Nick Perez Joins the Sacramento Bee as the NAHJ Bay Area Summer 2017 Intern

New York, NY, September 19, 2016. Nick Perez poses for lighting assignment #3. 09/19/2016. Photo by George Goss New York City News Service.

New York, NY, September 19, 2016. Nick Perez poses for lighting assignment #3. 09/19/2016. Photo by George Goss New York City News Service.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalist Bay Area Chapter proudly announces that Nick Perez, a recent graduate of the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, has been awarded the Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship at The Sacramento Bee for the summer of 2017.

Perez, a native Los Angelino, is a multimedia and multiplatform journalist focused on urban reporting and whose work spans themes like the revitalizations of neighborhoods, the struggle for a living wage, and diversity in the workplace. Perez also enjoys photo journalism and dabbles in design.

“We were drawn to Nick’s work immediately and were impressed by his range of journalism and technical skills,” said Scott Lebar, managing editor of The Sacramento Bee. “We look forward to him joining us in the newsroom to help in our visual and digital storytelling efforts. He’s a talented guy.”

The Sacramento Bee and the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter established the 10-week Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship in honor of the Sac Bee reporter (now deceased), who had interned with the flagship news organization before becoming a staff writer. The goal is to give aspiring journalists the opportunity to gain a practical education, professional experience and a great time in the state’s capital.

The interns are assigned a mentor and get to listen to experts, from the publisher to investigative reporters, talk about the ever-changing world of journalism. Perez’ internship stipend this summer will be $3,937.50.

Perez follows in the footsteps of other NAHJ Bay Area intern alumni of this scholarship at the Bee. For the summer of 2016, the newspaper accepted three students: Erasmo Martinez, Nashelly Chavez and Alejandra Reyes.

“Your interns have made a difference in our newsroom. Nashelly Chavez is now our cops reporter, and I have high hopes for Nick’s contributions,” Lebar said. “I always remember that we first arranged this in memory of Jennifer Garza, a reporter here who valued diversity, and we’re upholding a standard she held dear.”

Prior to attending CUNY J-School, Perez received his Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from Azusa Pacific University.

For the first time ever, and modeled after the Sac Bee program, the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter and The Fresno Bee partnered to co-sponsor an intern, Ashleigh Panoo, in their newsroom this summer. Both the Sac Bee and Fresno Bee internship are paid in part by a grant from PG&E.

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 next fundraiser will be podcast producing workshop with the award-winning NPR news program, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting on Saturday, May 20, 2017. More information to be posted soon.

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