Latino New Media Figures On the Rise

HuffPost Latino Voices blogger Pablo Manriquez just published his list of “7 Young Latinos In Online Media To Watch In 2012.” Manriquez singles out LA Times staffer “Nathan Olivares-Giles” as someone to keep an eye on this year.

Nate’s official title at LATimes is Staff Writer and his daily contributions to the publication’s Technology blog are consistently excellent. But Staff Writer doesn’t do justice to the fierce skillset he brings to the publication as a digital storyteller. In addition to writing, Nate shoots and edits video for LATimes Sports and video-blogs reviews of the latest Apple OS updates. On Twitter and Facebook, Nate is a machine, promoting both his tremendous content output and shouting-out to his colleagues’ work. As newsroom Latinos continue to decline, Nate is has been a notable exception in 2011 — not only by keeping his job, but by increasing his essentiality to LATimes online. Having recently made his debut as a technology commentator on network TV in Los Angeles, look for Nate’s stock at LATimes to continue to boom in 2012.

You’ve convinced us Mr. Manriquez. We’ll do just that. Although you personally might want to keep a better eye on his byline. Because we’re pretty sure he spells his name Olivarez-Giles–with a “z.”

Manriquez also singles out SoCal native and LatinoPoliticsBlog founder Adriana Maestas, who he calls “the Godmother of Latino political blogging,” as well as Los Angeles graphic designer and Voto Latino director Steve Alfaro. Read his take on those two, as well as his four other picks to watch here.