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WANTED: A FEW GOOD CANDIDATES
By Gustavo Reveles Acosta El Paso Times The National Association of Hispanic Journalists will elect new board members, and oﬃcials encourage members to take on leadership roles and run for one of the 11 positions that will be voted on during UNITY 2008 in Chicago The annual election also will include voting on several bylaw changes that will incorporate the chapter structure into NAHJ’s rules. “As jour nalists, we help e d u c a te t h e p u b l i c o n t h e impor tance of voting (and) inspire participation in the public political process,” said NAHJ President Rafael Olmeda, an online editor for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s important that we exercise our right to vote on the candidates and issues that are important to NAHJ. “I’d like to encourage anyone who cares about the future of the NAHJ to r un for the positions on the board of directors. Board service is not only personally and professionally rewarding, but also it is also crucial in a time of great need in our industry.” Continued on Page 5
UNITY oﬀers presidential candidates and much more
Teresa Puente, Chicago Sun Times; Unity President Karen Lincoln Michel, Green Bay Press-Gazette; and NAHJ student members from Columbia College in Chicago. All mixed and mingled with top journalists at the National Mexican Art Museum in Chicago. See story on Page 6.
The largest gathering of journalists of color takes place next month at UNITY ’08 Convention in Chicago.
On-site registration (after June 13) Member: $575 Student member: $275 Non-member: $800 Student non-member: $450 Spouse/partner: $250 (Banquet ticket not included.)
Jo i n N A H J members and our sister organizations: the Asian American Jo u r n a l i s t s I l l i n o i s ) a n d Jo h n Mc Ca i n ( RAssociation, the Arizona) will participate in a live N a t i o n a l broadcast discussion on July 24. Be in Association of Black the audience for this historic evening Journalists and the Native American when UNITY is seen across the Journalists Association for the July country on prime time. 23-27 event. To register, visit: http:// NAHJ will also be electing a new www.2008unity.org/registration.cfm. president, as well as nine other board Pr e s u m p t i v e presidential members. Candidates must submit nominees Senators Barack Obama (DContinued on Page 8
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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
Compiled from news reports Mike Fannin, 41, was recently named the Kansas City Star’s new editor. Fannin was managing editor of the sports and features departments for the last two years. The Star becomes the largestcirculation U.S. newspaper with a Hispanic editor. Fannin is also president of the Associated Press Sports Editors and is the ﬁrst Hispanic to hold that position. NAHJ member Tim Chavez, former columnist at the Gannett-owned Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, Tenn., before being laid off as he battled cancer a few months ago, now has a political blog called Political Salsa. You can read it at www.politicalsalsa.blogspot.com NAHJ member Laura Castañeda, independent San Diego-based TV journalist, has produced a documentary, called, “Devil’s Breath: Border Crossers Caught in San Diego’s Wildﬁres.” This documentary tells how the October 2007 wildﬁres in San Diego affected three groups of migrants heading north from México. It formally aired on May 19, at http://www.ucsd.tv/devilsbreath Among those taking the buyouts at the Washington Post are Marie Arana, editor of the Post's Book World section; reporter Sylvia Moreno; and Don Podesta, assistant managing editor for copy desks; Alfredo Corchado of The Dallas Morning News was among 14 U.S. journalists named recently to the next Nieman journalism fellowship class at Harvard University. Corchado will study the fallout of organized crime on Latin America's young, fragile democracies, particularly the impact on the freedom of the press and consequences for the United States. The Nieman program, established in 1938, is the world's oldest mid-career fellowship for journalists. George de Lama, 51, recently announced he is stepping down as managing editor for news at the Chicago Tribune to explore other options. De Lama was at the Tribune for 30 years, starting as a summer intern.
