NATION AL ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC JOURNALISTS
JUNE 2008 www.nahj.org
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
, 41, was recentlynamed the Kansas City Star’s new editor.Fannin was managing editor of the sportsand features departments for the last twoyears. The Star becomes the largest-circulation U.S. newspaper with aHispanic editor. Fannin is also presidentof the Associated Press Sports Editors andis the ﬁrst Hispanic to hold that position.NAHJ member
, formercolumnist at the Gannett-ownedTennessean newspaper in Nashville,Tenn., before being laid off as he battledcancer a few months ago, now has apolitical blog called Political Salsa. Youcan read it at
,independent San Diego-based TV journalist, has produced a documentary,called, “Devil’s Breath: Border CrossersCaught in San Diego’s Wildﬁres.” Thisdocumentary tells how the October 2007wildﬁres in San Diego affected threegroups of migrants heading north fromMéxico. It formally aired on May 19, athttp://www.ucsd.tv/devilsbreathAmong those taking the buyouts at theWashington Post are
, editorof the Post's Book World section; reporter
,assistant managing editor for copy desks;
of The DallasMorning News was among 14 U.S. journalists named recently to the nextNieman journalism fellowship class atHarvard University. Corchado will studythe fallout of organized crime on LatinAmerica's young, fragile democracies,particularly the impact on the freedom of the press and consequences for the UnitedStates. The Nieman program, establishedin 1938, is the world's oldest mid-careerfellowship for journalists.
George de Lama
, 51, recentlyannounced he is stepping down asmanaging editor for news at the ChicagoTribune to explore other options. DeLama was at the Tribune for 30 years,starting as a summer inter
A chat with NAHJ’snew membership director
NAHJ’s new membership director isRhadames Avila. He is 49 and a native of theDominican Republic and a nationalized U.S.citizen. Avila, who is married, came to the U.S. in1980. He earned a bachelor’s degree inComputer Information Sciences at StrayerUniversity in Arlington, Va.
Before joining NAHJ, he worked for 13 years as o
ce assistantfor the Pan American Health Organization/World HealthOrganization
. From 1984 thru 1996, he was a freelance entertainment editor for various Spanish newspapers inWashington, D.C.
El Latino, La Nacion, La Voz Independiente,Crónica, El Comercio
, New York
El Globo Newspaper
. He also hosted a radio show called, "El GobiernoSabatino". His program aired Saturdays on Spanish
language radiostations in the D.C. area.We have ﬁve questions for Avila:
1. What are some of your goals/ideas for raising NAHJ membership?
As of today we have about 2,000 active members, and about 4,500 expired orprospective members. One of my main goals is to work closely with currentchapters and potential chapters to recruit members and reverse those numbers.I will become the facilitator to provide them with all the necessary resourcesand/or tools tohelp them to complete their mission.
2. What are some challenges that NAHJ faces regarding membership?
There are many colleagues out there willing to be NAHJ members, but theactual economic situation is not helping. In addition, we need to create moree
ective ways to reach out and let the student journalists and professionaljournalists understand that we are here to support them, to work closely withthem. The best way everyone can beneﬁt is by becoming NAHJ members.
3. Since joining NAHJ, what question are you most often asked?
Well, I have only been here for about two weeks. Most calls and e
mails arerelated to log
4. What is the best time to reach you?
I am in my o
ce Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern time. My o
ce number is 202
5. Anything you’d like to say?
As I already mentioned, NAHJ is a very important nonproﬁt entity that provides various beneﬁts and opportunities to its members. There are not many organizations out there that could o
er so much for just
55 in annual fees. Iencourage every single student journalist, professional journalist, and anybody who would like to support our goals, to join us as soon as possible. Theirmembership will provide us with the necessary resources to fulﬁll our goals andservices, such as: Regional workshops and seminars, national convention andcareer expo, mid
career and professional development programs, Online jobbank, journalism awards, internships and fellowships, student journalism workshops, newsletter, networking, etc.