center in Miami and 30 Rock in New York City, where each student was assigned a topic aligned with an important political issue facing the field of democratic candidates.

Beginning in June and through the Democratic presidential primary two-night debates, NBC News, MSNBC and Noticias Telemundo will provide the students with support and resources for content creation, offer Instagram best practices for reporting news, and more to help them develop their project and bring it to life. In addition, all three publishers will debut the students’ posts on their Instagram IGTV accounts to amplify the projects and repurpose to a larger audience.

“We are excited to partner with Instagram on a project that enables us to invest in Hispanic students, offer our audiences a different way to experience the debates, and continue to fulfill our mission to be the choice and voice for Latinos,” said Romina Rosado, Senior Vice President, Digital Media & Emerging Businesses NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “The Latino vote will be crucial in the 2020 election, and with Hispanics’ median age a full 15 years lower than the non-Hispanic, all campaigns need to pay attention to the young Hispanic demographic. This collaboration with Instagram brings together the best of both worlds.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for NBC News and MSNBC to cover a historic debate in a fresh, creative way with young, budding journalists in a form and medium that is native to them,” said Catherine Kim, executive editor of NBC News Digital. “Instagram is their platform, Instagram stories their vernacular. We can’t wait to see the approach these student journalists will take in their reporting and the new approaches we’ll come up with to cover the debate, the candidates and the issues that these students care about the most.”

“We are thrilled to work with NBC News, Telemundo and MSNBC to bring fresh student perspectives to their coverage of the U.S. election cycle, and to support the next generation of visual journalists,” said Lila King, News Partnerships Lead, Instagram.

The students participating include:

  1. Estefania Morales Mitre - University of Texas (El Paso, TX), covering immigration and the border wall.
  2. Daniela Perez - University of Miami (Miami, FL), covering social justice.
  3. Juaquin Robles - New York University (New York City, NY), covering healthcare.
  4. Bryan Acevedo - University of Miami (Miami, FL), covering climate change and DACA.
  5. Jesus Valdespino - University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, TX), covering immigration.
  6. Caroline Passalacqua - University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), covering housing for college students and young adults.
  7. Leenika Belfield-Martin - Hampton University (Hampton, VA), covering climate change.

Follow along as these students report on the issues that matter most to them on Instagram at @NBCNews, @MSNBC, @NoticiasTelemundo.

HOW TO WATCH THE DEBATE: The prime-time events will be broadcast live across all three networks with real-time Spanish-language translations on Telemundo. In addition, the two-night special event will also be streamed for free on NBC News’ digital properties, including NBC News NOW,,, the NBC News Mobile App, and OTT apps in addition to Telemundo’s digital platforms.

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About Noticias Telemundo:
Noticias Telemundo is a leading news provider for U.S. Hispanics. Its award-winning television news broadcasts, airing from the Telemundo Center, include the daily newscast “Noticias Telemundo” with José Díaz Balart, “Noticias Telemundo Fin de Semana” with Julio Vaqueiro, “Noticias Telemundo Mediodía” with Felicidad Aveleyra, the “Un Nuevo Día” news segment with Paulina Sodi, and the Sunday current affairs show “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart.” The “Noticias Telemundo Digital Team” provides continuous content to U.S. Hispanics via its growing online and mobile platforms. "Noticias Telemundo Investiga" produces investigative reports and in-depth documentaries. “Noticias Telemundo Planeta Tierra” offers environmental and climate change related information. In addition, “Noticias Telemundo” produces award-winning news specials, documentaries and news events such as political debates, forums and town halls.

About NBC News and MSNBC:
More Americans watch NBC News and MSNBC than any news organization in the world. NBC News’ award-winning television news broadcasts include TODAY, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, Dateline NBC, TODAY with Hoda and Jenna and Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist, as well as primetime specials and breaking news reports. For the most recent 2017-2018 season, all four NBC News marquee broadcasts were #1 in the key news demo for the third year in a row. MSNBC is the premier cable destination for breaking and live news coverage, in-depth analysis, and influential voices – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The rapidly-growing NBC News Digital Group, including its streaming news service NBC News NOW, along with the SiriusXM TODAY Show and MSNBC radio channels and NBC News Radio on the iHeartMedia 24/7 News Network, provides continuous content to consumers wherever they are, whenever they want it.

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Press Contacts:
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Krystyna Hall

Noticias Telemundo
Camilo Pino

NBC News and MSNBC
Emily Passer