Anchor Opening at NBC Affliate in Springfield, Mass.

Received notice of this opening from a member. Please e-mail the contact listed for any additional information.

NBC affiliate in Springfield, Mass. (WWLP-TV) has an opening for an anchor position.

Contact News Director Mike Garreffi,


CNN Networking Reception on Dec. 15 in New York City

NAHJ members are invited to a networking reception hosted by CNN. The event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Empire Hotel.

The event is targeted to candidates with four or more years of experience.

RSVP is required by Dec. 10.

View the flyer here.

Job Opening – Executive Director for New England Newspaper and Press Association

The New England Newspaper and Press Association has an opening for an Executive Director.

Location: Dedham, Massachusetts

New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), a new organization with a long history, is seeking an experienced manager to assume overall leadership of the association. NENPA is the result of a merger between the two leading trade associations for newspapers in New England and will continue to provide services and programs to help members publish better and more profitable newspapers.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced newspaper or media industry professional with the ability to supervise and manage volunteer committees, work with media company management and juggle multiple tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced work environment. Strategic and political savvy to strengthen and advance the organization is extremely important. A collaborative leadership style with a demonstrated record of successful management experience is required. High energy, excellent communication skills, strong public speaking skills and an entrepreneurial drive is necessary. Candidate should possess the ability to think strategically, tactically and creatively within budget limits.

The Executive Director reports directly to the board of directors of the association and is responsible for all day-to-day operations, including financial, staff, equipment and program supervision. The primary function of the executive director is to promote growth and excellence in New England newspapers through networking, continuing education, technology and recognition.

This is a contract position, renewable annually. Contract terms will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefit package is available. Resumes are now being accepted through December 31, 2009. Email cover letter, resume and references (Microsoft Word or .PDF files only) to:


Member Angel Canales’ Documentary Premieres Tonight

NAHJ Region 2 member Angel Canales’ documentary “Running Wild – Hate and Immigration on Long Island” will premiere tonight – Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11:30 p.m. on WLIW 21 (available in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania).

More about the project:

On November 8, 2008, a Long Island village was torn apart by seven Patchogue-Medford High School students who allegedly stabbed a man to death because they thought he was Mexican. The victim, Marcelo Lucero, 37, was actually from Gualaceo, Ecuador. He lived in Patchogue and worked at a dry cleaner, earning enough money to help build his mother a house back home. After 15 years in the U.S., Lucero intended to return to Ecuador that December—instead he arrived in a coffin. His murder shed light on a horrifying fact: the teens who committed the deadly hate crime had been hunting Latinos for sport, as often as weekly, for the past year.

Running Wild – Hate and Immigration on Long Island explores the aftermath of Lucero’s murder and its effect on the Patchogue-Medford community. New York metro area public television station WLIW21 presents the exclusive broadcast premiere of the new half-hour documentary on Wednesday, November 11 at 11:30 p.m. Through the eyes of one Patchogue-Medford High School student, Anglica Colon, and her Latino advocate father, Francisco Hernandez, the film captures an entire community turning to chaos in the wake of the murder – fingers pointed in every direction to try to explain what happened. Interviews with senior William Garcia, junior Aneesha Masih and sophomore David Maldonado, illustrate students’ struggle to understand why their classmates and friends committed this atrocity.

This Long Island tragedy reflects a nationwide trend: FBI statistics show that hate crimes against Latinos have risen 40 percent from 2003 to 2007, and the Suffolk County Police Department is now under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for its failure to crack down on these and other attacks against Latinos. Suffolk County Legislator for District 7 Jack Eddington (D, I) was one person who bore the brunt of the blame. Criticized for proposing “anti-Latino” legislation, Leg. Eddington was called a racist after the murder. His policies and those of other politicians, such as Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, were criticized for stoking hatred against immigrants.

