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Winners of CCNMA’s 10th Ruben Salazar Awards announced

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 10th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

The awards — in the three categories of Print, Television, and Radio — will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 29th Scholarship Banquet on June 5, 2009, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. There were no winners in the Commentary or Photography categories.

In the Radio category, reporter and executive producer Phillip Martin, editor Jason DeRose and producer Shereen Marisol Meraji won for their NPR’s “Day to Day” story “Tough Times in Fresno.” Judges commented: “Most media outlets forget about rural areas or suburbs when covering Latino issues. This story does a good job at describing an area of the United States that is affected by poverty and lack of social resources. The interviews and data are a great complement.”

In the Television category, CBS5/KPIX-TV (San Francisco) reporter Len Ramirez and assignment editor Michael Konczal won for their story “Mother’s Day Reunion.” Judges commented: “Terrific Mother’s Day story with strong personal element. Felt compassion in writing and execution by reporter. The story was shot very well.”

In the Print category, Esmeralda Bermudez of the Los Angeles Times won for her story “In L.A., Speaking ‘Mexican’ to Fit In.” Judges comments: “Bermudez’s story artfully describes an age-old dilemma — trying to fit in to a culture that is not exactly yours but with which you share a multitude of similarities. Instead of Latinos trying to fit in with the Anglo community, it’s about Central Americans trying to fit in with the larger Mexican and Mexican American communities in Los Angeles. Bermudez handles the topic of self identification (hence, self esteem), language and hegemony with just the right touch , with understanding to the region’s large and growing Latino population. The media’s obsession with Mexicans notwithstanding, this is really a story of a multicultural community’s growth and development and the inevitable drama it can produce.”

Members of the Arizona Latino Media Association judged the entries.

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 37-year-old Los Angeles-based statewide nonprofit organization housed at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism. The statewide 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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2009 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Rebecca Mata
Paramount, CA
Torrance High School/
CSU Dominguez Hills

Vanessa Nevarez
Chula Vista, CA
Southwestern College/
San Francisco State University

Marissa Lopez
Monterey Park, CA
East Los Angeles College

Esmeralda Ramirez
Chula Vista, CA
Southwestern College/
California State University, Chico

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Jennifer Carcamo
West Hills, CA
UCLA

Felix J. Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship

Erick Huerta
Los Angeles, CA
East Los Angeles College

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Carlos Saucedo
Montebello, CA
University of Southern California

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2009 CCNMA Fundraiser

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2008 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

2008 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Sarah Ulloa
South El Monte, CA
South El Monte High School
UC, Santa Barbara

Erika Sanchez
Los Angeles, CA
Roosevelt High School
UC, Berkeley

America Arias
Costa Mesa, CA
CSU, Fullerton

CBS News Scholarship

Maria Jose Calderon
Oakland, CA
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Toyota Motor Sales, USA Scholarship

Mallory Fites
Fort Bragg, CA
CSU, Sacramento

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Alana Gomez-Dong
Glendale, CA
Stanford University

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Vanessa Hernandez
Riverside, CA
Rubidoux High School
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Felix J. Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship

Alexis Terrazas
Daly City, CA
College of San Mateo

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2007 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

America Arias
Costa Mesa, CA
CSU, Fullerton

Sarah Ulloa
South El Monte, CA
South El Monte High School
UC, Santa Barbara

Erika Sanchez
Los Angeles, CA
Roosevelt High School
UC, Berkeley

Mary L. Castro Memorial Scholarship

Mariana Barajas
Anaheim, CA
Pepperdine University

Toyota Motor Sales, USA Scholarship

Mallory Fites
Fort Bragg, CA
CSU, Sacramento

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Alana Gomez-Dong
Glendale, CA
Stanford University

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Vanessa Hernandez
Riverside, CA
Rubidoux High School
California State Polytechnic
University, Pomona

Felix J. Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship

Alexis Terrazas
Daly City, CA
College of San Mateo

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