Region 2 Update: Upcoming Changes Within NAHJ

The theme for the 2011 NAHJ national convention is “Un Nuevo Amanecer: A New Day for Our Story.” These words have become more fitting than we initially envisioned.

As you may have heard, NAHJ executive director Iván Román submitted his resignation to the board of directors at our meeting in New York City over the weekend. Iván will stay on through the 2011 convention in Orlando and is committed to working with the board during this transition. As a board, we recognize and appreciate Iván for all he has done for our organization.

I first met Iván when I was a member of the NAHJ student campus, an experience that would go on to shape not just my role within this organization, but ultimately my career and my life. In many ways, Iván has been the face of this organization. He helmed NAHJ through one of the most trying times in our industry’s history, and his commitment to the Latino community, journalism and NAHJ is unquestioned. For those of you that have had the pleasure, he is also quite a salsa partner.

Now, it is up to NAHJ to move forward. I am incredibly confident and optimistic about our ability to do so. While board members may have differences of both opinion and personality, we are all committed to this organization and share similar visions for NAHJ.

NAHJ has struggled to rebound from the economic challenges of the last few years, and getting us on firm financial footing is a top priority for the board. We approved a budget that projects surplus revenue of roughly $171,000, based not on optimistic projections, but on realistic information and achievable goals. My appreciation goes out to financial officer Russell Contreras for all of his efforts on this front.

This also means we will be making cuts at the national office, a decision we as a board did not take lightly. However, our commitment as board members is to act in the best interest of you, our members. And I truly believe that grounding our organization financially — so that we are not making year-end pleas to attempt to close a six-figure deficit — is the best way to do so. A financially healthy NAHJ will allow us to best serve our members.

More changes will be coming. I will do my best to keep you informed of them, and as always, feel free to contact me for any questions.

It has been a rough few years for NAHJ, but I truly believe that this board has laid the groundwork and enacted the necessary changes to emerge from this time stronger. The core of this organization is our membership, and I have been incredibly fortunate as Region 2 director to get to meet many of you and see firsthand the commitment, talent, resilience and spirit of the incredible individuals that comprise our organization.

We all know that journalism has entered a new era, and NAHJ is adapting and evolving to meet these changing times. For NAHJ, it is “Un Nuevo Amanecer: A New Day for Our Story.” And in the next chapter of that story, I have no doubt we will emerge a stronger, more unified organization.

Maria Burns Ortiz
Region 2 Director and Sports Task Force Chair
National Association of Hispanic Journalists


Long Island Latino Media Conference/Conferencia de Medios Latinos de Long Island at Hofstra on May 22 (Free/Gratis)

On May 22, 2010, Hofstra University’s Journalism Department will host its first Long Island Latino Media Conference from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Studio A, Dempster Hall/South Campus. Free event!

Local editors, reporters, Hofstra journalism professors, community group members and public officials will explore the growing role of Latin…o Media in public life in Long Island. After the welcoming remarks, a panel, “Future of Latino Media on Long Island: Challenges and Opportunities,” will discuss the role of Latino publications in the area.

Following the morning presentations and lunch, Hofstra faculty and industry professional will present free workshops in English and Spanish about skills and technologies needed to tell stories online.

NAHJ member Jose Bayona is conducting a workshop in Spanish about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Social Media for Journalist, with English translation.

If anyone is interested in participating in the workshop, again is free, please download this form ( and mail it to the address listed inside or send it by email to

For more information about the conference call Prof. Carol Fletcher/Hofstra Journalism Dptm. at (516) 463 6464.

Also, you can visit or follow the hashtag #LatinoHofstra on Twitter.

(Transportation, courtesy of Hofstra University, will be available from the Long Island Rail Road’s Hempstead Station to campus).

El próximo 22 de mayo de 2010, el departamento de periodismo de la Universidad Hofstra realizará su primera Conferencia de Medios Latinos de Long Island, de 9:30 am a 4 pm. !Es un evento gratis!

Editores de medios locales, reporteros, profesores de periodismo de Hofstra, miembros de grupos comunitarios y oficiales públicos electos discutirán sobre el papel de los medios latinos en la vida pública de Long Island.

Después de las palabras de bienvenida, el panel “El futuro de los medios latinos en Long Island: Desafíos y oportunidades” discutirá a fondo sobre la función que juegan los medios latinos en el área. Después del almuerzo, profesores de Hofstra y profesionales de la industria presentarán talleres gratis en español e inglés sobre herramientas y tecnología necesarias para contar historias en línea.

Jose Bayona, un miembro de NAHJ, presentará un taller en español sobre cómo optimizar información para los motores de búsqueda en línea y cómo periodistas pueden aprovechar las redes sociales en su trabajo diario.

Si alguien está interesado en participar, de nuevo: es !gratis!, puede descargar este formulario ( o escribir a

Para más información sobre la conferencia pueden comunicarse con la prof. Carol Fletcher/Hofstra Journalism al (516) 463 6464. También puede visitar el sitio web o seguir el hashtag #LatinoHofstra en Twitter.

