POLITICO Summer Happy Hour with NAHJ DC and WABJ members

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POLITICO hosted members of the Washington Chapter of NAHJ and NABJ for a summer happy hour on Thursday, June 15 from 6-8pm in their offices in Arlington, Virginia. Participants enjoyed drinks on the rooftop and were given a tour of the office. Editor of POLITICO Carrie Budoff Brown and Managing Editor Sudeep Reddy  welcomed the group and stressed the journalism outlet’s commitment to newsroom diversity.


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Save the Date: Noche de Periodistas Sat.June 24

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Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our 6th annual chapter fundraiser, Noche de Periodistas on Saturday, June 24th from 4-7pm! This is our biggest chapter fundraiser of the year and helps fund our scholarship programs.

Ray Suarez will graciously host us again at his home in the AU Park neighborhood in the District.Come mingle with other DC journalists and enjoy delicious food and music. We will also have a live auction.

Tickets are $25 if you bring a side dish. The full price is $50.

You can buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/2snfq4D

Feel free to share with friends and coworkers.




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POLITICO to host NAHJ-DC and WABJ members for summer happy hour on June 15

Join the Washington Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ DC) and the Washington Association of Black Journalists (WABJ) for a POLITICO newsroom tour and terrace reception overlooking Washington on Thursday, June 15, 6-8 p.m.

The POLITICO Headquarters are located at 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. (just off the Rosslyn Metro)

RSVP here http://bit.ly/2roVU9T by June 12th. Space is limited.


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NAHJ DC hosts meeting at Reuters DC bureau

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NAHJ DC hosted a chapter meeting at the Reuters Washington bureau on May 24 in the international news wire’s offices located downtown. Reuters Washington Bureau Chief Kieran Murray gave members a tour and alongside Managing Editor for News Strategy and Operations Don Durfee, led a discussion about the news wire’s coverage of the Trump administration, its diversity efforts and global reach. Members participated in a Q&A session with both.

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“At the heart, Reuters takes a global perspective of things – we try to tell stories for a global audience,” Durfee said. “We are independent and stateless – that is who we are. We are here to tell the facts.”

Murray noted that the agency aims to cover the Trump administration like any other major topic – pursuing the facts.

“It’s a great moment for journalists in the U.S.,” Murray said. “You have to report on Trump beyond the noise and ask yourself, what is actually going to change here? What are the implications?”



Deputy Managing Editor for Operations of Reuters Arlyn Gajilan described different initiatives at the agency to recruit and retain more diverse journalists. Some of those initiatives include connecting bureaus with local chapters of minority journalism organizations and recruiter diverse candidates for mid-level positions. Both Murray and Durfee said newsroom diversity is an area where the agency needs to grow.

“We are aiming to drive more diversity in our newsroom Reuters diversity leads to better stories,” Durfee said.

Aside from hosting NAHJ DC for this meeting, Reuters recruited our the organization’s fourth annual Washington Journalism Job Fair held on March 25th.

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NAHJ DC announces meeting at Reuters / May 24

Join the NAHJ Washington Chapter for our May meeting at Reuters on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30pm.

The event will include a conversation with the DC bureau’s editors, a reception and tour of the international news agency’s new offices in downtown Washington.

The Reuters Washington bureau is located at: 1333 H St NW (Suite 510). Closest metros are McPherson Square and Metro Center.

Please RSVP by the close of business on Tuesday, May 23 by emailing nahjdc@gmail.com

Space is limited. We hope you can join us!

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


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
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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