Meet the new 2014-2015 NAH Washington, D.C. Chapter Board

The new chapter board will assume office August 1.

Melissa Macaya
CNN en Español



NAHJ OFFICERAzhar Alfadl Miranda
Al Jazeera English



Patricia Guadalupe
Bilingual Multimedia Journalist


Rosalba Ruiz
AP Latin America Desk



unnamed-12General At-Large Officer
Grace Flores-Hughes


Results Breakdown:
Co-Presidents: Azhar Miranda 10
Co-Presidents: Melissa Macaya 11
Write-in: Brandon Benavides 1

Vice-President: Patricia Guadalupe 10

Secretary/Treasurer: Rosalba Ruiz 9

General At-Large Officer: Grace Flores-Hughes 10

Certified by NAHJ DC Election Chair: Brandon Benavides

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Washington Area Journalism Groups Agree to Plan Another Joint Job Fair

We are pleased to announce our Washington, D.C. Journalism Job hosted by Georgetown University’s Master’s in Journalism Program was more successful than we envisioned. We’ve confirmed 3 job seekers were hired from the Job Fair and several others were called back for formal interviews. So many people attended the Job Fair, we ended up with $1,000.53 after paying all of our expenses.

The presidents of the Washington, D.C. Chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Association of Black Journalists signed the following joint-resolution.

Chapter Presidents agreed to plan another joint job fair.

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¡Mil gracias! Noche de Periodistas raises $3,045

nahjdc_noche_2014Chapter Members and Friends,

¡Mil gracias! A thousand thank you’s for making Noche de Periodistas a huge success. We exceeded our ticket sale goal. This was very important since we make most of our money from the ticket sales.

We brought in $3,045. *$560 will go to the National Association. We split the United Airline Ticket proceeds 70/30 with the National Association. Our chapter keeps 30%.

To everyone who bought a ticket, brought food, beer, wine, and paper plates: Thank you! Our chapter fundraiser was a success because of you.

We want to thank our special guests: NAHJ founder Charlie Ericksen from Hispanic Link, D.C. Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown (D), and Republican Strategist Sergio Rodriguera, Jr.

We appreciate the D.C. Chapter Presidents from AAJA, Seung-Min Kim, SPJ, Elizabeth Jia, and WABJ, Donna Walker for coming. UNITY JOURNALISTS Executive Director Roberto Quinones also stopped by.

A big thank you to Ray Suarez and his wife Carol for hosting our 3rd annual chapter fundraiser at their home. Thanks NAHJ Region 3 Representative Felix Contreras for donating his musical talents for our chapter also for a third time. Felix and his Cilantro Boogie Brothers were amazing.

As always our chapter is so successful because of members like you.

With warm abrazos,
NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter Board

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2014 – 2015 NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter Board Candidates

unnamedMembers in good standing can vote beginning Monday, July 7th. We will send an email closer to the date on how to vote. Reminder you must pay your dues to vote. We appreciate all the candidates who are volunteering their time and talent to join our NAHJ DC Chapter Board.

nahjmacaMelissa Macaya
CNN en Español
Melissa 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 produces news content in both English and Spanish across digital platforms. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Georgetown University and working at CNN’s DC bureau alongside its CNN en Español team and Cross Platform Unit.

During her undergraduate career at the University of Texas at Austin, she was selected as a NAHJ/ NBC Fellow where she served as a field producer for Nightly News in NBC’s Washington Bureau. Back in Texas, she worked with Univision to produce local newscasts and packages about Hispanics in the state and around the country. She also gained extensive experience in international communications when working in the media departments of the Organization of American States and the Washington Office on Latin America. Melissa loves to travel and has worked and lived in 5 countries: Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and the United States.

Why I want to be Co-President?
NAHJ has been a big part of my academic and professional life since my undergraduate years. I helped restart an NAHJ student chapter at the University of Texas at Austin and served as Vice President. During my sophomore year, I was selected to participate in the NAHJ Convention Student Projects in Denver, Colorado and then in my junior year, I was an NAHJ Fellow at NBC News in Washington. I was also a recipient of several of NAHJ’s scholarships.