After a contentious community meeting, Leg. Eddington asked Francisco Hernandez to meet with him. Together, they came up with a plan to try to tackle one problem seriously affecting the immigrant community: the fear of being harassed by police when playing soccer on city fields. Running Wild – Hate and Immigration on Long Island follows Leg. Eddington and Hernandez’s efforts to organize a wounded community around a common goal – a county-sponsored soccer tournament – and tracks the difficulties, failures and successes of taking on a national problem one small step at a time.

After a contentious community meeting, Leg. Eddington asked Francisco Hernandez to meet with him. Together, they came up with a plan to try to tackle one problem seriously affecting the immigrant community: the fear of being harassed by police when playing soccer on city fields. Running Wild – Hate and Immigration on Long Island follows Leg. Eddington and Hernandez’s efforts to organize a wounded community around a common goal – a county-sponsored soccer tournament – and tracks the difficulties, failures and successes of taking on a national problem one small step at a time.

Two AP Openings – News Person (Part-Time) and Assistant Bureau Chief

The Associated Press has two openings –  News Person (part-time) and Assistant Bureau Chief  – in the New England area.

10055006 — Newsperson

The Associated Press is looking for a part-time reporter for its Concord, N.H. bureau.

This person must be a self-starting and enterprising reporter, able to root out strong spot and news-pegged feature stories of state, regional and national interest. He or she must have at least three years of professional experience, demonstrated ability to develop a successful beat, strong writing skills, experience in covering political campaigns and, or state politics, familiarity with
spreadsheets and data and a competitive spirit. The incumbent must be able to work quickly and effectively under deadline. This person should have strong interpersonal skills and be familiar with multimedia reporting, including audio gathering and video.

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10054962 — Assistant Chief of Bureau – New England

The Associated Press seeks an Assistant Chief of Bureau for its New England operations.

This person works with the chief of bureau to lead business development and manage AP’s relationship with 84 newspaper members in six New England states, working also with broadcast members across this new consolidated territory. He or she assists the chief and works with regional news and photo directors and local news and photo managers to establish and execute goals for improving news on all platforms, producing revenue and preserving the AP’s strong relationships with its members. The incumbent works with News to manage reporting resources and bureaus in Boston, Hartford, Conn., Providence, R.I., Concord, N.H., Portland, Maine, Augusta, Maine and Montpelier, Vt. This individual also works with the bureau chief, news editor and regional news managers to direct News, photo and multimedia coverage for a state and global audience. He or she
identifies market needs and product and service development opportunities; and is a creative thinker who will take on other
business development work as assigned. With the chief, this person develops and executes campaigns for new and existing services. This role assists the chief of bureau in maximizing newspaper revenue from the region and managing expenses and administration of business operations. The incumbent builds member participation in cooperative efforts, including news sharing efforts. This role helps newspapers and broadcast members integrate AP news coverage and products in both traditional and new media platforms. The assistant chief of bureau plays a key role as AP and members evolve coverage and services as
consumption and delivery of news expands across platforms (print, Web, mobile, niche sites, blogs, and e-newsletters);  is adept at developing strategies for online journalism and audience-building to meet the needs of member news and business executives. This person understands interactive elements such as data-driven maps, databases, mashups, aggregators, social media apps, widgets and mobile tools. Represents the AP in the region’s journalism community and is active in Freedom of Information and public access issues.


The ideal candidate will have a proven record of developing and building relationships with newspapers, broadcast and new-media news and business operations. This person will have experience managing news coverage, staff and services across news platforms (print, Web, mobile, niche sites, blogs and e-newsletters). The applicant will possess supervisory experience with online news operations, social media and online communities and will be skilled in analyzing metrics.  He or she must be able to develop market sales strategies and build participation in strategic initiatives, articulate business benefits and news values and goals. This person can manage competing priorities and multiple projects, and works well across divisions and
reporting lines. The assistant chief of bureau must be a self-starter, organized and efficient, demonstrate initiative and the
ability to negotiate effectively. He or she must be able to recognize and act on opportunities to improve and enhance bureau news and business operations. She should have five years of supervisory experience at a daily newspaper, broadcast station or AP bureau.