A chat with NAHJ’s new membership director
NAHJ’s new membership director is Rhadames Avila. He is 49 and a native of the Dominican Republic and a nationalized U.S. citizen. Avila, who is married, came to the U.S. in 1980. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Sciences at Strayer University in Arlington, Va. Before joining NAHJ, he worked for 13 years as oﬃce assistant for the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). From 1984 thru 1996, he was a freelance entertainment editor for various Spanish newspapers in Washington, D.C. (El Latino, La Nacion, La Voz Independiente, Crónica, El Comercio), New York (El Globo Newspaper) and Florida (El País). He also hosted a radio show called, "El Gobierno Sabatino". His program aired Saturdays on Spanish-language radio stations 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 or prospective members. One of my main goals is to work closely with current chapters and potential chapters to recruit members and reverse those numbers. I will become the facilitator to provide them with all the necessary resources and/or tools to help 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 the actual economic situation is not helping. In addition, we need to create more eﬀective ways to reach out and let the student journalists and professional journalists understand that we are here to support them, to work closely with them. 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 are related to log-in problems, how to register for the upcoming UNITY ’08 Convention, and what is the process to create a chapter. 4. What is the best time to reach you? I am in my oﬃce Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern time. My oﬃce number is 202-662-7460. 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 oﬀer so much for just $55 in annual fees. I encourage every single student journalist, professional journalist, and anybody who would like to support our goals, to join us as soon as possible. Their membership will provide us with the necessary resources to fulﬁll our goals and services, such as: Regional workshops and seminars, national convention and career expo, mid-career and professional development programs, Online job bank, journalism awards, internships and fellowships, student journalism workshops, newsletter, networking, etc.
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2008 HALL OF FAME CANDIDATES
The NAHJ board recently voted to induct three people into the Hall of Fame at this year’s gala on July 25 at Unity 2008. This year’s inductees are:
Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, University of Texas Achievements: One of NAHJ's most active founders; Creator of NAHJ student newspaper project The Latino Reporter; Among those who spearheaded a national movement in 2007 to protest the exclusion of Latinos in the PBS documentary THE WAR by Ken Burns; Director of the U.S. Latino & Latina World War II Oral History Project based at the University of Texas at Austin. Nominated by: Gary Piña, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, General AtLarge Oﬃcer for NAHJ Her words: “It's a great honor to be among the previous Hall of Famers -- folks like one of my longtime mentors, Felix Gutierrez. I look forward to celebrating with my NAHJ friends in July. I'm in Spain!!!”
Francisco P. Ramirez Founder/Editor, El Clamor Público, Los Angeles, 1855-1859. Achievements: Pioneering Latino journalist and founding editor Duis aute in voluptate veli of L.A.'s ﬁrst Spanish-language newspaper in 1855 and an editor and contributor to other newspapers in the U.S. and Mexico through much of the latter half of the 19th century. Forceful advocate for equal rights for people of all races in the years after the U.S. conquest of California. Nominated by: Félix Gutiérrez, professor, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, longtime advocate for diversity in news media.
Juan D. Gonzalez columnist, The New York Daily News Achievements: One of the founders of NAHJ and of UNITY; Former president of NAHJ; Author; Launched the Parity Project; Winner of the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award in 2004; Strong advocate against media consolidation; Nominated by: Cindy Rodriguez, freelance journalist, New York City and NAHJ vice president for print. His words: "I'm deeply honored by the NAHJ board's decision to include me in the Hall of Fame with such terriﬁc journalists as Maggie Rivas and Francisco Ramirez, given all the extraordinary Latino journalists both past and present who are perhaps more deserving of this nomination than I."
National Association of Hispanic Journalists 1000 National Press Building 529 14th St., NW Washington, DC 20045-2001, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 202.662.7145 Fax: 202.662.7144
Executive Director Iván Román email@example.com President Rafael Olmeda, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Vice President, Broadcast Manuel De La Rosa KIII-TV, Corpus Christi Vice President, Print Cindy Rodriguez, freelance writer
Noticias editor: Gary Piña, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Copy editor: Veronica Garcia, Los Angeles Times Designers: Michael Vega, City of Fort Worth; Gary Piña
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Why not take a seat on the NAHJ board?
