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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC JOURNALISTS

JUNE 2008

NOTICIAS
WANTED: UNITY offers presidential
A FEW GOOD candidates and much more
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. Teresa Puente, Chicago Sun Times; Unity President Karen Lincoln Michel,
Green Bay Press-Gazette; and NAHJ student members from Columbia
  “As jour nalists, we help
College in Chicago. All mixed and mingled with top journalists at the
e d u c a te t h e p u b l i c o n t h e National Mexican Art Museum in Chicago. See story on Page 6.
impor tance of voting (and)
inspire participation in the
public political process,” said The largest gathering of Registration info
NAHJ President Rafael Olmeda, journalists of color takes place next On-site registration (after June 13)
month at UNITY ’08 Convention in Member: $575
an online editor for the South
Chicago. Student member: $275
Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Non-member: $800
Lauderdale. “It’s important that Jo i n   N A H J Student non-member: $450
we exercise our right to vote on members and our Spouse/partner: $250 (Banquet ticket
the candidates and issues that sister organizations: not included.)   
are important to NAHJ. the Asian American
  “I’d like to encourage anyone 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 ( R-
who cares about the future of Association, the
Arizona) will participate in a live
the NAHJ to r un for the N a t i o n a l
broadcast discussion on July 24. Be in
positions on the board of Association of Black
the audience for this historic evening
directors. Board service is not Journalists and the Native American
when UNITY is seen across the
only personally and Journalists Association for the July
country on prime time.
professionally rewarding, but 23-27 event. To register, visit: http://
also it is also crucial in a time of www.2008unity.org/registration.cfm. NAHJ will also be electing a new
great need in our industry.” president, as well as nine other board
Pr e s u m p t i v e presidential
   Continued on Page 5  members. Candidates must submit
nominees Senators Barack Obama (D-
Continued on Page 8

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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE A chat with NAHJ’s


Compiled from news reports
Mike Fannin, 41, was recently new membership director 
named the Kansas City Star’s new editor.   NAHJ’s new membership director is
Fannin was managing editor of the sports Rhadames Avila. He is 49 and a native of the
and features departments for the last two
Dominican Republic and a nationalized U.S.
years. The Star becomes the largest-
circulation U.S. newspaper with a citizen. Avila, who is married, came to the U.S. in
Hispanic editor. Fannin is also president 1980. He earned a bachelor’s degree in
of the Associated Press Sports Editors and Computer Information Sciences at Strayer
is the first Hispanic to hold that position. University in Arlington, Va.
NAHJ member Tim Chavez, former   Before joining NAHJ, he worked for 13 years as office assistant
columnist at the Gannett-owned for the Pan American Health Organization/World Health
Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, Organization (PAHO/WHO). From 1984 thru 1996, he was a
Tenn., before being laid off as he battled
cancer a few months ago, now has a freelance entertainment editor for various Spanish newspapers in
political blog called Political Salsa. You Washington, D.C. (El Latino, La Nacion, La Voz Independiente,
can read it at Crónica, El Comercio), New York (El Globo Newspaper) and
www.politicalsalsa.blogspot.com Florida (El País). He also hosted a radio show called, "El Gobierno
NAHJ member Laura Castañeda, Sabatino". His program aired Saturdays on Spanish-language radio
independent San Diego-based TV stations in the D.C. area.
journalist, has produced a documentary, We have five questions for Avila:
called, “Devil’s Breath: Border Crossers 1. What are some of your goals/ideas for raising NAHJ membership?
Caught in San Diego’s Wildfires.”  This As of today we have about 2,000 active members, and about 4,500 expired or
documentary tells how the October 2007 prospective members. One of my main goals is to work closely with current
wildfires in San Diego affected three chapters and potential chapters to recruit members and reverse those numbers.
groups of migrants heading north from I will become the facilitator to provide them with all the necessary resources
México. It formally aired on May 19, at and/or tools to help them to complete their mission.
http://www.ucsd.tv/devilsbreath 2. What are some challenges that NAHJ faces regarding membership?
Among those taking the buyouts at the There are many colleagues out there willing to be NAHJ members, but the
Washington Post are Marie Arana, editor actual economic situation is not helping. In addition, we need to create more
of the Post's Book World section; reporter effective ways to reach out and let the student journalists and professional
Sylvia Moreno; and Don Podesta, journalists understand that we are here to support them, to work closely with
assistant managing editor for copy desks; them. The best way everyone can benefit is by becoming NAHJ members.
Alfredo Corchado of The Dallas 3. Since joining NAHJ, what question are you most often asked?
Morning News was among 14 U.S. Well, I have only been here for about two weeks. Most calls and e-mails are
journalists named recently to the next related to log-in problems, how to register for the upcoming UNITY ’08
Nieman journalism fellowship class at Convention, and what is the process to create a chapter.
Harvard University. Corchado will study 4. What is the best time to reach you?
the fallout of organized crime on Latin
I am in my office Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern time. My
America's young, fragile democracies, office number is 202-662-7460.
particularly the impact on the freedom of
5. Anything you’d like to say?
the press and consequences for the United
As I already mentioned, NAHJ is a very important nonprofit entity that provides
States. The Nieman program, established various benefits and opportunities to its members. There are not many
in 1938, is the world's oldest mid-career organizations out there that could offer so much for just $55 in annual fees. I
fellowship for journalists. encourage every single student journalist, professional journalist, and anybody
George de Lama, 51, recently who would like to support our goals, to join us as soon as possible. Their
announced he is stepping down as membership will provide us with the necessary resources to fulfill our goals and
managing editor for news at the Chicago services, such as: Regional workshops and seminars, national convention and
Tribune to explore other options. De
Lama was at the Tribune for 30 years, career expo, mid-career and professional development programs, Online job
bank, journalism awards, internships and fellowships, student journalism
starting as a summer intern.
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 Francisco P. Ramirez  Juan D. Gonzalez


