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Comcast Partners with NAHJ Bay Area for Journalism Workshops

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, Calif. — The National Association of Hispanic Journalists of the Bay Area and Comcast NBCUniversal California Region announce that they have partnered to host a series of workshops to increase the education and skills of journalists to that ensure better quality reporting reaches the residents of Northern California.

As part of this partnership, Comcast has granted the NAHJ Bay Area chapter $5,000 to provide professional development workshops throughout the year and at our annual summit. The first in the series is a podcasting workshop with award-winning radio journalists with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. The workshop seeks to teach journalists of all skills and experience levels how to turn their stories into compelling audio narrative.

Future workshops may include how to tell news stories with the use of virtual reality and how to use social media to better source, research, produce and share stories.

“We thank Comcast for partnering with us to support the continuing education of journalists”, said Claudia Cruz, president of the NAHJ Bay Area chapter. “Journalists nowadays must adapt to the preferences of news consumers, who now get their information from the Web, social media, increasingly via streaming audio and video services, and in the future, virtual reality. Comcast’s support will promote better news gathering as well as encourage reporters to consider using multiple platforms to share factual information with the public. ”

“At Comcast NBCUniversal, our culture of diversity and inclusion extends far beyond our workplace and we’re proud to partner with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Bay Area Chapter to deliver on our joint mission of supporting and strengthening the communities we serve,” said Adriana Arvizo, multicultural public relations manager, Comcast. “With the advent of innovative technologies, the role of journalists is more complex today than ever and workshops like this one about podcasting provide a unique opportunity to learn about emerging journalistic best practices and ensure that Hispanic journalists are not only aware of the many tools they have at their disposal but also have the hands on experience to make them a reality.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists Bay Area (NAHJ Bay Area) is a chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. We are a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Latinos and Hispanics in the news industry. Our members are journalists, students, educators, and communications professionals who advocate for media coverage that is fair and inclusive of Latinos. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Latino journalists.

Comcast NBCUniversal supports the communities we serve by volunteering, providing access to innovative technology, giving financial support and partnering with organizations to make communities stronger. Comcast primarily invests in programs and nonprofits that address digital literacy, youth leadership development and community service. Since 2001, Comcast has given nearly $5 billion in cash and in-kind contributions to support nonprofit organizations and other charitable partners across the country.

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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.