Journalists less likely to be racial or ethnic minorities

Indiana University has published a report that looks at the “pulse of U.S. journalism.”

Among the findings were these:

  1. Most see journalism going in ‘wrong direction’
  2. Journalists are getting older
  3. Slight increase in the number of female journalists
  4. Slight decrease in the number of minority journalists

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Buy your 2014 CCNMA Banquet tickets today

The annual CCNMA Scholarship Banquet is the primary source of funding for the scholarships awarded each year to Latino students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

This year’s dinner, the 34th CCNMA scholarship Banquet, will be held Friday May 30, 2014, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. A no-host cocktail reception and silent auction will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The dinner and program begins at 7 p.m.

This year’s scholarship recipients also will be announced at the dinner, as will be the winners of the 15th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards.

Among past honorees are Dr. Tomas Rivera of UC Riverside, Olympic Boxing Gold Medalist Paul Gonzalez, the McClatchy Newspaper Group, Southern California Edison, Gerald Sass of The Freedom Forum, Jaime Jarrin of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, the Los Angeles Times, Maria Elena Salinas of Univision and Arnold Kleiner, general manager of KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

Past sponsors of the dinner have included the Los Angeles Times, KABC-TV, KNBC-TV, KCBS-TV, KTTV, KTLA-TV, KCAL-TV, Univision, Telemundo, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, The Orange County Register, La Opinión and Anheuser-Busch/InBev.

Dinner tickets are $200 each, but members may purchase up to two tickets at half-price. Tables of ten are $2,000. Sponsorship package range from $3,000 to $20,000.

For tickets, please use the PayPal form below. If you prefer, you can contact the CCNMA office at (424) 229-9482 or send a message to

Since 1976, more than $800,000 has been awarded to nearly 800 students pursuing careers in journalism. The banquet began in 1981.

CCNMA Banquet

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CCNMA scholarship gave LA Times’ Hector Becerra confidence to pursue journalism


I was the Editor-in-Chief of Cal State Los Angeles’ University Times newspaper when I won my first major journalism scholarship. It was a Ruben Salazar award from CCNMA.

The scholarship was significant for a variety reasons, not the least of which was that I had stumbled into working at the college newspaper and I wasn’t completely sure what profession I would pursue.

When I got the CCNMA scholarship, it validated that journalism was my future.

It was a confidence boost, and the next year, I landed my first professional internship at The Tennessean, in Nashville. Soon after, I got an internship at the Los Angeles Times, where I was eventually hired.

I was fortunate to win a few more journalism scholarships after my CCNMA award, but it was the latter that first signaled to me that I had found my calling.

It’s essential that student journalists apply both for scholarships and internships. One validates your good work, and any professional journalist who tells you that it is not important is lying. The other gives you the hands-on experience that you need as a reporter, whether in print, TV, radio, digital or something in between.

Winning a CCNMA scholarship was like crossing an important threshold for me. It was a beginning.

Hector Becerra, who now writes for the Los Angeles Times, received a CCNMA Ruben Salazar scholarship in 1996.

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Diversity means accuracy

“I always thought that including everyone in news coverage meant that it was accurate, that diversity is an important element of accuracy,” said Dawn Garcia, managing director of the Knight Fellowships. “As a reporter, I felt it was important to include people of all walks of life, color and backgrounds so you’re really telling the whole story.”

CCNMA is proud to recognize Garcia with the Career Achievement Award for her commitment to diversity. Read more about her work on the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships website.

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Filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez among honorees at 34th Scholarship Banquet

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California will honor two veteran journalists, a documentary filmmaker who produced a film on the life of Ruben Salazar, and KPCC-FM for its commitment to diversity at its 34th Scholarship Banquet on May 30, 2014, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The honorees are Tony Valdez, a longtime reporter at KTTV Fox11 in Los Angeles; Dawn Garcia, managing director of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University; Phillip Rodriguez, who produced the documentary “Ruben Salazar: The Man in the Middle,” and NPR station KPCC for its commitment to diversity in its hiring and editorial content.

Tony Valdez

Tony Valdez

“Honoring Tony Valdez is long overdue,” said Julio Moran, executive director of CCNMA. “He is perhaps the dean of Latino reporters in Los Angeles, if not the country. He exemplifies what a Latino reporter should be by telling untold stories about Latinos, even when not popular.

“Dawn Garcia, first as a reporter and then as an editor, and now with the Knight Fellowships, has always fought to include Latinos in the newsroom. Phillip Rodriguez has produced a film that shows the human side of Ruben Salazar, not just a journalist. And KPCC has embraced diversity with its hiring practices and its reporting on stories of interest to the Latino community.”

The recipients of 2014 CCNMA scholarships also will be announced at the dinner. CCNMA has awarded more than $800,000 to more than 800 students since 1978.

The winners of CCNMA’s 15th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards, which recognize work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos, will also be presented at the Banquet.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California, formerly known as the California Chicano News Media Association, is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization founded in 1972 and is the oldest organization of journalists of color in the country. The group is dedicated to the advancement of Latino journalists and to fostering fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos in the news media.

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