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 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 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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CCNMA announces Executive Director Julio Moran’s retirement

Julio Moran will be retiring as executive director of the nonprofit CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California after serving the journalism organization for 18 years.

The CCNMA board of directors thanks him for his service, particularly as the news industry underwent significant changes during the last decade.

“Julio shepherded CCNMA during a difficult financial period, and we appreciate all that he has dedicated to the organization,” said CCNMA President Yvette Cabrera. “Whether it was mentoring journalism students or guiding professionals on their career paths, Julio generously shared his wisdom with many generations of Latino journalists.”

CCNMA, the oldest regional organization of journalists of color in the country, was founded in 1972 to promote diversity in the news media by providing encouragement, scholarships and educational programs for Latinos pursuing careers as journalists. As part of its mission, CCNMA works to foster an accurate and fair portrayal of Latinos in the news media, and also promotes the social, economic and professional advancement of Latino journalists.

Moran first joined the nonprofit as a consultant in 1996, and then was hired as its executive director the following year. He is a former Los Angeles Times reporter who was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team honored for its groundbreaking coverage of Latinos in Southern California. The comprehensive 21-part series was published in 1983 and won a Pulitzer in the Meritorious Public Service category.

Throughout his career, Moran has been active in efforts to bring diversity to the nation’s newsrooms. In 1982, he served on the planning committee that organized the first national conference for Latino journalists, which was held in San Diego.

He sat on the first board of directors of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 1984, and was elected vice president for print in 1986. In 1996, NAHJ presented him with the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Moran also sat on the board of directors of Unity ‘94, an umbrella group of the four largest national associations of journalists of color. The first Unity conference was held in Atlanta in 1994 and attracted more than 5,000 participants.

Moran will continue to serve in an advisory capacity as CCNMA transitions and searches for his replacement. His last day will be Monday, June 15, 2015.

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