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Burr's move is the latest in a professional trajectory that includes stints as an entertainment writer, newspaper reporter, freelance writer, book author, and regionally syndicated columnist. Most recently, he was recognized as No. 1 blogger at Mysa.com. Burr says he is ready for the next level.
"I will continue to write and blog about music. I think the community, especially the Latino community, is still underserved when it comes to news and information," he said. "I have always emphasized the need for all media to be well-balanced and fully represent their communities, including the Latino community. By being inclusive, we are all enriched.
"These are exciting times, especially for online media. The field is wide open. Traditional media, like most companies, are struggling to transition to the new digital era, where it is more critical than ever to find, target and develop new, younger audiences and maintain a relevant connection."
The new digital challenges ahead are detailed in these recent Burr reports:and Baby Bash: Important to get 'your digital game on'
Burr is moderating two panels on these topics in the "Pulso de la Musica Latina 2008: Get Your Digital Game On" presented by The Recording Academy®, Texas Chapter in partnership with The Latin Recording Academy® at the St. Anthony Hotel 1-5 p.m. Thursday, June 12.
In March 2008, Ramiro Burr received a Philip True Award from the San Antonio Express-News for "Online Impact." Burr's popular Latin Notes Now Blogs received 750,000 hits in 2007, more than any other Express-News/Mysa.com blog including the SA Spurs, Dallas Cowboys, traffic and weather blogs.In April 2008, the LNN blog scored No.1 again with a record 191,000-plus hits- twice over the next blog. Mysa.com is
In 1999, Burr wrote the groundbreaking "Billboard Guide to Tejano and regional Mexican Music," book by
Burr said his departure from the Express-News was over editorial differences.
"For 18 years my syndicated music column has run in several newspapers and I have always claimed the rights to ownership of the column, all editorial decisions and the subsequent column revenues from those newspapers. The Express-News has never disputed those rights."I may have been a little overzealous, or overreached in trying to be the best reporter columnist I could be. For the past 20 years I have worked with university interns and always supported the philosophy of bringing others up behind me. I have no regrets for helping others, especially Latinos, with training and guidance to become journalists.
"Like all the other publications and online sites I write and have written for, the San Antonio Express-News has been good to me. I wish them the best."
Also, all interns and assistants were either paid or received academic credit, all received creditlines in Burr's "Billboard Guide" and in the other publications Burr wrote for.
For almost two decades, Burr's weekly music columns, syndicated as "Ramiro Burr's Latin Music," have appeared in several
Burr will continue his work as a freelance writer, book author and online reporter published by various publications.
Through his experience, Burr has become a professional speaker whose insight and analysis of music, journalism, culture and the arts has been sought by colleges and civic groups including the Smithsonian Institution,
More exciting developments in the works.
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Ramiro Burr can be reached at 210-831-2688 or Musicreporter@gmail.com
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