MARCH 2009

NAHJ recognizes student scholars
By America Arias and Brandon Benavides More than 300 people gathered to raise money for scholarships and to recognize student journalists at the 20th Annual NAHJ Scholarship Banquet in New York City in late February. The event raised more than $70,000 to fund NAHJ’s Ruben Salazar Scholarship Fund and Educational Programs. “NAHJ scholarships fill [the] pipeline with journalists who will be able to write accurately, sensitively and with balance on the Latino community because it is the community from which they come,” said Ricardo Pimentel, NAHJ President and editorial page editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “The

18 scholarship recipients attended the annual NAHJ Scholarship in New York City. (Daniella Zalcman photo)

new journalism – whatever medium it occupies – will need these journalists as much as the old journalism does.” The event returned to where it started 20 years ago, the Sheraton New York Hotel and

Towers. Maggie Rodríguez, co-anchor of CBS’ The Early Show served as emcee of the evening. TonyAward-winning playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda See NAHJ on Page 6

NAHJ boosts services, but there’s much more to do
Sharp letters of protest or disapproval.  NAHJ has written its share. And they have their place. Putting the organization on record for or against something has tremendous value. It is how we let others know what we stand for. It is one way this advocacy organization, well, advocates.  But I’ve been thinking for the last six months or so – since I assumed the presidency – that they also have their limits. This is particularly evident in this climate of economic retrenchment in the industry. Our members – our friends and colleagues – are losing their jobs and that sharp letter of protest to those industry honchos doing the firing somehow seem as effective as that proverbial finger in the multi-leak dike.  That’s why NAHJ is stepping up with services to members to help them keep their See PIMENTEL on Page 9

Ricardo Pimentel, NAHJ President

Early bird registration deadline is March 31 for NAHJ Convention. Page 4 PAGE 1


MARCH 2009

Here’s your NAHJ board of directors
President O. Ricardo Pimentel  Editorial Page Editor Milwaukee Journal Sentinel E-mail: Vice President, Broadcast Hugo Balta   Vice President of News & News Director WNJU Telemundo 47 E-mail: Vice President, Print Elizabeth Zavala  Deputy City Editor Fort Worth Star-Telegram E-mail: Financial Officer Dino Chiecchi   Hispanic Publications Editor San Antonio Express-News E-mail: Secretary Veronica Garcia Freelance journalist Los Angeles  E-mail: Ex-Officio Officer Rafael Olmeda Assistant City Editor South Florida Sun-Sentinel E-mail: General At-Large Officer Brandon Benavides  News Producer, KSTP-TV 5 E-mail: Spanish Language At-Large Officer Patricio Espinoza Journalist & New Media Contributor, E-mail: Online At-Large Officer Robert Hernandez   News Producer The Seattle Times E-mail: Student Representative America Arias   California State University, Fullerton President, SPJ Chapter E-mail: Region 1 Director (Puerto Rico, Mexico, Virgin Islands) Miguel Angel Rosa   Camarografo/Editor, WIPR Canal 6 Noticias E-mail: Region 2 Director (Conn., Maine, Mass., N.H., N.Y., N.J., R.I., Vt.) Diego Ribadeneira  Asst. Metro Editor, The New York Times E-mail: Region 3 Director (Del., Ky., Md., Pa., Va., W.Va., D.C.) Regina Medina   Reporter, Philadelphia Daily News E-mail: Region 4 Director (Ala., Fla., Ga., Miss., N.C., S.C., Tenn.) Ybeth Bruzual, Anchor, Central Florida News 13 E-mail: Region 5 Director (Arkansas, Louisiana., Oklahoma, Texas) Gustavo Reveles Acosta  Education Reporter, El Paso Times E-mail: Region 6 Director (Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kan., Mich., Minn., Miss., Mo., Neb., N.D., Ohio, S.D., Wis.) Fernando Diaz   Labor reporter, Chi-Town Daily News E-mail: Region 7 Director (Ariz., Colo., Nevada, N.M., Utah, Wyo.) Elizabeth Aguilera   Business Reporter, Denver Post E-mail: Region 8 Director (Alaska, Calif., Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Wash.) Geraldine M. Berrios   Reporter, Los Angeles Daily News E-mail:



