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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Join us for our 7th annual “Noche de Periodistas” chapter fundraiser and celebration


Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our 7th annual chapter celebration and fundraiser, Noche de Periodistas on Saturday, June 30th from 4-7pm! This is our biggest chapter fundraiser of the year and helps support our scholarship programs.

Come enjoy delicious fajitas, music, city views and mingle with other DC-area journalists. We will be presenting and honoring our 2018 Summer Charlie Ericksen supplement winners. We will also have an auction.

Armando Trull and Alberto Avendaño will graciously host us for a celebration in the penthouse rooftop party room of The Metropolitan in downtown Bethesda, just steps away from the Bethesda Metro stop on the Red Line. There is also free parking available on-site.

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

You can buy tickets here:

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POLITICO hosts NAHJ DC for happy hour honoring their Journalism Institute participants on June 5

Kick off the summer with us at our next event! POLITICO invites members of NAHJ-DC for a happy hour next Tues. June 5 to honor participants in their 2018 POLITICO Journalism Institute, an educational initiative with the Maynard Institute and American University to support diversity in Washington-area newsrooms.

Meet the 2018 PJI participants, tour the POLITICO newsroom and network with members of other journalism diversity groups on their terrace overlooking D.C. Space is limited so RSVP early.

Tuesday, June 5, 6:30-8:30


1000 Wilson Blvd., 8th Floor, Arlington VA, 22209

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Fifth annual Washington Journalism Job Fair is a big success

The fifth annual Washington Journalism Job Fair was held on Saturday, April 7 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies campus in downtown Washington. More than 200 people participated in the fair – 203 were job seekers from the Washington area and beyond. Eighteen media companies recruited at the event, including Axios, National Geographic and Buzzfeed News which recruited at the fair for the first time. The participating recruiters included radio, television, local, national and Spanish-language outlets.


The job fair was hosted by the Georgetown University Master of Professional Studies in Journalism program in partnership with a coalition of diverse journalism groups that included the D.C. chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalism Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Journalists Association, the Washington Association of Black Journalists, and the Journalism and Women Symposium. The organizers want to thank the volunteers, recruiters and Georgetown University’s Masters in Journalism Program for helping make the event a big success. Individuals hired through the job fair well be announced once reported by recruiters and participants.

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