Assistant Professor, Founder/Editor, columnist,
School of Journalism, El Clamor Público, The New York Daily News
University of Texas Los Angeles, 1855-1859. Achievements: One of the
Achievements: One of NAHJ's founders of NAHJ and of
Achievements: Pioneering
most active founders; Creator of UNITY; Former president of
Latino journalist and founding
NAHJ student newspaper project NAHJ; Author; Launched the
editor Duis aute in voluptate veli of
The Latino Reporter; Among Parity Project; Winner of the
L.A.'s first Spanish-language
those who spearheaded a national Hispanic Heritage Leadership
newspaper in 1855 and an editor
movement in 2007 to protest the Award in 2004; Strong advocate
and contributor to other
exclusion of Latinos in the PBS against media consolidation;
newspapers in the U.S. and
documentary THE WAR by Ken Nominated by: Cindy
Mexico through much of the
Burns; Director of the U.S. Latino Rodriguez, freelance journalist,
latter half of the 19th century.
& Latina World War II Oral New York City and NAHJ vice
Forceful advocate for equal rights
History Project based at the president for print.
for people of all races in the years
University of Texas at Austin. His words: "I'm deeply honored
after the U.S. conquest of
Nominated by: Gary Piña, Fort by the NAHJ board's decision to
California.
Worth Star-Telegram, General At- include me in the Hall of Fame
Nominated by: Félix Gutiérrez,
Large Officer for NAHJ with such terrific journalists as
professor, Annenberg School for
Her words:  “It's a great honor Maggie Rivas and Francisco
Communication at the University
to be among the previous Hall of Ramirez, given all the
of Southern California, longtime
Famers -- folks like one of my extraordinary Latino journalists
advocate for diversity in news
longtime mentors, Felix both past and present who are
media.
Gutierrez. I look forward to perhaps more deserving of this
celebrating with my NAHJ nomination than I."  
friends in July. I'm in Spain!!!”  

National Association Executive Director Vice President, Broadcast Noticias editor:


of Hispanic Journalists Iván Román Gary Piña,
Manuel De La Rosa
1000 National Press Building iroman@nahj.org Fort Worth Star-Telegram
KIII-TV, Corpus Christi 
529 14th St., NW   Copy editor:
Washington, DC 20045-2001,  
President Veronica Garcia,
E-mail: nahj@nahj.org Vice President, Print
Rafael Olmeda, Los Angeles Times
Phone: 202.662.7145 Cindy Rodriguez,
South Florida Sun-Sentinel freelance writer Designers: Michael Vega,
Fax: 202.662.7144 City of Fort Worth; Gary Piña

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Why not take a seat on the NAHJ board?