MARCH 2009

Optimistic NAHJ board looks forward
Numbers and securing NAHJ’s future took center stage during three days of meetings by the organization’s Board of Directors in New York City last month. Like many nonprofits, the economy is affecting the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and board members pored over the budget to make sure the organization could continue its mission of furthering the recognition and professional advancement of Latinos in the news industry. To keep expenses down, plans to hire a professional development staffer to oversee training for veteran journalists and a Web editor to update the NAHJ Web site were postponed. Because all but lifetime members saw their membership expire on Dec. 31, 2008, board members will continue their renewal drive in an effort to return NAHJ’s rolls to 2,200 members. The 18member board will be making renewal phone calls to members in the coming weeks. The board will remind members that their membership must be current to take advantage of the early bird rate, which ends March 31, for NAHJ’s 27th Annual Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This year’s convention — NAHJ @ San Juan: Evolve, Embrace, Reinvent — will take place June 24-27 and offer more than 35 workshops with multimedia training, including “one-hour rooms” with lessons on twittering and blogging. For more on the convention, see Page 4. NAHJ has begun its coaching sessions for 18 journalists who lost their jobs over the last year. Each group of six people meets for four 90-minute sessions that address the emotional and practical toll of suddenly being a journalist with no job. The sessions, led by veteran journalists or certified career coaches, are going well, Executive Director Iván Román told board members. Continued newsroom cuts interrupted the board meeting as news came during the Feb 26 meeting that the Rocky Mountain News would close. Region 6 Director Fernando Diaz drafted a statement about the Rocky Mountain News closing that was posted on the NAHJ Web site ( The statement noted that the Rocky had been the first to partner with NAHJ’s Parity Project, and a pioneer in the project’s efforts to diversify the ranks of America’s newsrooms and advocate for fair coverage of Latinos. The Rocky Mountain News closed Feb. 27. NAHJ has partnered with iHispano and board members were asked to encourage members to join the professional networking site for U.S. Latinos. ( Because of newsroom downsizing, the board discussed a possible change in the definition of a regular member in its bylaws. Only regular members, currently defined as “persons whose principal means of support is earned in the gathering, editing or presentation of news,” can be elected to the Board of Directors. The possibility of allowing the student representative to have a board vote also was discussed. The board will continue discussions of these bylaw changes at its meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in June. Securing NAHJ’s future was the focus of the board meeting on Friday, Feb. 27, when Jennifer Rutledge of Delphi Consulting Group led a board development and planning session. Among the session’s objectives was “to outline the process of identifying and reaffirming NAHJ’s strategic direction, priorities, goals and results for the next several years.” Also Friday, board members learned that one news organization is hiring. Mark Egan, New York Bureau Chief for Thomson Reuters, which was hosting the NAHJ board meetings at its Times Square offices, announced that Reuters is looking for Latinos with business news backgrounds. NAHJ staff will followup with Reuters about this. The board wrapped up three days of meetings on Saturday, with discussions on fundraising, the Puerto Rico convention and NAHJ committees. Among the highlights was a proposal by Elizabeth Zavala, Vice President for Print, to begin a reverse-mentoring program in which younger members could help seasoned members learn multimedia skills. Zavala is chairwoman of the committee that will investigate this. — Veronica Garcia, NAHJ Secretary Freelance Journalist, Los Angeles



MARCH 2009

March 31 deadline nears for NAHJ Convention
Under the bright sun and by the warm sea, more than 30 multimedia journalism skills training and related sessions will take place at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in June, offering Latino journalists the skills they’ll need to get ahead in gathering and reporting the news.   Hundreds of Latino journalists and others will have the chance to learn a myriad of multimedia journalism skills at the 27th Annual NAHJ Convention and Media & Career Expo in San Juan from June 24-27, 2009. As the news media industry changes and journalists look for ways to stay in the business of storytelling, convention planners have ramped up the multimedia training NAHJ offers at its conventions, more than quadrupling what attendees were able to take just two years ago in San Jose. “No matter how you look at it, it’s a bargain, so much training in one place in just four days,” said Ivan Roman, NAHJ’s executive director. “The airfares are competitive, the hotel rate is similar to what we’ve paid just last year and having a roommate really cuts down costs. And with all the other sessions and events we’re having at the convention, San Juan that week is the place to be.” There are just a few days left before the March 31 early bird registration deadline. Members can save $70 and non-members save $105. To register, go to, click on the Convention icon on the right bar and click on Registration. Under the theme “NAHJ @ San Juan: Evolve. Embrace. Reinvent.”, attendees will get a chance to analyze
Member Non-member Student Member Student Non-member Spouse/partner One-Day registration: member One-Day registration: non-member Early Bird  By March 31 $325 $425 $150 $215 $225 $165 $215 Pre-Registration  By May 8 $395 $530 $225 $275 $285 $200 $265 On site  After May 8 $495 $630 $275 $325 $350 $250 $315

the changes in journalism and explore in a forward-looking manner how best to continue in the business of storytelling and chronicling the news. To get some of the skills to forge ahead, there will be two rooms dedicated just to teaching how to edit video and audio and use Twitter, how to blog, podcast, produce audio slideshows, stream live video, integrate information with Google maps, and do a live shot through the Internet using Skype. Some of these will be repeated in case you miss it the first time or want additional training. Other rooms will feature a daylong multimedia boot camp, eight-hour sessions on Final Cut for Multimedia, a four-hour session on using Flash, which will be repeated, classes on how to be a wireless reporter and using social networking for journalists. To round out the programming, there will also be in-depth narrative storytelling sessions in Spanish and experts will talk about perfecting live shots, sharpening your resume to market yourself better, perfecting your diction and presentation in Spanish, and leading and managing in this newer multimedia and social networking environment. Trainers and presenters will explore investigative reporting in Latin America, how to do dazzling sports photography, better business reporting, and hands-on photography