By Manuel De La Rosa KIII-TV, Corpus Christi Vice president-Broadcast Wanted: Good men and women to run for the NAHJ Board of Directors. Every year, it happens. Time to run for the board and here we are trying to recruit people to run for the NAHJ board. It falls on the board to ﬁnd folks to run. Remember two years ago, when there were no contested races except for the NAHJ Vice President of Broadcast. It was then our newly elected President who vowed to not have that happen again, but two years later, we are in the same position. I can tell you from serving on the board for several years it's not always fun. I have been a regional director for Region 8 and 5, along with my current position of VP of Broadcast (Yes, I was the one with the contested race two years ago). We meet three times a year in person and talk on a daily basis on our blog about issues impacting NAHJ, journalism and our culture. It's not easy at times to deal with the diﬀerent personalities on the board, but we manage to get along and respect each other. Mind you, at times, we ﬁght like siblings; but for most part recent board members have been respectful of each other. I recall being on boards where members weren’t so civil. Then comes the annual conference that is attended by the majority of our membership or the fundraising dinners, including the NAHJ Scholarship Banquet in New York City in February or the Awards Dinner in the fall. During those times, we hear it from all sides: “Great event;” “NAHJ is doing a great job;” “You guys should be commended.” Of course, there are those who criticize our decisions or say they don't like this or that about the organization. Some ask why we separated the Awards dinner from the conference. We explain that, to raise more money, we chose to remove this event from the convention. We have raised a lot of money in recent years by doing this. When we ask those most critical of us to run for the NAHJ Board, they go silent. Some tell use they can’t run because of work or other commitments. I can understand that. I have a regular day job; a job at home raising two lovely children and being a husband; and then my NAHJ job. years. We’re going through a very diﬃcult era in journalism. We've had major job cuts in print and broadcast journalism. The idea of doing more with less is impacting our members and now we are trying to provide our membership with multimedia skills to help them survive in this business. Because donors are not giving us as much money as in the past, NAHJ’s ﬁnancial picture is uncertain, as is the Parity Project, which was aimed at getting more Latino journalists into print and broadcast newsrooms. We have to develop a strategic plan to prepare for the changing world of journalism.
Again, it's not an easy job being on the NAHJ Board, but I am sure we will ﬁnd several good candidates to run. It would be great if new blood stepped forward and became the next Sure, we get some perks out of generation of NAHJ leaders. it. We get to travel three times a What would you have to do: year to meet with other board you just need to get 25 current members without leaving the NAHJ members to sign a petition room for two-and-a-half days. by June 18, (believe me that's a Why do we do this? I believe it’s task in itself with members busy because we want what's best for going from story to story or this organization. meeting to meeting). Then comes the elections at the Unity 2008 And that brings us back to Convention. looking for people to run for the board. The presidency is up for grabs, along with all the other oﬃcers’ positions. I am again considering running for VP of Broadcast and I hope we have more contested races. So it’s time for you to get involved and make a diﬀerence; we need great leaders to help us through the next two I just hope we meet our goal and have several contested races, including my position of VP of Broadcast. Good luck and if you need a petition signed, just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll sign it for the sake of electing the best leaders possible for NAHJ.
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NAHJ elections on agenda at Unity
Continued "om Page 1 This year, members will vote on the following positions on the board of directors: · President · Vice President of Broadcast · Vice President of Print · Financial Oﬃcer · Secretary · General At-Large Oﬃcer · Spanish Language At-Large Oﬃcer · Online At-Large Oﬃcer · Region 2 Director · Region 4 Director · Student Representative In recent years, NAHJ elections have suﬀered from apathy, with board members being elected without drawing an opponent. The current board hopes members will be given more options this year by attracting several candidates to run for each position. “Former board members who are still in the ﬁeld of journalism should consider a presidential run,” Olmeda said. “The last two presidential races were uncontested. NAHJ deserves better than that.” Board members are expected to attend three annual meetings, participate in conference calls, serve on several committees and become advocates of NAHJ as fund raisers and representatives of the organization. To run, potential candidates need to be regular members in good standing. The student representative is required to be enrolled at a college or university. To become an oﬃcial candidate for any position, members need to gather the signatures of 25 members in good standing who support their candidacy. Signatures are due at the NAHJ national oﬃces by June 18. The bal lot also wil l include changes to the bylaws that govern NAHJ. The changes are meant to bring to code the rules that allow for the creation and administration of professional and student chapters nationwide. To view exact wording of the proposed changes, please visit www.nahj.org. For more information on running for the NAHJ Board of Directors, call the national oﬃce at (202) 662-7145.
Gustavo Reveles Acosta is the City Hall reporter for the El Paso Times and the director of NAHJ’s Region 5, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.
NAHJ REGIONAL CONFERENCES
On May 3, about 80 people ﬁlled the new, high-tech graduate journalism school at City University of New York in Times Square for Region 2’s ﬁrst multimedia journalism workshop. It was a huge success. Though we had hoped to attract 40 to 50 attendees to the workshop, so many signed up that we were forced to tell people that was no more space. Clearly, given the transformation occurring in the news industry, this topic is one that has great appeal. And the interest extends from journalists just starting out to veterans. — Diego Ribadeneria
NAHJ members gathered for a discussion at the Region 6 Conference at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis on April 5. About 75 professionals and students attended. Also, job seekers met with potential employers during the job fair. Sponsors included KSTP-TV, WCCOTV, and State Farm Insurance.
