Viva Iowa! Local Spanish Newspaper Launches in Hampton

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HAMPTON, Iowa- Mid-America Publishing in Hampton has launched a news publication in Spanish called Viva Iowa! The newspaper realized 30 per cent of residents of the area speak Spanish, so this was an effort to get local information to people living in the area.

“We saw there was a lack for people who speak Spanish,” said Pia Hovenga, a native of Chile, who does graphic design and translation for the Viva Iowa! “They weren’t getting the news they needed, especially when the snow piles in town, they need to park there cars this way or that way, they weren’t getting that information.”

The publication covers Franklin County and Wright County and a number of smaller towns around the area. Hovenga said all local residents need to know about what is going on in the community.

“We want to communicate and educate people things they don’t know about the United States,” said Hovenga. “Voting is coming next week, there’s some interesting things going on in these rural towns.”

Viva Iowa is also covering local feature stories.

“There is a soccer league that started about 3 years ago around here,” said Kelly McGowan, a reporter for Viva Iowa. “It was fun to get to know the man who started the league, they tied rope together to make the goal nets for this league.”

McGowan’s reporting also runs in the Hampton Chronicle in English language.

Viva Iowa issued it’s second edition on Wednesday. It will publish twice a month. For Johnston native Kelly McGowan, the dual language job was perfect for her.

"I have a double degree in Spanish and Journalism so it's really fun opportunity for me to jump in and use them both at the same time," said McGowan.

You can check out the Viva Iowa! Facebook page here.