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.
“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.