Why you should support CCNMA — now more than ever.

Journalism has come under attack. At CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California, we won’t stand down as we and our colleagues are disparaged in this way.

For 45 years, CCNMA has fought to ensure that our newsrooms are inclusive, diverse, and accurately reflect our communities. This year we are working harder than ever to build a diverse network of reporters, editors and other news media professionals. The work we do supports the next generation of reporters through mentoring, scholarships and training. And we are growing.

Now, more than ever, we need you to stand with us and continue this important mission.

Journalists are doing what we have done for generations before: report the truth even in the face of danger, and give voice to the American public. It’s a calling that inspired CCNMA’s founders and continues to guide our members.

Your support is more important than ever. Please consider joining us by becoming a member or by making a tax-exempt donation. You can help strengthen the voices of today’s journalists and help train the journalists of tomorrow.

Remember, when you join CCNMA, you also become a member of NAHJ.


Joe Rodriguez
President of CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California

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SPJ/LA’s Reporter Karaoke Night, Juan Gabriel Style!


(Photo: The Redwood Bar & Grill in DTLA)

Come sing out some of that reporter rage or just have some drinks and try not to make fun of the people on stage. For fans of el “Divo de Juarez,” we’ll have plenty of his songs available for you to sing a tribute to Juan Gabriel.
The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a night of FREE karaoke at your favorite pirate bar, The Redwood, on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
IAMNOTAKJ will be taking requests from 7 to 9 p.m.He’s got it all — torch songs, rock anthems, Spanish hits, etc. Singers and non-singers welcome! Come catch up with fellow journalists over music, food and drinks.

SPJ/LA’s Karaoke Night

7 – 9 p.m.Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

Redwood Bar & Grill
316 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-2600

Free of charge.

There’s construction on Second Street in front of the bar and on Broadway. You can park at the lot on Hill Street.

The closest station is Civic Center/Grand Park.

Please RSVP at

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Join CCNMA and NAHJ in a historic night filled with music and honored guests

What do Mariachi Divas, Alfredo Corchado and KNBC have in common?

They will all be at the 36th Annual CCNMA Scholarship Banquet where CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists announce their historic partnership.

This year, CCNMA is honored to recognize the following individuals at the banquet on Friday, June 10.

  • Alfredo Corchado, author of “Midnight in Mexico” and editor of the borderlands desk of Cronkite News at Arizona PBS: Corchado is an award-winning Mexican-American journalist who has covered Mexico for many years, and is currently the Mexico City bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News. His book, “Midnight in Mexico,” documents his personal experience in Mexico where murders in Ciudad Juárez were commonplace, the ruthless drug cartels of Mexico put targets on the back of competitors and journalists alike, and government corruption left the powerful mostly unscrutinized.
  • Inez Gonzalez, director of the Latino Communications Initiative at California State University Fullerton: Of the nearly 3,700 students enrolled in the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, about 40 percent are Latino. Without a prior program to build upon, Gonzalez started the Latino Communications Initiative and has developed the program into a recognized local program that prepares Latino students for the workforce and supports their development through relevant courses, research and a broad spectrum of educational opportunities.
  • Miguel Almaguer, NBC News correspondent: Almaguer is an American journalist. He is a correspondent for NBC News, reporting for all divisions of the network and based at their Los Angeles bureau. Almaguer has shown that being a Latino journalist doesn’t limit you to Latino issues. His work has been nominated for an array of stories. “NBC’s Miguel Almaguer was the most-seen correspondent on network evening newscasts in 2015, racking up a total of 284 minutes on NBC Nightly News,” according to TV Newser.
  • KNBC, Los Angeles

Not only will guests enjoy a cash bar and an excellent dinner at the gorgeous Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, they’ll be supporting media diversity with their dollars and enjoy the company of guests who have blazed a trail for the Latino journalists who will come after them.

Tickets can be purchased through PayPal on the events page.

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BOOK READING: NYT Phoenix bureau chief Fernanda Santos presents “The Fire Line,” a tragic, inspiring tale of 2013 Arizona wildfire

First-time author and Phoenix bureau chief for The New York Times, Fernanda Santos, reads from her powerful new book, “The Fire Line,” on Wednesday, May 18 at Barnes & Noble in the Grove.

Santos tells the captivating story of a band of elite firefighters who nobly battled against one of the deadliest wildfires in the country. Her meticulous research and  prose is already garnering praise.

The Associated Press  said: “The product of [Santos’] efforts is a gripping account of one of the nation’s most deadly wildfires and an inspiring look atsantos the men who put their lives on the line and the loved ones they left behind.

People magazine described it like this:

“Santos’ account of the 2013 Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters will keep you on the edge of your seat and break your heart.”

From Héctor Tobar, author of Deep Down Dark:

“In Fernanda Santos’ expert hands, the story of 19 men and a raging wildfire unfolds as a riveting, pulse-pounding account of an American tragedy; and also as a meditation on manhood, brotherhood and family love.”

Go check it out. 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 189 the Grove Drive, Los Angeles.

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CCNMA Scholarship Banquet and NAHJ Los Angeles Awards

A new chapter in Latino journalism begins on Friday night, June 10, when the CCNMA  and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists announce their historic partnership at a scholarship and awards banquet at the Milennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. We hope you will join us.

Earlier this year, CCNMA and NAHJ merged their memberships in Los Angeles and embarked on a new partnership to create a more solid and creative force in Latino journalism. Our core values remain the same–promoting diversity in American newsrooms and improving news coverage of communities of color. Looking forward, we intend to create significant, training programs for student journalists as well as advanced training in digital media for working pros.

We invite you to attend the banquet, meet prominent Latino journalists,  and learn about our plans. Highlights include a career achievement award for reporter Alfredo Corchado, author of  “Midnight in Mexico,” his new book on violence against journalists and the death threat that ultimately forced him to leave.

Your purchase of banquet tickets, tables or sponsorships are tax-deductible and will benefit  college-bound, Latino journalism students from throughout California.

More information about sponsorship opportunities is available here.

Tickets can be purchased on our events page.

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