(Transporte, cortesia de Hofstra University, estará disponible desde la estación de tren Hempstead del Long Island Rail Road hasta la Universidad).

NAHJ Denounces Unfair Depiction of Immigrants and People of Color in the Boston Herald

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists has issued a statement in response to the Boston Herald’s April 27 cover and package on immigration.

From the statement:

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists condemns the depiction of people of color and immigrants in the Boston Herald’s cover package on April 27 unfortunately titled, “Mass. Cracks Down on Illegals”.

We believe the cover image of three people of color with the words “No Welfare,” “No Tuition,” and “No Medicaid” stamped across their foreheads reinforces racial stereotypes that have long been a trademark of unfair coverage of our communities. Not only do such depictions unfairly single out minorities as recipients of such services, but it also gives the impression that only people of color are undocumented immigrants.

NAHJ goes on to question the motivations behind such a cover, considering undocumented immigration are already restricted from receiving such services.

Additionally, NAHJ addresses the Herald’s use of racially derogatory language throughout the package.

To read the full release, click here.

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.

For more information:


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.

For more information:


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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Region 2 Update – Convention, Hall of Fame, Census and More

Dear Region 2 members,

Here’s the latest going on in Region 2 and around NAHJ…


Early bird registration has been extended until April 19. The Denver convention (June 23-26) is going to have a ton to offer. We’re bringing back all the programming that’s been a hit in recent years and adding a whole bunch more. Denver will be a great place for training, networking and fun.

Register now!

I know you have been/will be getting numerous e-mails from the national office telling you to register for the convention, but I cannot say enough good things about our convention. It’s really the cornerstone of the events we do. Affordable registration is still available. Airfare to Denver from NYC area is around $250 and roughly $300 from Hartford and Boston.


In the next few weeks, you may be hearing individually from myself or someone else within the organization. Our membership goal is to reach 2,010 members in 2010. As part of that, we’re looking at who our members are; where our lapsed members went; and who isn’t a member, but is someone who might be interested in joining. Getting an idea of who our members are will help us better provide what you want. Please keep an eye out.


NAHJ is now accepting nominations the Hall of Fame. If there’s anyone you think should be nominated, please let me know. Nominations forms are available at:

The deadline is April 19.

However, even if you don’t have a chance to pull together a nomination packet, please e-mail about any deserving candidates, and I can forward any names on for consideration.


Nine board positions will be up for election this summer: president, vice president (print), vice president (broadcast), secretary, financial officer, online at-large officer, Spanish language at-large officer, general at-large officer and student representative.

More information from the national office will be coming soon.

If you’re interested in running, candidates are required to have 25 signatures (or digital signatures) from current NAHJ members, and you can start collecting those now.

If you’re interested and have any questions about running/being on the board, feel free to contact me.


We’re in some very preliminary talks to hold a training session in New York (possibly at CUNY) before the convention. I’ll keep you posted.

Member June Carolyn Erlick spoke about her book, A Gringa in Bogotá: Living Colombia’s Invisible War. If you’re interested, it’s available on Amazon:

The McCormick Foundation along with J-Lab is offering grants of $12,000 to women-led projects. More information is available on the Region 2 blog:

The blog is updated as I get stuff – I also try to post that to the Facebook Region 2 fan page as well. You can now also follow NAHJ Region 2 on Twitter:

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


Check out the Region 2 blog:

Become a fan of NAHJ Region 2 on Facebook:

Follow Region 2 on Twitter:

McCormick Foundation looking for women-led projects

Forwarded on by former NAHJ president Cecilia Alvear…

Proposal Guidelines
Deadline: April 12, 2010

Connection. Women are natural networkers. They know how to initiate and maintain relationships. This is the essence of the digital world.

Conversation. Women are listeners. And talkers. They ask the tough questions. This is the starting point for good journalism.

Creativity. Women give birth to new people and new ideas. They are resourceful and make things happen.

Change. Women are on the move. They adapt to new realities, seize opportunities and take risks to improve themselves and society.

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation are seeking to fund four women-led projects that will rock the world of journalism.

We will fund individuals who have original ideas to create new Web sites, mobile news services or other entrepreneurial initiatives that offer interactive opportunities to engage, inspire and improve news and information in a geographic community or a community of interest.

What is your juicy idea? What’s been stirring in your mind? What work do you feel compelled to do? How can you improve or redefine journalism? What new project would give people the information they need to make decisions or help make the world a better place? Whose voice isn’t being heard?

The McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs program will give one-time funding of $12,000 to women who have the vision, skills and experience to launch a new venture. These can be solo ideas or team projects spearheaded by women.

Click here for the whole story.

Member June Carolyn Erlick to speak about her book

On Wednesday, March 31st, member JUNE CAROLYN ERLICK will discuss her book, A Gringa in Bogotá: Living Colombia’s Invisible War.

TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
TICKETS: This event is free; no tickets are required

About: Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome journalist and editor of Revista, the Harvard Review of Latin America, JUNE CAROLYN ERLICK as she discusses A Gringa in Bogotá:Living Colombia’s Invisible War.