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Chapter Expands Charlie Ericksen Internship Supplement

Chapter Members,


Charlie Ericksen, founder of Hispanic Link News Service, founder of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and NAHJ Hall of Fame recipient. (Photo by Zita Arocha/

The Washington, D.C. Chapter Board is pleased to announce we are expanding the Charlie Ericksen Internship Supplement program. Beginning next year, we will offer assistance to one person in the Spring and one person in the Fall for the next three years. We will continue to offer two supplements for Summer interns.

Each recipient receives $200 to be used on a Metro Card while interning in the Washington area. They also receive $35 to pay for NAHJ student membership.

The Chapter Board designated $2,820 in our chapter account to pay for the supplements for the next three years. Our Journalism Fund is named in honor of Charlie Ericksen. He is the founder of Hispanic Link News Service and a founding member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is also a NAHJ Hall of Fame recipient. We have worked closely with Ericksen on how to distribute this money. He helped launch the careers of many journalists. We honor his commitment to journalism through this supplement in his name.

Our intention is to help students and recent graduates who intern 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.

Mil Gracias to our members who gave money during our chapter fundraiser, Una Noche de Periodistas.


NAHJ Washington, D.C. Chapter Board

Brandon Benavides, President

Jackie Diaz, Vice-President

Rosalba Ruiz, Treasurer

Melissa Macaya,  At-Large Officer

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