America's two largest Spanish-language newspapers are joining forces to form the first nationwide Hispanic publishing chain.

Los Angeles daily La Opinion is combining with New York's El Diario/La Prensa to form a new company, Impremedia. The two titles say they hope the merged firm will develop into the voice of the rapidly growing Hispanic population, which now accounts for 13% of the US total.

Impremedia will have a wide reach, from the Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican communities of the north-east to the Central Americans in the south-west. The respective papers, however, will retain their discrete editorial independence.

Data sourced from: Houston (USA); additional content by WARC staff