Upon moving to Washington, D.C. in August of 2012, I became an active member of the NAHJ Washington, D.C. I served as an at-large officer and then Vice President. In these capacities I helped organized several events and initiatives including a briefing at the White House and tour of NPR’s new headquarters. Now in my second year in the chapter, I would like to continue to give back as co-president. Alongside Azhar AlFadl Miranda, we will help steward the chapter and continue to organize activities throughout the city that are professionally enriching. Given the fact that we are the most active chapter in the country, having two presidents will help ease the transition. As co-president, I would like to continue to expand successful events such as the job fair and increase our partnerships across various political and social organizations

NAHJ OFFICERAzhar Alfadl Miranda
Al Jazeera English

Azhar AlFadl Miranda is a freelance multimedia journalist at Al Jazeera English. Born in Washington D.C., Azhar also lived in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. She received her undergraduate degree from the George Washington University and her graduate degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Since joining NAHJ in 2011, Azhar has been active member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter. She previously served as vice-president and in the last year, as secretary. She looks forward to contributing to the chapter in the upcoming year.

Why I want to be co-president?
Melissa and I would like to run for the leadership of NAHJ-DC as co-presidents. We both want to ensure that our NAHJ-DC Chapter continues to thrive under new leadership and due to demanding work commitments, we feel a co-presidency is the most viable option for maintaining the success of the NAHJ-DC chapter.

Patricia Guadalupe
Bilingual Multimedia Journalist

Raised 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.

Why I want to be Vice-President?
I am running because the National Association of Hispanic Journalists has been an important part of my career (I found my first on-air radio job at an NAHJ job fair) and the local chapters play a very important role. I want to keep the chapter the dynamic organization it is and pay it forward. Washington, D.C., is an exciting city for journalists and there are many opportunities not only to further our journalism careers, but to help others at all levels. I look forward to it.

Rosalba Ruiz
Associated Press

Rosalba Ruíz is a bilingual multimedia journalist with over 10 years of experience in the media industry. Some of her favorite assignments: reporting on the immigration reform movement of 2006 for Excélsior del Condado de Orange; producing a multimedia project on the popularity of banda and norteño music in Orange County, California for The OC Register; collaborating on the coverage of the Chile miners saga with Reuters Latin America; and following the presidential election developments as a CNN en Español producer.

Rosalba has also taught online courses on multimedia storytelling for the International Center for Journalists, adapted the Pulitzer finalist “Toxic Treats” series to Spanish for The Orange County Register and helped produce the independent movie “Alondra Smiles.” Rosalba is currently an online video producer for AP

Why I want to be Secretary/Treasurer?
It has been an honor serving on the NAHJ DC chapter board for three years alongside other dedicated colleagues. We strive to provide many networking and professional development opportunities for our members, and I want to continue working toward that objective.

unnamed-12General At-Large Officer:
Grace Flores-Hughes
Author, writer, and media commentator

The Honorable Grace Flores-Hughes serves as Vice Chair, F&H 2, Inc. She is a public speaker, television and media commentator and is a weekly contributor to Mrs. Flores-Hughes’ memoir, A Tale of Survival was published in 2011 and was awarded Honorable Mention by the New England and Southwest Book Festivals and the International Book Awards in 2013. Mrs. Flores-Hughes has had a successful public service career as a civil servant and as a political appointee and has been a college instructor in the areas of American Government and Public Policy. She is included in the Hispanic American Profiles, Ballantine Book and in Notable Hispanic American Women, Gale Research. She serves on a number of boards including, the Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and the Media Policy Center. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a B.A. from the University of the District of Columbia. She is a native of Taft, Texas and resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Lt Gen Harley A. Hughes, USAF (Ret).

Why I want to be At-Large Officer?
First and foremost, I want to become the At-Large Officer to learn more about the NAHJ nationally and the DC Chapter in particular. By doing so, I will be able to identify the areas that are essential to the successful continuation of the organization and work closely with membership to prioritize them; e.g., increase membership, identify fundraising activities, plan networking events, provide employment information to NAHJ members and help plan national conference activities.

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Chapter to Help 3 Student Interns in Washington, D.C.

For the first time, members of the NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter will help three summer interns with transportation expenses. Two students will receive the Charlie Ericksen Internship Supplement worth $200 on a metro card and $45 for NAHJ Student Membership. The Chapter Board voted to help a third student with $150 for a Metro Card. Since, no student applied for convention assistance, the Chapter Board decided to award that money to a student who applied for the Charlie Ericksen Internship Supplement.