training for non-photographers. Other discussions range from U.S. policy in Latin America and environmental justice to maintaining sound personal finances in the midst of crisis. NAHJ has not yet confirmed the headliners for the traditional opening plenary on Wednesday and the Newsmaker Luncheon on Thursday. This year, the Hall of Fame Gala y El Gran Baile will take place Friday night instead of Saturday. People have until April 30 to nominate someone or themselves to the NAHJ Hall of Fame. More information and the nomination forms are on the NAHJ Web site. Attendees who arrive by Tuesday, June 23 will get the most out of the convention experience and the training, which starts early on Wednesday, June 24. As a bonus, they can start off the week right on Tuesday evening, the eve of St. John the Baptist Day, San Juan’s patron saint, by doing what the locals do across Puerto Rico -- party on the beach and throw themselves in the water backwards nine times to wash away those evil spirits (and all the bad vibes of 2008). It’s all set up at the private beach of the Caribe Hilton, the headquarters hotel. For more information on the convention, go to NAHJ’s Web site at or call the NAHJ offices at (202) 662-7145.



MARCH 2009

“Yes, I'm going because given the state of the industry, I think it's more important than ever. Plus a"er so many years of cities that did not lure you #om your hotel, who can pass up on San Juan?”
Frenchie Robles Foreign correspondent, Miami Herald

“I am not going to the NAHJ convention in Puerto Rico because I cannot afford to attend.”
Crystal Garcia General assignments reporter Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Ind.)

"Cost is my bi%est concern. My company helps pay a portion of the conference fee, but we must cover our own bi's for travel and hotels.''
Sergio Bustos Deputy Metro editor, Miami Herald

“Unfortunately, I am not going to the “I am absolutely attending!” convention mostly because of financial Rebecca Medina reasons. I also am working on getting a News Reporter, ABC Action News Tampa, Fla. summer internship that may run through that date. ” “I am undecided. If I had to decide Arianna Hermosillo today, it would be no, unfortunately. Junior, Northwestern University There's a lot of strain on my personal finances right now and I'm not sure if “Yes, I am going to the NAHJ convention. Now, more than ever, we I can muster enough funds to head to P.R., although I would like to. need to pu' together to help reshape “I have to decide between the and be part of the next phase of our NAHJ conference or taking the family industry.” to Disney this summer. If I can only do Nancy San Martin Assistant World Editor/Americas one, it wi' be Disney since my station Miami Herald is cutting back on sending people to “I am going to the convention in conferences this year. I attended Puerto Rico because usua'y in the UNITY last year in Chicago and I NAHJ conventions they have a good think I got a lot out of it. We'' see. seminars.” Maybe some funds wi' #ee up.” 
Vanessa Vazquez freelance journalist-photographer Tampa bay area Michael Puente Reporter, WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Radio



MARCH 2009

A scholar’s night to remember with NAHJ
By Carlos Saucedo NAHJ scholars gathered at the 20th Annual NAHJ Scholarship Banquet in New York City to be recognized for their academic achievements in journalism. NAHJ flew out scholars, including myself, to this scholarship dinner at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers.  This was my first time at an NAHJ event and I did not know what to expect. I became an NAHJ student member last year when I was selected as a NAHJ Ford Motor Company scholar. With the help of NAHJ, I am currently pursuing my passion for news by obtaining a master’s in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism. At a reception before the banquet, I met other NAHJ scholars, board members and supporters of Latino journalists. I was amazed by this organization’s distinguished membership. I met broadcast giants like CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and ABC’s John Quiñones. I was also thrilled to meet scholars from across the nation. We shared our unique experiences covering stories for our local communities and debated the future of journalism in these tough economic times. At the banquet, I was delighted to meet journalists who are dedicated to the profession and the positive change that it can bring.   After dinner, each scholar was called up to the

John Quiñones and Carlos Saucedo of the University of Southern California at the banquet.

stage one-by-one and acknowledged for our academic accomplishments and commitment to the future of journalism. It was inspirational to be recognized by some of journalism’s finest. Overall, my first experience at an NAHJ event was noteworthy for many reasons. I can’t wait to attend another NAHJ-sponsored event and mingle with great people. It was encouraging to learn about this strong support network for journalism students and professionals where they can discuss the challenges and opportunities that face journalists of color.

NAHJ awards scholarships to deserving students
Continued #om Page 1 talked about his childhood dream. He’s the creator of “In The Heights” which won a Tony award in 2008 for Best Musical. Since 1986, NAHJ has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to 550 deserving students pursuing careers in journalism. The fund is named in memory of Rubén Salazar, a Mexican-American journalism pioneer and Los Angeles Times reporter who died while reporting on the Chicano Anti-Vietnam War Moratorium in East Los Angeles in 1970. About 18 scholarship recipients flew in from across the country to attend the banquet. They received awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to use in their educational pursuit of a career in journalism. “The banquet was amazing,” said Diana Castillo, a senior at the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif. “I got to meet so many people and did a lot of networking. “In our industry networking is key and this was a great event to do it at.” Special thanks to our sponsors who gave despite the recession: Bloomberg, Continental Airlines, HBO, Hearst Newspapers, CBS News, CNN, Con Edison, FOX News Channel, NBC 4 Telemundo 47, New York Daily News, NY1 News/NY1 Noticias, Verizon, and The Walt Disney Company.