By Manuel De La Rosa New York City in February or the years.
KIII-TV, Corpus Christi Awards Dinner in the fall. During We’re going through a very
Vice president-Broadcast those times, we hear it from all difficult era in journalism. We've
sides: “Great event;” had major job cuts in print and
Wanted: Good men and
“NAHJ is doing a great job;” broadcast journalism. The idea of
women to run for the NAHJ
“You guys should be commended.” doing more with less is impacting
Board of Directors.
  Of course, there are those who our members and now we are
  Every year, it happens. Time to
criticize our decisions or say they trying to provide our membership
run for the board and here we are
don't like this or that about the with multimedia skills to help
trying to recruit people to run
organization. Some ask why we them survive in this business.
for the NAHJ board. It falls on
the board to find folks to run. separated the Awards dinner from Because donors are not giving
  Remember two years ago, when the conference. We explain that, us as much money as in the past,
there were no contested races to raise more money, we chose to NAHJ’s financial picture is
except for the NAHJ Vice remove this event from the uncertain, as is the Parity Project,
President of Broadcast. It was convention. We have raised a lot which was aimed at getting more
then our newly elected President of money in recent years by doing Latino journalists into print and
who vowed to not have that this. broadcast newsrooms. We have to
happen again, but two years later, When we ask those most develop a strategic plan to prepare
we are in the same position. critical of us to run for the NAHJ for the changing world of
  I can tell you from serving on Board, they go silent. Some tell journalism.
the board for several years it's not use they can’t run because of work Again, it's not an easy job
always fun. I have been a regional or other commitments. I can being on the NAHJ Board, but I
director for Region 8 and 5, along understand that. I have a regular am sure we will find several good
with my current position of VP of day job; a job at home raising two candidates to run. It would be
Broadcast (Yes, I was the one with lovely children and being a great if new blood stepped
the contested race two years ago). husband; and then my NAHJ job. forward and became the next
  We meet three times a year in
Sure, we get some perks out of generation of NAHJ leaders.
person and talk on a daily basis on
it. We get to travel three times a What would you have to do:
our blog about issues impacting
year to meet with other board you just need to get 25 current
NAHJ, journalism and our culture.
members without leaving the NAHJ members to sign a petition
It's not easy at times to deal with
room for two-and-a-half days. by June 18, (believe me that's a
the different personalities on the
Why do we do this? I believe it’s task in itself with members busy
board, but we manage to get along
because we want what's best for going from story to story or
and respect each other.
this organization. meeting to meeting). Then comes
  Mind you, at times, we fight like
And that brings us back to the elections at the Unity 2008
siblings; but for most part recent
looking for people to run for the Convention.
board members have been
respectful of each other. I recall board. The presidency is up for I just hope we meet our goal
being on boards where members grabs, along with all the other and have several contested races,
weren’t so civil. officers’ positions. I am again including my position of VP of
  Then comes the annual considering running for VP of Broadcast. Good luck and if you
conference that is attended by the Broadcast and I hope we have need a petition signed, just e-mail
majority of our membership or the more contested races. So it’s time me at mannydelarosa@yahoo.com
fundraising dinners, including the for you to get involved and make a and I'll sign it for the sake of
NAHJ Scholarship Banquet in difference; we need great leaders electing the best leaders possible
to help us through the next two for NAHJ.

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NAHJ elections on agenda at Unity


Continued "om Page 1 board hopes members will be given for any position, members need to
This year, members will vote on more options this year by attracting gather the signatures of 25 members
the following positions on the board several candidates to run for each in good standing who support their
of directors: position. candidacy. Signatures are due at the
  “Former board members who are NAHJ national offices by June 18.
· President still in the field of journalism should   The bal lot also wil l include
· Vice President of Broadcast consider a presidential run,” Olmeda changes to the bylaws that govern
· Vice President of Print said. “The last two presidential races NAHJ. The changes are meant to
were uncontested. NAHJ deserves bring to code the rules that allow for
· Financial Officer
better than that.” the creation and administration of
· Secretary   Board members are expected to professional and student chapters
· General At-Large Officer attend three annual meetings, nationwide.
· Spanish Language At-Large Officer participate in conference calls, serve   To view exact wording of the
· Online At-Large Officer on several committees and become proposed changes, please visit
advocates of NAHJ as fund raisers www.nahj.org. For more information
· Region 2 Director and representatives of the on running for the NAHJ Board of
· Region 4 Director organization. Directors, call the national office at
· Student Representative   To run, potential candidates need (202) 662-7145.
In recent years, NAHJ elections to be regular members in good Gustavo Reveles Acosta is the City
have suffered from apathy, with board standing. The student representative Hall reporter for the El Paso Times and
members being elected without is required to be enrolled at a college the director of NAHJ’s Region 5, which
or university. includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and
drawing an opponent. The current Arkansas.
  To become an official candidate

