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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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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