Monday, December 29, 2014

NAHJ January Meeting: New Tools For Journalists in the New Year

NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana is excited for our new journey for the New Year, and you should be, too!
SAVE THE DATE: Jan. 10, Saturday, "New Tools for Journalists in the New Year"
Time: 11:30 A.M. *SHARP* - 1:30 P.M.
Location: NBC Studios 225 Broadway. Downtown San Diego.
*Parking: FREE upon validation at Horton Plaza*

Cost: Our meeting is $10 for professionals and $5 for students.
All of the proceeds go toward future scholarships for members and larger events for our local chapter.
RSVP by Wed., Jan. 7 to

Our guests will be Robert Hernandez, Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Victor Hernandez, former Program Manager of Editorial Systems for CNN. They will talk about new technology, software, apps and equipment reporters and newsrooms can use everyday in their jobs.
We will also have a "year in review" to talk about our last year as a busy chapter and get some suggestions you have for the upcoming year--bring ideas for any events, socials, seminars, field trips that you would like to see us plan for the chapter.
Please meet on the east side of NBC Studios downtown at 225 Broadway, next to the North Island Credit Union. You can find parking at Horton Plaza for free with a parking validation. (No purchase needed.) NAHJ officers will lead group up to the 3rd floor via NBC badge at 11:40 a.m. so please be on time.

Email us with any questions:

Meet the guest speakers:
Robert Hernandez | bio

Victor Hernandez | bio

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NAHJ SD/TJ Featured on Canal 12 XEWT

NAHJ SD/TJ chapter was featured on XEWT Canal 12 Notivisa! NAHJ SD/TJ President, Elena Gomez, Rachel Bianco (ABC 10 News), and NAHJ student Roosevelt Palox got some camera time, too!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NAHJ SD/TJ Bridges the Gap with Televisa Tijuana

NAHJ SD/TJ student and professional members at Televisa Tijuana station.
Thanks for everyone for coming out to the Televisa tour in Tijuana this past Saturday. It was a great opportunity to talk with Mexican journalists about how they run their station and also make new contacts across the border. If you missed it, we are hoping to plan more events with Tijuana journalists in the future!
We all met up at the San Ysidro Trolley Station.
XEWT 12's reporter Estephania Baez and NAHJ SD/TJ's VP Dita Quiñones.
NAHJ SD/TJ field trip makes news!
S.D. City College's RTVF Department Chair Laura Castañeda and ABC's Rachel Bianco.

Televisa's Estephania Baez and Grecia S. Contreras Cornejo gave us an exclusive tour of XEWT 12 station.

Our quarterly mixer with other journalist groups is next WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19th from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Mission Brewery. The address is 1441 L Street, downtown.
Grab a drink and chat with journalists from the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego Press Club, National Association of Black Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association and the Online News Association. Show up whenever you can make it and we hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Live, Late Breaking and Investigative Tools

In case you didn't get a chance to check out all the workshops at the 2014 NAHJ convention in San Antonio. Here's a list of links from the "Live, Late Breaking and Investigative" workshop. 
Thanks to KSAT 12, Assistant News Director Chris Henao for sharing! 



210-351-1295 /


FAA Registry – Aircraft – N-Numbers Search

NTSB Accident Database & Synopses

FAA Data & Research

Aviation Safety Network

Plane Crash Info


DOT FMCSA Safety & Fitness Electronic Records System (SAFER)

FMCSA Safety Measurement System (SMS)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)

NHTSA Office of Defect Investigations


Roller Coaster Database

US Coast Guard Safety Resource Center

Also: – Investigative Reporters & Editors

Monday, August 4, 2014

SPJ San Diego Mixer with AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ and ONA

Hello there,
The 2014 NAHJ convention in San Antonio kicks off this week! Hopefully you are not like me and waited to the very last minute to update your resume, finish up your reel, and make business cards at Staples. 
You still have a few days to get everything done before the convention starts August 7th. 
If you can't make it to San Antonio, I wanted to let you know about another event happening in San Diego later this month. 
Here is the scoop from SPJ.... 
San Diego SPJ is co-hosting a mixer August 27th with the local Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Online News Association chapters. 
We don’t have an agenda for the night other than getting better acquainted and, of course, gossiping about San Diego newsmakers over local brews. 
Here are the details: 
When: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27 
Where: Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen in Little Italy 
2215 India St San Diego, CA 92101 
Questions? Email
Courtesy: Ballast Point

For more info click here. 