Meet the Students:
JuanJuan David Romero
University of Central Florida
Juan will intern at Hispanic Link




BiancaBianca Ordoñez
Florida International University
Bianca will intern at the Washington Center.





JessicaJessica Barreto
University of Florida
Jessica will intern at NBC’s Meet the Press



Our Chapter raised the money during our past Noche de Periodistas fundraiser at Ray Suarez’s house. Please help us help student journalists while interning in the nation’s capital by attending this year’s fundraiser on Saturday, June 21 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. You can buy your tickets online here. General Price $50. $25, if you bring a side dish.

NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter Board

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Proposal: Resolution Allowing Co-Preside​nts

Chapter members,

The Chapter Board voted 2 to 0, passing a resolution that allows
candidates to run for co-presidents on their own accord. Three current
chapter board members running for re-election recused themselves from
the vote.

We will announce the ballot on Monday. The election will happen in July.

Brandon Benavides
Chapter President


I am introducing a resolution allowing chapter co-presidents. Two members nominated themselves to be co-presidents. Right now, the Bylaws do not allow members to elect co-presidents. The NAHJ Atlanta chapter has two co-presidents that were appointed. I would like our chapter co-presidents to be elected on their own accord. I’ve crafted
the following resolution.

I’ve asked the three chapter board members who are running for re-election to recuse themselves from the vote. The board will vote on Friday.

Please email if you wish to comment before the
chapter board votes on the resolution.

Brandon Benavides
Chapter President
Elections Chair

NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter Board
Proposal: Resolution Allowing Co-Presidents

WHEREAS, two candidates jointly nominated themselves as co-presidents
for the 2014-2015 term;

WHEREAS, members of the chapter board volunteer their time and talent;

WHEREAS, the candidates are committed to our organization;

WHEREAS, they found a way to lead the chapter that works with their schedules;

WHEREAS, the NAHJ Atlanta Chapter appointed co-presidents;

WHEREAS, the National Bylaws do not provide a means to elect co-presidents;

RESOLVED, the NAHJ Washington D.C. Chapter Board will ask the national
association to amend our Bylaws to allow co-presidents;

RESOLVED, until such action is taken the Chapter Board will allow
co-presidents the option to run for office on their own accord.

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Resumen del taller- Noticias DC Hosts TV Writing Workshop

By Maria-Pia Negro

Univision Washington D.C. photo 2 (3) News Producer / Assignment Editor, Rafael Perez Narvaez, along with National Correspondent, Fernando Pizarro, and Internet Content Producer, Josh Rivera, led us through a Spanish TV Writing Workshop.  Here are some helpful tips and highlights. (The version in Spanish is at the bottom of the post.)

From Rafa Perez Narvaez:

  • How to choose what to feature: Local news focus on topics that affect the community like immigration, crime, health, education, maybe something that helps the public to save money.
  • One must write concisely to give more movement to the newscast. In TV news, some reports (usually voice overs written from wires) should last 20 to 25 seconds. Longer news reports should be 1:45 3 (2)
  • He showed a “rundown” with the lineup of the day´s stories and technical information about which anchor is narrating specific news.
  • Since the “headlines” sell the news show, they need to be dynamic. Usually he takes out the articles from the sentences to achieve this. “The headlines should be the most important news from the newscast,” he said. “I always try to include three stories, sports and weather.”

From Fernando Pizarro:

  • About the type of stories presented in other Univision stations, usually there is a consciousness to provide a service to the public, to help the community with certain segments.
  • Writing for the ear: Stories need to identify key facts and sources and then the rest is added if there is time. Always write concisely, in the present tense and use active language.
  • There are also changes in a sentence´s structure for TV, such as starting with the title and then the name of a subject.
  • Fernando answered some participants´ questions about attribution. Usually one starts with the information or fact and then it is attributed at the end. For example “There were three people hurt at the shooting, according to police”
  • Brandon Benavides, NAHJ DC chapter president, added that this formula of attribution can be changed depending on the 1

From Josh Rivera (@Josh1rivera):

  • Josh explained a journalist´s role at a time everybody can gather information and disseminate it using smartphones and social media. “We set ourselves aside as journalists by being an ethical voice, an authoritative voice” presenting correct facts. Ie. Following journalistic instincts and contacting police after an explosion, figuring out what the 911 call said. It is about presenting the news first but giving the public correct and complete information.
  • Writing/editing TV news for the web: One must also write concisely for web but can be more poetic or add more details. He recommended to have the TV report next to you when writing the news for the web and adding it to the story. “Be visual. Don´t use a block of text, break it up with video, and insert an image.”
  • Headlines are important for the web and different stations can localize the news, highlighting the part that affects/interests the local community.
  • Keep the inverted pyramid in mind when editing TV news for a news site.