NAHJ REGIONAL CONFERENCES


Region 2 Region 6
   On May 3, about 80 people NAHJ members gathered for a
discussion at the Region 6 Conference
filled the new, high-tech
at the University of St. Thomas in
graduate journalism school at Minneapolis on April 5. About 75
City University of New York in professionals and students attended.
Times Square for Region 2’s first Also, job seekers met with potential
multimedia journalism employers during the job fair.
workshop. Sponsors included KSTP-TV, WCCO-
TV, and State Farm Insurance.
  It was a huge success.
Though we had hoped to attract  Region 5 sessions included podcasting,
40 to 50 attendees to the More than 130 attended the blogging and digital video, along
workshop, so many signed up daylong Region 5 Conference on with the traditional sessions
that we were forced to tell Saturday, March 1, at Texas State geared toward Spanish-language
people that was no more space. University in San Marcos. media; broadcast and print media.  
  Clearly, given the   The conference began Friday,    Gilbert Bailon, editorial page
transformation occurring in the Feb. 29, with a town hall meeting on editor for the St. Louis Post-
news industry, this topic is one the upcoming elections, “What can Dispatch, was the keynote speaker
that has great appeal. And the Brown do for you?.” The town hall at lunch. Bailon spoke about the
interest extends from journalists meeting was sponsored by State changing times and what tools
just starting out to veterans. Farm Insurance. journalists need to survive in their
— Diego Ribadeneria   On Saturday, the multimedia newsrooms. — Gary Piña

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Mixer builds NEWS AND NOTES


FROM THE REGION 6 DIRECTOR
excitement Well I’m happy to report, we’ve started to seek out
members for a NAHJ pro-chapter in the Twin Cities. We had
for UNITY ’08 three people at our first meeting. We were very excited with the
turnout given it was our first meeting. After our lunch meeting,
in Chicago the three of us decided to invite every Latino journalist we
know to a brunch at a popular Mexican
Dozens of journalists and Restaurant in St. Paul’s Westside. Hopefully,
students turned out at the National we’ll get at least 15 people. So if you’re in the
Museum of Mexican Art, nestled near Twin Cities stop by Saturday, June 28 at 10
Chicago’s Harrison Park in the a.m. at Boca Chica in St. Paul.
Latino Pilson neighborhood on a Latino journalists in the Chicago area are also
Monday evening in April. All were trying to organize an NAHJ chapter. I’ve
eager to learn more about this been in contact with the president of the
UNITY Convention that's expected Brandon Chicago Area Hispanic Journalists, Antonio
Benvavides
to attract more than 10,000 Olivo from the Chicago Tribune. His group
journalists of color to the city in July. helped us with our Region 6 Pre-UNITY
  Top reporters, anchors, recruiters Registration Party in Chicago. We started talking about making
and writers from Telemundo that group an official NAHJ pro-chapter. Hopefully we can get
Chicago, ABC 7, Chicago Tribune, things organized by UNITY. Antonio says our event was the
Chicago Sun-Times, Radio Arte and most attended mixer they’ve had in years. We had about 50
students from Columbia College people show up. I flew in from the Twin Cities for the mixer
were all there eating delicious and also visited with the students at Columbia College.  
Mexican food from Tepatulco They invited me to one of their Hispanic journalists
Restaurante, listening to Latino student meetings on campus. So there I was with 15 student
music, while talking about the members in the middle of the orange hall, listening to their
different workshops, and companies plans for the semester. I felt like I was in college again … a nice
looking to hire at the convention.   break from the stress of the newsroom. The students insisted
They also had a chance to register on taking me to dinner and paying for it. We went to this
online. NAHJ organizer Queta Bauer, delicious Mexican restaurant called Nuevo Leon in the Latino
from Cultural Communications, had neighborhood. The Mexican food was great! I thought I was
two laptop stations available. back home in San Antonio. And it was a reasonable price, for
  UNITY President Karen Lincoln the six of us it was less than 60 bucks. I helped with the tip
Michal, from the Green Bay Press- (I was once a poor college student too... I couldn’t let them pay
Gazette, and her husband Roberto, for everything).
an NAHJ member, drove more than
three hours from Madison, Wis., to And our regional conference on April 5 was a great success.  
check out the pre-Unity registration About 75 professionals and students gathered at the University
party. UNITY Executive Director of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. The Department of
Onica Makwakwa also stopped by in Communication and Journalism was incredible! We had some
between meetings. spirited discussions on covering Latinos caught up in Crimes:
  One lucky NAHJ member walked when should journalists disclose someone’s legal status. My
away with a $300 gift certificate for a station KSTP and parent company Hubbard Broadcasting were
wine tasting experience from Sam's fantastic. My boss was on a panel and several staff members
Wines in Chicago. joined in too.

