Hispanic media faring better than English counterparts

Although beset by some of the same problems that afflict the media generally, Spanish-language media tended to fare better overall than their mainstream English-language counterparts last year, a new report by the Pew Research Center says.

Hispanic newspapers saw a small decline in circulation in 2010, reported Emily Guskin and Amy Mitchell of Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, far less than the circulation loss of the English language press. And the number of newspapers–mostly weeklies–remained relatively stable.

The audience for Spanish-language television grew during the year, with the Univision network reaching numbers approaching those of the three English-language broadcast networks, ABC, NBC and CBS.

Spanish language websites also saw an increase in the number of users, although Hispanics–particularly those whose dominant language is Spanish–tend to lag the population as a whole when it comes to Internet use.