Thursday, March 20, 2014

Meet NAHJ Nevada's Summer 2014 Interns!

Three students will spend 10 weeks gaining hands-on journalism experience at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and El Tiempo

NAHJ Nevada's summer internship program, which started last year, is our group's effort to invest in the next generation and give young journalists the stepping stone they need to step confidently from college to career. We sought out candidates who are passionate about covering underserved communities and who can navigate both English- and Spanish-language media. Funding for interns' stipends is provided, in part, by proceeds from NAHJ Nevada's One Year in Photos auction. Please welcome the Alex, Andrea and Paulina, who will begin work at the Review-Journal and El Tiempo the first week of June!


Alex is majoring in journalism and minoring in Spanish-language journalism at California State University-Northridge, but has roots in Las Vegas from a six-year stint living here. He's completed internships at the investigative nonprofit Voice of San Diego and the Latino-Review entertainment website. On campus, he's a field reporter for the school radio station, KCSN, and staff writer at the school bilingual newspaper, El Nuevo Sol. He serves as president of CSUN's chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. "I'll bring to the Las Vegas Review-Journal a commitment to engaging the community and bringing unheard voices to the forefront," he said. Follow Alex on Twitter: @acoreynews


Andrea is majoring in journalism and media studies at UNLV, where she's also a member of the Honors College. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, she is a co-founder and editor of the Spanish section of UNLV's online student newspaper, the Virtual Rebel. She's completed an internship at Vegas Magazine and is a student worker at the university's office of media relations. Passionate about journalism in both languages, Andrea said, "It gives me great pleasure to know I might be helping people with my storytelling and connecting readers to content in their language. I am incredibly proud to be able to give back to the community that has helped me throughout the years."


Paulina is majoring in journalism and minoring in Spanish at the University of Houston in Texas. She's currently working as an intern at The Houston Chronicle and its Spanish-language sister paper, La Voz de Houston. On campus, she served as a staff writer and arts section editor at The Daily Cougar. "Issues that affect [the Latino community] have become mainstream and have become part of the consciousness of all Americans, regardless of their racial and ethnic backgrounds," she said. "This creates a demand for journalists of all backgrounds who are trained to report on these topics."

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Apply to the 2014 NAHJ Nevada/Las Vegas Review-Journal Summer Internship

2013 interns Eric Uribe, Sandy Lopez and Yvette Cruz join NAHJ Nevada President Michelle Rindels at a Cafecito mentorship event at Sambalatte on June 29, 2013.
The NAHJ-NV/Review-Journal internship offers talented aspiring journalists the chance to learn and shine in one of the greatest news towns on earth. Spend a few weeks chasing down the serious and the strange with the RJ’s award-winning breaking news reporters. Then cover world-class dining, entertainment and arts on the features desk. And wrap it up by putting your Spanish to the test on the staff of the RJ’s Spanish-language weekly, El Tiempo. It’s an internship like no other, in a town like no other.

- 10 paid work weeks.

- Professional experiences in two languages.
- A dedicated NAHJ mentor/coach
- Assistance finding housing.

The paid internship is a crash course in hands-on news and feature reporting. Interns will go through a brief orientation before they’ll be expected to write regularly and deliver in-depth stories on deadline.

Interns will be assigned a mentor to provide advice and guidance during the summer. They’ll also find support from the diverse group of journalists in NAHJ Nevada.

Interns who excel may be considered for other opportunities, including full-time employment at the RJ.

- You have journalism experience.
- You’re a junior or senior in college, in graduate school, or have graduated either within the past six months.
- Preferably, you can speak and write in Spanish.
- You are an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. (To join, visit Annual fee is $25.)

To apply and for more information, go to: or email

Applications due February 1, 2013
Winner(s) announced by March 1, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Members on the Move: Annette Raveneau fills us in on her new job in D.C.

For this edition of Members on the Move, we check in with NAHJ Nevada co-founder Annette Raveneau. After working at Univision, Annette transitioned into PR and headed up the Know Your Care initiative at Las Vegas PR firm Ramirez Group. If you haven't seen her this fall, it's because she suddenly left for D.C.! She fills us in on the big career move.

NAHJ Nevada: If you've left VEGAS, there must be a good reason! What are you up to in Washington, D.C.? 

Annette Raveneau: I am the National Latino Press Secretary and Regional Communications Director (AZ, TX, GA) for Enroll America. Enroll America is a 501c3 that educates Americans about the new health insurance options available to them through the new Health Insurance Marketplace,  as a provision of the Affordable Care Act. Our Get Covered America campaign (#GetCovered) is geared towards just that and we partner with other organizations like FamiliesUSA, Doctors for America, Young Invincibles among others to reach as many people as possible.

NN: How was the big, dramatic, cross-country move?

AR: It went as smooth as a three-day hurry up and pack, donate, sell, leave can be ... I did not get to say goodbye properly to sooo many special people, so it was nice to see some of our NAHJ Nevada members at the Excellence in Journalism conference.

NN: What's a typical day like for you living in the nation's capital? 

AR: I live inside DC, so not Maryland or Virginia. I take the bus to work. The last time I depended on public transport was my first semester of college in Miami, but I think I can get used to it. The bus stop is literally a three minute walk from my door step. I use an app that tells me when the bus will get here, so I can calculate the time to walk my dog put him back and head out! ;-) 

NN: Mass transit ... tell us about that. 

