Region 2 Update – Post-convention edition: NYC Chapter, Denver Challenge-Fundraising, Sports Task Force and More

Hi Region 2 members,

Hope all is going well – and that everyone is weathering the lovely heat wave. (I’m trying to remind myself that this is what I dream of in January.)

To those of you that were in Denver, it was great to see/meet you all. It was a smaller convention, but I’m hopeful we’re going to do big things with the momentum that we are taking from it. To those of you that couldn’t make it, you were missed, but we will still have events to offer you the second half of this year.  We’re working to shift the idea that if you can’t make it to the convention, then you’re missing out on the bulk of what NAHJ has to offer.

Here’s what going on around Region 2 and NAHJ.

NY Chapter

NAHJ’s NY chapter formation is in the works. Jose Bayona has done a great job in taking a lead on this endeavor as have the many members who were at the Region 2 caucus in Denver and who have come back energized and are working to get this chapter off the ground (Yvonne Latty, Kirk Gimenez, Jorge Arangure, the list goes on). Thank you all so much!

We’re looking to get the first meeting nailed down in the next few weeks, and some events are already in the planning stages. I think the key to this success is delegating – and some wonderful members have already stepped up on that front. If you’re interested in leading something up on that front, please let me know. Otherwise, if you just want to come, mix and meet fellow members, that’s great too – and I’ll have information for you on that soon.

Check us out on Facebook:

Sports Task Force

We officially re-launched the NAHJ Sports Task Force in Denver with a great panel and the World Cup Lounge. We are going to be working to bump these efforts up substantially in the next year.

Thank you so much to this year’s speakers – all of whom have Region 2 ties: moderator Jorge Arangure (ESPN the Magazine) and panelists Mario Fraticelli (, Eric Ortiz (New England Sports Network/NESN), Angie Clemmons (Denver Post, but former Region 2 director) and Paul Gutierrez (Sacramento Bee, but formerly at Sports Illustrated in NYC).

We have already been told that we will have more sports programming next year in Orlando, so that’s in the works.

We’re also going to launch a mentoring program – so if you’re looking for a mentor (student, early career, etc.) or you’d like to be a mentor, let me know.

Check us out on Facebook:!/group.php?gid=133690243328026

Job Board

I’m going to create a job page with all the job openings I get as well as links to job sites for media companies within Region 2. I will be putting this up on the blog (and linking to the Facebook page), but please send me any open jobs that you know of  – now or in the future. They don’t have to be in Region 2.

Also, if you’re job searching, don’t forget to visit NAHJ’s career center:

Denver Challenge/Fundraising

Thanks to the generous support of the Ford Foundation, McCormick Foundation and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, NAHJ has been selected to participate in the Challenge Fund for Journalism. We will be awarded $25,000 if we can raise that same amount from individuals.

As those of you who were in Denver know, NAHJ is still struggling to regain its financial footing. The budget was cut and the projections were redone after our shortfall last year, but NAHJ still needs to do some substantial fundraising this year.

We will be holding some events in Region 2 between now and the end of this year that will benefit both our members and help raise money for the national organization. I will get that information out as we get details.

However, you can also help by donating – either a one-time donation or monthly giving.

For more information:

NAHJ New England

Thanks to everyone that came out to the World Cup event. We’re trying to set the location of our next meeting, and I will get that out as soon as we have it. If you’re in New England and not a member of the chapter, please come check it out.  Also, congratulations to NAHJ New Englanders Russell Contreras and Erin Ailworth on being elected to the NAHJ Board of Directors. Erin is NAHJ’s new secretary and Russell is NAHJ’s new financial officer.

