Why El Timpano launched a text-message reporting pilot

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The fact that East Oakland, Calif., is a media desert, particularly for immigrant residents, is clear. In the past two decades, the Latino immigrant community has grown faster than any other in the city. At the same time, options for Spanish-language news have diminished. For many of the Bay Area's Latino immigrants, the daily half-hour news broadcasts from Univision and Telemundo, covering the entire nine-county region, are the extent of "local" news.

Figuring out how to fill that gap, though, is far from clear. Yet that's exactly what El Tímpano set out to do.

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