Meet the 2015-2016 NAHJ DC Chapter Candidates

Our chapter election is here! We have a diverse and enthusiastic group of candidates. You will notice several familiar faces. Cast your vote by the close of business this Friday, September 18th by emailing

Melissa Macaya – President

Producer at CNN en Español

macayapictureMelissa Macaya is a bilingual multimedia journalist who is passionate about covering political and international issues especially focused on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic community. Born and raised in Venezuela, Melissa has gained journalism experience on the local, national and international level. She currently serves as a producer for CNN en Español where she produces content for two shows and across digital platforms. Prior to CNN, Melissa was a fellow at NBC News in their Washington bureau and worked with Univision locally in Texas. She recently completed a Master’s degree from Georgetown University in International and Political journalism. Melissa loves to travel and has worked and lived in 5 countries: Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and the United States.

Patricia Guadalupe – Vice President

Bilingual multimedia journalist

unnamed-13Raised in Puerto Rico, Patricia Guadalupe is a bilingual multimedia journalist based in Washington, D.C. She has been covering the capital for both English and Spanish-language media outlets since the mid- 1990s. She previously worked as a reporter in New York City. She’s been an editor at Hispanic Link News Service (where she still writes political news), a reporter at WTOP Radio (CBS Washington affiliate), a contributing reporter for CBS Radio network, and has written for NBC and Latino Magazine, among others. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. She specializes in business news, politics and cultural issues, and also freelances as a translator/interpreter.

Aileen Schlef – Secretary

Freelance reporter for Hispanic Link News Service and LATINO

1780731_10152225509478599_2128776117_nAileen Schlef established Creative Alliance Communications (CAC) following more than 20 years of executive experience in corporate, government, university and community settings. Aileen has also has chronicled Latino life since the 1970s launch of La Luz Magazine, Hispanic, Nuestro, LatinaStyle, among others. She is currently a freelance reporter for Hispanic Link News Service and LATINO. She was a founding member of the pioneering National Latino Media Coalition in the 1970s and headed the Latino Media Task Force of Washington, DC.An active member of the National Press Club (NPC), Aileen was honored with Vivian Awards in 2011 and 2013.

Beatriz Pascual– Treasurer

Foreign correspondent at EFE

unnamedBeatriz Pascual is a multimedia journalist with five years of experience in the media industry. Born and raised in Spain, she crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 2014 and arrived in Washington with a Training Scholarship program sponsored by EFE, the leading Spanish-language news agency and the fourth largest news agency in the world. Now, working as a foreign correspondent in EFE, she covers Justice, National Security and Immigration news. Defined as multitask-er, she likes to portray the different angles of reality in different formats: written stories, photographs, video and radio pieces.

Arelis Hernandez – At-Large Member

Politics reporter at the Washington Post

unnamed (2)Arelis Hernandez is a politics reporter at the Washington Post but has covered everything from the Washington Nationals Ill-fated playoff run to the protests in Ferguson following Michael Browns shooting death. Prior to that she was a crime and breaking news reporter at the Orlando Sentinel, where she earned awards for team coverage of Trayvon Martin’s death and trial of George Zimmerman. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill School of Journalism. She has worked and interned at Baltimore Sun, AP, Star News in Wilmington, NC and her first job out of college was writing for Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.

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Apply now for convention assistance to EIJ Convention in Orlando

We are offering convention assistance to the EIJ Convention in Orlando. You don’t want to miss this great training and networking opportunity!

The chapter is covering the pre-conference registration of one professional ($320) and one student ($220).

The convention is September 18-20.

NAHJ members in the District, Maryland and Virginia can apply by emailing

Send a resume and write a one page letter on what you hope to learn at the convention. Also describe your financial situation. Winners must pay their national dues. The deadline is Tuesday, August 25.

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Join the NAHJ DC Board! Call for Chapter Board Nominations

Chapter members, thank you for making this past year a successful one for our chapter!
Now is your chance to volunteer and serve on the NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter Board. We are taking nominations now until Friday, August 28th.
We were the first official NAHJ chapter in 2006 and we have thrived for the past 9 years. Our chapter has planned events and training opportunities all around the city including press briefings at the White House, job fairs, workshops, fundraisers and meetings in the country’s most influential newsrooms.
We are now looking for enthusiastic members to run for the NAHJ DC 2015-2016 Chapter Board. Joining the board is an exciting leadership and networking opportunity. Please consider running and let’s continue planning amazing events in our nation’s capitol.

