2017 Ruben Salazar Excellence in Journalism Award Finalists Announced

On behalf of the California Chicano News Media Association, it is our great pleasure to announce the three finalists for the prestigious Ruben Salazar Award for excellence in journalism.

The winner will be announced at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, California on September 8th, 11:30am pt at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Ñ Awards Luncheon inside the Anaheim Marriott, 700 West Convention Way.

Congratulations to the finalists for being selected for this journalism award in honor of an American legend, truth seeker and defender of the Latino community – Ruben Salazar.


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Latino journalists invited to AAJA event honoring Los Angeles Times photographer



Friends and colleagues:

The Asian American Journalists Association invites you to spend an evening with photojournalist Marcus Yam on Wednesday, March 8.
Marcus is a Los Angeles Times photographer who was just named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the Missouri School of Journalism’s Picture of the Year International competition. He’ll present some of his prizewinning photography and chat about his life as a photojournalist, so bring your questions! (Check out his work here.)

When: Wednesday, March 8 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles Times Community Room, 145 S. Spring St.
Parking: Available at 213 S. Spring St. for $7 (park after 4 p.m.)
Closest metro: Civic Center/Grand Park Station

This event is free and open to anyone who loves photography, so feel free to bring friends and colleagues who might be interested. Seating is limited, so please make sure to register on Eventbrite if you’re coming. Follow our Facebook eventfor the latest updates.

We’ll provide the wine, beer, soda and top-notch mingling.

See you Wednesday,


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CCNMA Mourns Death of Anthony Marquez, Former Member, AP’s L.A. Bureau Chief

In t his Oct. 8, 2010 photo Los Angeles bureau chief Anthony Marquez poses for a photo in Los Angeles. Marquez, an Associated Press intern who rose to Los Angeles bureau chief where his calm hand brought stability to AP's news coverage in Southern California amid titanic changes for the journalism industry, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. He was 55. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

In t his Oct. 8, 2010 photo Los Angeles bureau chief Anthony Marquez poses for a photo in Los Angeles. Marquez, an Associated Press intern who rose to Los Angeles bureau chief where his calm hand brought stability to AP’s news coverage in Southern California amid titanic changes for the journalism industry, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. He was 55. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Marquez, an Associated Press intern who rose to Los Angeles bureau chief where his calm hand brought stability to AP’s news coverage in Southern California amid titanic changes for the journalism industry, has died. He was 55.

Marquez succumbed Thursday to complications from cancer.

Unfailingly courteous and with a disarmingly quick wit, Marquez was that rare boss and executive who seemed to have no enemies. Those who spoke highly of him included not only the reporters, photographers and others he hired but the many editors and news directors whose newspapers, websites, and TV and radio stations received news from the AP.

 “Anthony was such an impressive person,” said Gary Pruitt, AP president and chief executive officer. “He exemplified the very best of AP: high journalistic standards, impeccable business ethics, treating everyone with respect.”

Frank Baker, the AP’s California news editor since 2011 and Marquez’s chief deputy for five years before that, said Marquez was understated and rock solid.

“Anthony mixed so many great qualities. He was helpful. He was compassionate. He was upbeat. And he sure was funny,” Baker said. “I can’t recall a time we were together in the same room — and there were hundreds of those times over the years — that we didn’t share a glance or a comment that left us both laughing.

“Even though he worked in a serious business, he never took himself too seriously.”

Marquez brought a passion for news that he first honed as managing editor of his college newspaper, Fresno State University’s The Daily Collegian. It was at Fresno State where he met his wife of 29 years, Maureen.

His alma mater honored him in 2013 with its prestigious Top Dog Award for distinguished alumni. In an acceptance speech, he joked that no one got into journalism for the money.

“You did it because you wanted to make a difference and you wanted to have an impact,” he said. “And so I would hope that everyone here would continue to support that, to support student journalists and to understand that it really does matter and it makes a difference.”