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The Associated Press is the essential global news network,delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from AP.

AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.

What We Discussed at the NAHJ Board Meetings in Houston

I attended the NAHJ Board meetings in Houston last weekend and wanted to give everyone an update on all things NAHJ.

We talked about the future of NAHJ, our fundraising efforts, the upcoming Denver convention and ways we can provide skills, training and resources to our members at a regional level.


A major discussion at our meetings was fundraising. As I’m sure you know, NAHJ is working to raise $300,000 by Dec. 15, 2009.

To clear up some misunderstandings, I think it’s important to note that we are not $300,000 short due to any kind of mishandling of funds. NAHJ operated under the assumption that it would bring in $330,000 from our annual convention. This is was a considered to be a reasonable expectation given what NAHJ traditionally brings in from the event.

However, given the economic situation facing the industry, we did not meet those projections. We did, however, turn a profit from our convention – and not every organization can say that. We also realize that going forward we need to continue to tighten our budget and diversify our funding sources so we are not in this situation again.

In addition to the day-to-day expenses of running the organization, NAHJ has funded:

– $110,000 in student scholarships in 2009 alone.

– 76 journalists from across the country received convention assistance, many of those receiving funds had been laid off from their job and would not have been able to attend otherwise.

– 63 students and 33 student mentors were able to attend the convention and take part in the Student Projects/Student Campus programs.

We’re doing good things, and we’re working to continue to serve our members. Please consider giving to the Count Me In campaign:

Anything you can give is greatly appreciated. Donations are tax-deductible.


A major focus going forward is going to be providing workshops and training at the regional level.

At the moment, I am working to set up two regional conferences in the next 12 months. We will be holding a conference in Boston, put on with the NAHJ New England chapter, in early 2010, and tentatively a conference for New York to be held in the Fall 2010 – as a follow up to the Denver convention for those of you that attend and a way to share what we learn in Denver for those that can’t make it out to Colorado.

We also have a few other smaller events in the works, and I will send information on those events as soon as details are confirmed.


Also, we’re really looking to build up our chapters – both at the student and professional level. We think that having local groups within each region will really help us provide those essential non-convention networking opportunities.

Each chapter receives half of its members’ dues to host chapter events each year. If you’re interested in creating a chapter, please let me know. I will work to help you set it up. For more information on chapter requirements please visit,

The North Jersey and New England chapters both have several events in the works – I will be sending out the details as they’re finalized.

We also have several student chapters. Syracuse, continues to be a strong student presence within the organization, while Stony Brook and Columbia (a chapter for students and alumni) are newly formed chapters.

We’re also looking to reestablish our presence at Brooklyn College and Lehman College.

With this in mind, I would LOVE to establish a New York City chapter. If anyone is interested, please contact me, and I will work to put interested parties in touch and with all the signature verification, paperwork, etc.


NAHJ is really trying to ramp up its career center. Please check it out:

If you need your membership number, contact me or Paulo Luizaga (

We’re really encouraging you to post your resume in the resume bank. You can keep your name and other identifying information confidential – prospective employers will be able to contact you through the site. Employers are searching the resume banks, and NAHJ uses it as well when they’re asked for suggestions.


NAHJ members can now renew their membership for 2010. Membership is $75 for professional, academic and associate members; $35 for students.

To renew, go to:

I will continue sending out information on upcoming events, job openings, internships, etc. as well updating our Region 2 Facebook page and blog. If you have any information you think would be of interest to other members (i.e. stories, blog links, resources), please send it my way.

If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, anything, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks so much!

Maria Burns Ortiz

Region 2 Director
National Association of Hispanic Journalists


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Like many other organizations in today’s economy, cuts in funding and in attendance at our excellent annual convention in San Juan have left NAHJ with a $300,000 budget shortfall. As a result we need to raise $300,000 before December 15, 2009.

Can you make a donation to NAHJ? Can you raise $200 for NAHJ?

Please visit for more information and to donate.