Region 5 More than 130 attended the daylong Region 5 Conference on Saturday, March 1, at Texas State University in San Marcos. The conference began Friday, Feb. 29, with a town hall meeting on the upcoming elections, “What can Brown do for you?.” The town hall meeting was sponsored by State Farm Insurance. On Saturday, the multimedia
sessions included podcasting, blogging and digital video, along with the traditional sessions geared toward Spanish-language media; broadcast and print media. Gilbert Bailon, editorial page editor for the St. Louis PostDispatch, was the keynote speaker at lunch. Bailon spoke about the changing times and what tools journalists need to survive in their newsrooms. — Gary Piña
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Mixer builds excitement for UNITY ’08 in Chicago
Dozens of journalists and students turned out at the National Museum of Mexican Art, nestled near Chicago’s Harrison Park in the Latino Pilson neighborhood on a Monday evening in April. All were eager to learn more about this UNITY Convention that's expected to attract more than 10,000 journalists of color to the city in July. Top reporters, anchors, recruiters and writers from Telemundo Chicago, ABC 7, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Radio Arte and students from Columbia College were all there eating delicious Mexican food from Tepatulco Restaurante, listening to Latino music, while talking about the diﬀerent workshops, and companies looking to hire at the convention. They also had a chance to register online. NAHJ organizer Queta Bauer, from Cultural Communications, had two laptop stations available. UNITY President Karen Lincoln Michal, from the Green Bay PressGazette, and her husband Roberto, an NAHJ member, drove more than three hours from Madison, Wis., to check out the pre-Unity registration party. UNITY Executive Director Onica Makwakwa also stopped by in between meetings. One lucky NAHJ member walked away with a $300 gift certiﬁcate for a wine tasting experience from Sam's Wines in Chicago. Brandon Benavides
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE REGION 6 DIRECTOR
Well I’m happy to report, we’ve started to seek out members for a NAHJ pro-chapter in the Twin Cities. We had three people at our ﬁrst meeting. We were very excited with the turnout given it was our ﬁrst meeting. After our lunch meeting, the three of us decided to invite every Latino journalist we know to a brunch at a popular Mexican Restaurant in St. Paul’s Westside. Hopefully, we’ll get at least 15 people. So if you’re in the Twin Cities stop by Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m. at Boca Chica in St. Paul. Latino journalists in the Chicago area are also trying to organize an NAHJ chapter. I’ve been in contact with the president of the Brandon Chicago Area Hispanic Journalists, Antonio Benvavides Olivo from the Chicago Tribune. His group helped us with our Region 6 Pre-UNITY Registration Party in Chicago. We started talking about making that group an oﬃcial NAHJ pro-chapter. Hopefully we can get things organized by UNITY. Antonio says our event was the most attended mixer they’ve had in years. We had about 50 people show up. I ﬂew in from the Twin Cities for the mixer and also visited with the students at Columbia College. They invited me to one of their Hispanic journalists student meetings on campus. So there I was with 15 student members in the middle of the orange hall, listening to their plans for the semester. I felt like I was in college again … a nice break from the stress of the newsroom. The students insisted on taking me to dinner and paying for it. We went to this delicious Mexican restaurant called Nuevo Leon in the Latino neighborhood. The Mexican food was great! I thought I was back home in San Antonio. And it was a reasonable price, for the six of us it was less than 60 bucks. I helped with the tip (I was once a poor college student too... I couldn’t let them pay for everything). And our regional conference on April 5 was a great success. About 75 professionals and students gathered at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. The Department of Communication and Journalism was incredible! We had some spirited discussions on covering Latinos caught up in Crimes: when should journalists disclose someone’s legal status. My station KSTP and parent company Hubbard Broadcasting were fantastic. My boss was on a panel and several staﬀ members joined in too. Hope to see you at UNITY in Chicago.
