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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EL 3 DE OCTUBRE A LAS 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

QUÉ: ESPN Deportes está en búsqueda del fanático del deporte que se convertirá en el próximo reportero de la cadena para la cobertura del evento más importante de fútbol del 2010 y quien tendrá la oportunidad de ganar un nuevo automóvil Ford Fusion Sport 2010. Las audiciones de Dream Job: El Reportero llegan a Nueva York con la esperanza de conseguir a los reporteros más talentosos de la ciudad. El “reality show” proveerá una oportunidad única a los fanáticos latinos del fútbol para representar la marca de ESPN Deportes al igual que interactuar con el más renombrados grupo de celebridades deportivas que servirán como jueces durante las audiciones, todos en busca de hacer sus sueños realidad y conseguir el “Dream Job.” Las audiciones abiertas presentarán a un panel de jueces que elegirán a un ganador que tendrá garantizado un puesto en las finales. En cada audición los candidatos competirán entre ellos en una serie de asignaciones ‘en cámara’ tal como actuar de reportero de campo y realizar entrevistas en persona.

QUIÉN: La serie especial de Dream Job será presentada por Jorge Ramos “el relator de las Américas” y conductor del programa Jorge Ramos y su Banda. Las audiciones de Nueva York incluyen a un panel de jueces formado por varios de los mejores comentaristas de ESPN Deportes y expertos del fútbol:

o Fernando Palomo: renombrado reportero de fútbol y conductor de Fuera de Juego
o Daniel “Ruso” Brailovsky: leyenda del fútbol y ex-técnico del equipo mexicano Club América

– Mario Kempes: ex-jugador y leyenda del fútbol argentino

– David Faitelson: uno de los más reconocidos reporteros en México

– Mauricio Pedroza: ganador de Dream Job 2006 y ahora reportero de SportsCenter.

CUÁNDO: Sábado 3 de octubre, 2009 • 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

DÓNDE: Iguana Restaurant & Dance Lounge • 240 W. 54th Street • New York, NY 10019

Dream Job: El Reportero es un emocionante “reality show” producido exclusivamente por ESPN Deportes. La segunda instalación del programa comienza este otoño con audiciones en seis de los principales mercados de los EE.UU: Nueva York, Miami, Los Ángeles, San Diego, Chicago y Dallas. Las audiciones serán grabadas y presentadas como segmentos especiales en SportsCenter entre otros programas de estudio, resaltando las audiciones en cada uno de los mercados. Los finalistas de cada ciudad serán anunciados en SportsCenter por ESPN Deportes.

Mauricio Pedroza, el ganador de la primera temporada de Dream Job fue contratado por SportsCenter como reportero permanente. Mauricio servirá como entrenador y asesor especial para los finalistas. De igual manera, el ganador de las audiciones en Miami durante la primera temporada, fue contratado como comentarista de fútbol en ESPN Deportes Radio y actualmente tiene un rol activo en Jorge Ramos y Su Banda.

No se requiere experiencia previa profesional en televisión o radio. Puede encontrar más detalles e información acerca de la serie documental, sus reglas y requisitos en la sede de Internet