#CCNMA4Diversity: Support CCNMA’s mission with your ticket to the annual scholarship banquet

Attendees applaud honoree Tony Valdez, reporter for Fox 11 News, at the CCNMA Scholarship Banquet on May 30, 2014.

Attendees applaud honoree Tony Valdez, reporter for Fox 11 News, at the 2014 CCNMA Scholarship Banquet.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California will honor two veteran journalists and a longtime supporter at its 35th Scholarship Banquet on June 5, 2015, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles (506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles). A no host cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Program and dinner start at 7 p.m.

The honorees are 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.

“Honoring Magdalena Beltran-del Olmo is well-deserved,” said Julio Moran, executive director of CCNMA. “She started out on the CCNMA staff, worked in public relations and marketing, and while at The California Wellness Foundation was instrumental in awarding CCNMA thousands of dollars in grants and sponsorships.

“Celina and Juan may not be well-known in Southern California, but both are longtime journalists who have fought to make sure that Latinos stories and issues of concern to Latinos are told.”

The recipients of 2015 CCNMA scholarships also will be announced at the dinner. CCNMA has awarded more than $850,000 to more than 850 students since 1978.

The winners of CCNMA’s 16th 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.

Tickets for the dinner are $200 each, but CCNMA members in good standing may purchase up to two tickets for $100 each. Tables of 10 are $2,000. Tickets may be purchased by check or credit card by calling the CCNMA office at (424) 229-9482, or via PayPal below.

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Tour Santa Catalina Island with CCNMA

Photo by Daniel A. Anderson/@DAAPhotography

Photo by Daniel A. Anderson/@DAAPhotography

On Saturday, May 9, join CCNMA on an exclusive sea cruise and tour of Santa Catalina Island. Catalina Express has offered to transport CCNMA and a select number of people to and from the resort community of Avalon.

THE TRIP: On Saturday, May 9, we will depart Long Beach at 10 a.m. and arrive in Avalon at about 11 a.m. Please note Catalina Express advises that participants arrive at the terminal at least 1 hour in advance.

We will then be shuttled to the Catalina Island Museum by golf carts driven by museum personnel for a tour of the existing Catalina Island Museum and the adjacent new $6-million museum, which is still under construction. This 1-hour tour will be led by museum officials, and will end with snacks and wine.

Later, we’ll board Catalina Conservancy buses for a ride to the scenic Wrigley Gardens and a mountain-top trail head with panoramic views of Avalon and its cozy harbor.

The buses will get us back to Avalon by 3 p.m., which will provide a few hours time to roam Avalon’s boutiques, bars, restaurants and piers before our boat departs Avalon back to Long Beach at 6 p.m.

DEPARTURE: We are scheduled to leave Avalon at 6 p.m., arriving back in Long Beach by 7 p.m.However, participants will have plenty of time to change their tickets to leave Avalon on the 3:45 p.m.boat back to Long Beach, if they wish to.

THE COST: Roundtrip is just $16. Trip is free if you become a CCNMA member today.

Please note participants will also need to pay for parking at the Catalina Express Terminal’s parking garage, located at 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach. Please call 310-519-1212 for more information about parking and directions.

This trip is intended for professional journalists only. Please email to RSVP. Space is limited. 

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DEADLINE EXTENSION: 2015 Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards

UPDATE April 18: Didn’t have a chance to submit your Ruben Salazar Application? There’s more time to do so. We’ve extended the deadline to April 27. Submit your application online.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California is proud to announce the 16th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards competition to recognize stories and photographs that exemplify journalism excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos in the United States by portraying Latinos fairly and accurately, including general stories affecting the Latino community.

Awards will be presented in each of five categories: Print/Online, Television, Radio, Commentary, and Print Photography. The competition is not limited to CCNMA members or to Latinos, but the stories must have been published or broadcast in California between Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014. Commentary may be in print, online, radio or television.

The awards are named after the late Ruben Salazar, who at the time of his death in 1970 was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director of Spanish-language television station KMEX in Los Angeles. Salazar was covering the Chicano anti-Vietnam War Moratorium in East Los Angeles when a tear gas projectile fired by a Sheriff’s deputy killed him.

