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Letter from the Chapter President

Claudia E. Cruz, president, NAHJ Bay Area Chapter

Claudia E. Cruz, president, NAHJ Bay Area Chapter

¡Saludos familia!

In my previous letter, I mentioned how good I felt about the prospects for our chapter this 2016 and so far my forecast has been right on the money.

Let’s start right there: money.

While I can’t yet disclose who the grantor will be, our chapter has a strong commitment of $15,000 to be used toward student internships for the next year, as well as, a Hispanic Heritage month workshop and job fair event in San Francisco this fall. Additionally, the PG&E Foundation has committed $2,500 to fund another student internship at a local media outlet this year.

This means that in the past 12 months, including an earlier PG&E grant of $2,000 received late last summer, a contribution of 50 tickets by AT&T to the SF Giants that sold for a total of $1,257, and the $145 raised at our chapter’s Google News Lab workshop at KQED this past April, NAHJ Bay Area has raised nearly $21,000 in just one year!

But this isn’t the only way we’re fundraising. Our chapter is also selling commemorative pins to celebrate our local Bay Area pride. As of publication we’ve already raised $110 just off the sell of pins. Way to go team!

Due to this generosity from members, non-members and grantors, we’ve paid the NABJ/NAHJ convention registration fees for two local students, one from NAHJ SJSU chapter and the other from the UC Berkeley NAHJ student chapter. We’ve also been able to supplement the stipend of three student interns at the Sacramento Bee. Of course, this comes on the heels of our chapter’s first sponsored intern at the SF Chronicle.


After the Google News Lab workshop at KQED in April 2016.

And as we make inroads and lay the foundation to help our local student affiliate chapters get their foot in the door at Bay Area newsrooms, as a chapter we are very cognizant about our responsibility to mid-career professionals. In April we held our first Google News Lab workshop at KQED, where we learned how to do advanced searches, find and interpret public data, use the image search and Google map tools, understand Google trends and benefit from consumer survey data. We now have a strong Education Committee with members Mary Aviles and Lucio Villa at the helm. They’ve created a survey and want your input. Take a look.

For the first time this past June, ABC7 hosted our chapter’s general meeting and the turnout was fantastic, especially so because NAHJ’s national Executive Director Alberto Mendoza flew out to meet members for the first time. Furthermore, and with Mendoza’s presence and input, the chapter’s executive team met with some members of the executive news team at the station and discussed ways to build a stronger partnership between the two entities to create more internship for students and job opportunities for mid-career professionals. We’ll have more news soon.

But we aren’t done yet! Our social calendar is filling up! This 30th of July, member John Diaz will host his annual BBQ at Casa Diaz. If you haven’t signed up please do so through our Facebook page and please mention what you hope to bring (it’s a potluck).

Besides de delicious food, what’s great about going to the barbecue is that it takes place right before the NAHJ national convention. This year’s convention, which takes place between Aug. 3 and 7th, is co-hosted with NABJ in the spirit of Unity and as a result, anywhere between 3,000 and 7,000 people are expected to attend. In total, there will be about 100 sessions, a job fair and many parties. But most attendees are really excited about the presidential candidate town hall sponsored by CNN. Both presidential candidates are expected to attend. I’m happy to announce that at least 14 members of the Bay Area chapter will represent.


It was a great turn at the June 29th general chapter meeting at ABC7.

How much do you love your SF Giants? Well, don’t forget to come and cheer them on as they take on the National League Champs the NY Mets on Friday, Aug. 19th at 7pm (full disclosure: I’m rooting for the Mets. You’ve been warned!). Remember this is a chapter fundraiser and proceeds go toward chapter activities. Buy your ticket here.

And lastly, and certainly not the least, our chapter will host a Hispanic Heritage month workshop and job fair event. The details are still being ironed out, so stayed tuned.

The above accomplishments are only possible because we’ve remained true to our mission to help diversify newsrooms so that the story of Latinos are shared and told accurately. Thank you for believing in what we do. ¡Pa’lante!

Claudia Cruz

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.

Letter from the Chapter President

Claudia E. Cruz, president, NAHJ Bay Area Chapter

Claudia E. Cruz, president, NAHJ Bay Area Chapter

¡Saludos mi gente!

I have a very good feeling about 2016, especially after such a successful 2015. We remained steadfast to our mission and successfully accomplished many things, particularly in the area of professional development and student engagement. Curious what we did? Check out my previous Letters to the Chapter here and here.

In essence, not only did we secure funding from PG&E for a spring student internship we also managed to place an intern for the first time at the San Francisco Chronicle. The inaugural student is UC Berkeley School of Journalism’s Marcos Martinez. Hopefully, this relationship grows and the funding continues so that we can offer this opportunity every year and develop stronger programs with the areas flagship paper.

In addition, the Sacramento Bee has started to accept applicants for their paid Jennifer Garza Memorial Internship. This will be the third summer that the NAHJ Bay Area and the SacBee cooperatively fund the internship and the third time that PG&E serves as NAHJ’s grantor. Stela Khury served as the Garza summer 2015 intern (here are some of the clips she shared with us).

As you can see, the development of our student chapters has been an important focus for the professional members. Despite its foundation merely four years ago in spring 2012, the NAHJ Bay Area chapter now serves as the local advisor to three student chapters established at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley School of Journalism and San Jose State University. Collectively, the three universities represent very diverse regions of the Bay Area, which opens up the opportunity for better and more collaboration between reporters and students in the East and South Bay as well as San Francisco county.

NAHJ Bay Area chapter member Sal Rodriguez talks to students about their resumes at San Francisco State University this past February.

NAHJ Bay Area chapter member Sal Rodriguez talks to students about their resumes at San Francisco State University this past February.

One way we’ve put this into practice has been through our resume and interviewing round-robin workshops. Last November 2015, the journalism department chair at City College of San Francisco and founder of the acclaimed El Tecolote newspaper Juan Gonzalez hosted one such workshop at CCSF. It was well attended by students and professionals. One of those professionals was a journalism professor at SFSU and she reached out about bringing the workshop to State. Well we did so this February 2016, it was an outstanding success! More than two dozen students and about 15 working professionals from media as diverse as the Center for Investigative Reporting, KRON, KPIX, CNET and the SF Chronicle attended. I hope these workshops become yearly staples.

And I want to take this opportunity to give a shout out to the NAHJ SJSU chapter. The majority of their members publish the student-run El Espartano Noticias, the school’s only Spanish-language news service. Not only are they putting out a digital print edition, but recently they’ve begun to produce a digital broadcast service. Here is a bit of what they are up to.

As a chapter we are also trying to find more ways to collaborate with the other professional organizations in the area. We participated in the joint all-media holiday party in December; still in the works are workshops with the local tech giants like Google, LinkedIn and hopefully Facebook, to learn how to better utilize their platforms for reporting; and of course, NAHJ’s national convention in Washington, D.C. this year will be co-hosted with NABJ. Bay Area chapter members should seriously consider attending convention especially because they will invite the Democratic and Republican nominees to participate in a Town Hall meeting. Oh, another incentive is that the chapter will pay for one individual’s airfare.


The chapter met for a general chapter meeting at the San Francisco Examiner on Tuesday, Mar. 22.

So, reflecting back on everything we’ve accomplished and all of the plans we all already have for 2016 – including the annual Casa Diaz barbecue, another SF Giants outing and a big fundraising event (still in the works!) – yes this will be another outstanding year.

Thank you so much for all of your commitment to ensuring that more Latinos get jobs in newsrooms and that news stories about Latinos are told with accuracy. ¡Pa’lante!

Claudia Cruz

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.