Brandon Benavides 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 NAHJ student members at Columbia College took
group began the process of becoming an official NAHJ Region 6 Director Brandon A. Benavides for a
NAHJ student chapter in March. But they didn’t night of great Mexican food in Chicago. Benavides
visited the student group during a two-day trip to
stop there. The students signed a petition asking for Chicago for NAHJ business.
a course that teaches students to report for Spanish-
language media.
artwork as well as articles in Spanish and English.
Seven students hopped on a mega-bus and With a new magazine at hand HJC has been
traveled from Chicago to Minneapolis to attend the marketing their new publication around campus. The
Region 6 Conference in April. There they learned magazine was released May 3 with the help of NAHJ
more about journalism and got career advice from member Elio Leturia, who is a graphic designer and
professionals working in the business. journalism professor at Columbia College.
The club writes a bilingual magazine Gandara graduated in May and left the magazine
every semester.  to Lourdes Vazquez as new editor-in-chief.
Former Vice President Sonia Ganadra helped Production for the next issue will begin August 1.
transition El Mestizo magazine to be one of the Lourdes is a NAHJ student member, and president of the
club’s projects. The magazine showcases student Hispanic Journalists of Columbia.

Out & About at UNITY: a GLBT after-party


Enjoy a fabulous night at the A GLBT After-party front of the Hyatt Regency Chicago
theatre with your new GLBT friends The Bailiwick Theatre and Sheraton Chicago Hotel and
and allies. The Bailiwick Theatre is Friday, July 25 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Towers at 10 p.m. We'll drop you off
one of the top GLBT performance at the theatre and take you back.
places in Chicago. No need to sit and cocktail or two while snacking on The shuttle runs from 10 p.m. to 2
watch this performance, you're in the chips, salsa, and quesadillas. The first a.m. The Bailiwick Repertory Theatre
spotlight. 200 people will get two drink tickets. is on 1229 W. Belmont Avenue in
Let your hair down and enjoy a free Don't miss the party bus! Meet in Chicago.

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NAHJ Poll Question: "Why are you attending the UNITY Conference?"
I'm really excited about Unity There's no one answer. I'm attending I am attending Unity because of the
Conference because I'm going to see to re-connect with old friends & opportunity it offers for students and
dear friends I’ve made over the years colleagues. I'm attending to listen / professionals to network. It will allow
at the NAHJ conferences, and to learn /debate current issues relating me to have professionals critic my
make new friends. I'm excited to journalism. Plus, Unity tends to work and learn in my final year of
because we are going to have lot of attract more recruiters and college what changes I should make
fun at the receptions, and because management-types. But, I find that to be able to obtain a job in the
Unity is unique. It gets together all of more than anything, attending journalism field once I graduate. In
us in one race, in one color, the color reinvigorates me as a journalist and as addition to being able to attend
of journalism and love for a Latina. I love seeing our success workshops that will benefit my career
communication.  I love Unity we’re stories (Quinones, DeLama, and final courses at Columbia.
all together at the same table and Gonzales, Ramos, O'Brien) and our Lourdes Vazquez
under the same roof. At Unity we are future leaders, looking up to us for Student/freelance writer
all friends. I love Unity. help/guidance/reassurance. It is  
Marcela Toledo impossible to attend NAHJ
I am honored to attend the UNITY
conventions without standing a bit
Conference for the opportunity to
taller, proud to be a part of an
Because it is important. As a print provide guidance and mentorship to
incredible tradition that we are
journalist, times have gotten a lot students working on the convergence
helping to fulfill.
tougher and it becomes increasingly news project. I am also looking
important to provide support and Judie Garcia, WGN-TV forward to networking and sharing
opportunities for minority my experience with other journalists
journalists. Also, Unity is a prime I’m attending Unity ’08 to keep of color.
opportunity to take a breath, abreast of the latest trends in Fernando Diaz
recharge and re-establish journalism and multimedia, especially The Chicago Reporter
relationships with fellow journalists. in a presidential election year. Also to
Irvin B. Harrell, network and meet old colleagues
I am attending the Unity Conference
St. Louis Post-Dispatch from the four different markets I’ve
to network and hopefully find a
worked on.
reporting job in TV.
Adhemar Montagne, Linda Aguilar-Mares,
NY1 Noticias
Wichita, Kan.