(Photos courtesy of Jeanine Hernandez. More photos to come)




photo 1 (1)Rafael Perez Narvaez, productor de noticias de Noticias-DC/Univision, junto a Fernando 
Pizarro, corresponsal nacional, y Josh Rivera, productor de contenido de Internet de Noticias DC,  nos abrieron las puertas a miembros de NAHJ-DC y nos presentaron con un taller de producción y redacción noticias en Español, que incluyo ejercicios de redacción y un tour de las instalaciones.

He aquí una lista de sus comentarios y sugerencias:

En conversación con Rafa Perez Narvaez

  • Criterio escogiendo las notas: Lo más importante para el noticiero local es escoger los temas que afectan a la comunidad. Por ejemplo, migración, crimen, salud, educación y tal vez algo que le ayude al público a ahorrar.
  • Redacción y producción de un noticiero: Se debe escribir “corto, preciso, conciso, así uno le da más movimiento al noticiero”. (En TV, las noticias breves duran de 20 a 25 segundos y muchas veces son voice overs de noticias proporcionadas por los wires o cables de un servicio de noticia. Las historias/reportajes deben durar 1:45 minutos.)
  • Se necesita un “rundown”, o una “pauta”, donde se muestra el orden de las historias del día, junto con información técnica como quien es el talento que narrará una noticia.
  • Los “headlines” o titulares, venden el noticiero. La idea es de escribirlos para que sean activos/dinámicos. Para esto se quitan los artículos (el, la, etc) lo más posible. “Los titulares son las noticias más importantes del noticiero”, dijo Rafa. “Yo trato de siempre escoge tres y deportes y tiempo”.


En conversación con Fernando Pizarro

  • Con referencia a que noticias son importantes para incluir, “Existe una identificación de las estaciones de Univision de dar un servicio”, una conciencia de ayudar a la comunidad.
  • Escribir para el oído: Hay que identificar los hechos más importantes y atribuirlos y agregar el resto de cosas importantes pero no esenciales si te da el tiempo. Se usa el tiempo presente y lenguaje activo.
  • También hay cambios en la estructura de las oraciones como el empezar con el título de la persona que se quiere identificar (eg. Presidente de la Asociación *nombre de la persona* fue arrestado).
  • Fernando también respondió preguntas de los participantes sobre cómo atribuir la información en TV. Dijo que generalmente la atribución se usa al final, después que se revela la información más importante para el público. Por ejemplo ““ hubo una balacera donde 3 resultaron heridos, según las autoridades
  • Brandon Benavides, presidente del chapter de DC de NAHJ, agregó que eso puede variar dependiendo de cada noticia. Por ejemplo, si es que el Presidente Obama dice algo, la atribución va al principio.

En conversación con Josh Rivera (@Josh1rivera)

  • El rol de los periodistas en esta época en que la gente publica información rápidamente por medio de sus smartphones y las redes sociales. “Nos diferenciamos cómo periodistas siendo la voz ética y siendo la voz de autoridad” que presenta los datos correctos. Por ejemplo, llamar a la policía, por ejemplo en el caso de una explosión, y averiguar que pasó, a preguntar que se dijo en la llamada al 911 para dar la noticia completa y de forma correcta.
  • Escribir/Editar para la web_ también se debe escribir corto, pero para web puede ser más poético, pueden avanzar. Sus recomendaciones para pasar las noticas de un noticiero a la página web de la compañía es tener la nota al lado para complementar y añadir. “Sean visuales, no use el texto completo“. “Rompan (el bloque de texto) con video, inserten una imagen”.
  • Titulares es bien importante en lo que es la web y diferentes estaciones pueden localizar la noticia resaltando lo que afecta a dicha comunidad.
  • En general es importante considerar la pirámide invertida a la hora de escribir la versión web de la nota televisiva.


(Fotos cortesía de Jeanine Hernandez. Postearemos más fotos pronto)

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