Save the Date: Washington, D.C. Journalism Job Fair

NAHJ DC and the Washington, D.C. Chapters of AAJA, NLGJA, SPJ, and WABJ are once again teaming up with Georgetown University’s Master’s in Journalism program for our second annual Washington, D.C. Journalism Job Fair on Saturday, March 21.

The Job Fair will happen at the Georgetown Downtown campus on Massachusetts Avenue near 7th Street in Northwest D.C.

We confirmed 4 people were hired from our Job Fair in April. We need your help to secure your employer to recruit at our Job Fair next year. You can help make it a success!

We will send more information on registration and recruiting fees in the coming weeks.



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Save the Date: NAHJ briefing at the White House Tues. Oct 21

We have just confirmed a White House briefing for NAHJ members next Tuesday, October 21 from 4 to 5 pm. In light of the the open enrollment date mid-November, White House officials will be briefing us on the Affordable Care Act and also discussing topics related to education and the Hispanic community.

If you would like to participate, you must RSVP by THIS Friday morning, Oct. 17 and provide the information below for White House security clearance. Everyone must bring a form of identification (driver’s license or passport) the day of the event. The group will be meeting at 3:30 pm in the northwest gate, located on Pennsylvania Avenue. Send information to

Full legal name



Country of birth

Country of citizenship

Current city and state of residence


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Save the Date: October Diversity Mixer at NB4

Join NAHJ DC, WABJ, AAJA DC, NLGJA DC, and SPJ DC  for our Diversity Mixer at NBC4 where you will meet the managers of NBC4 and NBC News Washington.

NBC4 President and General Manager Jackie Bradford, NBC4  Vice-President of News Mike Goldrick, and NBC News Washington Bureau  Chief Ken Strickland will all be there.

Date: Wednesday, October 29.

Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM SHARP.
Address: NBC4 , 4001 Nebraska Avenue, NW ,Washington, D.C.

Metro: Tenleytown/AU Station on the Red Line. Parking is also available.

RSVP by emailing . The deadline to RSVP is Sunday, October 26.

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Notes: NAHJ DC Round table with Government Communication Officals

NAHJDC met with several government public information officers–from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Minority Business Development Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Education –at our meet and greet round table last week.  Thank you to all the members who attended and Gloria Sánchez-Contreras for hosting us at the HHS building!


Here are some of the tips shared by the officers:

- Emails are typically the best form of communications. Phone calls are the second best option. Many of the PIOS consider text messages to be too informal.

-When writing your email to a PIO, make sure you include as much detail as possible–including your deadline and even your questions. The PIOs explained that they need to get approval of the questions being asked before they can answer. By including questions in your initial email, you will save time and guarantee a quicker response.

- Consider that the PIOs need to go through several channels within their department (consulting the specific program you are inquiring about, and also lawyers) before they get your response. The PIOs agreed that this is why it takes longer to respond to certain requests.

-If you’d like to be ahead of the curve in getting information from a specific government department, the best thing to do is sign up for the press list (some PIOs said the information hits those lists before anywhere else). You can also contact the PIO and explain what your beat is, or what particular topics interest you. Some PIOs create separate mailing lists based on topic.

-The PIOS discussed the importance of diversity within their departments and how that allows them to communicate with different minority groups. The FDA translates its information into over 100 languages. The department of Education also translates every press release into Spanish.

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Chapter announces Meet and Greet Roundtable with PIOs

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, NAHJ DC and the FDA/HHS invite you to a meet and greet roundtable between Latino journalists and government communication officers on Thursday, October 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the HHS Hubert Humphrey Bldg. in downtown D.C.

Come connect with key public information officers working with Latino media at various agencies and learn about:

  1. How to increase communication and collaboration with government officials and their agencies
  2. Valuable government resources and tools that can help you write your stories
  3. Tips on how to better work with public affairs specialists and get the information you need

After the roundtable, we’ll head to a nearby venue for drinks and appetizers.

Please RSVP by Friday, Sept. 26 by emailing

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Meet Our Fall Charlie Ericksen Internship Supplement Recipient: Blanca Bejarano

NAHJ DC will be assisting one student interning in Washington, D.C. during the Fall semester.  Our chapter has selected Blanca Bejarano as our fall Charlie Ericksen Internship Supplement Recipient and she will be awarded $200 for a metro card and $45 for NAHJ Student Membership. Many thanks to our members for helping us raise the funds and support young journalism talent! 

Blanca Bejarano is currently a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing her undergraduate degree in communications and Spanish language, literatures, and culture. She has been actively involved in the Latino-interest newspaper at her university, La Voz Latina, serving as editor-in-chief, and has carried out the VP role of public relations and fundraising as a sister for the Upsilon chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Since her junior year she has interned at the public affairs firm Dewey Square Group in Washington D.C. in the Latino strategies practice area, “Latinovations.”



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We are proud of everything this chapter has achieved and look forward to building more memories together in the DC metro area.

Here is a video produced by our wonderful member Marisa Arbona-Ruiz and shot by Franklin Garcia that shows what NAHJ DC is all about.

Thanks for being a part of our family!

-NAHJ DC Board

Twitter: @NAHJDC
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