Thursday, July 16, 2015

Diversity at Its Finest: Turning Problems Into Opportunities: PRSA

Corporate leaders who convince themselves that the diversity problem (as they identify it) will resolve itself organically once new diverse employees enter the workforce are blinded by their prejudices and resistance to change.

Too often, companies hire for diversity but reward for conformity. A multicultural candidate is brought in on the promise of leading change, only to find that leaders nurture a culture that favors those who follow the status quo.

Diversity at Its Finest: Turning Problems Into Opportunities: PRSA

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

LatinoVation: NAHJ Region 8 Conference

The "Oscar" selfie at LatinoVation 2014
The NAHJ Bay Area Chapter hosted the first regional conference of 2014: Latinovation. 
A special thank you to chapter president Vicki Adame, chapter leaders, national board members Sergio Quintana and Blanca Torres and all the volunteers who made “Latinovation” a huge success. 

with NABJ President Bob Butler
NLGJA President Jen Christensen and
UNITY President David Steinberg

 I also want to thank regional director Nathan Olivarez-Giles; director of programs Leslie-Anne Frank; our partner organizations NABJ, AAJA and NLGJA; our sponsors Toyota, United Airlines and Wells Fargo as well as the numerous local sponsors. 

Sergio Quintana, Mekahlo Medina, Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Blanca Torres
A fuerte abrazo to all the panelists, moderators, and of course to all who attended. You should all be very proud. It was a great start to our 30th anniversary celebration.
Vicki Adame
Blanca Torres

Friday, March 14, 2014

NAHJ Visits Seton Hall University

I was a guest speaker at my alma mater Seton Hall University in February.

I gave a lecture about the changing image of Latinos in the United States from the 1950's to today.

Here is the presentation:

From left to right: Anthony DePalma, Writer-in-Residence, Denisse Oller, Director of the Joseph A. Unanue Institute, Dr. Joseph Lopez, Asst. Prof. of Physics

NAHJ Visits CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

I got the chance to visit with students at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in February. We discussed careers in journalism, the work NAHJ does and the importance of diversity in newsrooms.

Here's the conversation:
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

(2/21/14) The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) join like-kind associations and our concerned/outraged members in the increasingly dangerous/deadly nationwide protests in Venezuela. NAHJ demands that police (and government authorities) exercise restraint and caution in dealing with protestors and the journalists covering the story which is garnering worldwide attention. Among the demands from demonstrators (largely economic and social) is freedom of speech. The persecution of journalists for doing their jobs is unacceptable. Any attempt to censor or control news coverage of the demonstrations will only inflame an already perilous situation. NAHJ stands with Venezuelan journalists and all journalists who are victimized by governments and others for covering stories in the public’s best interest. To exert control of the media is to asphyxiate a community. NAHJ will work with other journalism groups in demanding the Venezuelan government cease their heavy handed tactics in dealing with these protests.

NAHJ also urges U.S. English-language news media to improve their coverage of the crisis in Venezuela. With the exception of CNN, the turmoil in the South American country hasn’t been given the attention it warrants. Venezuelans represent one of the largest Latino groups residing in the United States. The story is of interest to not only them, but Latinos from neighboring countries and the U.S. government.
While coverage has sorely lacked in English-language media, Spanish-language news outlets have done an exemplary job in providing fair, accurate and consistent coverage of the unrest in Venezuela. NAHJ applauds their hard work.
I will be reaching out to leaders in the English language news outlets to offer NAHJ’s assistance in covering this critical story.

NAHJ Calls For The Immediate Protection Of Journalists In Mexico

"Crimes against journalists exposing truths in the public’s best interest compromises the freedom of expression. For U.S. and Mexican leaders not to act now weakens the fundamental bricks of their democratic foundation..."

NAHJ issues this statement following the murder of Gregorio Jimenez in Veracruz, Mexico:

The NAHJ Los Angeles chapter also called for and end to the violence against journalists who are victimized for doing their job:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

NAHJ participa en programa de la radio sobre la importancia de aumentar las voces Latinas

"Los medios de comunicación están cambiando por tecnología y el aumento en el numero de personas que pueden participar en conversaciones al nivel nacional.  

Desafortunadamente, no se ha visto un aumento de la diversidad en los medios de comunicación convencional ni en noticia que sale de América Latina. 

En este programa hablemos sobre lo importante que es que haya mas latinos en nuestros medios de comunicación y da un resumen de la situación de periodismo en América Latina": .