Salazar had a keen sense of perspective and introspective in providing insight into the Latino community. As the Los Angeles Times eulogized him, Salazar was “sometimes an angry man as he observed the inequities around him, yet he spoke out with a calm vigor that made his words all the more impressive and influential.”

That is the type of journalism that we want to recognize.

Winners will be recognized at the annual 2015 CCNMA Scholarship Banquet in June.

For a contest entry form with contest rules please click here.

I hope you will participate in helping us recognize the coverage of Latinos as an integral part of daily journalism in California.


Julio Moran
Executive Director

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#StopUnpaidInternships: Help CSUN Latino Journalists Club raise money for internships

Without an internship, graduating journalism students don’t have a chance in the real world.

Many paid internships are extremely competitive. Not all media organizations can afford bringing on a paid intern. At the same time, not all students can afford taking on an unpaid internship.

That’s where you come in: The CSUN Latino Journalists Club, a student chapter of CCNMA and NAHJ, has a launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $3,000 in funds for two paid internships this summer.

The student organization has partnered with the ethnic media collective LA Beez and CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California to give students the opportunity to intern with either the Asian Journal or El Impulso and cover underrepresented communities in Los Angeles.

By contributing to this campaign you will help these students get the experience they need without the stress of holding down multiple jobs.

They campaign’s goal is almost halfway there! Help them reach their $3,000 goal by donating today:

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Good Journalism Builds Bridges, Does Not Burn Them

By Luis Gomez:

There is a moral lesson to be learned from a story out of Santa Barbara that is more relevant than ever and it applies to anyone who wishes to enter the field of journalism.

To paraphrase the words of my friend Josh Stearns, who writes about the future of news: Good journalism is the kind that is built with the community it serves, not just for it.

The unfortunate story comes from the Santa Barbara News-Press which has become a textbook example of how not to do this kind of journalism.

Santa Barbara News-PressAnd it all begins with a headline from its Jan. 3 front page, “Illegals line up for driver’s licenses.” With good reason, many of us journalists cringed. I certainly did.

letter to the News-Press from CCNMA executive director Julio Moran echoed the Associated Press reasoning for objecting such phrases like “illegals” and “illegal alien”: “Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person…”

The News-Press defended its use of the term, saying the paper has used it for years and called it “an appropriate term in describing someone as ‘illegal’ if they are in this country illegally.”

Legally speaking, the News-Press is well within its first-Amendment rights to use whatever language it desires. Ethically speaking, the News-Press’ argument falls short of meeting the standards journalists have set to conduct a profession that relies so heavily on trust and good faith.

American journalism is not just about first Amendment rights—it aims for higher standards of fairness, pluralism, civic engagement, and compromise. As someone who has worked in news for more than 10 years, journalism is a labor of love and not hostility.

Language that is hurtful to a group of people is language that does a disservice to its audience and its own community.

Regardless of the politics of the terminology, newspapers should be invested in the community they serve—it is not just part of their business strategy but it is also part of building a legacy. The people you write about are the very same people who advertise in your paper; they are the very same people who talk to your reporters; they are the very same people who read your paper and depend on the information you provide.

Fighting the very same community you serve is counterproductive and may prove fatal for an institution that relies on trust. Once it is lost, trust is extremely difficult to gain back.

Say you want to defend your first-Amendment rights to free speech? Refer to the Society of Professional Journalists or any legal organization to remind you that free speech comes with responsibility and consequences.

Legitimate news organizations don’t defend free speech to use irresponsible language. They do so in the interest of informing the public, without bias, and foster civic dialogue. Anyone can cower behind the protective mantle of the first Amendment, even hate groups.

The problem at the News-Press is not an isolated one, but rather a systematic one. The purposeful use of hurtful language that alienates a community shows how great a need there is for organizations like CCNMA and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Members of both organizations should demand better from the News-Press.

With that said, let’s take this as an opportunity to revisit the SPJ Code of Ethics:

  1. Seek truth and report it
  2. Minimize harm
  3. Act independently
  4. Be accountable and transparent

Luis Gomez is a CCNMA board member and a business editor at the Investigative News Network. Follow him on Twitter @RunGomez.

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