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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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2013 Journalism Opportunities Conference

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Winners of CCNMA’s 14th Ruben Salazar Awards

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 14th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

Hannah Dreier won in the print category for her series of stories, “Philosophical Debate, Life and Death Consequences,” about an immigrant living in the U.S. illegally seeking a kidney transplant and the ensuing debate over the moral, political and financial obligations of the procedure. She wrote the stories for the Bay Area News Group last year, but is currently with the AP in Nevada. Judges comment: “It grabs the reader, forcing them off the fence to either side with helping save (the immigrant’s) life or call him a ‘felon’ for breaking immigration law. Well-organized, which allowed the reader to understand the impact that resulted.”

In the TV category, reporter/producer María Leticia Gómez and photographer/editor Edward González of KDTV-TV in San Francisco won for their series “Farmworker Shortage,” which provided a behind-the-scenes look into the Napa Valley wine industry and the struggles of immigrants in the U.S. illegally whose labor allows the industry to thrive. Judges comment: “A well researched, well reported story that gives an in-depth look at the situation in the California vineyards. While it ties in with the need for immigration reform, the advocacy is subtle.”

There were no winners in the Radio, Photography or Commentary categories.

Judging was done by retired veteran journalists in the Los Angeles area.

The awards will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 33rd Scholarship Banquet on June 6, 2013, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees that night will be Teresa Quevedo of KMEX Univision34, Robert Lopez of the Los Angeles Times, Norberto Santana Jr. of Voice of OC, and Luis Torres, formerly of KNX Newsradio.

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.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization founded in 1972. 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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2013 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Miranda Ceja
San Marcos, CA
Mission Hills High School/
California State University, Long Beach

Amada Villalobos
Santa Maria, CA
Pioneer High School/
San Francisco State University

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Cynthia Vargas-Recio
Pomona, CA
San Dimas High School/California State University, Fullerton

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Jeanette Ramirez
Long Beach, CA
Millikan High School/California State University, Long Beach

George Ramos Memorial Scholarship

Ashley Carreon
South El Monte,CA
South El Monte High School/Mills College

Felix J. Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship

Nathalie Vera
Van Nuys, CA
UC Santa Barbara

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