Save the Date: Noche de Periodistas July 31

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our 5th annual chapter fundraiser, Noche de Periodistas on Sunday, July 31 from 3-6pm! This is our biggest chapter fundraiser of the year and will also serve as an NAHJ/NABJ pre-conference celebration. Ray Suarez will graciously host us again at his home in the AU Park neighborhood in the District.

Come relax after the party conventions, listen to music, mingle with other journalists and enjoy delicious food. We will also have a live auction.

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

The deadline to buy tickets for the reduced price is July 27. Once you buy your ticket, you will receive an email with Ray’s home address. We ask that you keep his address private.

You can buy tickets here:



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Apply now for convention assistance to NAHJ/NABJ convention

We are excited to announce that convention assistance is available for our members to attend the NAHJ/NABJ convention. You don’t want to miss this great training and networking opportunity! The assistance covers registration fee only.

The convention is August 3-7pm at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

NAHJ members in the District, Maryland and Virginia can apply by emailing

Send a resume and write a one page letter on what you hope to learn at the convention. Also describe your financial situation. Winners must pay their national dues.

The deadline is one week from today: Thursday, July 7th at midnight

Here is more info on the convention:
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Meet our Summer 2016 Charlie Ericksen supplement recipients

NAHJ DC is pleased to announce our two Summer 2016 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Supplement winners  Issmar Ventura and Ileana Ruiz. They will receive a supplement worth $335 to be placed on a Metro SmarTrip card and pay for their NAHJ membership. The board was extremely impressed by their passion and dedication for journalism.

Issmar Ventura, intern at Voice of America

I4d3e78b8-d977-41f7-90c2-4bcf40286f7dssmar is a bilingual news broadcaster living in Northern Virginia. Ventura is a young
professional aspiring to become an international news correspondent. He migrated from his country El Salvador at the age of six and has been living with his family ever since.

Ventura is a senior at George Mason University who is majoring in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Homeland Security. He holds outstanding news writing, reporting, and anchoring skills and is competent in camerawork and video editing. He loves to interview and do on-air broadcasting.

He holds leadership positions at Telenoticias Mason, Mason’s first Spanish newscast which he created in August 2015. There he serves as the executive producer and lead news anchor. Also, at the IV Estate, Mason’s newspaper as a staff writer, and the Society of Professional Journalists as the membership and events chair. He enjoys covering stories on immigration, politics, social issues, technology, and the environment.

He has had the opportunity to intern with BBC News, Mason Dreamers, Telemundo Washington, La Voz De America this summer, and has shadowed reporters in CNN, NBC News, Univision Washington and Noticiero Estrella TV.

Issmar strongly believes that telling a true story to the world makes our society better. That the best media is the one that is fair in our Constitutional values and tells a great story by giving those who are voiceless a voice. He wants to continue to make the Latino community grow by helping other student journalists achieve their dreams.

Ileana Ruiz, Intern at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

a97f7220-8dc1-4696-8a8c-7866fcaabfedIleana is a first generation college student from Chicago, IL. She is a rising senior at Bradley University, studying Political Science and Spanish. Currently, Ileana is a content intern at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation headquarters in DC.
Ileana’s journey to become a journalist started when she participated in the Washington Semester Program at American University her Spring 2016 semester. Her concentration was journalism and new media, where the exposure to journalism intertwined with her passion for writing and Latin American politics leading Ileana to take action in pursuing a journalism career.
She was a able to create a strong network during her semester in DC to gain experience in the journalism world. Ileana wants to become a multimedia producer and bridge the media gap Latin America has. Her hopes are to be the voice for the Latino community through media.
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Latin American journalism panel at EFE

NAHJDC hosted a journalism panel at the Washington offices of EFE, the world’s largest Spanish news wire. A panel of experts and correspondents discussed the biggest news stories of the region including President Obama’s historical trip to Cuba, the Colombian peace process, violence in Central America, the left leaning governments and the impeachment process against Brazilian president  Dilma Rousseff.

Check out this storify to read some highlights:


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NAHJDC Announces Latin American journalism event at EFE

Latin America is a complex and fascinating region. How do you tell its story?

Join us for a bilingual discussion about reporting on Latin America with a panel of experts and correspondents. From President Obama’s recent historic trip to Cuba, to the Colombian peace process, the speakers will provide an inside look into the region’s biggest news events and share their experiences covering them.

The panel will be hosted on Wednesday, April 27 at 7pm at EFE’s Washington office on the 12th floor of the National Press Building (529 14th St NW). EFE is the leading Spanish-language news agency and the fourth largest news agency in the world.


Michael Shifter, President of the Inter-American Dialogue

Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center

Miriam Burgués, EFE Washington correspondent

Aldo Gamboa, Agence France Presse – ‎AFP correspondent ‎

Please RSVP by Monday, April 25 by emailing 


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The third annual Washington Journalism Job Fair on Sat. March 19

A big thanks to our volunteers, recruiters, chapter presidents and Georgetown University’s Masters in Journalism Program for helping make the 3rd Washington Journalism Job Fair a great success. More than 20 recruiters representing more than 70 news outlets recruited at the job fair hosted on Saturday, March 19 at Georgetown’s downtown campus.

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NAHJ DC Announces Spring 2016 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Supplement Winner

NAHJ DC is pleased to announce our Spring 2016 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Supplement winner Irene Benedicto. Irene will receive a supplement worth $335 to be placed on a Metro SmarTrip card and pay for her NAHJ Student membership.

eb4b6a99-7462-42e4-bae9-1814d37df715Read about Irene below:

Irene graduated with a degree in Journalism, specializing in international politics and economics with honors from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), the same city where she was born and raised.

She took her first steps as a journalist volunteering in the research department of her university and at a local radio in her hometown, Cervelló, a small village near Barcelona.

By that time, she was part of the Spanish national fencing team, competing in world cups. But instead of preparing for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she choose to dedicate her life to her real passion: to tell stories.

So she took what that high performance sport gave to her, to work hard for what she believed in, and she pursued her dream: to be an international correspondent.

After a year working for an economic newspaper in Barcelona, in a humble but feisty newsroom, where she learned about investigative journalism, the opportunity arose. Agencia Efe, the largest news agency in Spanish language, selected her for a high competitive program which would bring her to he US.

Now she is based in DC, reporting about international issues, particularly focused on stories that affect the Hispanic community, like immigration policies and deportations of Central Americans fleeing from violence.

At the same time, she is studing for a Masters in International Journalism online, with the National University of Spain (UNED). History is made of people’s struggles, sometimes loud, sometimes quiet. She just want to be there to report about it.


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