By: Joe Strupp
A small Kentucky newspaper is planning to launch a bi-lingual column, which will run every other week and be printed in both English and Spanish. Editor Jim Todd of The Richmond Register, daily circulation 6,283, says the daily paper is believed to be the first in Kentucky to offer such an option.
“We will run them side by side or on top of each other and they will say the same ting,” Todd said of the different language versions. “Our city’s population is about 30,000, with several thousand Hispanics.”
Beginning Aug. 15, the Register will run the column by Alberto Sanz, who publishes a weekly Spanish language newspaper for Central Kentucky, in addition to maintaining a bi-lingual Web site and producing Spanish-language radio programs. Todd said The Register also prints Sanz’s weekly publication, S7ETEDIASdeKENTUCKY.
“Madison County’s growing Hispanic population is evident in the number of Hispanic-owned businesses and Hispanic employees in the local work force,” Todd said in Thursday’s paper. “Having Alberto’s column in both English and Spanish will help members of both communities stay better informed of current events that affect us all.”
Added Sanz, “this bi-lingual column is a very forward looking step for the Richmond Register.”
Sanz came to Richmond from Guadalajara, Mexico. He has a broad academic background with degrees in journalism, anthropology and business administration, the paper stated.