Region 2 Update – Conventions, Elections, Jobs and More

Dear Region 2 members,

Just a few notes on what’s going on around the region and within NAHJ.

In this e-mail: Convention, Elections, Jobs, Chapters, Membership


Early bird rates have been extended. If you haven’t signed up, now is the time to do it. The convention will have a ton to offer including all-day workshops, topical panels, multimedia training sessions, the career expo and countless networking opportunities. From June 23-26, Denver is the place to be.

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Nominations are now being accepted for the upcoming NAHJ Board of Directors elections. Eight board positions are open. Members interested in running need 25 signatures (which can be submitted to the national office via e-mail) from current NAHJ members. All materials must be submitted to the NAHJ national office by April 30.

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Associated Press Seeks Temp Reporter (12-week position)
The Associated Press seeks a temporary Statehouse Reporter for its Hartford, Connecticut office. The newsperson will help cover the legislative session, political campaigns and state politics. The reporter would work closely with the AP’s political writer on distinctive and competitive of such issues as Gov. Rell’s final months in office, the race to succeed her, and the ongoing efforts to balance the state’s budget.

A successful candidate must be a self-starting reporter with a competitive spirit and experience with political coverage. Knowledge of Connecticut government and multimedia experience are preferred. The position is for about 12 weeks, depending on experience, starting as soon as possible. Contact New England News Editor with your resume and links to stories.

WBZ Radio Boston Seeks Reporter
Responsibilities: Develop and provide daily news content for WBZ News Radio,, and other content platforms. This reporter should develop strong, credible sources to break major local news stories, generate story ideas and contribute high volume of quality reports to all possible platforms of content delivery. Aggressively pursue newsmakers to find angles other reporters miss. Use production skills to create exceptional material. Research and produce special series. Occasional anchoring in all-news and hourly news format may be required.

Required Skills/Experience: Must be creative and excel in live breaking news coverage. A Strong journalism background, an excellent broadcast voice with a contemporary delivery is required. Ability to ad-lib and deliver creative and exceptional reports under constant deadline pressure is required. This reporter must be skilled and knowledgeable in the use of contemporary newsroom systems including digital audio production (Adobe) and NewsBoss. You should be better than the average person in computer skills and experience. Previous experience as an anchor and/or reporter in a major market news department is preferred. Substantial computer or online expertise is required.

For more information:^N9zksnDWMnhIFFptWtC9H91bzOHA5fIVLkTgYPik_slp_rhc_WOeYb1f1kcb9BnGyIfZK_slp_rhc_sUWsSJme_slp_rhc_Xio9Q_C_R__L_F_tqtx_slp_rhc_8qVFLresL_slp_rhc_FrcBvbKQz18iTkkM=&jobId=175519&type=search&JobReqLang=1&recordstart=1&JobSiteId=5132&JobSiteInfo=175519_5132&GQId=0


Congratulations to Region 2’s newest certified chapter – NAHJ New England.

Chapters are one of the best ways to be involved in NAHJ. Throughout Region 2, our active chapters have organized a number of great events to bring local members together. Looking at NAHJ on a national level, the areas with active chapters are the areas where the organization is strongest, that are holding the most networking events, pulling together the most training sessions, etc. As regional director, I’m committed to assisting chapters in organizing and publicizing events in any way I can.

To establish a chapter, you need signatures from 10 current members. Chapters receive half of their members’ dues ($37.50 per member/$17.50 per student member) to hold chapter events.

Below is a list of our current chapters. As you’ll notice, there is not a NYC chapter. As I’ve said, I would love to see one established. If you’re interested, please let me know. I’ve gotten sporadic e-mails from people about wanting to join an NYC chapter, but I’m really looking for a member who is willing to lead that up. I can assist you with a list of local members and their contact information.

Our current active chapters include:
• NAHJ New England (Contact Russell Contreras –
• Syracuse (Sierra Rodriguez-Jimenez –
• Stony Brook (Christine Vargas –
• Columbia (Elena Cabral – [There was some discussion about this chapter being a student/alumni chapter, so if you’re interested and a Columbia alum, it might be worth reaching out.]

Inactive/Status Unknown:
• Northern New Jersey (I am seeking an updated contact on this chapter. If you know who to contact, please let me know.)
• Lehman College
• Brooklyn College
If you’re interested in restarting chapter activities, please let me know and I will assist you. These chapters already exist and have funds in their chapter accounts.


NAHJ is continuing our membership push. Our goal is reach 2,010 members in 2010. It’s a very achievable goal.

Even in these trying economic times, NAHJ has continued to grow. We offer training not just at our national convention, but through a number of workshops, regional conferences and seminars. We continue to strengthen our scholarship program and offer students opportunities at internships and to participate in our convention student campus and student projects programs. We advocate for our members and the Latino community.

Just like many journalists, we have struggled in the current economy, but we are working to learn from these challenges, to keep what has worked and to reinvent ourselves where needed so that we can compete and thrive as the industry continues to evolve.

To those of you that might not have renewed your membership, please seriously consider doing so.

To those of you that have renewed or are lifetime members, first and foremost, thank you. But also, please ask those around you who might be interested in joining NAHJ to consider becoming a member.

Our success as an organization rests with our membership. The stronger we are, the more we’ll be able to do.

To join or renew, just scroll down to the bottom of this page:

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. I update the blog as I get stuff and I try to post that to the Facebook Region 2 fan page and @nahjregion2 Twitter account as well.

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 Contributor/Soccer Writer


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