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Cal State East Bay debuts Spanish-language newspaper

  • February 10, 2012

The Pioneer, Cal State East Bay's student-run newspaper, unveiled a bilingual edition that includes a pullout four-page section with the main stories translated into Spanish.

Staff at the paper said it's the first college newspaper in the Bay Area they know of to be printed in two languages.

Natalia Aldana, the paper's editor-in-chief, said she saw a need for a bilingual paper in the community.

"I saw that places where the Pioneer is dropped off, a lot of people don't speak English," she said. "There's an untapped market there for us writers and advertisers as well. Our words were not being used."

Every third edition of the weekly paper will be bilingual and focus on issues affecting the Latino population, Aldana said. It will also highlight "influential and emerging members" of the community.

Bilingual stories in the first edition included one on Latino children living in poverty, a profile on rising Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire and an editorial on an assembly bill benefiting undocumented immigrants.

She said translating has been a bit tricky, and the staff strives to make sure everything matches up to the English version. They get help from a Spanish language professor, and Aldana also has an in-house staff in the form of her El Salvadoran parents. They proofread the first issue, which came out Jan. 26.

The Pioneer can be found online at


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