MARCH 2009

• Is there life after newspapers? Thousands of newspaper journalists have lost their jobs in recent years in endless rounds of layoffs and buyouts. What happens next? The American Journalism Review has a pretty interesting story on this at: • Former NAHJ Deputy Director Joe Torres calls on journalists to join the fight against media consolidation. He references the UNITY convention and NAHJ in his piece. You can read it at http:// 2008/08/14/10992 Here is an interesting quote from it: “If the public knew more about why the media is struggling, why they’re not represented equally, why the serious news they need is disappearing - perhaps they would demand that Congress and the FCC pass policies that support journalism institutions and independent news voices instead of weakening them.” Also interesting to note are the comments following Joe’s column. Joe’s email address is: • Latinos ’08, a documentary on the impact of Latinos on the 2008 U.S. presidential election, aired on PBS. It was produced by filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez, who is a senior fellow at the Institute for Justice and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Here’s a link to more information, • Darlene Tenes, a San Jose, Calif.-based marketing executive, NAHJ member Rosana Madrigal of KLIV News Radio in San Jose and Len Ramirez of KPIX-TV CBS 5 in San Francisco documented President Obama’s inauguration on television and online through a blog they have set up at • NAHJ member Patricia Marroquin, who was one of 17 journalists laid off from the E.W. Scripps Companyowned Ventura County Star in Southern California, has taken a job as copy editor at Hispanic Business magazine, which is based in Goleta, Calif., about a 40-minute drive north of Ventura County. Patricia said it pays less than what she was earning in her newspaper job, but she gets to remain a journalist. • Barbara Serrano, Managing Editor at the Yakima Herald-Republic, is hosting a monthly public affairs show called “Insiders Round Table.” The program invites local politicians, community leaders and business leaders to talk about issues and concerns in Central Washington. The show is aired on the local PBS station. • NAHJ member Matt Mireles, who recently graduated from Columbia University, has started an online news service. Matt is interested in NAHJ’s members learning more of the business side to turn themselves into selfsufficient news providers. He created the news service Mireles, based in New York City, can be reached at or

Members on the move
Fernando Diaz, from the Chicago Reporter in Chicago to Chi-Town Daily News in Chicago.  Jaime Garza, from KCBS-TV in Los Angeles to KTXL-TV evening anchor in Sacramento, Calif.  Jaime Garza Oralia Ortega, from WSVN-TV in Miami to KTSM-TV Evening Anchor in El Paso Gary Piña, from Fort Worth StarTelegram to neighborsgo of The Dallas Morning News Ray Quintanilla, from reporter at Chicago Tribune to director of Oralia Ortega communications at Illinois State Council  Jorge Valencia, from journalism school to reporter at Roanoke Times, in Roanoke, Va.  Michelle Valles, from KXAN-TV to KEYE-TV morning anchor in Austin.
Michelle Valles

Apply for 2009 NAHJ Scholarships
Whether you are an undergraduate or going back to school for an advanced degree, there’s scholarship money available to NAHJ members.  Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.  Go to and apply for the following:  NAHJ Ruben Salazar Scholarship NAHJ Ford Motor Company Scholarship NAHJ Newhouse Scholarship NAHJ Maria Elena Salinas Scholarship NAHJ Geraldo Rivera Scholarship



MARCH 2009

By Kevin Olivas NAHJ Parity Project Director
A new site is a work in progress. It will:  • Highlight achievements of the Parity Project. • Provide a “how-to” guide for community leaders of color in areas throughout the U.S. on how they can get their local media to adopt the principles of this program. • Spotlight work done by diverse journalists. • Profile blogs and entrepreneurial work being done by Latino journalists and other journalists of color nationwide. • Will focus on multimedia work being done by the “next generation” of diverse journalists at high schools, colleges and universities. • Funding for this new site is provided, in part, by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, which is based in Oklahoma City, Okla. For more information, visit:   senior editor for local news; Christina Guerrero, city desk clerk; Barry Gutierrez, photojournalist; David Montero, reporter; Hector Gutierrez, reporter; Jaime Aguilar, imaging/multimedia specialist; and Alexandra Obregon, presentation editor. This site aims to bring to the Denver community all of the contributions that this paper has made to it and the passion that its news staff has in seeing that it be kept as an open and vibrant source of information. 

Orlando Sentinel launches HispanoSphere
The launch of this new multimedia site comes after the September 2008 Parity Project follow-up town hall with that newspaper. Several Latino community leaders in the greater Orlando area told the paper’s management that there is a need for a constant stream of information regarding the area’s diverse Hispanic community.  Many felt that the Sentinel’s weekly Spanish-language edition, El Sentinel, was not able to provide timely updates on news stories of interest. This new site covers several topics, ranging from politics to feature stories to breaking news. Check it out by visiting: http:// HispanoSphere is the brainchild of Sentinel reporter and NAHJ member Víctor Manuel Ramos. 

