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Nominate someone (or yourself!) for CCNMA Board of Directors

Many award-winning and well-respected Latino journalists have served on the CCNMA board throughout its history, beginning with founders such as Frank del Olmo, Frank Cruz and George Ramos and current board members such as Mariel Garza, Joe Rodriguez and Sandy Nuñez.

Typically, these journalists are drawn to the group’s mission to help diversify newsrooms. Over the years, CCNMA has expanded its efforts by seeking grants and donations for scholarships, and creating programming for students and professional journalists. We couldn’t do any of that without the work put in by board members.

Interested in joining us? We’re accepting nominations until Nov.14. Email ccnmainfo@ccnma.org.

Here are a few frequently asked questions about serving on CCNMA Board of Directors:

Q: What kind of commitment does serving on the board require?
A: Your main responsibilities are to attend quarterly board meetings, typically in January, April, July and October. While we understand that the work schedules of journalists are sometimes chaotic, we ask that board members make it a priority to attend these meetings.
Q: Is that it? Just going to meetings?
A: No, the organization relies on board members to share their expertise in other ways through its various programs. For example, the organization has an active mentorship program with journalism students at Cal State Northridge. CCNMA would love to expand the program to other interested colleges, but needs volunteer coordinators. Our board members also spearhead different programming initiatives such as the scholarships, Ruben Salazar Awards and the Journalism Opportunities Conference.
Q: I’m just starting out as a journalist and don’t have much journalism experience yet. Can I still serve as board member?
A: Absolutely! As you can see from the list of current board members, many are veteran journalists and a few are in management positions. However, there is no requirement in the amount of professional journalism experience. In fact, a mix of journalists from different media and experience levels can offer different perspectives to ensure the organization is best helping members at all levels in the journalism industry.
Q: Can anyone be a board member?
A: Per CCNMA bylaws, a board member must be a working journalist and CCNMA member in good standing. CCNMA is looking for board members dedicated to motivating, encouraging and supporting Latinos interested in pursuing careers in the news media. (Not a CCNMA member? Join now.)
Q: Is this a paid position? What do I get out of being a board member?
A: CCNMA board members are motivated to devoting their free time to the organization simply because they believe in working to increase the number of people of color in newsrooms. Serving on the nation’s original news media group for journalists of color would give you exposure as well as invaluable networking opportunities.

Have more questions? Want to be nominated? Email us at ccnmainfo@ccnma.org.

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CCNMA scholarship application open

California students planning to pursue a career in journalism are invited to apply for the CCNMA scholarships.

Deadline is April 2, 2016. For rules and application, click here.

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Los Angeles Zoo hosts CCNMA members and friends for a wild time

CCNMA at LA Zoo

CCNMA brought together a few dozen journalists and their friends to visit the Los Angeles Zoo and check out the new jaguar exhibit on July 18. Here’s just some of the fun we had:

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CCNMA’s Mosaic Journalism Workshop gets attention from award-winning radio journalist

Celina Roriguez visited Mosaic June 24, 2015 to interview students, teachers and an advisor. "I was very impressed by their commitment and enthusiasm to do good journalism," the award-winning journalist wrote on Facebook.

Celina Roriguez visited Mosaic June 24, 2015 to interview students, teachers and an advisor. “I was very impressed by their commitment and enthusiasm to do good journalism,” the award-winning journalist wrote on Facebook.

Award-winning radio journalist Celina Rodriguez interviewed CCNMA’s Mosaic Journalism Workshop students and teachers at the project’s newsroom on 1370 AM La Kaliente in San Jose.

You’ll love their spirit and passion for journalism.

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Mosaic is a CCNMA project for Bay Area high school students that started in 1993. The workshop is led by Mosaic Executive Director Marcos Cabrera.

CCNMA Board Member Joe Rodriguez recently posted on the CCNMA group page with a link to the 22nd annual Mosaic Journalism Workshop newspaper.

“You will think you’re reading a metropolitan newspaper because we ran it like a professional newsroom,” Rodriguez said. “The kids were asked to grow up quickly and they did.”

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Miguel Melendez joins CCNMA Board of Directors

Miguel Melendez

Miguel Melendez

CCNMA welcomes Miguel Melendez, a USA Today Sports mobile content producer, to join its Board of Directors.

“CCNMA events fueled my fire for journalism,” Melendez said, “and as a board member I want to do my part in making sure that CCNMA continues to produce quality events in hopes that it inspires aspiring journalists and professional journalists alike.”

Melendez curates and programs editorial content for the new USA TODAY Sports app. He previously worked for FOX Sports, NFL Network and The Orange County Register. His byline also has appeared in The Associated Press, Boston Globe and Oakland Tribune.

Melendez was 17 when he started as a freelancer at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune working on the sports desk answering phones. He covered high school sports at The Register before moving on to the pro soccer beat and later assisting with Lakers, USC, UCLA and Angels coverage. Melendez was the UCLA beat writer at the Daily News before becoming an editor at NFL.com. He was born in Tijuana, Mexico and lives in Downtown Los Angeles.

“I hope that my story — overcoming homelessness and escaping a drug and gang-infested upbringing — can inspire someone to continue their relentless pursuit of achieving their dreams,” Melendez said.

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