Here are the Chapter Board positions available:
At-large Officer

Anyone running for an executive position must be a regular NAHJ member, must have paid this year’s dues, and must continue to pay them while serving on the board.
Chapter members will vote the week of Sept. 14-18th. Each officer will serve from October 1, 2015 until July 31, 2016.
To nominate someone or yourself send an email to with this
following statement:
I ( STATE YOUR NAME), of (EMPLOYER OR FREELANCE) nominate ___________
for (position) __________ in the 2015 election of the NAHJ DC Chapter
Board of Directors. This statement counts as my virtual signature and
I have included my full contact information below.
Azhar Alfadl and Rosalba Ruiz will chair the elections committee. They will verify the nominees’ eligibility and collect information for the ballot.
Chapter Mission Statement:
Support the hiring, promotion and retention of Latino journalists in the news gathering and storytelling process, from entry-level to decision-making positions; and ensure the Latino community is fairly and accurately covered by media organizations in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Objetivos de la organización:
Apoyar la contratación, promoción y la permanencia de periodistas hispanos en todo el proceso de recolección y diseminación de noticias desde el nivel principiante hasta las posiciones de gerencia dentro de todas las organizaciones de noticias; Además, asegurar que la comunidad latina sea representada por los medios de comunicación en el área metropolitana de Washington, D.C. de una manera concisa y acertada.

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¡Mil gracias! Noche de Periodistas raises $3,498


A big thanks to all of our members who made our 4th annual Noche de Periodistas a great success! We raised more than $3,400. The funds will go towards our Charlie Ericksen Internship supplement, convention registration assistance, projects and workshops in the District.

To everyone who bought a ticket, brought food, and drinks: Thank you! Our chapter fundraiser was a success because of you. We want to thank our special guest Evan Perez from CNN for joining us. We appreciate the D.C. Chapter Presidents from AAJA, Seung-Min Kim, and NLGJADC, Curtis Tate, for coming.

A big thank you to Ray Suarez and his wife Carol for hosting our 4th annual chapter fundraiser at their home. Thanks NAHJ member Felix Contreras for donating his musical talents for our chapter also for a fourth time.

NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter Board

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Meet our Summer 2015 Charlie Ericksen Supplement Winners

Our summer 2015 Charlie Ericksen suppement winners are Sofia Costas and Yolanda Martinez. The selection committee was very impressed with their experience, story and passion for journalism. Each of them will receive $335 to be paid as follows: $300 to be placed on a Metro SmarTrip Card and $35 to pay for the NAHJ Student membership. Congratulations!

Sofia Costas 

Sofia Costas was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She studied journalism at the University of Florida, and attended Santa Fe College before transferring to UF. Her family had to move to the United States because of the increasingly difficult political situation in their home country. Sofia is currently doing an internship at United Press International this summer through the Washington Media Institute. She has learned a lot about journalism and it has been a very different learning experience compared to a classroom. After graduation she wants to work as a foreign correspondent in South America. She would like to go back to Bolivia and be able to work as a journalist. She believes South America needs good journalism, and especially people who are going to tell real stories of life in South America and at the same time show to the rest of the world what is going on, not only what the government wants them to see.


Yolanda Martinez

Yolanda Martinez is currently a reporting intern at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, working alongside a Washington Post reporter doing research for an investigative story. She recently graduated from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where she used code, data and video to report on immigration, policing and race. For her master’s project, Yolanda created a multimedia package that looked at the intersection of policing and cell phone video. She interviewed police officers, activists and community members about the benefits, setbacks and use of cell phone footage showing excessive force by police.

While getting her masters in journalism, Yolanda was a summer web intern at the Los Angeles Times and took part in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute. Before attending UC Berkeley, she worked at a web producer for three years at KCET, a L.A.-based public television station.

Yolanda grew up in Los Angeles, the youngest daughter of Salvadoran immigrants. She loves to read, ride buses and explore new cities.


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Purchase your Noche de Periodistas Tickets

You can now buy your ticket to our 4th annual chapter fundraiser, Noche de Periodistas at Ray Suarez’s home in the AU Park neighborhood in the District held on Saturday, June 27 from 4:00 to 7:00pm.

Come mingle with top journalists in the area, listen to music and enjoy delicious fajitas. We will also have a live auction.

Tickets are $25 if you bring a side dish. *The full price is $50. The deadline to buy tickets for the reduced price is June 24th. Once you buy your ticket, you will receive an email with Ray’s home address. We ask that you keep his address private.

You can buy tickets here:

This is our only chapter fundraiser each year. We do not charge a membership fee. So we need your help to make our fundraiser a success. We use the money for chapter activities including: convention assistance, the Charlie Ericksen Internship Supplement, and other projects.

We hope to see you at Ray’s house!

-NAHJ DC nochedeperiodistasnahjdc

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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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