President’s Message: NAHJ Outraged by Venzuelan Attacks; Get Ready for Region 8 Conference; Celebrate Gloria Campos’ Amazing Career


Dear NAHJ Nation,

As the massive demonstrations in Venezuela grow, so does the violence. NAHJ is outraged by the attacks against protestors and the journalists covering the story.

Screenshot from Youtube video of Venezuelan protestors arrested by police.

Screenshot from Youtube video of Venezuelan protestors arrested by police.

NAHJ demands that police and government authorities exercise restraint, better judgment and caution. The persecution of journalists for doing their job is unacceptable. Any attempt to censor or control news coverage of the demonstrations will only inflame an already perilous situation.

NAHJ also urges U.S. English-language news media to improve their coverage of the crisis in Venezuela. With the exception of CNN, the turmoil in the South American country hasn’t been given the attention it warrants. Venezuelans represent one of the largest Latino groups residing in the United States. The story is of interest to not only them, but Latinos from neighboring countries and the U.S. government.

While coverage has sorely lacked in English-language media, Spanish-language news outlets have done an exemplary job in providing fair, accurate and consistent coverage of the unrest in Venezuela. NAHJ applauds their hard work.

I will be reaching out to leaders in the English language news outlets to offer NAHJ’s assistance in covering this critical story.

Here’s an opinion article written by NAHJ Bay Area chapter president Vicki Adame.

Join us in San Francisco

Register for the Region 8 Conference set for March 22nd in San Francisco.

Register for the Region 8 Conference set for March 22nd in San Francisco.

The Bay Area Chapter is busy putting the final touches on the first regional conference of the year – LatinoVation: Innovation for a Changing Landscape.

Join us as we kick-off NAHJ’s 30th anniversary celebration. We’ve extended early-bird registration until March 1. For just $30 not only do you get to network with professionals, but you can learn how to launch your own start-up; how to build your online brand; hear NAHJ member and ABC News national correspondent Alex Perez talk about how he went from a small market to the national stage. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll get a chance to meet with recruiters from CNN, the San Francisco Chronicle, NBC Bay Area, Telemundo 48 and ABC 7.

So what are you waiting for? Register today!

Gloria Campos Retiring


Gloria Campos, courtesy WFAA-TV Channel 8

Gloria Campos, courtesy WFAA-TV Channel 8

NAHJ celebrates the career of NAHJ Hall-of-Famer Gloria Campos as she prepares to retire after 30 years with WFAA-TV, Ch. 8 in Dallas.

Gloria made history by becoming the first Latina news anchor at the ABC affiliate. She is also a three-time recipient of the TV/Broadcast News Award of Excellence. Her last newscast will be March 7.

Please join me in wishing her the best of luck on her future endeavors.

Webinar on Social Media

As promised, NAHJ will provide members with exclusive webinar training sessions. First up is The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media on March 11.

Although we all use social media in our personal and professional lives, are we using it to our best advantage? This webinar will provide tips on how to use social media to improve your daily work.

This is the first of four quarterly webinars being done in partnership with CBS News.

Stay tuned for more information.

Last Chance to Participate in Academic Survey

Time is running out to participate in the academic survey on Latino journalists. Friday, Feb. 28 is the last day to provide your input.

The project’s aim is to collect valuable data on the journalism field as it relates to Latinos. Although the survey is voluntary and anonymous, I’d greatly appreciate your participation. It takes less than five minutes to complete. Take the survey.

It only takes 5 minutes to complete. The deadline is 2/28.

Thank you!
Hugo Balta


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