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The Sacramento Bee seeks NAHJ intern for Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship

The Sacramento Bee building where McClatchy headquarters are located in Sacramento, Calif. Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee



Student members of NAHJ are invited to apply for the annual Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship at The Sacramento Bee.

The Bee and NAHJ Bay Area chapter fund a paid 10-week summer internship that aims to give aspiring journalists the opportunity to gain a practical education, professional experience and have a great time in the state’s capital. You’ll work on stories, be assigned a mentor, and hear experts, from the publisher to investigative reporters, talk about the ever-changing world of journalism.

You must be an NAHJ member to apply. The deadline is April 8, 2016. Please send a resume and samples of your work to Scott Lebar, managing editor at the Sacramento Bee: slebar[at]sacbee.com

The Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship, which came about through a partnership between the Bay Area chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and The Bee, honors former reporter Jennifer Garza (now deceased), who championed more diversity in the Bee’s newsroom. Stela Khury served as Garza summer 2015 intern (and here are some of the clips she shared with us).

The NAHJ Bay Area chapter is able to partially fund the summer intern with a $1,500 grant received from PG&E. The Sacramento Bee matches the other amount of the paid internship.

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.


NAHJ Bay Area and San Francisco Chronicle Internship Program


The offices of the San Francisco Chronicle on Mission and Fifth Street. Credit: Google Maps

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Bay Area Chapter in collaboration with the San Francisco Chronicle will offer a paid 12-week Spring Internship Program for an NAHJ Bay Area student member to report on one of its news teams (metro/sports, interactive or photo). Placement might be based on the teams need. The stipend will be a total of $2,000.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer, reporter and have acumen for news judgment. Experience with a campus or other professional publications a plus; the intern should know AP Style and be adept at using social media. Just as importantly, the intern would be energetic, fun and a creative self-starter.


  • To qualify, the candidate must be a Junior or Senior enrolled in a regional Bay Area accredited university.
  • The student must have declared a major in journalism and/or communications.
  • The student must be a due-paying member of NAHJ.

More about the SF Chronicle teams

  • Metro and sports: The intern would not only chase breaking news, but generate their own story ideas.
  • Interactive intern: The intern will help generate ideas and work on larger projects with the rest of the newsroom to create packages that are easy to navigate and visually stunning. Candidates should have both design and web development abilities. They should be savvy in Adobe Creative Suite and have the ability to work with HTML, CSS and some javascript and/or jquery. The ideal candidate will also have familiarity with CMSs, frameworks, responsive/mobile design and an ability to break down complex information to tell stories visually. Experience with services, products and tools such as working with API’s, Google maps/fusion tables, Google earth, d3, and understanding of data visualization are all highly considerable skills.
  • Photography intern: The intern must be able to shoot photo assignments, videos and create print and digital packages. We’re looking for people who have experience as a photographer at a campus newspaper, website or other related work. Candidates must also have strong writing skills for caption writing and stories.

Application deadline


  • Neither the NAHJ Bay Area chapter nor the SF Chronicle offer housing or relocation stipends, but will assist in finding housing.

About Us

The NAHJ Bay Area Chapter is the local affiliate chapter of the national organization by the same name. The mission of NAHJ is to increase the number of Latino reporters in newsroom and to advocate for an accurate depiction of Latinos in news media.

The Chronicle and SFChronicle.com is world-class journalism, San Francisco style. With name-brand voices and a keen editorial eye, The Chronicle is an authority that still surprises. It’s not afraid of being controversial or of doing things that haven’t been done. It’s bolder, brighter and fearless. It’s news that is delivered to the discerning reader through multiple platforms.

SFGate provides a 360-degree view of San Francisco, wildly reflective of right now. Provocative, energetic and unapologetic, the Gate is in constant conversation with the world’s most eclectic city. It is the digital thermometer that gauges the temperature of San Francisco’s moods, trends and interests — and shares them with the world.

Have questions? Email: nahjbayarea@gmail.com


PG&E Grants NAHJ Bay Area $2,000 for Student Internship

PG-E-LogoHardworking journalism students with demonstrated potential to a career in reporting now have one more option to receive funds toward an internship in a newsroom.

The Bay Area chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalist announced on Monday that Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), would grant the chapter $2,000 to support and supplement a fall or spring internship program.

“At PG&E, we strive to deliver on our commitment to help our local communities be as vibrant as they can be,” said Jimi Harris, the community relations manager, of the PG&E Foundation. “We are committed to preserving and building on what makes California great: thriving neighborhoods and natural habitats, diversity and opportunity.”

These funds from PG&E will be the second commitment that the NAHJ Bay Area receives from the utility company. The first – which totals $1,500 – supports an NAHJ Bay Area student intern at the Sacramento Bee. The internship the Sac Bee honors a former reporter Jennifer Garza (now deceased), who championed more diversity in the Bee’s newsroom. The current NAHJ Bay Area and PG&E sponsored student is Stela Khury.

“The NAHJ Bay Area chapter’s mission is simple: to be a catalyst for the creation of intellectually diverse newsrooms and to the development and recognition of Latinos in the news industry”, said Claudia Cruz, chapter president. “We are thrilled that PG&E has supported this mission in the past and appreciate their continued commitment”.

Details of the internship and how to apply for it will be shared in the upcoming weeks. Please be sure come back to our site and check the internship section.




Intern Spotlight: Stela Khury scores at the Sacramento Bee

Headshot_StelaKhuryThe NAHJ Bay Area sponsored summer intern at the Sacramento Bee, Stela Khury has in her month at the regional newspaper brought awareness and recognition to the voices and issues of a community which in this case is that of the residents in California’s state capital.

She showed her chops covering reactions to the United States Supreme Court decision which makes same-sex marriage legal across the 50 states. She explained the difficulties a non-profit in Sacramento whose mission is to promote Brazilian culture to fundraise and renovate their center. She highlighted the efforts of Native American men want to leave behind a life of alcoholism and abuse to become better fathers. And, she also took us in the mind of a Sacramento teen cast to play the voice of the little girl Riley in this summer’s blockbuster from Pixar Inside Out.

Khury recieved a $1,500 grant from the NAHJ Bay Area chapter to help cover some of the cost associated with an internship at the Sacramento Bee. The funds were received as a grant from PG&E.

“Thank you again for the Bay Area NAHJ’s support,” Khury shared on the chapter’s Facebook page. “I’m doing my best to repay your kindness with good reporting!”