Region 2 Update – Events, Job Openings, More

Dear Region 2 Members:

Here’s the latest update on what’s going on around the regions. (Some members have said they didn’t get my last few updates – please let me know the best e-mail to reach you, check your spam, etc.) Going forward, you should receive a biweekly Region 2 update with jobs, events, etc.

In this update:
Renewing your membership
Region 2 Conference
NAHJ Scholarship Reception
Job Openings
Denver Convention
NAHJ’s New Web Site


First of all, thank you to everyone who has renewed your membership for 2010.

If you haven’t, membership dues ($75 Regular/Associate/Academic, $35 Students) help support the scholarships, training and networking opportunities and other events/programs NAHJ puts on each year. As far as personal financial benefits (it’s completely fine to ask, “What’s in it for me?”), if you’re planning on attending the convention – registration pays for itself. And virtually all of our events offer discounted rates to our members.

Membership coordinator Paulo Luizaga makes a great case for renewing that you should check out if you haven’t yet renewed (or if you have and just want to know where the money goes):

Region 2 Conference

The Region 2 Conference is confirmed for March 12-13 at Emerson College in Boston.

The conference will feature sessions for young and experienced journalists and a number of hands-on multimedia training sessions. There will be an opening reception on Friday and then sessions all day on Saturday. A full summary should be available shortly – and will be posted on the Region 2 Facebook page and blog as well as e-mailed out by me.

NAHJ Scholarship Reception

The 2010 Scholarship Reception will be held on March 18 at Time Warner’s Park Café (Time Warner Center) in New York. Individual tickets are $125 for members, $250 for non-members.

The event benefits the Rubén Salazar Scholarship Fund and Educational Programs. Since the fund’s inception in 1986, NAHJ has awarded more than $1.5 million to more than 580 students pursing degrees in journalism

For more information, see:


The Hartford Courant is seeking a City Hall reporter: is seeking a Red Sox beat writer ( and a production assistant ( If you have any questions about the openings, feel free to contact NAHJ member and editor Eric Ortiz at

Diversity Plus Magazine is looking for freelancers. If you’ve got a pitch that would be a fit (pieces on diversity, women and/or minority issues), contact NAHJ member Paul Lachhu at or (973) 202-3405.

Denver Convention

It might seem early to be thinking about the convention in Denver this summer (June 23-26), but NAHJ – with support from the Gannett Foundation – is offering a discounted registration rate of $250 to the first 250 people that register.

I attended the convention planning committee meeting in Denver at the end of January, and it’s on track to be a great convention. We’re taking all of the multimedia sessions and panels that were a hit in Puerto Rico and building on the success we had in San Juan.

Thanks to all the Region 2 members that submitted great workshop ideas.

For more information on the convention or to register, go to:


If you haven’t checked out NAHJ’s new site, it’s worth checking out. Visit to see what’s going on at the national level, post your resume in the career center and

Upcoming Events

Region 2 Conference – Emerson College, Boston – March 12-13
NAHJ Scholarship Reception – Time Warner Center, New York – March 18
NAHJ Annual Convention – Denver – June 23-26

As always, if you have any information you think would be of interest to other members (upcoming events, job openings, internships, stories, blog links, resources, etc.), 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

Page 2 Columnist/Soccer Writer


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