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Review-Journal launches app for Spanish-speaking readers

Updated May 20, 2022 - 1:48 pm

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has launched a free app for Spanish-speaking readers who prefer to consume the news on their smartphones and tablets.

The RJ Español app — downloadable on the Apple and Google stores — mirrors the RJespanol.com website, which hosts staff-produced, original Spanish language content as well as stories translated from reviewjournal.com.

The app’s launch is part of a revamp of the newspaper’s Spanish-language coverage. Earlier this month, the free weekly newspaper El Tiempo was rebranded Review-Journal en Español, and the news organization launched a Spanish-language version of the award-winning “7@7” video newscast.

“The RJ Español app gives our Spanish-language readers the convenience that English-language app readers already enjoy — a speedy launch, our free ‘7@7’ newscast at the top of the home page and the ability to get mobile notifications for the stories that matter most,” Review-Journal Executive Editor Glenn Cook said.

On Thursday afternoon, stories on the RJ Español app ranged from one about outbreaks of a drug-resistant “superbug” that had been reported in Southern Nevada nursing homes and hospitals to a community feature about a soccer tournament.

“The goal for our Spanish-language audience is no different from what we want for our English-language readers: to make our communities informed and empowered,” Cook said. “The Spanish-language communities of Southern Nevada have never had more access to news when they want it on their smartphones.”

Last summer, the company set out to research the local Spanish-speaking market to better understand its “news and information needs,” said Belinda Englman, vice president of digital for the Review-Journal.

The research found that there was a need for more in-depth news stories for the valley’s growing Spanish-speaking population, including those who are bilingual but like to keep up with news in both languages, she said.

Social media channels — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube — also have rebranded to Las Vegas Review-Journal en Español.

“However anyone wants to consume their news in Spanish,” Englman said, “we’ve got a platform for them.”

Frank Alejandre, editor of Review-Journal en Español, who has three decades of experience in Southern Nevada media, has witnessed how the information landscape has changed.

The app, which he described as a “jewel,” is part of that “revolution,” he said, calling the Review-Journal’s Spanish-language news expansion assertive.

Already, he said, he has heard an “overwhelming” amount of positive feedback from community members.

“The news media has modernized,” Alejandre said. “We’re committed with the public, with the readers, with everyone, in all the available platforms.”

“Really, who doesn’t have a sea of apps on their cellphone?” said Wanda Blair, the Review-Journal’s vice president of marketing. “So why not make the RJ Español app one of the more dominant apps on their front page, their home page?”

Contact Ricardo Torres-Cortez at rtorres@reviewjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @rickytwrites.

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