Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meet the Candidates for 2014/ 2015 NAHJ-NV Board and Other Leadership Roles

Another year has gone by for NAHJ-NV -- seems like it was just yesterday when journalists Michelle Rindels, Luz Gray, Hernando Amaya, Luis Hernandez, and Vincent Hernandez became the new leaders and board members for our chapter. We thank them for contributing to a year full of accomplishments.



Our group wants to keep moving in the right direction and new leaders are ready to bring the best of their talents to the continual success of NAHJ-NV. Please take a moment to learn more about the candidates for the new 2014/2015 new board and other support roles. All officers are running uncontested for their seats. Candidates and voters must be up-to-date on their membership dues to participate in this year's elections, held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Hispanic Museum of Nevada at the Boulevard Mall in Las Vegas.

To renew your membership, visit nahj.org.

Candidate for President: Yesenia Amaro


Yesenia Amaro is a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where she covers social issues and immigration. She moved to Las Vegas for this job in April 2013. Prior to joining the Review-Journal, Yesenia was a health care reporter for the Merced Sun-Star, a daily newspaper in California's Central Valley and owned by McClatchy. During her time there, She was selected as a USC Health Journalism Fellow and was invited to join a small group of reporters from across the state to work on an investigative series on Valley Fever, a fungal disease found in California and Arizona. She has received a first place award in beat reporting from the Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press and has been part of a regional Edward R. Murrow Award winning team for investigative journalism, among other awards. 
Yesenia Amaro is interested in running for the president position for the Nevada chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalist "because I share current President Luz Gray's vision to strengthen the organization as we make it grow out of its infancy. Together we can continue to foster that vision to make the best out of it and offer a rewarding experience for all those involved." 
Yesenia has been involved with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists off and on since her senior year in college, 2007-2008. 

Candidate for Vice-President: Mónica Prado


Mónica Prado is a Journalist from Ecuador. She has lived in Las Vegas since 2005. She got her journalism degree from Universidad Laica Vicente Rocafuerte in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1995.

She currently works as an Independent Spanish voiceover talent and as a freelance journalist. Her professional background includes Spanish radio, TV and  magazines.

For the past 11 years, Monica has been working for production agencies and clients around USA, Latin America and Europe. She has also worked as host and co-host for different radio and TV programs including news, talk shows and musicals in Ecuador, California and Nevada. 
Monica says she "is very motivated to work with all the members to reach excellence as Hispanic communicators." Monica Prado has been an NAHJ member since 2013. 

Candidate for Treasurer: Ana Ley


Ana Ley covers public safety and legal affairs at the Las Vegas Sun. Before packing up for Sin City a year ago, she worked on the criminal justice and business desks of the San Antonio Express-News. There, she served as treasurer of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists, a group whose primary mission is to foster diversity in media by giving away scholarships to students in financial need. 

A native of Tamaulipas, Mexico, Ana grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American. Her first news internship and job were at the McAllen Monitor. 

Ana became an NAHJ student member in 2005, and through the organization obtained an internship with the Associated Press in Houston that helped launch her journalism career. In August, she served as a mentor at the NAHJ Student Projects in San Antonio.

She feels forever indebted to the organization and is eager to give back as treasurer of NAHJ-Nevada.

Candidate for Secretary: Sandy Lopez

"When I joined the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 2012, I was on the brink of graduating from San Francisco State University and eyeing job positions to start my career. Through the help of the organization, I went from being one of the first NAHJ Nevada interns to a full-time reporter at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
My intent to run for secretary centers on supporting NAHJ just as the organization 
has supported me. As secretary I plan to not only keep detailed minutes of meetings and maintain up-to-date member information, but also to reach out to other Latino journalists in hopes of recruiting them to create a larger and more diverse group. 
The industry is constantly changing and journalists are not only expected to report 
and take photos, but they also need to know about social media, multimedia and other skills to succeed. 

If elected secretary, I hope to contribute project ideas and workshops that will aid members towards a secure future and protect diversity within the newsroom and other media outlets. 
As a former intern and recent graduate, I’d also like to contribute to the internship committee to seek out aspiring journalists and guide them towards their future. 

I hope you consider me for this position so that I can continue to support the group, just as it has supported me."


Candidate for Social Media Manager: Erik Verduzco

"As a NAHJ Nevada chapter member, I have seen the group rapidly evolve over a short period of time.  It is easy to say that I share many of the ideas and goals of the chapter, and this is why I plan to continue contributing in more ways. 

As a multimedia journalist, I have developed skills to help me engage readers through social media with flash news postings and my photos. For this reasons, I seek to be or to share the title of social media manager to help develop our chapter's online audience. I want to highlight the work from our members, and to become a source of information for readers looking to find a more diverse source of news.

I would also like to show my interest in organizing fundraising events, and more specifically, the photography fundraiser. Through my new job and connections, I feel confident we can have the strongest images from the most diverse group of photojournalists to date." 