Parity Project gains international visit
In late January, the U.S. State Department arranged a visit of four Roma Hungarian journalists to NAHJ’s Washington, D.C., office to discuss the Parity Project through its International Visitor Leadership program.  Roma people are more often referred to as gypsies. They face a great deal of discrimination in their home country, particularly in media coverage.   These journalists asked Parity Project Director Kevin Olivas about how the Parity Project works and how its model might create more accurate coverage of their people in their home country.  From Washington, D.C., these journalists went to other cities, including Chicago, where former Sun-Times columnist and current blogger Esther Cepeda met them. Check out her blog by visiting: www.  

Joe Grimm

Mary Sanchez

Ernest Sotomayor

NAHJ members among contributors to new book on news-related internships 
The book is called The Best of Ask the Recruiter. It is written by former Detroit Free Press recruiter and NAHJ member Joe Grimm, who writes a daily online column on news-related jobs and internships for the Poynter Institute for Journalism. Also contributing to the book are Kansas City Star columnist Mary Sanchez and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Career Services Director Ernest Sotomayor, both NAHJ members.  Find out more about this publication by visiting:  See Parity Project on Page 9

Several NAHJ members among those trying to save the Rocky Mountain News
When the E.W. Scripps Company announced in December 2008 that it was putting this 150-year-old newspaper, which was the first partner in NAHJ’s Parity Project, up for sale, several journalists launched a Web site to try to stop that action.  That site is Among the NAHJ members and other Latino journalists who are profiled on that site are: Aaron Lopez, sports reporter; Phil Causus,



MARCH 2009

Multimedia Conference draws 140
“La Nueva Frontera Digital: A Multimedia Experience for Journalists,” held at Temple University on Jan. 31 attracted nearly 140 people from throughout the Northeast and Detroit. Speakers and breakout panels included discussions on Spanish-language Online, Backpack Journalism/Writing for the Web, Online Entertainment Blogging, Flash, and Podcasting/ Vidcasting/Live streaming. NAHJ’s Region 3 and the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists thank the sponsors: Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation; Cardenas, Grant Communications; and Temple University.

Pimentel: Going to NAHJ Convention is worth it
Continued #om Page 1 jobs or find new ones. We’ve had multimedia seminars in the regions and more are planned, the better for members to learn the skills that keep them valuable in their organizations. We’ve set up sessions with a jobs coach for folks who have lost their jobs or are worried that they are about to. NAHJ staff has been busy helping people find jobs. We’ve revamped our jobs site to make it more user- and recruiterfriendly. And yet, we know we need to do more.   The four minority journalists presidents, along with UNITY, recently brainstormed what more each of us can do. At the top of the list is speaking more directly to the folks making those decisions that so affect our members. The idea is more brainstorming with them with one goal in mind, from the journalists’ associations anyway. That would be how, while news organizations are hemorrhaging jobs, can the important value of attracting and retaining diversity still be honored. To our delight, we’re hearing acknowledgment out there that this value should, indeed, be sustained. Our fear is that it is already on life support. If so, we’ll be looking for all the stakeholders to help us find a way to give it CPR.  It’s clear to us that, when there is already a shortage of Latino journalists, that any loss is a compounded loss for newsroom diversity. In my mind, such a meeting would represent more than a sharp letter of protest. It would be about getting everyone on the same page, while sorting through all those factors that conspire against newsroom diversity.  More on this later. Folks are working on it.  In the interim, members should look at the upcoming NAHJ conference – in San Juan, Puerto Rico June 24-27 – as one sure way to hone skills that help folks keep jobs and to get new ones. Many of the sessions are being planned with precisely the economic downturn in mind.  Be there. It will be worth your while. And before or after, if you have ideas on how NAHJ can help its members keep or find jobs, I want to hear about it. You can reach me at 
Executive Director: Iván Román Noticias editor: Brandon Benavides, KSTP-TV/5 Eyewitness News Copy editor: Veronica Garcia, freelance journalist, Los Angeles Designers: Gary Piña, copy editor/designer, neighborsgo, a community section of The Dallas Morning News

Al Día goes to two days a week
The Dallas Morning News is scaling back its Spanishlanguage newspaper to a two-day schedule from its current six-day schedule. Al Día will be published on Wednesdays and Saturdays, said John McKeon, president and general manager of The News. He said Al Día would have a weekly Wednesday and Saturday distribution of more than 215,000 copies, reaching an average readership of 365,500.

