Save the Date: Washington, D.C. Journalism Job Fair Saturday, March 21

Washington Job Fair Membership Letter

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NAHJDC Announces Meeting at the Washington Post on Jan.28

We are partnering with the Washington Post for our first event of 2015! The Post invites NAHJDC to a special discussion next Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 6pm about innovation at the paper and what that says about the future of the journalism business.

Our speakers include: Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, managing editor, and Alberto Avendaño, Executive Editor of El Tiempo Latino, and a reporter from the Post. The event will begin with a brief tour of the WP newsroom.

Please RSVP by next Monday, January 26 by emailing


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Call for applications: Charlie Ericksen Journalism Internship Supplement

The NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter is now taking applications for the Spring 2015 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Internship Supplement. Help us spread the word! The deadline to apply is January 30.
We will award one Internship Supplement this spring to a student who is interning in the Washington D.C. Area.

The supplement is worth $235 to be paid as follows: $200 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 spring of 2014
2.Demonstrate a commitment to the field of journalism
3.Show financial need

You can download the application and criteria from our website:
Charlie Ericksen Journalism Internship Supplement

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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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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