NAHJDC and IRE host Data Journalism Workshop at Medill

Many thanks to all of our members who attended our one-day intensive Data Journalism Workshop on Saturday, May 16 at Medill Journalism School’s Washington campus. Participants gained essential skills to analyze census data and identify possible news stories. We are grateful to instructors Steven Rich, Aaron Kessler and Ben Wieder and Josh Meyer for hosting us at Medill. Below are some pictures from the event:


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Call for Applications: Summer 2015 Charlie Ericksen Internship Supplements

The NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter is now taking applications for the Summer 2015 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Internship Supplements. Help us spread the word! 
We will award two internship supplements to students who are interning at a Washington D.C. Area news outlet. The supplement amount has been increased to $335 to be paid as follows: $300 to be placed on a Metro SmarTrip Card and $35 to pay for the NAHJ Student membership.


1.High school seniors, college students and recent graduates who will
live in the D.C./Md./Va. area during the summer 2015
2.Demonstrate a commitment to the field of journalism
3.Show financial needThe deadline to apply is Friday, June 5.You can download the application and criteria HERE or from our WEBSITE.

Email applications to

About the supplement:

Our intention is to help students who go to school and live in the District, Maryland, and Virginia. We understand many students intern for free and may not have the financial support to do so. We hope this money will help ease the burden on their families.We have worked closely with NAHJ founder Charlie Ericksen on how to distribute this money. He has helped launch the careers of many journalists. We honor his commitment to journalism through this supplement in his name.
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NAHJDC, IRE-DC and Medill invite you to a data journalism workshop

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists D.C. Chapter

The Investigative Reporters and Editors D.C. Chapter

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

invite you to a data journalism workshop

Join NAHJDC, IRE-DC and the Medill journalism school for a one-day intensive data workshop with a special focus on census data on Saturday, May 16 from 10:00am-3:00pm. In four classes, our instructors will teach you the essential skills you need to analyze the data and identify possible news stories. This workshop is ideal for people with little to no experience with data journalism.

The event will be hosted at the Medill Washington D.C. newsroom, located at 1325 G Street NW, #730.

Registration fee is $15. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Please plan to bring your laptops.

Register by RSVPing to Space is limited.

Agenda and topics:

10:00am-10:30am     Introduction to data—Identifying good data for analysis

10:30am-11:30am      Introduction to excel: How to use it, importing data for analysis

11:30am-12:30pm      How to sort and filter data and an introduction to functions

12:30pm-1:30pm        Lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm          Introduction to pivot tables

2:30pm-3:00pm         Conclusion—Data journalism beyond excel: What is possible with                                               database programs?

Class instructors are:

  • Steven Rich –  Steven Rich is the database editor for investigations at The Washington Post. He’s worked on investigations probing the NSA, tax lien sales and asset forfeiture, including the DOJ’s Equitable Sharing program, which Eric Holder took major steps to reform earlier this year. He has shared in the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a Robert F. Kennedy award and a Gerald Loeb award. Steven is a graduate of Mizzou and Virginia Tech. Twitter:@dataeditor
  • Aaron Kessler Aaron Kessler writes about business, autos and related policy issues for The New York Times. He’s spent the last decade as a reporter specializing in business coverage and data analysis – investigating everything from mortgage fraud to terrorist financing to contaminated Chinese drywall. He was a 2013-14 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business & Economics – a program for journalists to enroll in a year of MBA courses at Columbia Business School. He previously studied at the University of Missouri and Washington University in St. Louis. His work has been honored with numerous national awards, and he has twice been a finalist for the Loeb Award, business journalism’s highest honor. Twitter: @akesslerdc
  • Ben Wieder – Ben Wieder is a data reporter at the Center for Public Integrity. He focuses primarily on state and federal politics. He previously reported for Stateline and has written for FiveThirtyEight, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Newsday. Twitter: @benbwieder


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NAHJ DC announces 4th Annual Noche de Periodistas Fundraiser

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our 4th annual chapter fundraiser, Noche de Periodistas on Saturday, June 27. Ray Suarez from Al Jazeera America has graciously accepted to host us again at his home in the AU Park neighborhood in the District.

Come listen to music, mingle with other journalists and enjoy Brandon Benavides’ famous fajitas. We will also have a live auction.

Tickets are $25 if you bring a side dish. The full price is $50.

We will be sending the registration link and more details in the upcoming weeks.


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NAHJ DC Announces Spring 2015 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Supplement Winner

SalamancaPicNAHJ DC is pleased to announce our Spring 2015 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Supplement winner Letty Salamanca. Letty will receive a supplement worth $235 to be placed on a Metro SmarTrip card and pay for her NAHJ Student membership. Congratulations!

Read about Letty below:

Letty Salamanca is a native of Derwood, Maryland and a recent Journalism graduate from American University in Washington D.C. The 23 year-old studied Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City before transferring to American University to pursue an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Law & Society. Salamanca is a former blogger for covering the U.S. men’s soccer team in both Spanish and English and has interviewed international soccer players from teams around the globe including Manchester United, Inter Milan as well as various national teams. In addition to her work with, she has also written pieces that have been published in El Tiempo Latino, W27, The Eagle, and

Salamanca is passionate about promoting mental health awareness and is active in fundraising for the National Eating Disorders Foundation. She currently interns for the Major League Soccer Players Union in Bethesda, Maryland and hopes to continue working in the field of sports law or pursue a career in sports journalism. In her free time, she enjoys photography and tweeting about soccer.  Follow her on Twitter: @LettyAS.

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Highlights from our Twitter Journalism Career Chat

Did you miss our Twitter career chat? Below is a storify with some highlights from the event. Special thanks to Amy Kovac-Ashley from the Journalism Program at Georgetown University and Doug Mitchell from NPR for joining us and offering great career tips.


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NAHJ DC announces joint meeting with HUD Secretary Julián Castro on March 12

NAHJDC and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Public Affairs invite you to a special press briefing featuring Secretary Julián Castro on Thursday, March 12 at 3:30pm ET at the HUD Headquarters.

Secretary Castro will be joined by other senior HUD officials and will discuss his vision for HUD, the housing market, including the recent mortgage insurance premium reduction, and the Obama Administration’s place-based efforts as they relate to the Hispanic community.

The co-hosted round table will last approximately one hour and will be on-the record.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 11 by 4:00pm ET by emailing 


The HUD offices are located at 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20410, closest to the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station.  When you arrive at HUD, please use the South Entrance at the corner of 7th St. and D St. SW.  Please arrive no later than 3:15pm to ensure a prompt start time.


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