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It takes guacamole to make a student chapter
By Lourdes Vazquez and Brandon A. Benavides College life: cash-strapped, broke and studying. How’s a student supposed to pay for NAHJ membership dues when they need the $25 for roman noodles? Simple, guacamole. The Hispanic Journalists of Columbia College club started in Chicago back in October 2006. A few students got together and wanted to start a journalism club for Latinos. The organization sold guacamole to raise money for their membership dues. But this was no ordinary guacamole, it became well-known as "Sonia's World Famous Guacamole" around campus. With enough money for 15 student members, the group began the process of becoming an oﬃcial NAHJ student chapter in March. But they didn’t stop there. The students signed a petition asking for a course that teaches students to report for Spanishlanguage media. Seven students hopped on a mega-bus and traveled from Chicago to Minneapolis to attend the Region 6 Conference in April. There they learned more about journalism and got career advice from professionals working in the business. The club writes a bilingual magazine every semester. Former Vice President Sonia Ganadra helped transition El Mestizo magazine to be one of the club’s projects. The magazine showcases student
NAHJ student members at Columbia College took NAHJ Region 6 Director Brandon A. Benavides for a night of great Mexican food in Chicago. Benavides visited the student group during a two-day trip to Chicago for NAHJ business.
artwork as well as articles in Spanish and English. With a new magazine at hand HJC has been marketing their new publication around campus. The magazine was released May 3 with the help of NAHJ member Elio Leturia, who is a graphic designer and journalism professor at Columbia College. Gandara graduated in May and left the magazine to Lourdes Vazquez as new editor-in-chief. Production for the next issue will begin August 1.
Lourdes is a NAHJ student member, and president of the Hispanic Journalists of Columbia.
Out & About at UNITY: a GLBT after-party
Enjoy a fabulous night at the theatre with your new GLBT friends and allies. The Bailiwick Theatre is one of the top GLBT performance places in Chicago. No need to sit and watch this performance, you're in the spotlight. Let your hair down and enjoy a free
A GLBT After-party The Bailiwick Theatre Friday, July 25 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
cocktail or two while snacking on chips, salsa, and quesadillas. The ﬁrst 200 people will get two drink tickets. Don't miss the party bus! Meet in
front of the Hyatt Regency Chicago and Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers at 10 p.m. We'll drop you oﬀ at the theatre and take you back. The shuttle runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Bailiwick Repertory Theatre is on 1229 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago.
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NAHJ Poll Question: "Why are you attending the UNITY Conference?"
I'm really excited about Unity Conference because I'm going to see dear friends I’ve made over the years at the NAHJ conferences, and to make new friends. I'm excited because we are going to have lot of fun at the receptions, and because Unity is unique. It gets together all of us in one race, in one color, the color of journalism and love for communication. I love Unity we’re all together at the same table and under the same roof. At Unity we are all friends. I love Unity. Marcela Toledo Because it is important. As a print journalist, times have gotten a lot tougher and it becomes increasingly important to provide support and opportunities for minority journalists. Also, Unity is a prime opportunity to take a breath, recharge and re-establish relationships with fellow journalists. Irvin B. Harrell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch There's no one answer. I'm attending to re-connect with old friends & colleagues. I'm attending to listen / learn /debate current issues relating to journalism. Plus, Unity tends to attract more recruiters and management-types. But, I ﬁnd that more than anything, attending reinvigorates me as a journalist and as a Latina. I love seeing our success stories (Quinones, DeLama, Gonzales, Ramos, O'Brien) and our future leaders, looking up to us for help/guidance/reassurance. It is impossible to attend NAHJ conventions without standing a bit taller, proud to be a part of an incredible tradition that we are helping to fulﬁll. Judie Garcia, WGN-TV I’m attending Unity ’08 to keep abreast of the latest trends in journalism and multimedia, especially in a presidential election year. Also to network and meet old colleagues from the four diﬀerent markets I’ve worked on. Adhemar Montagne, NY1 Noticias I am attending Unity because of the opportunity it oﬀers for students and professionals to network. It will allow me to have professionals critic my work and learn in my ﬁnal year of college what changes I should make to be able to obtain a job in the journalism ﬁeld once I graduate. In addition to being able to attend workshops that will beneﬁt my career and ﬁnal courses at Columbia. Lourdes Vazquez Student/freelance writer I am honored to attend the UNITY Conference for the opportunity to provide guidance and mentorship to students working on the convergence news project. I am also looking forward to networking and sharing my experience with other journalists of color. Fernando Diaz The Chicago Reporter I am attending the Unity Conference to network and hopefully ﬁnd a reporting job in TV. Linda Aguilar-Mares, Wichita, Kan.
