Marcos Martinez joins the SF Chronicle as the first NAHJ Bay Area Intern


Marcos Martinez

The NAHJ Bay Area chapter proudly announces that UC Berkeley NAHJ student chapter member Marcos Martinez Chacón will start as a spring intern at the San Francisco Chronicle on March 14th.

Martinez will be the NAHJ Bay Area chapter’s first sponsored interned at the acclaimed regional paper. He will be assigned to the Metro Desk under assistant editor, and San Jose State University graduate, Suzanne Espinosa.

“I’m thrilled to be selected to be part of the San Francisco Chronicle through the NAHJ spring internship program,” said Martinez. “I consider this an honor and a great opportunity to enhance my journalism experience in the United States.”

Born and raised in northern Mexico, Martínez aims to bring about more transparency and accountability to governmental institutions, in particular that of the current leadership in his country. As a reporter in Mexico, he covered political and governmental affairs for Grupo Reforma‘s newspaper in the state of Nuevo León and for CNN Mexico’s news site.

Currently, Martinez seeks a Master of Arts from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. There, he contributes to the Investigative Reporting Program (Mexico Program) and he’s written about technology and the Hispanic community in the San Francisco Bay Area for media outlets such as Univision.

Under Espinosa’s supervision at the Chronicle, Martinez will pitch, report and write some of his own stories. If the stories pass the scrutinizing editing of Espinosa, they could land Martinez clips online and in print.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with Marcos – and to give him the opportunity to work at the San Francisco Chronicle”, Espinosa said. “I’m looking forward to working with him on stories – his ideas – about Latinos, immigrants and the tech industry.

Martinez’ paid internship was made possible through a grant that the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter received from the PG&E Foundation. The foundation currently helps to support two NAHJ Bay Area interns a year. The second internship takes place at the Sacramento Bee during the summer months.