Recognizing Journalism Excellence: NAHJ DC and WABJ honor veteran journalists Armando Trull and Maureen Bunyan at reception celebrating diversity

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The Washington Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the Washington Association of Black Journalists (WABJ) honored veteran TV journalist Maureen Bunyan and senior Reporter at WAMU, the NPR news station in Washington, Armando Trull at a reception celebrating diversity held on Wednesday, April 19 at the National Press Club.

NAHJ DC Secretary and longtime National Press Club member Aileen Schlef opened the inaugural event describing her fight for diversity and noted the importance of minority journalism organizations. She told attendees about her activism work in the 60’s and 70’s and reminded them that gains made during that period “can be easily taken away from us.”

“Let’s celebrate us and take us seriously,” Aileen said. “Consider our organizations your extended families, your safe haven.  And those of us with longer histories, we still have our hands on the torch and are with you.”

The President of the National Press Club Jeffrey Ballou, the first African-American male to lead the organization, welcomed attendees and urged members of both organizations to join the effort to uphold freedom of the press.

“In this age when people are trying to undermine the core of the Constitution, you have to be there to fight for it,” Ballou said. “We need you to be a part of the action because it’s worth it.”

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President of the National Press Club Jeffrey Ballou

President of NAHJ DC Melissa Macaya and President of WABJ Donna Walker presented the awards to Trull and Bunyan, recognizing their many career milestones and efforts to help advance diversity in news. Both journalists have left an important mark in D.C. and beyond. Macaya thanked them for paving the way for many journalists of color.

“In the hectic world of journalism, we sometimes forget to stop and honor those who have paved the way for us,” Macaya said. “We are here tonight to celebrate them – two outstanding journalists who are not only excellent professionals, but are role models and mentors.”

Upon receiving the award, Trull, who has actively covered Washington, D.C. for more than 25 years, told attendees that journalism is not a job, but a calling. Trull’s Emmy-award winning reporting, in both English and Spanish, has been seen, heard, and read by millions.

“I care about making a difference,” Trull said. “You have to go in thinking how you will make a difference with each story you do. If you want to make an impact, you have to divorce what your job is from what your mission is. I challenge you all, especially young journalists, to not be afraid to do the stories that make a difference.”

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NAHJ DC President Melissa Macaya with honoree Armando Trull

Bunyan, who has been a veteran TV journalist in Washington since 1973 and is one of the founders of NABJ, urged the audience to listen to their hearts and use their work to make a positive impact. “When your heart says ‘you have to do something about something’ find a way to do something about it,” Bunyan said. “Stand up, speak up and keep going.”

Bunyan noted her and Trull’s similar immigrant roots. Bunyan is an immigrant of Aruba and Trull of Cuba. Through their journalism work in the United States, they aimed to advance the freedom of the press they did not experience in their home countries.

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WABJ President Donna Walker with honoree Maureen Bunyan

This was the inaugural “Recognizing Journalism Excellence: Celebrating D.C.’s diverse voices” awards reception. NAHJ DC and WABJ plan to make it a yearly tradition and hope other minority journalism groups join. Macaya discussed the projects of the D.C. Journalism Diversity Coalition, of which NAHJ DC and WABJ are a part of. The most noteworthy of these initiatives is the Washington Journalism Job Fair which has been held for four years to hire more diverse candidates in top media outlets.

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The board of WABJ with honoree Maureen Bunyan

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The NAHJ DC board and NAHJ National board member Joe Ruiz with honoree Armando Trull

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NAHJ DC and WABJ announce their “Recognizing Journalism Excellence: Celebrating D.C.’s diverse voices” honorees

The NAHJ Washington DC chapter and the Washington Association of Black Journalists are pleased to announce the two journalists who will be honored
at our networking reception:
 
“Recognizing Journalism Excellence: 
Celebrating D.C.’s diverse voices”  
 
WABJ will be honoring veteran TV journalist Maureen Bunyan
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NAHJ DC will be honoring Senior Reporter at WAMU, 
the NPR news station in Washington, Armando Trull 
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Both journalists, whose careers span decades, have helped advance diversity in news 
and left an important mark both in D.C. and beyond. 
 
The event will be held  Wednesday, April 19 from 6 to 8:30pm at the National Press Club.
 
Light appetizers will be served and there will be a cash only bar. 
 
The event is free, but we are accepting donations for our Washington Journalism Diversity Initiative. 
 