Journalists of Color gathering in Chicago for UNITY ’08
Continued "om Page 1 their nominating petitions by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18. Looking for multimedia training? Multimedia sessions are scheduled on Wednesday, July 23, and throughout the convention. The sessions will be in high demand, and seating is limited. Other digital sessions include: A Day in the Life of a Multimedia Journalist Dynamic Data: Grabbing Readers with Solid Numbers, and Savvy Presentation Just the Basics: How to Produce Multimedia On a Tight Budget Monetizing Your Web Site Dialogue vs. Diatribe: Fostering civil conversation in the digital world Developing Multi-Platform Content Beyond the E-Paper: Innovative Ways to Drive Website Traﬃc and Revenue It's a Blog, Blog, Blog World Color Me In: Building a MultiCultural Blogosphere that Matters Also, join us as we induct New York Daily News Columnist Juan González, University of Texas at Austin Professor Ma g gie Riva s Rodriguez, Ph.D. and Francisco P. Ramirez, editor of El Clamor Público, Los Angeles’ ﬁrst Spanish-language newspaper into the NAHJ Hall of Fame. This year’s NAHJ Hall of Fame Gala starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 25th in the Chicago Ballroom of the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. For more information on NAHJ Events at UNITY ‘08, go to: http:// w w w. n a h j . o r g / E v e n t s / 2 0 0 8 / convention/Chicago.shtml
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Parity Project report
By Kevin Olivas NAHJ staff From the suspension of an innovative newsroom diversity program to promotion and hiring of Latino journalists. These are just a couple of the events that have occurred in recent months in relation to NAHJ’s Parity Project.
Scripps Academy for Hispanic Journalism suspended The Scripps Academy for Hispanic Journalism, which has been based at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver since 2004, has been put into suspension by the paper for budgetary reasons. Editors at the paper say this is a ﬁnancial decision and that it may be re-started in the future. The academy has served as a two-year, full-time employment program in which bilingual participants who have had some professional newsroom experience worked at the Rocky Mountain News as full-time reporters, photographers, online journalists, etc. Photographer Javier Manzano is the only remaining participant in this program. He made news in early 2008 when he was kicked while taking the photograph of a man who was about to be sworn-in as a Colorado state representative. Others who have gone through the academy include current Rocky Mountain News online journalist Laressa Bachelor, Daytona Beach News-Journal reporter Rosa Ramirez, Daily Camera reporter John Aguilar, Orlando Sentinel reporter Blanca Prieto and Bakersﬁeld Californian reporter Felix Doligosa. Parity Project town halls On March 19, about 80 people attended the Parity Project town hall for the E.W. Scripps Company-owned KNXV ABC 15 TV in Phoenix, Ariz. While some made mention of general media terms used in coverage of the immigration issue, such as the phrase “illegal alien,” others praised KNXV for working to include Latinos into coverage, including stories that do not focus on ethnicity. Among the stories that have aired on KNXV was a piece done by NAHJ member Christina Boomer regarding Arizona’s E-Verify system, which has harmed the eﬀorts of some legal U.S. residents, including Latinos, who are searching for jobs. Since the initial launch of NAHJ’s Parity Project at KNXV, the station has hired several Latino journalists to work in front of and behind the camera, including Boomer. KNXV also has promoted NAHJ member Andy Ramirez from his long-time position as an assignment editor to managing editor. On June 10, The Salt Lake Tribune will host a town hall with Latino community leaders regarding its coverage of Hispanics since the initial launch of the Parity Project there in April 2006. NAHJ members are welcome to attend this event from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tribune’s 6th Floor Conference Room, 90 S. 400 West. RSVP to: Nanette Hornsby, Tribune executive assistant at (801) 257-8506. E-mail: email@example.com News Coverage By Some Parity Project Partners • National Public Radio gauged the pulse of Latino voters in early 2008 by having Florida-based CandidatoUSA Editor Luis Clemens as a guest on its Morning Edition program. Latinos currently make up about 15% of the U.S. population and remain the fastest-growing segment of Americans. Clemens told NPR what several surveys have also found: education, not immigration, is the top concern among Latinos in the U.S. Listen to this interview by visiting: http://www.npr.org/ templates/story/story.php?storyId=18468236&sc=emaf • The southwest Florida-based Naples Daily News, a Scripps Company-owned partner in the Parity Project, voiced its concern over potential cuts to the journalism program at Florida International University. Editor Phil Lewis says much is at stake with FIU, especially considering that the campus has graduated more Hispanic journalists than any other university in the nation. NAHJ issued its own news release, voicing similar concern over these cutbacks. • Rocky Mountain News columnist Tina Griego re-visits Denver’s Border Street. Griego, a longtime NAHJ member, returned to a street in Denver where some legal residents and undocumented people are neighbors, a year after she ﬁrst proﬁled the area. What she found is that some had left while others stayed. Check out Tina’s work by visiting: http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/apr/24/griego-ayear-later-some-staying-some-leaving Hirings and Promotions at Parity Project partners • Carolina Garcia hired as executive editor of the Los Angeles Daily News. She had previously been executive editor of the Monterey County Herald in Northern California, as well as managing editor of the San Antonio Express-News. • Javier Aldape hired as vice president of Niche Products for the Scripps Company, which owns 13 news organizations that are Parity Project partners. Aldape, who was GM and publisher of Hoy in Los Angeles, will be based in Chicago. • Mandalit del Barco promoted from reporter to correspondent at National Public Radio, where she has worked for 15 years. • Fernando Quintero hired as demographics editor at the Orlando Sentinel. He had previously been a reporter at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. • John T. Valles hired as presentation editor at the Abilene Reporter-News in Texas. He had previously been at several publications, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Chronicle. • Marc Ybarra hired as a writer/producer at KNXV ABC 15 TV in Phoenix. Marc was previously a writer at KTVK-TV, also in Phoenix. • Jose Sanchez, Jr. hired as a beat writer at the Ventura County Star in Southern California. He had previously been a reporter at the Press Democrat in the Northern California city of Santa Rosa. • Jennifer Rios hired into her ﬁrst full-time reporter job at the San Angelo Standard-Times in Texas.
