NAHJ elections: There should be no debate

The debate over whether the Board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists should cancel this year’s election and extend the current term of Board members by another year should have begun and ended with two words. It’s illegal. But they acted in good faith. It’s illegal. But they truly felt it was in theContinue reading “NAHJ elections: There should be no debate”

NAHJ members, demand your right to vote!

Last week, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) announced a formal decision to cancel the 2020 national board elections. The board’s decision was based, in the association’s words, on a need to “temporarily limit any unnecessary radical change in the interest of preserving a strong and effective organizational foundation.” But if anything is “unnecessary”Continue reading “NAHJ members, demand your right to vote!”

The right time to take a stand

There seems to be an undercurrent of opinion in some circles that black people are not allowed to speak on any issue until and unless they address particular issues within their own community. Concerned about police brutality? You can’t address that until you address black on black crime. Distraught that a seemingly clear case ofContinue reading “The right time to take a stand”

Restoring NAHJ will take more than words

I made a donation today to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. I did it because NAHJ needs the help of every member to meet its immediate and  long-term goals. Members want an effective website, a responsible and responsive staff (of more than just one overworked person), increased training and networking opportunities and a voiceContinue reading “Restoring NAHJ will take more than words”

A suggestion for the #UNITYJournalists alliance partners

  Congratulations on another UNITY convention receiving high marks from those who attended. I’m sorry I missed it, and I vow to be with you at your next convention. About that… What’s say we do this again in 2014? Hear me out. I know this idea has been floated and rejected before, but that wasContinue reading “A suggestion for the #UNITYJournalists alliance partners”

My comments on the #NAHJ board meeting Twitter controversy

One of the challenges one faces when granting an interview with a reporter is recognizing that not everything he or she says will be used in the article. The trick is to measure everything you say so that no matter which quote is pulled, it can stand on its own without confusing anyone. It isContinue reading “My comments on the #NAHJ board meeting Twitter controversy”

Hugo Balta for NAHJ President

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is going through some tough times. I do not envy the current board for the difficult decisions they have had to make over the last two years, and I will not second-guess them. I applaud President Michele Salcedo and Vice President/Financial Officer Russell Contreras for taking their roles seriouslyContinue reading “Hugo Balta for NAHJ President”

UNITY should welcome NABJ members to Las Vegas

Some of the discussion about what will happen now that NABJ has pulled out of the UNITY: Journalists of Color coalition centers around whether NABJ members will be welcome at the UNITY conference in Las Vegas next year. One answer that was floated around (not an official UNITY answer, but an educated presumption) was that NABJers could pay theContinue reading “UNITY should welcome NABJ members to Las Vegas”

Dis UNITY: NABJ split avoidable, regrettable… reversible?

Like many others, I have been watching the unraveling of the UNITY coalition with increasing dismay over the last few weeks. I was concerned about weighing in too heavily because I thought my uninvited observations might not be articulated or received in a constructive manner. With yesterday’s action by the NABJ board to pull outContinue reading “Dis UNITY: NABJ split avoidable, regrettable… reversible?”

NewsBusters answered: Why NAHJ stood up for a suspended Latina reporter

The Media Research Center is a right wing organization committed to exposing the liberal agenda in the mainstream press. In a recent column on their NewsBusters page, one of their writers makes reference to a comment I made regarding the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and its decision not to comment on the firing ofContinue reading “NewsBusters answered: Why NAHJ stood up for a suspended Latina reporter”

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