Please RSVP by TuesdayApril 18 here: http://bit.ly/2ojaJZZ
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NAHJDC and WABJ to recognize journalism excellence at National Press Club networking reception on April 19

The NAHJ Washington DC chapter and the Washington Association of Black Journalists invite members to attend our networking reception:
 
“Recognizing Journalism Excellence: 
Celebrating D.C.’s diverse voices”  
 
on Wednesday, April 19 from 6 to 8:30pm at the National Press Club (Cosgrove Room).
 
We will be honoring two journalists whose work have left an important mark in DC and beyond.
 
Light appetizers will be served and there will be a cash only bar. 
Please RSVP by TuesdayApril 18 here: http://bit.ly/2ojaJZZ
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NAHJ DC holds Post-Journalism Mixer at La Tasca

The Washington chapter of NAHJ held a mixer at La Tasca in Chinatown on Saturday, March 25 to celebrate the success of the fourth annual Washington Journalism Job fair and welcome visiting NAHJ President Brandon Benavides and NAHJ Executive Director Alberto Mendoza. Members enjoyed sangria and Spanish tapas. A big thanks to all who came!

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Fourth annual Washington Journalism Job Fair: More than 200 candidates and 22 media companies participate

The fourth annual Washington Journalism Job Fair was held on Saturday, March 25 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies campus in downtown Washington. More than 300 people participated in the fair – 208 were job seekers from the Washington area and beyond. A record 22 media companies recruited at the fair – more than any other year. The participating recruiters included radio, television, local, national and Spanish-language outlets.

“This is the fourth time the organizing groups have held this event, and we’ve  always aimed to make each fair better than the last,” Washington Journalism Job Fair Chair Azhar Alfadl Miranda said. “I think we succeeded. I’m especially excited that so many great companies wanted to recruit at this fair. I’m confident  that this annual job fair is going to become a great resource for people looking for a journalism job in DC, and also for recruiters who are hoping to hire diverse talent.”

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Organizers and volunteers of the fourth Washington Journalism Job Fair

The job fair was hosted by the Georgetown University Master of Professional Studies in Journalism program in partnership with a coalition of diverse journalism groups that included the D.C. chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalism Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Journalists Association, the Washington Association of Black Journalists, and the Journalism and Women Symposium. The organizers want to thank the volunteers, recruiters and Georgetown University’s Masters in Journalism Program for helping make the event a big success. Individuals hired through the job fair well be announced once reported by recruiters and participants.

 

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Meet our Spring 2017 Charlie Ericksen Supplement Winner: Aida Chavez

NAHJ DC is pleased to announce our Spring 2017 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Supplement winner Aida Chavez. We had a highly competitive pool of applicants this semester and were very impressed with Aida’s trajectory in journalism and passion. She will receive a supplement worth $500 to be placed on a Metro SmarTrip card and pay for her NAHJ membership. She will also be matched with a mentor who works as a journalist in the DC area.

Aida Chavez, Intern at The Hill 

aidasupplementpicAida Chavez is a political reporter based in Washington D.C. A junior with senior standing, she will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in political science from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Spring 2017.

After getting a position reporting for Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS in Washington D.C., she fell in love with the city and craft. This semester she began interning for The Hill newspaper, or thehill.com, and finishing the rest of her two degrees online. Though she has only been working as a journalist for 7 months, she was named one of the “15 Top Young Latinas in American Newsrooms” by the Huffington Post.

Additionally, she is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a first generation American. Aida speaks English, Spanish, French, and studied Arabic for a couple of years. She gravitates toward reporting on diverse communities and is most proud of the stories she has written on immigration, but would also like to pursue more complex, investigative pieces. 

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Job Seeker Registration Opens for 2017 Washington Journalism Job Fair

Job seekers can now Register to attend the 2017 D.C. Journalism Job Fair at the early bird rate of $10, a special rate that is being offered until Friday, March 3. http://bit.ly/2kxex4D

The Job Fair is happening Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10:00am – 2:00pm Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.

The regular registration rate of $15 will be offered until Friday, March 17. We will accept walk-ins for $20 the day of the fair.

Come meet recruiters from top news organizations at the largest annual journalism job fair in D.C. This event offers candidates of all experience levels the chance to connect with radio, TV and digital news outlets that are looking for new talent.

Among the confirmed recruiters are NBC, CNN, Voice of America, Politico, NPR and more.

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