Candidate for Associate Regional Director: Luz Gray



Luz Gray obtained a bachelors degree in journalism in 1998 in Mexico City. She has a solid background as a journalist, having worked as a correspondent for the print media in Mexico, including Mexico City’s Reforma Newspaper, El Norte de Monterrey Newspaper, Guadalajara’s Mural Newspaper and Mexico City’s El Dia Newspaper. In radio, she worked for Nucleo Radio Mil in Mexico City.
In Las Vegas, she worked as a reporter and as an editor for various Spanish language entertainment magazines and newspapers.

Luz was an On Air Personality for 99.3 FM Recuerdo and KISF La Nueva 103.5 FM.
In November 2010, Luz received an Electronic Media Award by Nevada Broadcasters Association for “Radio Station-Hispanic Public Service Program.”
For almost 8 years, Luz has been the host for “Contacto con Luz," the Univision Radio community affairs show. Luz works as a Production Director for Univision Radio Las Vegas.

She is the current p
resident of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists-Nevada Chapter.







Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apply for the 2015 NAHJ Nevada / Las Vegas Review-Journal Internship



It's back -- an incredible chance to live in one of the most exciting cities on earth while sharpening your journalism skills in a top-notch newsroom. Apply for the 2015 NAHJ Nevada / Las Vegas Review-Journal summer internship and gain priceless bilingual reporting experience.

THE PERKS
- 10 paid work weeks.

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

THE JOB
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.

THE CANDIDATE
- 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 nahj.org. Annual fee is $25.)

To apply and for more information, go to: nahjnevada.blogspot.com or email nahjnevada@gmail.com.


Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 30, 2015. Winners will be notified by March 2, 2015.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

NAHJ Nevada Chapter Leadership Roles

Elections are coming up in October, and we want you as a chapter leader! Below are opportunities to serve the NAHJ Nevada chapter. Let us know which role(s) interest you.

President:
- Casts vision for group
- Regularly communicates with regional director and national NAHJ leadership
- Sets dates of events
- Sets agenda for meetings and distributes it to board as necessary
- Assembles all and participates on some committees

Vice President:
- Assists president
- Will fill in for president in his/her absence
- Participates in some committees

Secretary:
- Keeps detailed minutes of meetings
- Maintains up-to-date roster of chapter members and their contact information (reviewed monthly)
- Spearheads annual elections
- Recruits new members and reaches out to journalists moving to or from the area
- Reminds members to pay dues

Treasurer:
- Maintains up-to-date records of NAHJ Nevada’s finances and provides report each month
- Promptly deposits checks and cash to national bank account, withdraws money as needed, coordinates reimbursements.
- Receives and counts money at fundraising events. Maintains receipt book and cash box
- Works to maintain or achieve chapter’s financial independence and IRS nonprofit status
- Sets ambitious financial goals and strategizes how to achieve them.

Social Media Manager:
- Works with other social media team members to maintain chapter Twitter and Facebook accounts on a daily basis.
- Keeps up on members’ work, awards, career moves and helps promote them on social media.
- Documents events in photos and words, publicizes them before and after on social media.

Publicity Manager:
- Works closely with social media team and board to ensure members are aware of meetings and events.
- Sends out regular email newsletter with chapter, member and national NAHJ news.
- Works with secretary to ensure all members are plugged in to NAHJ’s communication channels (email lists, Twitter and Facebook, etc.)
- Works with internship committee to publicize internship beyond the chapter membership.
- Communicates with sister organizations (schools, SPJ chapter, student chapter, etc.).

Internship/Mentorship Committee Chair:
- Sets goals for internship and mentorship program.
- Works with board, publicity officer and social media team to promote application process
- Receives applications, calls meeting to review them, interviews candidates, presents finalists to RJ leadership.
- Develops mentorship program to advance members’ professional development
- Welcomes interns and mentors, plans events, assists interns as they transition to Las Vegas

Fundraising Committee:
- Seeks sponsors for NAHJ’s major fundraisers.
- Plans major annual fundraise.
- Proposes other minor fundraising opportunities throughout the year.

Associate Regional Director
- Shadows regional director
- Works with sister chapters in other states to plan events, training, etc.
- Helps produce newsletter for region and maintain social media presence.

- May run to replace regional director in future.

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!


ALEXANDER COREY

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 CORRAL RODRIGUEZ

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 ROJAS

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.

THE PERKS
- 10 paid work weeks.

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

THE JOB
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.

THE CANDIDATE
- 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 nahj.org. Annual fee is $25.)

To apply and for more information, go to: nahjnevada.blogspot.com or email nahjnevada@gmail.com.

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 Press@enrollamerica.org to be put on our media list. And follow me on Twitter at @AnnetteRaveneau.

NN: Thanks, Annette!