AR: On the bus you encounter pretty interesting characters and all kinds of people. I only need to use one bus that also drops me across the street from my downtown office building.

NN: How is the actual job going? You must be crazy busy since the big health care rollout. 

AR: I work long hours -- about 10-12 hour days -- but I believe in our mission and my co-workers do as well. I feel respected and welcomed. There are not that many Latinos in headquarters and I'm the only Latina in the communications department in DC. So they really listen to what I have to bring to the conversation. I was tasked to lead our media call for Hispanic Heritage Month about the new Health Insurance Marketplace and I mentioned the importance of doing half of the call in Spanish. We did it and it was a great success. I know I will make a big difference here!

NN: How's your dog taking the move? 

AR: My doggie got his first and official contracted dog-walker, so apparently this is not just for the rich and famous! The lady comes, texts me when she gets home, walks my dog for 20 mins. Practices commands (in Spanish porque mi niño no entiende inglés), gives him a good rub, a treat and off she goes, I already got a report card,  he got an A++!!! I'm a proud Mama! Plus less stress that I have to rush home.

NN: Any downfalls about D.C.? 

AR: Besides the crazy expensive grocery bills, I have not had time to like it or dislike it. I would come to DC every year when I was a child growing up in Panama, so being here brings back memories of those fun trips.  I have family here, so I don't feel as alone as I did in Vegas... there is something about the blood connection that makes you feel safe! I think I'm going to fall in love with DC! All the cultural differences ... Will miss the good Mexican food, I heard the Mexican restaurants are not the best here.

NN: Do you miss us?! 

AR: From Vegas I'll miss my friends, NAHJ Nevada,  FirstMed Health and Wellness Center, the winters, Red Rock, Mt. Charleston, cute Boulder City, my drives to L.A. and all the great concerts and comedy shows plus all the friends that travel to Vegas for business or pleasure.

NN: We'll let you get back to work spreading the word about health care. But one last question -- if we're covering Obamacare and need some help, how do we reach you? 

AR: If you know members of the media that want to cover what we do tell them to write to to be put on our media list. And follow me on Twitter at @AnnetteRaveneau.

NN: Thanks, Annette!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

2nd Annual PIO/Journalist Social held at The Cosmopolitan

Dozens of journalists and public agency spokespeople converged on The Cosmopolitan Oct. 10 for an evening of networking, fun and spectacular views of the Strip. The mixer -- our second annual -- is meant bring together those of us who work with each other daily but rarely get the chance to meet outside the context of deadlines and crisis situations. Special thanks to our sponsor, The Cosmopolitan, for introducing us to the top-notch cuisine at Comme Ca and ensuring our drinks never ran empty. We're also so grateful for their gift of a raffle prize, which helped us raise much-needed funds for future events. Our lucky winner, spokesman Brian Connett of the Nevada Department of Corrections, took home a two-night stay at a Cosmopolitan suite! Thanks to all who attended and showed their support. We hope you had as delightful an evening as we did!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Xazmin Garza heads to Boston after 8 years at Review-Journal

Xazmin poses with staff at the Review-Journal press room who regularly read her column and requested to meet her before her final day Sept. 6, 2013.

Xazmin Garza, who's written for the Review-Journal since 2005, wrapped up this chapter of her life today in pursuit of new adventures in Boston! Xazmin has worked as a fashion and feature writer, but her wit and sass are best found in her popular column, X=Why. Xazmin was instrumental in establishing NAHJ Nevada's internship at the RJ, and helped select and mentor interns through the summer. In Boston, she'll join her husband, NAHJ Nevada alum Antonio Planas, who took a job as a crime reporter at the Boston Herald in the spring. Fortunately for all of us, she'll continue to write in her column from a distance!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

NAHJ Nevada Welcomes New Board of Directors; Luz Gray Elected President

NAHJ Nevada members met at Viva Las Arepas on Aug. 31, 2013, to elect a new board for the 2013-2014 year. Officers include (L-R) Secretary Vincent Hernandez, Treasurer Luis Hernandez, President Luz Gray and Vice President Hernando Amaya. 

NAHJ Nevada held elections today and has selected a new board to take the group to the next level for 2013-2014. A big congratulations to:
  • President: Luz Gray. Luz works as production director for Univision Radio and also hosts the community affairs program "Contacto En Vivo Con Luz." For the past year, she's worked as a social media coordinator for the chapter, keeping our Facebook, Twitter and blog fresh and up-to-date. 
  • Vice President: Hernando Amaya. Hernando is the editor of Spanish-language weekly El Tiempo. He also co-hosts a news radio program Saturday mornings on 94.5 FM. Hernando served as vice president last year and continues in the role.
  • Treasurer: Luis Hernandez. Luis is a radio host at KNPR and currently works the early shift at the station's "Morning Edition" program. In the past year, he's helped the chapter coordinate events including the Cafecito with Steve Sebelius and the Covering Immigration Better workshop.
  • Secretary: Vincent Hernandez. Vincent is a Web producer at KSNV Channel 3. He's helped the chapter with graphic design projects and helped organize a debate watching party during the general elections.