Sacramento Bee Wants You To Be Their Next NAHJ Intern

The Sacramento Bee and NAHJ Bay Area proudly announce the kick off to its 2018 internship search.

The 10-week paid Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship will give you the skills to develop into a strong multi-platform journalist, while gaining practical education and professional experience in California’s capital. The entire time you will be guided by some of the best journalists in the region (from the publisher to the investigative reporters), all who will mentor you, expose you to area experts, and prepare you for our ever-changing industry.

Just ask Nashelly Chavez, a 2016 NAHJ Bay Area intern and the Sac Bee’s crime reporter

I interned at the Sacramento Bee during the summer of 2016. It was such an exciting and valuable opportunity because it gave me a taste of what it would be like to work at one of California’s top regional papers. What I liked most was being able to better tackle difficult stories as each week went by. Working with the support of my editors and other reporters undoubtedly helped me with that. I became a confident reporter because of my successes here. My assignments took me to Stockton following the arrest of a mayor, the front lines of a fire in Winters, Ca. and a use-of-force training with the Sacramento Police Department. Each day brought something new.

I would strongly recommend an internship at the Sacramento Bee to reporters interested in pursuing a career in journalism. I’m proud to now be working as the paper’s crime reporter and continuing to fine-tune my skills.

But if you are looking for a more recent perspective, here one from Nick Perez, the 2017

Interning at Sacramento Bee taught me a lot. I hit the ground running. I learned video and animation. My editor allowed me to experiment with new video formats and I watched it become the talk of the newsroom. I also learned a lot about Sacramento and how the various parts of city and state government work. The managing editor will work with you on things you want to do. This internship will help propel you in the field and work on your skills.

Apply to join The Sacramento Bee this summer as the 2018 Jennifer Garza Memorial Intern. This paid internship is made possible through a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)community grant  received by the local chapter for summer.

The deadline is March 9, 2018

You must be an NAHJ member to apply. Please send a resume and samples of your work to: Scott Lebar, Managing Editor, Sacramento Bee

Workshop: How to Weed out the Right Marijuana Stories

Marijuana-dispensaryIn November 2018, Californians approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. The initiative, which passed by 57.13%, became a state-wide law on Jan. 1, 2018.

But the implementation of the law has become a mismatch of ordinances from city to city confusing smokers and non-smokers alike. Further, there is still no end in sight for the federalist conflict – to the contrary – Attorney General Sessions has made it clear that the Trump administration will continue to uphold marijuana’s current classification as a Schedule I drug (right alongside heroin) impacting cannabis-based business’ opportunity to open bank accounts and store their revenues, among other things.

Still, states like Colorado and Washington are raking in the dough. For fiscal year 2017, Colorado’s revenue from medicinal and recreational use of cannabis surpassed an astounding $247 million. Washington’s 2016 marijuana-related revenue was a whopping $189 million.

As the implementation of Prop 64 takes effect over the course of 2018 there will be many opportunities for journalists to write truly informative stories that go beyond how many plants you can grow in your backyard or whether dispensaries are allowed in your city.

How will legalization affect Latino farmworkers? The state’s water supply? Smoking regulations in rental apartment buildings? DUI enforcement? Employer drug-testing requirements? And that’s just scratching the surface!

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists Bay Area chapter invites you to explore how you can also create a marijuana beat within your newsroom with some of the leading reporters of the cannabis industry.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Ricardo Baca, the founder of Grasslands, a content agency serving businesses and individuals in the cannabis and hemp industries; Baca was also the former editor of The Cannabist, The Denver Post publication
  • Others still to announce!


  • John Diaz, editorial page editor for the SF Chronicle

YOU MUST RSVP on the EVENTBRITE because we will need to give security each of your names. Refreshments and pizza will be provided.

See you there!


Want to join or renew your NAHJ membership? Here’s how!


Perhaps you joined the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) as a student decades ago and your membership lapsed.

Perhaps you finally realized all of the great benefits an NAHJ membership affords and you felt it was the right time to join.

Regardless of the reason, your membership in NAHJ will help the organization show the strength in our numbers — not just in the number of Latinos in newsrooms, but in the allies that want to see more diverse faces and stories at media companies across the country.

Joining or renewing is easy: Log-on to and under the membership tab choose Join/Renew. If you’re renewing, sign-in (if you forgot your password that’s okay!). If not create a new account to become a member!

The cost of a membership is reasonable too: Only $35 for a regular membership and $25 for a student.

If you are in the Bay Area, which if you are reading this post you probably are, then don’t forget to affiliate with our chapter. The national office keeps 70 percent of the cost of the dues, and the chapter receives 30 percent. If you don’t affiliate, the Bay Area chapter doesn’t get your portion of the dues and every bit helps us with programming!

Thanks again for becoming a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Remember that NAHJ is a 501(c)(3) organization and your membership is tax-deductible.

Join the NAHJ Bay Area Board

Candidate mixer
Candidate mixer

After three years at the helm of the chapter, Vanessa Nevarez, Joe Vázquez, Joe Fitzgerald-Rodriguez and Claudia Cruz will step down. This means that it’s your opportunity to take on a leadership role and help shape the future of the Bay Area chapter.

Elections will be held late this Spring, which means the search is on for a few good journalists and media professionals to join the board!

Curious? Interested? Come learn about the process and what the roles entail!

Join us on Jan. 31 at Don Ramon’s for a Prospective Board Candidate Happy Hour Mixer. If you know someone who is not yet a member but would be a great addition to the Board, bring them too!



National Association of Hispanic Journalists is the largest organization of Latino journalists in the United States. Our mission is to increase the number of Latinos in the newsrooms. We also work toward fair and accurate representation of Latinos in news media.