Until the mid-19th century, decades after a period of successive wars of independence in Latin America, Cuba still remained under the power of the Spanish crown. One day, the First Volunteer Battalion (Cubans who defended the crown) marched through the streets of Havana. As they passed by a house, they heard some young people laughing. The soldiers took these laughs as a sign of disrespect, so they went to the house. Inside they found a letter written by a 16-year-old boy, who questioned a friend for joining the battalion loyal to the King of Spain. This was enough for him to be arrested on the charge of treason and later deported. The year was and the name of this teenager was José Martí.

He was exiled to Spain, where he was educated in civil and canon law, philosophy, and literature. Martí drifted through France, Mexico, the United States, and Guatemala, but his dream was to return to Cuba, which he did illegally in . It was there that he and other patriots founded a pro-independence group. A year later he would be arrested in an armed uprising and again deported.

Between and , Martí became well-known across the American continent through his articles and chronicles that he sent from New York to important newspapers in different countries, in which he denounced Spain’s abuses in Cuba.

Martí became a successful writer, journalist, and poet, but he wanted more. He wrote: To gaze idly at a crime is to commit it. So, he returned to Cuba again, but this time as a revolutionary leader. When the fighting broke out, Martí was at the helm, and in he was struck down by the Spanish forces. However, the spark was lit, and three years later Cuba achieved its independence.

Such is the transformative footprint of José Martí; such is the power of responsible journalism, as a well-informed people is a free people. Such is the relevance of the proper use of the Spanish language, as it will leave an enduring legacy for future generations. That is why La Noticia works hard to offer you relevant, practical, and timely information, respecting the varied cultural sensibilities of Latinos and their language. Our content is original, we do not depend on news agencies to fill space, because we respect the intelligence of our readers.

We place a special emphasis on the use of Spanish in our pages. La Noticia is used to teach Spanish in schools, colleges, institutes, and even universities. We are happy that we have become a reference for the use of the Castilian language in the Carolinas. At the same time, it is a great responsibility.

On , La Noticia was named the most awarded Spanish-language print media outlet in the United States. In the latest edition of the José Martí Awards, presented at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP), we received 35 national awards, including 11 gold medals.

La Noticia offers more than two decades of experience, four local editions (in the regions of Charlotte, the Triangle, the Triad, and the Mountains), and a complete team of professionals at your service. We invite you to keep informed with our print edition every Wednesday. You can also keep abreast of what is happening in our community through our updated website: La Noticia. Additionally, you can follow us on social media (Facebook).

We extend a million thanks to our kind readers and our intelligent advertisers for their preference.

Diego Barahona A.

Periodista, editor, asesor, y presentador. De 2016 a 2019 el periodista más galardonado en Estados Unidos por los Premios José Martí. Autor del best seller: ¿Cómo leer a las personas? dbarahona@lanoticia.com

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