Join the NAHJ DC Board! Call for Chapter Board Nominations

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Chapter members,

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 24th.
We are looking for enthusiastic members to run for the NAHJ DC 2018-2019 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 11 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. 27-31st. Each officer will serve from September 3, 2018 until July 31, 2019.
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 2018 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.
If you have any questions regarding the election or a board position, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
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Axios hosts NAHJ DC for summer happy hour and discussion on Aug. 7

Axios welcomed NAHJ DC members on Tues. Aug. 7 for an evening of cocktails, networking and discussion with newsroom leaders at their new headquarters in downtown Clarendon. Mike Allen, founder of the digital media company, spoke to the group about the organization and journalism opportunities. He noted the importance of NAHJ and its role in ensuring the accurate coverage and representation of the Latino community in the media.

Editors and reporters then participated in a Q&A session where they highlighted the growth of Axios and different coverage focuses and strategies.

Axios is a new and fast-growing digital media company that aims to deliver vital, trustworthy news and analysis in the most efficient, illuminating and shareable way possible.


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Save the date: Axios hosts NAHJ DC for summer happy hour on Aug. 7th

Axios invites NAHJ DC to a summer happy hour at their headquarters on Tuesday, August 7th from 5:30-7:30 pm for cocktails, networking, and Q&A with the Axios Leaders. 
Please register for the happy hour here: Space is limited. 
Axios is a new and fast-growing digital media company that aims to deliver vital, trustworthy news and analysis in the most efficient, illuminating and shareable way possible.
The offices are located directly across from the Clarendon Metro Stop on the Orange/Silver Line.
If you have any questions please email
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NAHJ DC members attend 2018 NAHJ conference and participate in “Latinos covering the White House” plenary

NAHJ DC board members Melissa Macaya, Patricia Guadalupe and Priscilla Alvarez represented the chapter at the 2018 NAHJ Conference held in Miami on July 19-21. They participated in the NAHJ chapter president’s meeting and membership meeting. More than 1,300 people registered for the conference, which included 13 innovative development training tracks and a sold-out Career Fair.


NAHJ DC members participated in a plenary on July 20 about “Latinos covering the White House.” It was an important and timely discussion where panelists shared their experiences and challenges covering the Trump administration.

NAHJ DC President Melissa Macaya introduced the discussion and Telemundo correspondent Lori Montenegro moderated the panel that included participants: Ed O’Keefe (CBS),Boris Sánchez (CNN), Janet Rodríguez (Univisión), María Peña (La Opinión) and Cecilia Vega (ABC News). We thank NAHJ for hosting the chapter for this discussion.


Brandon Benavides, former president of the D.C. chapter, was honored for his leadership as president of NAHJ during the Hall of Fame gala on July 22. He noted that ending his term as president was a “full circle for him” as he started his time in NAHJ during the student projects while in college.

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¡Mil gracias! Noche de Periodistas a great success

Chapter members and friends,

Thank you for helping make our 7th annual Noche de Periodistas a great success! The raised funds will go towards our Charlie Ericksen Internship supplement. Every year, we provide four students interning in DC with supplements worth $500, an NAHJ student membership and match them with a journalism mentor.

To everyone who bought a ticket, brought food, and drinks: Thank you! Our chapter fundraiser was a success because of you. We want to thank our special guests Fernando Pizarro and Arelis Hernandez. A big thank you as well to Alberto Avendaño and Armando Trull for hosting us in the penthouse of The Metropolitan.

As mentioned in the event, we are looking for members to join our chapter board. Chapter elections will be helpd in August. Please email us if you are interested or have questions:

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NAHJ DC announces Noche de Periodistas special guests: Fernando Pizarro and Arelis R. Hernández

We are happy to announce our 7th annual Noche de Periodistas special guests, two journalists that continue to leave a powerful mark on the local and national level: Fernando Pizarro, Washington Affiliates Correspondent for Univision, and Arelis R. Hernandez, reporter at The Washington Post. 
Fernando’s award-winning work has taken him across D.C., covering national policy issues for the Hispanic community and immigration, including the border crisis of separated immigrant families. Read more about him here:

Arelis covers politics and government in Maryland and also national breaking news. Arelis most recently traveled to Puerto Rico to document the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Her trailblazing coverage has helped shed light on the ongoing crisis on the island. Read more about her here:
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Meet our Summer 2018 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Supplement winners: Dani Matias and Jesus Rodriguez

NAHJ DC is pleased to announce our Summer 2018 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Supplement winners  Dani Matias and Jesus Rodriguez. The NAHJ DC board was very impressed with their experience and passion to empower Latino voices through journalism. They will be awarded a supplement worth $500 and be matched with a mentor who works as a journalist in the DC-area.

Dani Matias, intern at WAMU (Washington NPR station)

IMG_1737 (1)Dani Matias is a student at the University of Texas at Austin studying broadcast journalism with a focus in radio and pursuing a minor in Spanish. At UT, she is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. During her college career, she has interned for KUT radio station in Austin, The Texas Standard radio magazine and KERA radio station in Dallas. During these internships, she discovered a different passion – reporting on Mexican American-related topics, because it allows her to better connect with her roots and gives her the opportunity to successfully share the stories of Spanish-speaking individuals. She has also been a part of NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project and she served as the podcast technical producer for her campus newspaper, The Daily Texan. This summer she is working for WAMU radio station in Washington, DC as their newsroom intern. Post-graduation, Dani hopes to work for a local NPR station as a reporter covering cultural issues and underrepresented communities, helping to give all voices agency.

Jesus Rodriguez, intern at The Hill 

PJI June 7, 2018, (M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico)Jesus Rodriguez is a senior at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where majors in international politics and foreign policy. From Orlando, Florida, by way of Venezuela, he has covered how national politics affects Georgetown students at his campus paper, The Hoya, while serving as its managing editor, though his work in the student newsroom now focuses on increasing diversity and representation as director of engagement. Last summer, he wrote on foreign affairs as an editorial intern for the Council on Foreign Relations. This year, Jesus participated in a fellowship program with the International Center for Journalists and was selected as one of 13 participants of the 10-day POLITICO Journalism Institute, where he wrote on U.S.-Mexico border security in the wake of the death of Claudia Gómez González, an unarmed Guatemalan immigrant who was shot in the head by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. This summer, he will be writing at The Hill. A first-generation college student, Jesus is the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship and speaks four languages. You can follow him on Twitter @jesusrodriguezb.


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