Alex Cerball                                                                                                                                           Vice President, NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana chapter

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jobs in San Diego

Position:   Log Editor
Traffic Department at San Diego 6/THE CW is looking to fill a Full-time position.

·         Place spots on log according to the times and programs purchased
·         Input scheduled times and program information on log
·         Obtain proper and maximum separation of advertisers and products
·         Communicate effectively and professionally with management, sales and advertisers
·         Work with Production, Promotions, Sales, Operations and Programming on a daily basis
·         Maintain timing sheet folder/file
·         Ensure segments and times match the scheduled show
·         Check traffic instructions to confirm correct copy is scheduled
·         Proof and print final log for XETV
·         Finalize all logs and ensure delivery to the required departments.
·         Effectively stand-in for Manager in their absence
·         Cross-train in all positions in the department
·         Must be extremely detail oriented, work well under pressure, submit to deadlines
·         Must follow directions well
·         Be flexible
·         Possess extreme time management
·         Excellent data entry and communication skills are required
·         Candidates must enjoy working in a team environment
·         Knowledge of Wide Orbit Software is a plus
·         Use proper problem resolution tactics
·         Good decision skills based on what is good for the company

Requirements for consideration:   
E-mail or mail cover letter & resume to:
Human Resources (Log Editor FT)
Bay City Television
8253 Ronson Road
San Diego, CA 92111

Equal Opportunity Employer
No phone calls please
Background and Drug testing required

Position:  Promo Assistant – Events (back up) 

The San Diego 6 Programming & Creative Services Department is seeking back up help to work station sponsored events, when the regular Promo Assistant is unavailable.

Duties include
·         Booth set up and breakdown at events.
·         Packing appropriate prizes for each event, loading and driving the company vehicle.
·         Must enjoy working with the public and have a strong interest in promotions and events.
·         Must have strong social media skills.
·         Will be required to post photos from events and pre-promote events via Twitter and Facebook.  
·         Must be available to work weekends and evenings.

·         Good driving record with DMV
·         Computer and writing skills in order to handle social media 

Requirements for consideration:   
E-mail or mail cover letter & resume to:
Human Resources [Promo Assistant-Events (back up)]
Bay City Television
8253 Ronson Road
San Diego, CA 92111

Equal Opportunity Employer
No phone calls please
Background and Drug testing required

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NAHJ Convention Assistance Recipient

Back in May, the NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana chapter announced we would be giving away one free registration to the 2014 NAHJ Convention in San Antonio on August 7th-9th. 

Alberto Roca was chosen after submitting an essay, and he will now be going to the convention! 
Alberto is the Executive Director of Diverse Scholar and Editor of

LinkedIn photo

Meet Alberto: 

"I am a first-generation Peruvian-American from Houston, Texas and received my Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While conducting biophysical postdoctoral research as my day job, after hours I created the web portal (2003), founded the Postdoc Committee of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and co-founded the Diversity Committee of the National Postdoctoral Association. Since 2011 as Editor, I have been publishing original DiverseScholar articles on the issues of diversity, STEM, and higher education thereby serving as a venue for faculty and trainee scholars to disseminate their diversity testimonials and promising practices. In recognition of my achievements, I have received the University of California, Irvine Chancellor's Living Our Values Award, the SACNAS Presidential Service Award, a semi-finalist for the Echoing Green social entrepreneurship fellowship (2013 & 2014), and was a finalist for the UNITY Journalists for Diversity NewU Startup Competition (2013)."

Alberto said he wants to build a relationship between NAHJ and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW). He said his "non-profit has received a grant to create travel awards for NAHJ members to attend the NASW conference," and he plans to talk about that grant while he is attending #NAHJ14SA.
You can find him on twitter @MinorityPostdoc

Congratulations Alberto! 

-Alex Cerball 
V.P. NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana

Friday, July 18, 2014

Meeting Minutes- July 2014

NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana July 2014 Meeting Minutes

Chapter president Elena Gomez at 5:30 p.m.

President Elena Gomez, present
Vice President Alejandra Cerball, present
Treasurer Zackery Hernandez, absent
Secretary Carlos Rico, present

Item 1: Mixer at Commons Bar

a) Current members met with new members.

