CCNMA and NAHJ join forces to celebrate newsroom diversity at annual banquet

CCNMA 35th Banquet
For the 35th annual CCNMA Scholarship Banquet, CCNMA is honored to have collaborated with NAHJ in recognizing distinguished California journalists.

CCNMA awarded scholarships to five students and presented the 16th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards. CCNMA also honored three journalists instrumental to CCNMA’s mission in diversifying newsrooms: Celina Rodriguez, a longtime broadcaster in San Jose; Juan Esparza Loera, editor of Vida en el Valle in Fresno; and Magdalena Beltran-del Olmo, recently retired from The California Wellness Foundation.

The night included NAHJ’s Noche de Honores, which recognized three journalists and long time broadcaster Sylvia Lopez, who retired from KCAL 9 after 30 years on the air.

“It was an amazing night of celebration, gratitude and the start of a growing partnership with CCNMA,” NAHJ President Mekahlo Medina wrote to NAHJ members.

Medina acknowledged that NAHJ is the product of CCNMA more than 30 years ago.

“Both CCNMA and NAHJ have the same mission to diversify newsrooms,” said CCNMA President Yvette Cabrera. “Our efforts are only stronger when we work together.”

Check out photos and buzz around Friday’s event in the Storify below:

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