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Sac Bee offers NAHJ Bay Area intern temp position until winter

The 2016 Jennifer Garza Memorial Interns, sponsored by the Sacramento Bee and NAHJ Bay Area chapter are Nashelly Chavez, Erasmo Martinez and Alejandra Reyes.

The 2016 Jennifer Garza Memorial Interns, sponsored by the Sacramento Bee and NAHJ Bay Area chapter are Nashelly Chavez, Erasmo Martinez and Alejandra Reyes.

The NAHJ Bay Area Chapter’s three summer interns at the Sacramento Bee have really made an impression.

Scott Lebar, managing editor of the Sac Bee, said that Nashelly Chavez, Erasmo Martinez and Alejandra Reyes have been splendid additions to the newsroom.

Martinez, who contributes to the photos and video teams, has produced everything from a protest gone badly at the California’s State Capitol building to the suspenseful effects of a hypnotist at the state fair.

Reyes’ strong feature writing has helped her share with readers the stories of a woman who highlines above thousands of feet up in the air and about the art deco scene in Sacramento.

Chavez’ recently landed the front-page story on July 21 about the gut-wrenching murder of a 14-year-old girl by her brother, both children of a local deputy district attorney.

Lebar is so impressed with Chavez that he’s extended her internship and made her a temp hire through the end of the year. “She’s already a young pro,” he said about the recent San Francisco State graduate.

Needless to say, the entire Bay Area chapter is proud of all of them too.

City College of San Francisco offers NAHJ members half off journalism courses

CCSF-Journalism-WorkshopCity College of San Francisco Journalism Department will underwrite half the cost to study in one of the following courses:
  • J21 — News Reporting & Writing

  • J22 — Feature Writing

  • J23 — Copy Editing

  • J35 — Internet Journalism

  • J37 — Introduction to Photojournalism

 The cost for a 17-week course that begins August 12 on is $138. The department will match the $69 scholarship of a due-paying member of NAHJ Bay Area. Go to the Fall 2016 course schedule on www.ccsf.edu and click on the icon that appears on the college’s web site. If you choose to enroll you must first register into the college — it can be done online on the college web site.

If you decide to accept this offer, please alert me, Claudia E. Cruz, or Juan Gonzales (at accionjg[at]aol.com or 415-517-4426).

Let’s work to increased enrollment in journalism and expand the skill level of all NAHJ members.

PG&E to Fund Another NAHJ Bay Area Student Intern

PG-E-LogoAnother NAHJ student will get a paid internship at a Bay Area newsroom this year thanks to a grant of $2,500 from local utility company Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) received by the local chapter this summer.

This grant marks the fourth time PG&E has contributed funds to the NAHJ Bay Area to help fund or supplement paid internships for university students at the Sacramento Bee, and most recently at the San Francisco Chronicle.

At the Sac Bee these funds support the memorial internship created in honor of reporter Jennifer Garza (now deceased), who championed more diversity in the Bee’s newsroom. During the summer of 2016, the NAHJ Bay Area and PG&E sponsored students at the Sac Bee were Nashelly Chavez, Erasmo Martinez and Alejandra Reyes. In 2015, the Sac Bee intern was Stela Khury.

Also, and for the first time, the NAHJ Bay Area chapter placed an intern – UC Berkeley graduate student Marcos Martinez Chacón – at the SF Chronicle this academic year.

“Our chapter is incredibly grateful for the continued support from PG&E,” said Claudia Cruz, chapter president. “Every dollar raised advances our mission to diversify newsrooms and to tell the stories of Latino accurately. We are thrilled that PG&E shares our goal.”

Details of the next internship opportunity and the relevant application deadline will be shared in the upcoming weeks. Please be sure come back to our site and check the internship section.

Letter from the Chapter President

Claudia E. Cruz, president, NAHJ Bay Area Chapter

Claudia E. Cruz, president, NAHJ Bay Area Chapter

¡Saludos familia!

In my previous letter, I mentioned how good I felt about the prospects for our chapter this 2016 and so far my forecast has been right on the money.

Let’s start right there: money.

While I can’t yet disclose who the grantor will be, our chapter has a strong commitment of $15,000 to be used toward student internships for the next year, as well as, a Hispanic Heritage month workshop and job fair event in San Francisco this fall. Additionally, the PG&E Foundation has committed $2,500 to fund another student internship at a local media outlet this year.

This means that in the past 12 months, including an earlier PG&E grant of $2,000 received late last summer, a contribution of 50 tickets by AT&T to the SF Giants that sold for a total of $1,257, and the $145 raised at our chapter’s Google News Lab workshop at KQED this past April, NAHJ Bay Area has raised nearly $21,000 in just one year!

But this isn’t the only way we’re fundraising. Our chapter is also selling commemorative pins to celebrate our local Bay Area pride. As of publication we’ve already raised $110 just off the sell of pins. Way to go team!

Due to this generosity from members, non-members and grantors, we’ve paid the NABJ/NAHJ convention registration fees for two local students, one from NAHJ SJSU chapter and the other from the UC Berkeley NAHJ student chapter. We’ve also been able to supplement the stipend of three student interns at the Sacramento Bee. Of course, this comes on the heels of our chapter’s first sponsored intern at the SF Chronicle.


After the Google News Lab workshop at KQED in April 2016.

And as we make inroads and lay the foundation to help our local student affiliate chapters get their foot in the door at Bay Area newsrooms, as a chapter we are very cognizant about our responsibility to mid-career professionals. In April we held our first Google News Lab workshop at KQED, where we learned how to do advanced searches, find and interpret public data, use the image search and Google map tools, understand Google trends and benefit from consumer survey data. We now have a strong Education Committee with members Mary Aviles and Lucio Villa at the helm. They’ve created a survey and want your input. Take a look.

For the first time this past June, ABC7 hosted our chapter’s general meeting and the turnout was fantastic, especially so because NAHJ’s national Executive Director Alberto Mendoza flew out to meet members for the first time. Furthermore, and with Mendoza’s presence and input, the chapter’s executive team met with some members of the executive news team at the station and discussed ways to build a stronger partnership between the two entities to create more internship for students and job opportunities for mid-career professionals. We’ll have more news soon.

But we aren’t done yet! Our social calendar is filling up! This 30th of July, member John Diaz will host his annual BBQ at Casa Diaz. If you haven’t signed up please do so through our Facebook page and please mention what you hope to bring (it’s a potluck).

Besides de delicious food, what’s great about going to the barbecue is that it takes place right before the NAHJ national convention. This year’s convention, which takes place between Aug. 3 and 7th, is co-hosted with NABJ in the spirit of Unity and as a result, anywhere between 3,000 and 7,000 people are expected to attend. In total, there will be about 100 sessions, a job fair and many parties. But most attendees are really excited about the presidential candidate town hall sponsored by CNN. Both presidential candidates are expected to attend. I’m happy to announce that at least 14 members of the Bay Area chapter will represent.


It was a great turn at the June 29th general chapter meeting at ABC7.

How much do you love your SF Giants? Well, don’t forget to come and cheer them on as they take on the National League Champs the NY Mets on Friday, Aug. 19th at 7pm (full disclosure: I’m rooting for the Mets. You’ve been warned!). Remember this is a chapter fundraiser and proceeds go toward chapter activities. Buy your ticket here.

And lastly, and certainly not the least, our chapter will host a Hispanic Heritage month workshop and job fair event. The details are still being ironed out, so stayed tuned.

The above accomplishments are only possible because we’ve remained true to our mission to help diversify newsrooms so that the story of Latinos are shared and told accurately. Thank you for believing in what we do. ¡Pa’lante!

Claudia Cruz