Journalists of Color gathering in Chicago for UNITY ’08


Continued "om Page 1 Just the Basics: How to Produce González, University of Texas at
Multimedia On a Tight Budget Austin Professor Ma g gie Riva s -
their nominating petitions by 5 p.m.
on Wednesday, June 18. Monetizing Your Web Site Rodriguez, Ph.D. and Francisco P.
Dialogue vs. Diatribe: Fostering civil Ramirez, editor of El Clamor Público,
Looking for multimedia conversation in the digital world  Los Angeles’ first Spanish-language
training? Multimedia sessions are newspaper into the NAHJ Hall of
Developing Multi-Platform
scheduled on Wednesday, July 23, and Fame.
Content
throughout the convention. The
sessions will be in high demand, and Beyond the E-Paper: Innovative This year’s NAHJ Hall of Fame
Ways to Drive Website Traffic and Gala starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, July
seating is limited. Other digital Revenue  25th in the Chicago Ballroom of the
sessions include:
It's a Blog, Blog, Blog World Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
A Day in the Life of a
Multimedia Journalist Color Me In: Building a Multi- For more information on NAHJ
Cultural Blogosphere that Matters Events at UNITY ‘08, go to: http://
Dynamic Data: Grabbing
Also, join us as we induct New w w w. n a h j . o r g / E v e n t s / 2 0 0 8 /
Readers with Solid Numbers, and
Savvy Presentation York Daily News Columnist Juan convention/Chicago.shtml