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Parity Project included in story on lack of Latino science writers: 
In the Jan. 23, 2009 edition of Science magazine, reporter Camille Rey talks with NAHJ Parity Project Director Kevin Olivas, and others, about the paucity of Latinos and other journalists of color covering the field of science. This as technology continues to grow and to play more of a role in the lives of Americans who are people of color, including the growing Latino community. Check out the story by visiting: career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/ 2009_01_23/caredit.a0900011 
National Association of Hispanic Journalists 1000 National Press Building 529 14th St., NW Washington, DC 20045-2001, E-mail: Phone: 202.662.7145; Fax: 202.662.7144



MARCH 2009

Take advantage of what NAHJ has to offer
Dear student members, I hope you’re having a successful and exciting new year, and I sincerely wish you the best for your journalism career in 2009. You should definitely take advantage of all that the NAHJ has to offer to students this year! As your NAHJ Student Representative, I’m doing my best to make sure that your experience with NAHJ is a great one. Make sure that you renew your student membership to continue to enjoy all the benefits. The NAHJ student membership fee is still $35. Once you renew, you will have access to the member-only site and many other benefits. You can renew your membership at I want to share with you a few opportunities available to NAHJ student members:

America Arias at the Noche de Triunfos banquet in Washington, D.C.

NAHJ Scholarships
This year, NAHJ will again be awarding scholarships to aspiring Latino journalism students who have a serious commitment to the journalism field. Applications are now available, and the deadline to apply is April 6, 2009. Congratulations to the 35 scholarship recipients in 2008 who were awarded a total of $91,000 in financial assistance by the NAHJ this fall. This can be your year, don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

in San Juan, from June 24-27. To register at a discount, student members must first renew their NAHJ membership. Student members can register for $150, but remember that the early bird rate closes on March 31.

NAHJ Student Projects  
Interested in getting real hands-on multimedia experience? Apply for the NAHJ Student Projects and you’ll get the chance to work in a “converged” newsroom at the NAHJ ’09 Convention. You’ll be covering the convention in Puerto Rico while honing your multimedia skills with the help of professional journalists volunteering as NAHJ Student Project mentors.   I hope you continue to get involved in NAHJ, and that your experience with our organization continues to be valuable. Please contact me with questions, concerns or suggestions.  Sincerely,  America Arias NAHJ Student Representative California State University, Fullerton

Establishing a NAHJ Student Chapter
Gain some leadership experience. Student members can begin the process to establish a chapter at their school with a minimum of 10 current dues-paying NAHJ student members and by submitting other required documents. To find out how to start a chapter, please visit 

NAHJ 2009 Convention in Puerto Rico
There’s plenty for students this year, so don’t miss out on our annual convention. Join us for some journalism training in the Caribbean. Registration is now open for the NAHJ ’09 Convention at the Puerto Rico Convention Center



MARCH 2009

Texas State NAHJ chapter staying busy
The NAHJ Texas State University student chapter is working on several projects these days. Check out their Web site at Chapter officers are president, Laura Coria; vice president, Ruben Arteaga; treasurer, Ashley Flores; and secretary, Erica Rodriguez. The sponsor is Dr. Federico Subervi. Laura Coria writes: “We are helping with the Latino Media Conference 2009 (Feb. 20-21), and are part of the committee for this amazing event.   “We got permission to start a Spanish-language TV show. I am so happy for this. It will be an entertainment format but we'll still keep it informative and hopefully, have some great guests on our show. “Some of us are also very willing to write in Spanish so last semester I was able to arrange meetings with and now we have that venue to practice our writing.  “In our meetings, we try to have a media professional present so we can soak up as much

From left, Christina Zambrano (junior), Javier Gonzalez (senior), freelance journalist Macarena Hernandez, Laura Coria (senior) and Krystal Castañeda. (junior).

information as possible.  “Last but not least, is getting proposals sent out so we can attend the NAHJ 27th Annual Convention in Puerto Rico. I am hoping that many of us can attend because I know this is going to be an amazing experience and opportunity. ”

NAHJ urges newsroom leaders to value Latino journalists
In the midst of large cuts in newsroom staffs, NAHJ President Ricardo Pimentel reminds news industry leaders that keeping Latinos in the journalism ranks is essential to covering the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. He urges them to preserve bilingual and bicultural journalists as a way to increase readership, viewership, their connection to the community, and improve the overall quality of news coverage. For the complete article, go to pimentel/augustletter.shtml

NAHJ commends Obama’s move
President Barack Obama's first two executive orders represent an important step toward increasing transparency in the executive office and renewing the federal government's responsibility to its people through the Freedom of Information Act, according to the NAHJ Board of Directors. These orders are a reversal of post 9/11 Bush Administration policies that sought to block the public’s right to know. For the complete article, go to jan222009.shtml


NAHJ condemns murder of Juarez crime reporter
The NAHJ condemns the killing of crime reporter Armando Rodríguez of the Mexican newspaper El Diario de Juárez, and calls on society and authorities to stand strong against the violence that seeks to silence a free press. Since 2000, 24 Mexican journalists have been killed. For the complete article, go to articles/2008/November/murder1108.shtml

NAHJ responds to Univision and Telemundo layoffs
A recent reduction by Univision Communications of six percent of its workforce and Telemundo's recent announcement of cuts will invariably result in less coverage of issues important and necessary to the Latino community and those who depend on Spanish-language news and information. For the complete article, go to univisiontelemundo.shtml



