Meet our Fall 2016 Charlie Ericksen Supplement Winner: Valeria Massarelli

NAHJ DC is pleased to announce our Fall 2016 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Supplement winner Valeria Massarelli. We had a highly competitive pool of applicants this semester and were very impressed with Valeria’s story and passion for journalism. 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.

Valeria Massarelli, Intern at NTN24 

valerianahjValeria was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She graduated from Mass Communication at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello with a minor in Audiovisual Arts. She was always passionate about telling stories and the best way for her to do it was through a camera. But something was missing.
In February 2014, a series of protests and riots started in her home country and the national media was not covering it. That’s when she decided she wanted to be a journalist. She says that when living in a censored place, you start to value and realize the importance of journalism.
In August 2015, she moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue her dream of becoming a journalist. She is currently in the third semester of an MPS in Journalism at Georgetown University. She is interning at  NTN24, a Hispanic international news network. She is the
production assistant of the show Efecto Naím. The internship requires hard work, objective thinking, meticulousness, teamwork, great vocabulary, and excellent writing skills. She has learned a lot about international affairs and how to deliver evergreen content to a Hispanic audience.
Her goal is to become a news producer for a TV show about Hispanics and Latin American topics. She believe Hispanics are underrepresented in the newsroom, even though they are the largest majority in the United States. She wants to contribute with her knowledge of foreign topics hoping she can  increase the presence of Hispanic journalists in the industry.
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NAHJDC Launches online membership survey

As our board kicks off a new year, we are looking to learn more about our membership and better connect with you.

Since being founded in 2006, our mission as a chapter has been to support the hiring, promotion and retention of Latino journalists and ensure the Latino community is fairly and accurately covered by media organizations in the D.C. metropolitan area. You are key in helping us to continue to grow and achieve this mission.

If you’d like to learn more about our chapter or connect with one of our board members, please email us at Don’t forget to select the Washington chapter as your local chapter when becoming an NAHJ member or renewing your membership.

Please take a few minutes to fill out our membership survey:

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NAHJ DC Hosts fall board meeting on Sept. 7

The NAHJ DC board held their fall meeting at the National Press Club on Wednesday Sept. 7.  The board voted to increase funds for the Charlie Ericksen internship supplement to $500 – $465 for metro transportation to be put on a SmarTrip Card and $35 for NAHJ student membership dues. The chapter awards four supplements every year.

The board also established the student outreach committee that will be led by Arelis Hernandez and discussed upcoming membership meetings. The board would love to hear from members. Have any ideas for a membership meeting or partnership? Email the board at

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The NAHJ DC chapter board election results are in


Members, thank you for voting in the NAHJDC chapter elections!

Welcome the 2016-2017 NAHJ DC Chapter Board: 
President: Melissa Macaya
Vice-President: Patricia Guadalupe
Secretary: Aileen Schlef
Treasurer: Beatriz Pascual
At-large Officer: Ed O’Keefe 

Stay tuned for our upcoming events and a survey we will be posting in our Facebook group!


Azhar Alfadl Miranda

Chair of Elections committee

Chair of Membership Meetings

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Meet the 2016-2017 NAHJ DC Chapter Candidates

Our chapter election is here! We have an enthusiastic group of candidates working in a wide range of media outlets around the city. You will notice several familiar faces. Cast your vote by the close of business this Friday, August 26th by emailing


Melissa Macaya – President

Producer at CNN en Español
MACAYAPICMelissa 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 currently serves as a producer for CNN en Español where she produces content for two shows and across digital platforms. Prior to CNN, Melissa was a fellow at NBC News in their Washington bureau and worked with Univision locally in Texas. She completed a Master’s degree from Georgetown University in International and Political journalism. Melissa loves to travel and has worked and lived in 5 countries: Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and the United States.

Patricia Guadalupe – Vice President

Bilingual multimedia journalist

unnamed-13Raised 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.

Iscar Blanco – Vice President

Spanish Service Chief at the Voice of America

unnamedAs Service Chief, Mr. Blanco oversees all platforms, including social media, to the Spanish speaking countries of the Americas. He is also responsible for determining content for the social media accounts as well as developing website’s new initiatives.

His commitment in modern journalism has taken him to obtain special courses to cover different political, economic and social events in different countries. Iscar obtained his degree in Sociology at the Florida International University, and a Masters in Journalism at the University of Miami. With a strong editorial background, Iscar worked as a reporter, producer and presenter for CNN and BBC.

He believes in the power of information and the new technology, believes in Freedom of Press and how to help democracy using social media tools.


Aileen Schlef – Secretary

Freelance reporter for Hispanic Link News Service and LATINO

1780731_10152225509478599_2128776117_nAileen Schlef established Creative Alliance Communications (CAC) following more than 20 years of executive experience in corporate, government, university and community settings. Aileen has also has chronicled Latino life since the 1970s launch of La Luz Magazine, Hispanic, Nuestro, LatinaStyle, among others. She is currently a freelance reporter for Hispanic Link News Service and LATINO. She was a founding member of the pioneering National Latino Media Coalition in the 1970s and headed the Latino Media Task Force of Washington, DC.An active member of the National Press Club (NPC), Aileen was honored with Vivian Awards in 2011 and 2013.

Beatriz Pascual– Treasurer

Foreign correspondent at EFE

unnamedBeatriz Pascual is a multimedia journalist with five years of experience in the media industry. Born and raised in Spain, she crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 2014 and arrived in Washington with a Training Scholarship program sponsored by EFE, the leading Spanish-language news agency and the fourth largest news agency in the world. Now, working as a foreign correspondent in EFE, she covers Justice, National Security and Immigration news. Defined as multitask-er, she likes to portray the different angles of reality in different formats: written stories, photographs, video and radio pieces.

Ed O’Keefe – At-Large Member

Politics reporter at the Washington Post

toKwTRns_400x400Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, a journey that’s included a focus on Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio’s campaigns, the Republican delegate fight and the growing influence of Hispanic voters. He’s covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he’s covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies, the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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Join the NAHJ DC Board! Call for Chapter Board Nominations

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 19th.
We are looking for enthusiastic members to run for the NAHJ DC 2016 2017 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.
We were the first official NAHJ chapter in 2006 and we have thrived for the past 10 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.

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 August. 22-26th. Each officer will serve from September 1, 2016 until July 31, 2017.
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 2016 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 will chair the elections committee. She will verify the nominees’ eligibility and collect information for the ballot.
If you have any questions regarding the election or a board position, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
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NAHJDC recognized with Presidential Award at NAHJ/NABJ Convention

NAHJ DC was presented with a Presidential Award at the opening ceremony of the NAHJ/NABJ joint convention held in Washington DC from August 3-6. Past national president Mekahlo Medina recognized the work of the chapter during its last 10 years of existence and applauded the current and past leaders.

As a chapter, we want to thank our members for their support and commitment to increasing diversity in newsrooms across the District, Maryland and Virginia. We also want to thank past chapter presidents Diana Marrero and Brandon Benavides who paved the way and implemented programming that continues to have a positive impact.


The NAHJDC board alongside past DC chapter president Brandon Benavides and past NAHJ National president Mekahlo Medina. 


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