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Parity Project report


By Kevin Olivas News Coverage By Some Parity Project Partners
NAHJ staff • National Public Radio gauged the pulse of Latino voters in
early 2008 by having Florida-based CandidatoUSA Editor Luis
From the suspension of an innovative newsroom Clemens as a guest on its Morning Edition program. Latinos
diversity program to promotion and hiring of Latino currently make up about 15% of the U.S. population and remain
the fastest-growing segment of Americans. Clemens told NPR
journalists. These are just a couple of the events that what several surveys have also found: education, not
have occurred in recent months in relation to immigration, is the top concern among Latinos in the U.S.
NAHJ’s Parity Project. 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
Scripps Academy for Hispanic Journalism suspended Company-owned partner in the Parity Project, voiced its
The Scripps Academy for Hispanic Journalism, which has concern over potential cuts to the journalism program at Florida
been based at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver since 2004, International University. Editor Phil Lewis says much is at stake
has been put into suspension by the paper for budgetary reasons. with FIU, especially considering that the campus has graduated
Editors at the paper say this is a financial decision and that it more Hispanic journalists than any other university in the
may be re-started in the future. The academy has served as a nation. NAHJ issued its own news release, voicing similar
two-year, full-time employment program in which bilingual concern over these cutbacks.
participants who have had some professional newsroom • Rocky Mountain News columnist Tina Griego re-visits
experience worked at the Rocky Mountain News as full-time Denver’s Border Street. Griego, a longtime NAHJ member,
reporters, photographers, online journalists, etc. returned to a street in Denver where some legal residents and
Photographer Javier Manzano is the only remaining undocumented people are neighbors, a year after she first
participant in this program. He made news in early 2008 when profiled the area. What she found is that some had left while
he was kicked while taking the photograph of a man who was others stayed. Check out Tina’s work by visiting:
about to be sworn-in as a Colorado state representative. Others http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/apr/24/griego-a-
who have gone through the academy include current Rocky year-later-some-staying-some-leaving
Mountain News online journalist Laressa Bachelor, Daytona  
Beach News-Journal reporter Rosa Ramirez, Daily Camera
Hirings and Promotions at Parity Project partners
reporter John Aguilar, Orlando Sentinel reporter Blanca Prieto
and Bakersfield Californian reporter Felix Doligosa. • 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
Parity Project town halls managing editor of the San Antonio Express-News.
  On March 19, about 80 people attended the Parity Project • Javier Aldape hired as vice president of Niche Products
town hall for the E.W. Scripps Company-owned KNXV ABC 15 for the Scripps Company, which owns 13 news organizations that
TV in Phoenix, Ariz. While some made mention of general are Parity Project partners. Aldape, who was GM and publisher
media terms used in coverage of the immigration issue, such as of Hoy in Los Angeles, will be based in Chicago.
the phrase “illegal alien,” others praised KNXV for working to • Mandalit del Barco promoted from reporter to
include Latinos into coverage, including stories that do not focus correspondent at National Public Radio, where she has worked
on ethnicity. for 15 years.
Among the stories that have aired on KNXV was a piece • Fernando Quintero hired as demographics editor at the
done by NAHJ member Christina Boomer regarding Arizona’s Orlando Sentinel. He had previously been a reporter at the
E-Verify system, which has harmed the efforts of some legal U.S. Rocky Mountain News in Denver.
residents, including Latinos, who are searching for jobs. Since
• John T. Valles hired as presentation editor at the Abilene
the initial launch of NAHJ’s Parity Project at KNXV, the station
Reporter-News in Texas. He had previously been at several
has hired several Latino journalists to work in front of and
publications, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the
behind the camera, including Boomer. KNXV also has promoted
Houston Chronicle.
NAHJ member Andy Ramirez from his long-time position as an
assignment editor to managing editor. • Marc Ybarra hired as a writer/producer at KNXV ABC 15
TV in Phoenix. Marc was previously a writer at KTVK-TV, also
On June 10, The Salt Lake Tribune will host a town hall
in Phoenix.
with Latino community leaders regarding its coverage of
Hispanics since the initial launch of the Parity Project there in • Jose Sanchez, Jr. hired as a beat writer at the Ventura
April 2006. NAHJ members are welcome to attend this event County Star in Southern California. He had previously been a
from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tribune’s 6th Floor Conference Room, reporter at the Press Democrat in the Northern California city
90 S. 400 West. RSVP to: Nanette Hornsby, Tribune executive of Santa Rosa.
assistant at (801) 257-8506. E-mail: nhornsby@sltrib.com • 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 other economic opportunities force
editor of the Los Angeles Daily News subsistence producers to find work
in May. Before coming to the San elsewhere. She wrote about how
Fernando Valley newspaper, Garcia Mexican farmers struggle to survive in
had been executive editor of the their home states and how
Monterey County Herald. She has entrepreneurs build projects to stop
also held key editing posts at the San the exodus of residents from their
Antonio Express-News and the communities.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She is a   Reporter Julia Reynolds wrote
native of Texas. about how more and more young
What do you do for fun people are facing life in prison with
outside the newsroom?  slimmer chances of being paroled. A
three-part series, Down for Life,
My dog and I take long walks to examined the dramatic increase in life
parks and neighborhoods; we’re still sentences in California. She talked to
diverse and growing communities in
trying to get to the beach. And, of children behind bars, that life with
the Valley.
course, I love to play tennis and golf. parole really means life and the
What is the thing you're most
What are initial impressions politics of the parole board.
proud of from your days at the
of Los Angeles?   Julia Reynolds has been accepted
Monterey Herald?
I’ve enjoyed my first month in as a fellow in the Neiman program
In Monterey, we were able to do and Claudia received a 10-month
L.A., though I have to say that most
some major projects that told the fellowship at USC Annenberg School
of my time has been in and around
stories about Latinos in ways that had of Communication. I’m proud that we
the San Fernando Valley. I’ve yet to
not been told before by that paper. I were able to work with the staff, get
venture beyond the hills to see the
am very proud of the work of several them fellowships. It’s a comment on
"big city." It’s a great news town.
reporters, who struggled mightily to their hard work and tenacity to tell
We’ve had huge breaking news, from
tell these stories. In Monterey, we important stories.
LAUSD’s absentee superintendent to
were a small newspaper with
the databases of city worker’s salaries What can be done to ensure
shrinking resources committed to
and overtime that we posted on the diversity doesn't fall by the
covering an engaged and highly
Web, it’s been a great news ride so far. wayside as newsrooms downsize?
educated and high-income
Though you've been in the What can/should NAHJ do in this
community. Not all of Monterey fits
Daily News newsroom for a short regard?
that description, but our readers did.
time, what qualities do you see To tell stories about migrants, housing I think we’re all committed to
there? for Latinos and gang warfare took diversity, and we may have to
The staff at the Daily News is a some doing. accomplish our goals with much less
hard-working, dedicated crew. All are pomp and support. In Monterey, our
We did three large projects
committed to the news and the Web. diversity went from 11% to 31%, then
recently that meant a great deal to us
We got more than 750,000 hits on the fell after we had to cut staff.
and to the community:
city salary and OT stories and Latinos Locked Out, a three-day Here, at the Daily News, we’re
databases; a testament to the work of series by reporter Claudia Melendez, working to include as many diverse
the reporter and online staff who that examined how land use policies candidates as we can find in our hiring
produced highly useable databases were set at the ballot box, effectively pool. We’re lucky to be part of
that made it easy for users to find the keeping low-income housing from NAHJ's Parity Project and that
salaries and overtime of anyone who being built. ... It was a courageous NAHJ sends us candidates to review
works for the city. series that asked and answered hard for our job openings. We won’t stray
I’m looking forward to pushing questions. from a commitment to hire diverse
even harder on breaking news, digging   Another package of stories last candidates and we will push harder for
deeper into the bigger stories, telling year by Claudia was the Migrant Trial. greater diversity in the news pages
more and deeper stories about the NAFTA, the Farm Bill, the lack of and online.

