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CNN reporters, CSUN student winners of CCNMA’s 16th Ruben Salazar Awards

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 16th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

Michael Martinez, CNN Newsdesk Editor & Writer

Michael Martinez, CNN Newsdesk Editor & Writer

Michael Martinez and Jaqueline Hurtado of CNN Digital and CNN en Español have won in the Print/Online category for their story “Generation Gap: Renewed Ties Expose Painful Cuban-American Rift.”

The story focuses on how Cuban-Americans are now a divided people and are evenly split nationwide about President Barack Obama’s announcement to normalize relations with Cuba.

Jaqueline Hurtado, CNNE All Platform Journalist

Jaqueline Hurtado, CNNE All Platform Journalist

The judges said: “In the past, the news media tended to portray the Cuban American community as being single-mindedly against restoring ties with Cuba.

The article contributes to a better understanding of the Cuban American community, which is becoming increasingly diverse in its views

The winner in the Student category is Alex Cory, a graduating senior at California State University, Northridge, for his story “CSUs Lag Behind UCs in Creating ‘Dream Centers.’ ”

Alex Corey, graduating senior from California State University, Northridge

Alex Corey, graduating senior from California State University, Northridge

The story looks at the slow progress of creating centers to help undocumented students at CSU and community college systems, which serve the bulk of undocumented students in California.

The judges said: “A strong news hook, a nice anecdote to lead into the larger issue and charts galore….The reporter also shows a graceful ability with words. A really fine story.”

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

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.

The awards will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 35th Scholarship Banquet on June 5, 2015, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees that night will be Magdalena Beltran-del Olmo, retired executive with The California Wellness Foundation; Juan Esparza Loera, editor of Vida en el Valle in Fresno; and Celina Rodriguez, who hosts a show on KZSF 1370 AM in San Jose.

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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#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.


CCNMA Banquet



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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 ccnmainfo@ccnma.org 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.

Sincerely,

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: http://igg.me/at/stopunpaidinternships/x/10197937.

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