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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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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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Looking forward: New CCNMA board members share their goals for new year

The new year is a time of reflection and a time for setting goals. We looked to our three newest CCNMA board members for their goals on making newsrooms reflect the people they cover.

Luis Gomez

My goals for CCNMA are to promote diversity in journalism by working as a “connector” between job-seekers and news organizations.

—Luis Gomez, Business editor at the Investigative News Network

Yvonne Villarreal

I am eager to lead efforts in continuing to provide first-class quality news and information that serve and represent my community. I aim to tell compelling stories across digital platforms while adding value to readers. And I hope to inspire, in some capacity, the next generation of Latino reporters.

—Yvonne Villarreal, Reporter at the Los Angeles Times

 

Ignacio Garcia

My goal is to provide scholarships to outstanding Hispanic students across the country and help them realize their professional aspirations in Journalism.

—Ignacio Garcia, Coordinating producer at ESPN International and ESPN Deportes

How do you propose to make newsrooms more diverse? Write your suggestion in the comments below.

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Start the new year right: Support CCNMA’s work with a tax-deductible donation

Jennifer Medina of the New York Times. David Ovalle of the Miami Herald. Hector Becerra of the Los Angeles Times. Miguel Almaguer of NBC News. Cecilia Vega of ABC News.

CCNMA identified these people when they were college students as having the talent and commitment to be successful journalists. And they proved CCNMA right.

Help CCNMA continue its important work to identify and support promising Latino journalists with a tax-deductible gift.

A donation of any amount will be appreciated greatly. You also may make your contribution over time. If your company has a matching gift program, be sure to send any required forms.

If your membership has lapsed, renewing your membership also will help considerably. If you are not currently a member, please consider joining. If you are a current member, consider a lifetime membership. Annual membership dues are only $50 or $90 for two years. A lifetime membership is $1,000, and may be paid over time.

Kindly send a check payable to:

CCNMA, ASU Cronkite School of Journalism
725 Arizona Ave., Ste. 404
Santa Monica, CA 90401-1723.

Or, give online using PayPal.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Executive Director Julio Moran at juliomoran@ccnma.org

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