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“Should crime stories involving Latinos identify illegal


NAHJ Poll Question: or undocumented immigrants? Why or why not?” 
Our policy is that unless the border.... " You would just as well say.. ethnophobia against all of us. (This is
individual’s legal status is relevant to "Three American Citizens were killed a terrific question -- much more
the story, we’ll include that, after a today while crossing the Mexico complex than the old days when we
careful verification to avoid border. Both factual information pressed the cops for physical detail
mischaracterizations. The same appropriate to the story. about black, Latino and Asian
applies to all people of all ethnicities.   If the immigration status of the suspects.)
Alfredo Carbajal, Al Día subjects in the story does not change Holly Ocasio Rizzo
the facts then... NO. ie: Three people Freelance writer/editor
were killed today in a downtown 
Crime stories should not identify accident. The victims were identified
undocumented immigrants unless as John Smith and Juan Perez" No In general, if a person's
their crimes directly involve their need here to say... John Smith born in immigration status is part of a
legal status. It is not the job of the USA and Juan Perez criminal complaint or a criminal
reporters to publicly identify illegal undocumented immigrant.  investigation, it is usually relevant to
aliens. If local police departments, mention that they remain in the
Patricio Espinoza, country illegally. That's because it's
like the NYPD refuses to do the nuzGeeks.com
ICE's dirty work, journalists working important to note if a 'principal
in the private and nonprofit sector character' in a story may face
should take the same position on this I believe crime stories should additional federal charges (whether
matter, unless of course, they are Lou NOT identify Latinos as illegal or they be immigration-related charges
Dobbs. undocumented, this should only or otherwise) and may also face
apply to crime stories. As writers we deportation.
Daniel Cuevas, freelance writer   And we almost always mention
have done a disfavor to the Latino
community by doing this. By the prospective or maximum
continuing to identify Latinos as sentence a person faces once they've
I think a crime story should
such, we continue to increase the been charged. In so far as their
identify ALL alleged illegal
misunderstanding that is already immigration status may add to or
immigrants, not just Latinos. My
taking place regarding the alter that sentence, that's information
impression is that such identification
immigration issue. For example, the public should have. There might
rarely happens, except for Latinos.
someone who is anti-immigrant and be plenty of exceptions to this,
  Crime stories should identify
wants some statistic about why they especially if it's unclear what
alleged illegal immigrants because
that's another law they are accused of should continue to be anti-immigrant someone's immigration status is, if
violating. Why would a crime story will say, "You see those illegal or what they've committed a misdemeanor, or
not, they are the ones that are if their immigration status is well-
focus on one alleged crime and
committing crimes and ruining our trod ground from previous stories
exclude another?
cities, etc..." We do not need to and there are newer, more pressing
  I don't know whether local police
agencies around the country have the further increase the controversy. Also, details needing to be fleshed out.
why should we do that? We do not   All this said, I would probably
ability to determine an individual's
immigration status. Nonetheless, identify other ethnicity's as such, like not put someone's immigration status
you are ever going to see an too high up in a story unless it is
crime stories in my newspaper are
undocumented Asian or illegal directly relevant to their crime.
usually about the police accusing
someone of a crime, which is not African in the news. They exist, but Frederick Melo
proof that they are guilty. If they we do not mention them. Come on St. Paul Pioneer Press
accuse someone of illegal people!
immigration, that doesn't mean they Karina Ramirez,
are illegal immigrants.  No, we would be treading murky
Denton Record-Chronicle legal ground, not to mention give rise
Ernie Garcia,    to anti-immigrant hysteria. Who is to
The Journal News/LoHud.com verify legal status? The cops?
I live in California, where a
surprisingly high number of non- Immigration authorities? It just adds
This should be carefully treated Latinos already assume that Latinos another layer that really doesn't add
on a case-by-case basis. If the live here illegally if they're not to the main story in most cases.
immigration status is part of the citizens. Identifying undocumented Minerva Canto, freelance writer
story, YES. ie: " Three undocumented immigrants in crime stories, without (former immigration reporter
immigrants were shot and killed this also identifying legal residents and for five years)
morning while crossing the Mexico citizens, likely would feed their

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