Keep Up-to-Date

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 Facebook page as I get stuff and I try to post that to the Region 2 blog 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
Freelance Journalist


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amNewYork seeks full-time rewrite person

From Ernie Sotomayor…

FT Rewrite Person, amNewYork, New York City

The candidate must have at least three years of reporting experience at a daily newspaper or wire service. This person must be skilled at writing multiple stories each day, drawing on a range of sources as well as contributing original reporting. The candidate will be asked to write breaking news on topics ranging from: NYC news (politics, crimes…), to celebrity coverage, to national, world and sports events. This person must have the ability to write tightly and brightly, with a real sense of voice, and produce balanced, accurate and compelling pieces under tight deadlines. Flexibility, a good disposition, sense of humor and collegiality are a must.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

* 3-4 years experience working at a daily newspaper or wire service
* Excellent writing, reporting and communication skills.
* Familiarity with New York City.
* Ability to use and understand a broad base of information systems, including news wires, data banks of governmental agencies and private organizations, and various other research materials.
* Education: A bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to managing editor Rolando Pujol at No phone calls please. No relocation.

Assistant editor opening at the Nieman Journalism Lab

Former NAHJ president Cecila Alvear passed this opportunity along

The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard has an opening for an assistant editor.

For a full description, visit:

Note: The posting asks for applications by June 15 (Tuesday).

NAHJ Career Center Featured Job: Bilingual (English/Spanish) Interactive Producer position available in New York at News 12

Job Opportunity Alert – Bilingual (English/Spanish) Interactive Producer position available in New York at News 12

NAHJ’s Career Center has hundreds of job opportunities, posted by media companies around the country. During these difficult times, do not miss out on the opportunity to work for companies dedicated to diversity in the newsroom. Check out the NAHJ Career Center website ( to view job posts and upload your resume. And don’t forget to mention applying through NAHJ’s Career Center site!

Featured job opportunity for the month:

TV News Station in New York is seeking the right person to be responsible for translation of stories from English to Spanish. Prepare and execute all aspects of news and other content for delivery on all Interactive platforms including web, ITV and other emerging technologies. Ensure all content meets network’s standards for all journalistic integrity and production quality and conforms to proper rules of grammar and the AP Style Guide. Minimum of 1-year experience as a news producer or news associate producer. Must be fluent in reading and writing of both English and Spanish and have the capability to translate into Broadcast Spanish quickly and accurately.

Again, you can apply for this position and many others through NAHJ’s career center on the NAHJ website.

For more information, log on to NAHJ’s Career Center site ( or contact Rosemarie at or 202-662-7480.

Global Editor – The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY

The Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in Rochester, New York is looking for a Global Editor. This information comes from Virgil Smith, who is the VP of Talent Management for Gannett, the company that owns this publication (via Parity Project director Kevin Olivas).

Please share this with journalists who might be interested in, and qualified for this, especially those from diverse backgrounds. Questions should be directed to Mr. Smith at:

Position is based in Rochester, NY and relocation would be required.

The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., is looking for a global editor who would monitor its international and national coverage, with an emphasis on making connections of international events to the Rochester community. Duties include the production of multiple news platforms for the conversion desk; coordinating coverage of breaking news for online and print editions; supervising the selection of daily international and national stories; editing and posting online stories; wire editing, page designing; and acting as liaison with ethnic groups. The global editor must be collaborative and work with copy editors, designers and other conversion desk editors; must be savvy about all platforms, including mobile and new technologies as well as print; and must have packaging knowledge of print and digital platforms and Search Engine Optimization skills for the Web. The position requires work at night and on weekends.


· A bachelor’s degree is required. Knowledge of the CCI publishing system is helpful.

Virgil Smith

VP-Talent Management

Gannett Co., Inc.

703 854-2021 Fax

Or apply directly online by visiting:

MTV Seeks Producers, Writers and PAs for News Project

MTV is developing a new project (news related) out of NYC.

They searching for:
-Supervising Producer
-Line Producer
-Segment Producers
-Story Producers
-Production Assistants

The Supervising, Line, Segment and Producers as well as the Writers should have experience in News and Entertainment.

The initial project is for 6 months, but might be extended.

Contact Hugo Balta at for further details.

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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