Comcast Partners with NAHJ Bay Area for Journalism Workshops


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.





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.

San Francisco Chronicle Welcomes 3 NAHJ Spring Student Interns

NAHJ student members Juan Manuel Reyes, Jr., Natasha Dangond and Spencer Silva will intern at the San Francisco Chronicle during the Spring 2017.
NAHJ student members Juan Manuel Reyes, Jr., Natasha Dangond and Spencer Silva all intern at the San Francisco Chronicle during the spring of 2017.

Three NAHJ Bay Area university students have joined The San Francisco Chronicle newsroom this spring.

Juan Manual Reyes, Jr., assists the sports deck as a reporter and writer for the Chronicle’s multiple platforms. A graduate student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Reyes has worked as a freelance sports writer for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and the San Jose State University’s The Spartan Daily.

At the Chronicle, Reyes has covered the San Jose Earthquake and already teamed up with fellow NAHJ intern photographer Natasha Dangond to cover the San Francisco Deltas, a soccer club trying to break into the city’s professional sports scene.

When Dangond is not capturing action shots of athletes for the Chronicle, the San Francisco State student has been tasked with shooting images of residents in Albany standing up against racism, a San Francisco man standing up against Uber, and a community left standing out in the cold after the motel they lived in burned down. Dangond’s photography has also appeared in the San Francisco Examiner and El Tecolote.

Spencer Silva, another first year student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, also joins Reyes and Dangond at the city’s flagship paper, but for a completely new beat: he’s an intern with the Chronicle’s new cannabis online magazine, The Green State. He’s already contributed reporting to this piece about how medical marijuana could help out more senior citizens. Prior to the Chronicle, Silva saw his work published in the Berkeleyside, Oakland Magazine, Oakland North, Richmond Confidential and Mission Local. (NAHJ Bay Area member Lucio Villa, and interactive web producer at the Chronicle, helped put together this online guide to medical marijuana).

This is the second Spring Semester in a row that the San Francisco Chronicle accepts at least one NAHJ-sponsored intern. Last year, UC Berkeley graduate student Marcos Martinez Chacón worked on the metro desk under the tutelage of assistant editor Suzanne Espinosa.

The three paid internships at the Chronicle this year were made possible through a very generous community grant to the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter in the amount of US$10,000 from San Francisco-based bank Wells Fargo.


Ashleigh Panoo Joins The Fresno Bee as the NAHJ-Sponsored Summer 2017 Intern

Ashleigh-PanooThe Bay Area Chapter of NAHJ is proud to announce student member Ashleigh Panoo has been accepted as a summer 2017 intern at The Fresno Bee.

Ashleigh is a 27-year-old journalism major at Fresno City College who has been a student writer at the Bee since May of 2016.

“It’s a newsroom position that calls for flexibility covering breaking news as well as event assignments,” said John Rich, the Fresno Bee’s Managing Editor. “Ashleigh has grown as a reporter and a writer. We’re proud that she’s taking the next step in her career with an NAHJ-sponsored internship, and grateful that she’s doing so at The Bee.”

“This internship is going to give me valuable experience and I am so grateful to have been chosen,” she said. “Thank you for helping me to achieve my goals and gain experience in the industry.”

Originally from Caruthers, California, Ashleigh attends Fresno City College where she is the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Rampage. Eventually, she hopes to transfer to Fresno State to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.

The internship will be paid in part by the Fresno Bee and is sponsored by a grant from PG&E.

“Hiring more Latinos in newsrooms is our primary mission,” said Joe Vazquez, NAHJ Bay Area Vice President.  “Hats off to the Fresno Bee for recognizing the fact that Latino reporters help build stronger bridges to a large swath of their readership by telling their stories.”

NAHJ is also extremely grateful to PG&E for its generosity in funding our future journalists.

Deadline for Sacramento Bee-NAHJ Bay Area internship fast approaches

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

Join The Sacramento Bee this summer as an intern working with journalists at Northern California’s leading news organization.

The Bee and NAHJ fund the 10-week Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship to give aspiring journalists the opportunity to gain a practical education, professional experience and a great time in the state’s capital.

You will 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 March 10, 2017.

Please send a resume and samples of your work to: Scott Lebar, Managing Editor, Sacramento Bee, slebar[at]sacbee[dot]com

Considering the SacBee? Why not also apply to its sister publication The Fresno Bee, who also partnered with NAHJ to offer a paid internship for the summer of 2017.

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.