Item 2: Meet the Boss

a) NBC 7 Vice President of News Greg Dawson
b) Greg took questions from members
c) Changing media

i. Talked about his background and career up to this point.

ii. Gave examples of the skills needed to be in broadcast journalism and how balance is giving all sides a chance to speak and fact checking.

iii. Talked about NBC 7 culture in the newsroom.

i. What job titles to look for at TV stations.

ii. Said to find time to meet with editors and producers for 5-10 minutes to introduce yourself, if you are interested in working for that news outlet in the future, network, especially if you are out of town.

iii. Talked about the role of having an agent and weighed the good with the bad.

i. Greg discussed the importance of social media and how it has changed the way news is delivered.

ii. The strength of the Internet and how websites and twitter break the news.

iii. The role of the one-person band and multimedia journalist.

iv. San Diego second to Los Angeles by one hour when it comes to local TV news coverage per week in California.

Item 3: Demo reel critique

a) NBC 7 Evening Anchor Catherine Garcia told us her background on how she
b) Greg and Catherine reviewed three demo reels from members with the group got into the industry.

Internships and starting at small town station is how to start career. and gave advice to all.
Greg said length of stories doesn’t matter, as long as good keep viewers attention
Reels should be a compilation of your best work and tailored to the position you are applying for, since this is your resume for TV.

Item 4: Future meetings

a) Social media seminar in mid-August
b) Student BBQ at end of August, before school starts.

Meeting adjourned by Elena 8:05 p.m.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Job Opening at San Diego 6: Web Producer


Position:  Web Producer

San Diego 6 has an opening for a full-time web site producer/manager.  We are looking for someone who is an organized journalist who can produce stories for our web site, coordinate Internet content, contribute to, develop and organize our various digital accounts, create Facebook Fan pages for staff and management, manage our Twitter accounts, other social media sites, and webcasts.
This person will be responsible for research, gathering and publishing news stories in coordination with our news staff each day, working from press releases, wire stories, news sources and other information to assist the newscast producers. 
The web producer will also work closely with our ISP, Broadcast Interactive Media (BIM) to find ways to make the web site more usable, to make the station’s app site more appealing and to increase our page views.
We’re looking for someone who is a strong writer, experienced in AP Style writing/guidelines, working already various social media systems; as well as someone who is familiar with the Internet and the website insights and analytics.
Duties include:
·         Post news stories staff is working on each day
·         Find and post new stories of reader interest each day
·         Coordinate and train staff on posting stories on the web daily
·         Be familiar with Internet and Internet operations
·         Conceive new strategies for maximizing web searches for increased unique viewers
·         Create web graphics from current or past stories or graphics bank that would best illustrate news stories on web site and attract readers to site
·         Write news stories for site that are accurate, conversational and grammatically correct
·         Be available for newscast producer fill-in and on-call as needed
·         Monitor feeds, email news releases and wires for latest, most compelling elements to add to web site
·         React in a timely way to breaking news including posting and updating content on site
·         Coordinate multi-platform elements and cross-promote to other platforms such as Facebook & Twitter
·         Create Facebook Fan pages for all on-air talent, managers and others who want to partake in the Fan page
·         Oversee posting of video elements to web, mobile and other platforms daily

·         Experienced in web-based writing and production
·         B.S. or B.A. in Television Production, Journalism or related field or equivalent years of experience in the news environment. 
·         Be familiar with or willing to learn latest  CMS operational procedures from Internet Service Providers such as BIM
·         Be familiar with latest Facebook protocols, metrics and operational procedures
·         Supervise Fan pages to ensure compliance and participation of staff
·         Effectively communicate with co-workers, upper management and department heads
·         Alert Executive Producer when there is significant breaking news
·         Attend meetings as assigned including but not limited to editorial, post-show and planning meetings
·         Contribute to team effort and positive morale in newsroom
·         Other duties as assigned.