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Proﬁle on Carolina Garcia, Los Angeles Daily News
Carolina Garcia became executive editor of the Los Angeles Daily News in May. Before coming to the San Fernando Valley newspaper, Garcia had been executive editor of the Monterey County Herald. She has also held key editing posts at the San Antonio Express-News and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She is a native of Texas. What do you do for fun outside the newsroom? My dog and I take long walks to parks and neighborhoods; we’re still trying to get to the beach. And, of course, I love to play tennis and golf. What are initial impressions of Los Angeles? I’ve enjoyed my ﬁrst month in L.A., though I have to say that most of my time has been in and around the San Fernando Valley. I’ve yet to venture beyond the hills to see the "big city." It’s a great news town. We’ve had huge breaking news, from LAUSD’s absentee superintendent to the databases of city worker’s salaries and overtime that we posted on the Web, it’s been a great news ride so far. Though you've been in the Daily News newsroom for a short time, what qualities do you see there? The staﬀ at the Daily News is a hard-working, dedicated crew. All are committed to the news and the Web. We got more than 750,000 hits on the city salary and OT stories and databases; a testament to the work of the reporter and online staﬀ who produced highly useable databases that made it easy for users to ﬁnd the salaries and overtime of anyone who works for the city. other economic opportunities force subsistence producers to ﬁnd work elsewhere. She wrote about how Mexican farmers struggle to survive in their home states and how entrepreneurs build projects to stop the exodus of residents from their communities. Reporter Julia Reynolds wrote about how more and more young people are facing life in prison with slimmer chances of being paroled. A three-part series, Down for Life, examined the dramatic increase in life sentences in California. She talked to children behind bars, that life with parole really means life and the politics of the parole board. Julia Reynolds has been accepted as a fellow in the Neiman program and Claudia received a 10-month fellowship at USC Annenberg School of Communication. I’m proud that we were able to work with the staﬀ, get them fellowships. It’s a comment on their hard work and tenacity to tell important stories. What can be done to ensure diversity doesn't fall by the wayside as newsrooms downsize? What can/should NAHJ do in this regard? I think we’re all committed to diversity, and we may have to accomplish our goals with much less pomp and support. In Monterey, our diversity went from 11% to 31%, then fell after we had to cut staﬀ. Here, at the Daily News, we’re working to include as many diverse candidates as we can ﬁnd in our hiring pool. We’re lucky to be part of NAHJ's Parity Project and that NAHJ sends us candidates to review for our job openings. We won’t stray from a commitment to hire diverse candidates and we will push harder for greater diversity in the news pages and online.
diverse and growing communities in the Valley. What is the thing you're most proud of from your days at the Monterey Herald? In Monterey, we were able to do some major projects that told the stories about Latinos in ways that had not been told before by that paper. I am very proud of the work of several reporters, who struggled mightily to tell these stories. In Monterey, we were a small newspaper with shrinking resources committed to covering an engaged and highly educated and high-income community. Not all of Monterey ﬁts that description, but our readers did. To tell stories about migrants, housing for Latinos and gang warfare took some doing.
