¡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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/noche-de-periodistas-tickets-17139748449

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 nahjdc@gmail.com

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 nahjdc@gmail.com. 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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