Join the NAHJ DC Board! Call for Chapter Board Nominations

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 18th.
We are looking for enthusiastic members to run for the NAHJ DC 2017 -2018 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. 21-25th. Each officer will serve from September 1, 2017 until July 31, 2018.
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 2017 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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Meet our Summer 2017 Charlie Ericksen Supplement Winners: Javier Giribet-Vargas and Miriam Barchilón Elbaz

NAHJ DC is pleased to announce our Summer 2017 Charlie Ericksen Journalism Supplement winners Javier Giribet-Vargas and Miriam Barchilón Elbaz. We had a highly talented pool of applicants this semester and were very impressed with their passion for journalism. Both will be awarded with a supplement worth $500 and be matched with a mentor who works as a journalist in the DC area.

Javier Giribet-Vargas, Intern with NPR’s All Things Considered – Weekend

Image result for Javier Giribet-VargasJavier was born in Distrito Federal, Mexico. He earned an associate’s degree in communication studies form Collin College in 2014. Then, transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington in the Spring of 2015. His first media job was Promotions Clerk for Univision Dallas, where he worked for almost nine months while going to school. Afterwards, NBC Universal hired him as a part-time production assistant, where he worked for over two years.

He started an internship at the North Texas NPR member station in the summer of 2016. He helped with the production of a daily show and reported local stories for the station’s newscast. Afterwards, he became a freelance writer for Al Día Dallas, where he reported on general news, arts and entertainment.

In May, he graduated from UT Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communication. Three days after his graduation ceremony, he moved to Washington D.C., where I started working as an intern for NPR’s All Things Considered – Weekend.

His goal after his internship is to work as a producer for NPR, or one of its member stations.

Miriam Barchilón Elbaz, Intern (trainee correspondent) with EFE

Miriam_PictureMiriam Barchilon is a Spanish journalist living one of the most fulfilling professional experiences of her life for the past year in D.C. She’s a trainee correspondent with Efe, a major Spanish speaking newswire, and has been reporting on the new Trump era since just a week before he won the election, with a specific focus on immigration and Hispanic issues. Before, she was a reporter for EFE in Barcelona and worked for a local newspaper. Miriam studied journalism in Barcelona and Canada, with a minor in political science, and is now studying a master in Transmedia Journalism.

Her favorite fields are politics, data journalism and investigative journalism. On her spare time she loves watching Ellen, The Simpsons and Parks and Recreation, enjoys playing sports and going to the beach. She’s passionate about what she does and her goal is excellence. She was born in Ceuta, a Spanish city in the north of Africa, raised in Mallorca, a Spanish island, and has also lived in Barcelona, Bellingham (Washington) and Montreal. She speaks five languages and loves to travel the world, meeting new people and getting to know different cultures. One day, she aspires to make a difference into the lives of extraordinary people whose stories haven’t been told yet and dreams of contributing to good journalism.

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¡Mil gracias! Noche de Periodistas a great success


Chapter members and friends,

Thank you for helping make our 6th annual Noche de Periodistas a great success! The fundraiser was held on Saturday, June 24th from 4-7pm in the home of Ray Suarez. The raised funds will go towards our Charlie Ericksen Internship supplement. Every year, we provide four journalism students interning in DC with supplements worth $500 and match them with a 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 guest Lulu Garcia-Navarro, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, for joining us and sharing her story.

A big thanks to our incredible hosts Ray Suarez and wife Carole for their hospitality and support these last 6 years. The NAHJ DC board presented them with an award on behalf of the chapter. The Suarez family will be moving to Amherst, Massachusetts where Ray will be a university professor teaching two courses in the fall. We will miss having them in the District, but are certain they will continue to be a positive force in their new city.

The chapter presented one of our 2017 Charlie Ericksen summer supplement winners, Javier Giribet-Vargas, who is interning at NPR. We appreciate the D.C. Chapter President of NABJ Donna Walker for coming alongside their chapter members. 


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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:

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 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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