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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.

The Sac Bee hires three NAHJ interns for the summer

Three NAHJ students members will intern at the Sacramento Bee during the summer of 2016.

Nashelly Chavez, Erasmo Martinez and Alejandra Reyes will be part of the summer 2016 intern class at The Sacramento Bee.

Three students, members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ university chapters, have been chosen by The Sacramento Bee to join their newsroom this summer.

Nashelly Chavez and Erasmo Martinez of the San Fransisco State chapter, and Alejandra Reyes representing the UCLA chapter, will spend 10-weeks roaming California’s capital in search for stories that not only impact the local community, but the region and the state. All three will also have the opportunity to learn from seasoned reporters on staff and will be assigned a mentor.

This is the first time that The Bee accepts more than one NAHJ intern for The Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship, which honors former reporter Jennifer Garza (now deceased), who championed more diversity in the Bee’s newsroom. The summer internship program is a partnership between the Bay Area chapter of the NAHJ and The Bee. Each intern will receive a stipend of $3,750.

I can’t thank NAHJ enough for its commitment to giving young journalists an opportunity to find their footing in our profession. Three years ago we collaborated with NAHJ on establishing the Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship in honor of one of our reporters, who had been an intern with us before becoming a staff writer. She valued the program, as do we,” said Scott Lebar, managing editor at The Sacramento Bee, in an email. “Many of our interns get jobs. You will find them at the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Bay Area News Group, and, of course, The Bee. We can’t help make that happen without the kindness of others. I appreciate all NAHJ does, and am grateful for its members’ help and guidance.

Normally The Bee and the NAHJ Bay Area chapter fund only one internship; however, more financial resources became available this year to give the three deserving students an opportunity to gain more experience. The students all have different skills that complement what’s happening in the newsroom, Lebar added.


The Sacramento Bee Managing Editor Scott Lebar.

“We’re proud of our internship program at The Sacramento Bee, where we, too, are committed to providing education and experience — we put these interns to work as members of our newsroom staff — to the next generation of journalists,” he said. “They report, write, copy edit, take photographs, shoot video, create, work hard, and learn the values and ethics of being a watchdog for our community.”

Martinez, who also serves as the SFSU NAHJ chapter president, currently majors in Broadcast and Electronic Communications Arts and minors in Journalism. He hopes to contribute to the video team this summer at The Bee.

“I’d like to thank the Sacramento Bee and NAHJ for this exciting opportunity”, Martinez said. “I’ll take advantage of the internship to build upon my video production skills.”

Chavez, a December 2015 graduate of SFSU, majored in print and online journalism and minored in women and gender studies. While a Gator, Nashelly served as news editor, managing editor and editor-in-chief for SFSU student newspaper, Golden Gate Xpress. She currently interns at the San Francisco Examiner.

She feels honored to be selected as an intern for The Sacramento Bee and is excited for the stories and challenges that await her. Chavez also thanks NAHJ for putting together such an amazing opportunity.

A UCLA Communication Studies student, rising senior Alejandra Reyes has worked as a reporter since 2014 and served as the Daily Bruin’s assistant news editor on the Academics beat since 2015.

The Jennifer Garza Memorial summer 2015 intern was Stela Khury (here are some of the clips she shared with us). The NAHJ Bay Area chapter is able to partially fund the summer intern with funds received from PG&E. The Sacramento Bee matches the other amount of the paid internship.

“It really means a lot to us, the professional chapter, that The Bee hired this many interns”, said Claudia Cruz, NAHJ Bay Area chapter president. “It is our mission to help get more Latinos in newsrooms. This is a step. They gain skills, mentors, references, and bullet point on their resume which all leads to that first full-time job. This is a fantastic opportunity for them and it further builds on our partnership with one of our flagship regional newspapers.”

Supporting the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter

Throughout the year, the Bay Area Chapter hosts a variety of activities, workshops and applies for grants in order to raise funds for the chapter. Our most recent fundraiser was the participation fee for a Google News Lab training and it netted around $140 which will be used to help students pay for the registration fee for our national convention in Washington, D.C. this August. We’ve also we sold tickets – received as a charitable gift by AT&T – to a SF Giants game.

Another way we fundraise is simply by having members. Your membership fees help fund chapter activities. Want to join? Here’s the link.

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.

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