MARCH 2009

NAHJ honors journalists at Noche de Triunfos
The ñ Awards honored five journalists at the Noche de Triunfos awards banquet in September 2008 for their professional achievements and their leadership in bringing greater awareness to issues affecting the Latino community.
Leadership Award: Maria Hinojosa, NPR's Latino USA and NOW on PBS

Reporter, a bimonthly social justice magazine. One of Diaz's stories showed his ability to dig and analyze portions of the Illinois state budget to uncover some negative impacts on immigrants. Diaz has also shown his ability to “converge” his work to other media platforms. (Diaz is now a lab0r reporter with the Chi-Town Daily News.)
Frank Del Olmo Print Journalist of the Year Award: Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times

journalists and you have a wellrounded person who exemplifies the best of journalism.
Photographer of the Year Award: Ray Chavez, Oakland Tribune

Hinojosa embodies the qualities that NAHJ's Leadership Award seeks to recognize and encourage. Throughout a career that has spanned radio, television and print, Hinojosa has covered a wide range of issues and concerns affecting Latinos. Her voice is well known by a national audience that listens to the weekly segments of Latino USA, where she is managing editor and host, or view the PBS newsmagazine NOW, where she is senior correspondent. Previously, she worked for CNN and CBS. Hinojosa is also the author of two books: Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son and Crews: Gang Members Talk to Maria Hinojosa, and a contributor to two others.
Emerging Journalist Award: Fernando Diaz, The Chicago Reporter

Washington Valdez has done extensive work as a journalist, putting herself at personal risk to give voice to the truly voiceless. That's journalism as practiced and encouraged by Frank del Olmo. Her distinguished work includes the book The Ki'ing Fields: Harvest of Women.Valdez's work about the murders and disappearances of the women of Ciudad Juarez, shows consistency, persistence and a direct way of writing that brings this issue home.
Broadcast Journalist of the Year Award: Jim Avila, ABC News

Besides shooting wonderful photos such as the series "The Mayan Way" that documented the lives of Guatemalans and immigrants, Chavez has shown leadership in and out of the newsroom. He has become a bridge between the Latino community and the newspaper. He has embraced the digital culture and worked hard to present packages with teams of reporters and editors. And he has taken great pride in mentoring student photographers and journalists. NAHJ JOURNALISM AWARDS The NAHJ Journalism Awards honor journalists for excellence in their specialized fields of work or any journalist for their outstanding coverage of the Latino community.
PRINT – Breaking News Leticia Espinosa, HOY Chicago — “Elvira Arellano saldrá del santuario” PRINT – Commentary John Diaz, San Francisco Chronicle PRINT – Feature Rachel Dissell, reporter and Gus Chan, photographer The Plain Dealer — “Johanna: Facing Forward” PRINT – Investigative News Mc Nelly Torres, South Florida SunSentinel — “Is your nail salon safe?” See NAHJ on Page 13

With four years of professional news experience, Fernando Diaz's accomplishments are impressive. He mastered the basics of journalism quickly by working as a night cops reporter before earning a job as a bilingual investigative reporter for The Chicago

Avila has shown a body of highquality work distinguished by a special talent for creating rapport with people of all walks of life. In addition to doing compelling features and covering his beat well, he also has continued to report in dangerous situations to ensure that news gets out to the world. Add to all that Avila's down-toearth personality and his commitment to mentoring young



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NAHJ recognizes journalists’ excellence
Continued #om Page 12 TELEVISION – Documentary Amy Bucher, producer; Maria Hinojosa, senior correspondent; Lesley Norman, senior producer; John Siceloff, executive producer, NOW on PBS — “Child Brides, Stolen Lives” TELEVISION – Breaking News, Large Market Jim Avila, ABC News — “The Faceless Victims of the California Fires” TELEVISION – Breaking News, Small Market Romeo Cantu and Brandon A. Garcia, KGBT-TV, Harlingen, TX — “Evacuation route tested” TELEVISION – Feature, Large Market Sarah Batista, WBTV/CBS 3, Charlotte, N.C. — “Beyond the Border” TELEVISION – Feature, Small Market Patricia Santos, KQTV, St. Joseph, MO — “Danza de los Viejitos” TELEVISION – Investigative News Dunia Elvir - Reportera; Veronica Molina - Productora; Abraham Villela - Camarografo; Roberto Rivadeneira Editor; Leticia Herrera - Productora Ejecutiva, Telemundo -- “Peligro en los Hospitales” RADIO – Reporting Tena Rubio, Executive Producer/ Host, National Radio Project — “New Orleans Now: Immigrants, Labor Rights and the Human Cost of Rebuilding an American City, Part 1” PHOTO – Story Lara Solt, The Dallas Morning News — “Among the Wounded: Cpl. Eric Morante” Videography – Feature Mario Barraza, KTVW Univision 33, Phoenix, AZ — “Infancia sin Patria” ONLINE Omaya Sosa Pascual, Ruben Urrutia, Angel Luis Garcia and Hector Vega Silva, El Nuevo Dia, San Juan, PR -– “24 Horas en Centro Médico” GUILLERMO MARTÍNEZMÁRQUEZ Award for Latin American Reporting Eva Sanchis, El Diario-La Prensa -– “War in the Honduran forests/ Guerra en los bosques de Honduras”

