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: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=100859689968568

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 (ESPNDeportes.com), 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: http://www.facebook.com/#!/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: http://nahj.ihispano.com/careers/searchjob/quick

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: http://www.nahj.org/support/donate/

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
nahjregion2@gmail.com

Page 2 Contributor/Soccer Writer
ESPN.com
Freelance Journalist

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Region 2 Update – Convention, Chapters, Job Opportunities and More

Hi Region 2 members,

Here’s the latest around Region 2.

Convention

The annual convention in Denver is less than a month away – June 23-26. It’s not too late to register. Don’t miss out. Come for great hands-on training, insightful panels and networking – and it’s fun. Although the hotel deadline for discounted rooms has technically passed – the Hyatt is still offering rooms at the discounted $187 a night rate to NAHJ members.

Check out all the programming NAHJ in Denver and register online: http://www.nahj.org/2009/06/2010-convention-registration/

New York Chapter

Jose Bayona will be taking the lead in starting up a NYC area chapter. We have tons of members in the area, and this could easily become the largest and most active NAHJ chapter in the nation. I encourage you to contact him (josebayona@gmail.com) or me for more information. I know there is a demand for an NYC chapter, so please take advantage if this opportunity. Jose is looking for anyone that wants to be involved in events, receive e-mails, etc. as well as any member who are willing to help organize the chapter.

North Jersey Chapter

Also, Gloria Montealegre (goyeeta@hotmail.com) has volunteered to revive the Northern New Jersey chapter, so please reach out to her if you are interested in that chapter.

Other Region 2 Chapters

Professional: NAHJ New England

Student: Brooklyn College, Columbia University, Lehman College, Stony Brook University and Syracuse University.

If you fall under any of those chapters, please reach out to me or Paulo Luizaga (pluizaga@nahj.org

Membership Update

We have added almost a 100 new members in Region 2 in the last month, which is great! Please encourage anyone you know who might be interested to consider becoming a part of NAHJ. Our goal is to reach 2,010 members in 2010. To become a member/renew your membership, go to: http://www.nahj.org/2009/06/membership/

NAHJ Elections

Nine positions (including student representative are up for grabs) with the election opening June 11. New board members will be announced at NAHJ in Denver. I’ll be posting information from candidates on the Region 2 blog, Facebook and Twitter pages and will be sending out some information from them in the next two weeks.

Job Openings

NAHJ Career Center Featured Job: Bilingual (English/Spanish) Interactive Producer position available in New York at News 12:
https://nahjregion2.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/nahj-career-center-featured-job-bilingual-englishspanish-interactive-producer-position-available-in-new-york-at-news-12/

ESPN.com Senior Editor for Page 2: http://nahjsportstaskforce.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/senior-editor-for-page-2-espn-com/

Global Editor – The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY:
https://nahjregion2.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/global-editor-the-democrat-and-chronicle-in-rochester-ny/

Also, visit NAHJ’s career center:  http://nahj.ihispano.com/careers/searchjob/quick

The Career Center lists hundreds of jobs, and dozens in Region 2, including: 20 job openings in Massachusetts, 19 openings in New York, 12 in New Jersey, two in Rhode Island, one in Connecticut, one in Maine and one in New Hampshire.

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 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
nahjregion2@gmail.com

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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

Renew

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): http://www.nahj.org/2009/06/membership/

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: http://www.nahj.org/2010/02/2010-scholarship-benefit-2/

Jobs

The Hartford Courant is seeking a City Hall reporter: https://nahjregion2.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/hartford-courant-seeks-city-hall-reporter/

NESN.com is seeking a Red Sox beat writer (http://www.nesn.com/2010/01/nesncom-boston-red-sox-writer-new-media.html) and a production assistant (http://www.nesn.com/2010/01/nesncom-production-assistant-new-media.html). If you have any questions about the openings, feel free to contact NAHJ member and NESN.com editor Eric Ortiz at eortiz@nesn.com.

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 paul@cbji.com 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: http://www.nahj.org/2009/11/2010conventiondenver/

Web

If you haven’t checked out NAHJ’s new site, it’s worth checking out. Visit http://www.nahj.org 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
nahjregion2@gmail.com

Page 2 Columnist/Soccer Writer
ESPN.com/ESPNSoccernet
mariaburnsortiz@gmail.com

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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.

FUNDRAISING

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: http://www.nahj.org/supportnahj/CountMeIn.shtml

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

REGIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

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.

CHAPTERS

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, http://www.nahj.org/chapters/chapters.shtml

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.

JOB BANK

NAHJ is really trying to ramp up its career center. Please check it out: http://nahj.ihispano.com/

If you need your membership number, contact me or Paulo Luizaga (PLuizaga@nahj.org).

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.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

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: http://www.nahj.org/membership/membership.shtml

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
nahjregion2@gmail.com

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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 http://www.nahj.org/supportnahj/CountMeIn.shtml for more information and to donate.

Welcome to Region 2 – Let’s Get to Work!

Fellow Region 2 members,

I’m very excited to be working for and with you over the next two years as Region 2 Director.

Diego Ribadeneira and our former regional directors have done a great job. I hope to continue building on what they have done.

I’ve spoken with some of you and will be reaching out to others, but I also encourage you to let me know if there’s anything you would like to see done with regard to our region or NAHJ as a whole. I have ideas, but I really want to get input from members to see what you would like.

Currently, I’m working with local members here in the Boston area to put together a training workshop on multimedia. I’ll be looking into setting up a similar workshop in New York for sometime in 2010. Additionally, NAHJ is developing some events at the regional level.

As student members make up a large percentage of our membership, I will be working with journalism programs to develop resources for student members.

I plan on working with the Latino Sports Media Association (a few regional members are founders) to help continue the work they started.

However, my primary goal is to develop resources and training that will serve as many members in this region as possible.

Also, NAHJ has launched its “Count Me In” fundraising campaign. Anything you can give to help is greatly appreciated.

I know many members would like being involved in NAHJ to mean more than going to the convention once a year (which is something less of us are getting to do given the state of our industry). I hope to provide more opportunities to make this a reality.

If you’re on Facebook, become a fan of Region 2.

I’ll be posting all e-mails as well as some additional content here, so check back regularly!