Marquez graduated from Fresno State in 1985, and then earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

He landed a summer internship at the AP’s Minneapolis bureau, then was hired as a reporter in the news service’s San Francisco bureau, where he became day supervisor, directing and editing the bureau’s daily news report.

Marquez left the AP four years later to work for several San Francisco Bay Area newspapers, the last one The Mercury News of San Jose, where he was Bay editor. The AP hired him back as San Francisco’s assistant bureau chief in 2000, and three years later he was named chief of the Los Angeles bureau, the organization’s second-largest U.S. bureau and one of its busiest.

His arrival in Los Angeles coincided with the explosion of digitalization that brought massive changes and job cuts to journalism. He embraced the challenge, directing an award-winning staff that covered major stories including the 2007 Southern California wildfires, the death of Michael Jackson in 2009, the annual Academy Awards and celebrity trials including Jackson, Phil Spector and Robert Blake.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Nick Ut and legendary courts reporter Linda Deutsch were among those who worked for Marquez.

He also led the bureau’s business operations, visiting frequently with editors, publishers and other executives of California and Nevada’s major news organizations. As the news business changed, Marquez pushed AP staff to embrace other storytelling formats while pressing the AP itself to become more diverse.

The first in his family to attend college, he developed the first internship program at The Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, California, when he worked there in the 1990s. He later served on the AP’s Corporate Diversity Committee.

Kate Lee Butler, VP-Engagement at the Associated Press, began her AP career working for Marquez in the Los Angeles bureau.

“Anthony was always smart, insightful, stayed cool under pressure and just got the job done,” she said. “He was universally appreciated as an excellent journalist, leader and advocate for journalism and the AP in the range of roles he played over his time here.”

Outside of work, he loved comic books and could discuss the adventures of Marvel superheroes like Spider-Man with any hardcore fan. His move to Los Angeles, meanwhile, had allowed him to embrace a lifelong love affair with the Los Angeles Dodgers. During summers he loved escaping to Dodger Stadium, sometimes with gatherings of a dozen or more fellow AP employees.

A huge football fan as well, on several occasions he presented The AP National Championship Trophy to the nation’s No. 1 college football team.

Baker said during the illness Marquez was loath to discuss his health.

“He was far more interested in comparing notes on sports,” Baker said. “But when he did talk about the illness, he was unfailingly upbeat, taking each setback in stride and always — always — looking ahead to getting back to work at AP.”

Marquez is survived by his wife and their three children, Paul, 24; Aaron, 22, and a senior at Sonoma State University; and Francesca, 18, a high school senior.

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Election results: CCNMA welcomes 1 new, 4 returning board members


Thank you for voting in the board election. Please join us in congratulating the following re-elected/new CCNMA/NAHJ-LA board members:

Zamná Ávila
Random Lengths News
Mekahlo Medina
Laurie Ochoa
Los Angeles Times
Steve Padilla
Los Angeles Times
Louis Sahagun
Los Angeles Times
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Why you should support CCNMA — now more than ever.

Journalism has come under attack. At CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California, we won’t stand down as we and our colleagues are disparaged in this way.

For 45 years, CCNMA has fought to ensure that our newsrooms are inclusive, diverse, and accurately reflect our communities. This year we are working harder than ever to build a diverse network of reporters, editors and other news media professionals. The work we do supports the next generation of reporters through mentoring, scholarships and training. And we are growing.

Now, more than ever, we need you to stand with us and continue this important mission.

Journalists are doing what we have done for generations before: report the truth even in the face of danger, and give voice to the American public. It’s a calling that inspired CCNMA’s founders and continues to guide our members.

Your support is more important than ever. Please consider joining us by becoming a member or by making a tax-exempt donation. You can help strengthen the voices of today’s journalists and help train the journalists of tomorrow.

Remember, when you join CCNMA, you also become a member of NAHJ.


Joe Rodriguez
President of CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California

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