We did three large projects recently that meant a great deal to us and to the community: Latinos Locked Out, a three-day series by reporter Claudia Melendez, that examined how land use policies were set at the ballot box, eﬀectively keeping low-income housing from being built. ... It was a courageous series that asked and answered hard questions. I’m looking forward to pushing even harder on breaking news, digging Another package of stories last year by Claudia was the Migrant Trial. deeper into the bigger stories, telling NAFTA, the Farm Bill, the lack of more and deeper stories about the
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC JOURNALISTS
NAHJ Poll Question:
Our policy is that unless the individual’s legal status is relevant to the story, we’ll include that, after a careful veriﬁcation to avoid mischaracterizations. The same applies to all people of all ethnicities. Alfredo Carbajal, Al Día Crime stories should not identify undocumented immigrants unless their crimes directly involve their legal status. It is not the job of reporters to publicly identify illegal aliens. If local police departments, like the NYPD refuses to do the ICE's dirty work, journalists working in the private and nonproﬁt sector should take the same position on this matter, unless of course, they are Lou Dobbs. Daniel Cuevas, freelance writer I think a crime story should identify ALL alleged illegal immigrants, not just Latinos. My impression is that such identiﬁcation rarely happens, except for Latinos. Crime stories should identify alleged illegal immigrants because that's another law they are accused of violating. Why would a crime story focus on one alleged crime and exclude another? I don't know whether local police agencies around the country have the ability to determine an individual's immigration status. Nonetheless, crime stories in my newspaper are usually about the police accusing someone of a crime, which is not proof that they are guilty. If they accuse someone of illegal immigration, that doesn't mean they are illegal immigrants. Ernie Garcia, The Journal News/LoHud.com This should be carefully treated on a case-by-case basis. If the immigration status is part of the story, YES. ie: " Three undocumented immigrants were shot and killed this morning while crossing the Mexico
“Should crime stories involving Latinos identify illegal or undocumented immigrants? Why or why not?”
border.... " You would just as well say.. "Three American Citizens were killed today while crossing the Mexico border. Both factual information appropriate to the story. If the immigration status of the subjects in the story does not change the facts then... NO. ie: Three people were killed today in a downtown accident. The victims were identiﬁed as John Smith and Juan Perez" No need here to say... John Smith born in the USA and Juan Perez undocumented immigrant. Patricio Espinoza, nuzGeeks.com ethnophobia against all of us. (This is a terriﬁc question -- much more complex than the old days when we pressed the cops for physical detail about black, Latino and Asian suspects.) Holly Ocasio Rizzo Freelance writer/editor
In general, if a person's immigration status is part of a criminal complaint or a criminal investigation, it is usually relevant to mention that they remain in the country illegally. That's because it's important to note if a 'principal character' in a story may face additional federal charges (whether I believe crime stories should they be immigration-related charges NOT identify Latinos as illegal or or otherwise) and may also face undocumented, this should only deportation. apply to crime stories. As writers we And we almost always mention have done a disfavor to the Latino the prospective or maximum community by doing this. By sentence a person faces once they've continuing to identify Latinos as been charged. In so far as their such, we continue to increase the immigration status may add to or misunderstanding that is already alter that sentence, that's information taking place regarding the the public should have. There might immigration issue. For example, be plenty of exceptions to this, someone who is anti-immigrant and especially if it's unclear what wants some statistic about why they should continue to be anti-immigrant someone's immigration status is, if will say, "You see those illegal or what they've committed a misdemeanor, or if their immigration status is wellnot, they are the ones that are trod ground from previous stories committing crimes and ruining our and there are newer, more pressing cities, etc..." We do not need to further increase the controversy. Also, details needing to be ﬂeshed out. All this said, I would probably why should we do that? We do not identify other ethnicity's as such, like not put someone's immigration status too high up in a story unless it is you are ever going to see an directly relevant to their crime. undocumented Asian or illegal African in the news. They exist, but Frederick Melo we do not mention them. Come on St. Paul Pioneer Press people! Karina Ramirez, No, we would be treading murky Denton Record-Chronicle legal ground, not to mention give rise to anti-immigrant hysteria. Who is to verify legal status? The cops? I live in California, where a Immigration authorities? It just adds surprisingly high number of nonanother layer that really doesn't add Latinos already assume that Latinos to the main story in most cases. live here illegally if they're not citizens. Identifying undocumented Minerva Canto, freelance writer immigrants in crime stories, without (former immigration reporter also identifying legal residents and for ﬁve years) citizens, likely would feed their