Requirements for consideration:   
E-mail or mail cover letter& resume to:
Human Resources (Web Producer FT)
Bay City Television
8253 Ronson Road
San Diego, CA 92111

Equal Opportunity Employer
No phone calls please
Background and Drug testing required

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

'Meet the Boss'- NBC 7 V.P. Greg Dawson

     In July, the NAHJ San Diego/TJ chapter met with NBC 7 Vice President of News Greg Dawson in our first "Meet the Boss" series.  Professional and student members had a chance to talk to Greg and ask questions about the industry, the importance of social media, and what he looks for when he's hiring job candidates. Evening Anchor Catherine Garcia also stopped by to critique demo reels and talk about her experiences as the 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. Anchor in "America's Finest City." 

      An informal mixer was also held at the Commons Bar, located across the street from NBC Studios in downtown. Just a reminder, if you are not an NAHJ member, NAHJ is offering a discounted $20 membership for students, $30 for new members and $45 rate for renewing members. This offer is valid until July 16th! (You still have a few days left.) 

     Also it looks like KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego is hiring. Click here to check out the jobs posted.  

      Don't forget, the NAHJ 2014 Convention is August 7-9th in San Antonio.  We are gearing up for the convention and hope to see you there! 

- Alex Cerball
V.P. NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana chapter 

@ NBC 7

Chapter President Elena Gomez and Secretary Carlos Rico signing up new members 

San Diego Professional and Student chapter officers 

Elena meeting new chapter member Gloria Rodriguez  

Greg Dawson 

LaShawn Encarnacion asking a question 

NBC 7 Anchor Catherine Garcia 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Journalism Training Opportunity in New Orleans; Deadline for Financial Assistance July 17th

Hi guys!
I wanted to let you know about a two-day training event in New Orleans for journalists who cover health stories.  It's called "Families USA National Health Policy Journalist Training."  The training focuses on health policy issues and features workshops that address the needs and challenges of health care journalists.

The training is September 25-26th at the New Orleans Marriott at 555 Canal Street.

Families USA is offering fellowships to journalists in need of financial assistance.
Deadline to apply is July 17th, 2014. Click here to apply and here to learn more about the training.

I attended the National Health Policy training in 2010, and it was a great learning experience for me. I got a chance to meet print and TV journalists from all over the country, party on Bourbon Street and eat beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Walking through the French Quarter is amazing, and listening to jazz music is a must while you're in town!

When I got back I did a story on KGTV on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina five years after the hurricane. You can check it out below.

See you in San Antonio! #NAHJ14SA
- Alex
Vice President, NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana chapter

Thursday, June 26, 2014

NAHJ Upcoming Events/Mixer

Hello All,
Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 9th.
This meeting will be a part of our "Meet the Boss" series.
We will meet with different news directors from local print and broadcast stations throughout the year to give you the opportunity to ask questions and get advice from the news directors face-to-face.

Photo credit

 This month, we will meet with Greg Dawson, Vice President of News for NBC 7 San Diego.
The event is $5 for members (both students and professionals).
If you are not an NAHJ member, NAHJ is offering a discounted $20 membership for students, $30 for new members and $45 rate for renewing members. You can get this offer on the day of our meeting until July 16th! (Contact if you don't attend the meeting but would like to join.)
If you sign up at the meeting, the $5 attendance fee is waived.

Photo credit 

There will be an informal mixer from 5:30-6:20 p.m. @ The Commons Bar, across the street from NBC studios. The address is 901 4th St. ($5 fee doesn't apply to the mixer.)
If you can't make the mixer, please meet on the east side of NBC studios closest to Horton Plaza PROMPTLY @ 6:30 p.m. You will not be able to get inside without an employee badge, so please be on time.
Parking is free at Horton Plaza mall on 4th and F.
Come prepared with questions! Also, if you have a demo reel online, we may have time to view a couple and get a critique from Greg.
Look forward to seeing you,
Elena Gomez
President, NAHJ San Diego/TJ

NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana is also now on Twitter @NAHJSDTJ and we have a BLOG set up for you to follow the latest events/news at
*Summer Picnic with San Diego Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, SDABJ, AAJA
@ Rancho de Los Peñasquitos Adobe House on July 13th from noon to 4 pm
*Thursday, July 24th: NAHJ Los Angeles mixer (every month on the last Thursday) 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. @ Hotel Figueroa---email if interested.
*Wednesday, Aug 20 or 27: Mixer with Journalist groups in San Diego--- AAJA, SPJ, SDABJ

*Social Media Seminar ---- Date: TBD