PHOTO – News
Ray Chavez, Oakland Tribune — “Mayan Daily Life”

Scholarships in Religion program available
Religion Newswriters invites all working journalists, regardless of beat, to apply to its Lilly Scholarships in Religion program. The scholarships give full-time journalists up to $5,000 to cover the cost of taking college religion courses. More than 200 people have already taken advantage of Religion Newswriters’ Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program for Journalists. The scholarships can be used at any accredited college, university, seminary or similar institution.   Journalists can take any course they choose as long as it is in the field of religion. Scholarships cover tuition, books, registration fees, parking and other costs. Online and travel courses are also included (as long as travel costs are a part of the curriculum). Application deadlines for 2009 are April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1. Scholarships must be used within three academic quarters of their award date. Only full-time journalists working in the general circulation news media are eligible. Religion Newswriters Association is the world’s only journalism association for people who write about religion in the mainstream news media.   Complete information about the Lilly Scholarships in Religion program is available at For more information, contact Amy Schiska at 614-891-9001 ext. 3#, or



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NAHJ’S list of exciting programs is constantly changing and expanding to meet members’ needs. Our current professional development and student programs includes: ● NAHJ National Convention and Career Expo: An annual gathering of thousands of Latino journalists, other journalists of color and industry leaders that includes training sessions, professional development workshops in English and Spanish, networking events, social events, mentoring, professional support, job opportunities and much more. Join reporters, photographers, producers, media executives, scholars, recruiters, exhibitors and other mediarelated professionals for this not-to-bemissed annual event. ● Regional workshops and seminars: NAHJ’s local chapters tailor professional development sessions to your needs, including everything from new media training to social networking. ● Mid-Career and professional development programs: NAHJ stays in touch with industry leaders who offer our members fellowships, networking opportunities and personalized career connections. ● Online job bank: Our redesigned user-friendly jobs site offers opportunities in print, broadcast, online, new media, communications, academic and other media-related fields. Members can also use the site to post their résumés for recruiters. ● Journalism Awards: We recognize members’ best work each fall during our annual Noche de Triunfos awards gala, which has honored everyone from the most recognized names in the news field to young journalists just starting their career. ● Black-tie events: The association’s annual scholarship banquet, held each February in New York City, receives generous support from dozens of media companies and funds the Rubén Salazar Scholarship Fund. The annual Hall of Fame Gala held during each convention honors veteran leaders in the field. ● Internships, scholarships and

NAHJ wants to help
Laid off and out of a job, we want to help. NAHJ is committed to help its members. Resume writing, online training, let us know what you need. Contact Parity Project Director, Kevin Olivas at Kevin can get you in touch with the organizations who are hiring. Also, contact General At-Large Officer Brandon Benavides at Visit the NAHJ online job bank: jobbank.shtml

professional and student chapters throughout the country. Become active at the regional level and build your local support network. If there isn’t yet a chapter in your area – start one. Visit to find chapters. ● Social and professional networking: Career expos, cocktail hours, cultural gatherings, golf tournaments and much more. ● Media Advocacy: NAHJ continues to remain a strong voice for better news coverage and media access. Efforts have ranged from writing letters to lawmakers in favor of a strong federal shield law, calling on network news companies to improve their racial and ethnic newsroom make ups and speaking before Congress about further media consolidation that hurt diversity in media ownership.  Parity Project

fellowships: We compile and connect you to career boosters for every stage of your journalism career, including an exclusive student training partnership with the New York Times Journalism Institute, sought-after fellowships and more than $1.5 million in scholarship funds through NAHJ’s Rubén Salazar Scholarship Fund for journalism students headed to college. ● Students Projects: Students can be part of the annual Student Campus, Newsroom Bound Program, four convention-based news projects (radio, television, newspaper, online), and a range of career resources. For most participants, the Student Campus and news projects are their first opportunity to meet others pursuing similar hopes and facing similar challenges. ● Student journalism workshops and professional projects: Students can learn hands-on training from news veterans and participate in a studentproduced newspaper, broadcast news programs and online news projects. ● Member newsletter: A quarterly digital publication produced by members that is full of industry news and member updates, plus job listings and other industry news. ● Local chapters: NAHJ has

Launched in 2003, the Parity Project’s goals were: To advance the number of Latino journalists, especially in cities where Latinos are underrepresented in newsrooms, and to improve the quality of news coverage of the Hispanic community. The plan: Develop long-term partnerships between NAHJ, individual media companies and the community in cities with large and growing Latino populations.These goals are accomplished through town hall meetings, newsroom cultural awareness sessions, online surveys to gauge opinions of news staff and Hispanic community leaders on coverage of Latinos, community advisory committees and establishing a “pipeline” of Latino journalism talent through high schools, colleges and universities.  Join Now! It’s easy to join and become part of the NAHJ movement. Dues are structured on a calendar-year basis. Join online at or by contacting our membership director in the national office directly at 202-662-7460.