Saturday, May 17, 2014

Apply for Convention Assistance- Deadline Monday!

Happy Saturday! I got this email in my inbox yesterday and I wanted to pass it along to anyone interested in attending the 2014 NAHJ Convention in San Antonio. I have attended previous conventions, and it is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn about job openings, and connect with other journalists you probably haven't seen since the last convention! 

Good luck! 
-Alejandra Cerball
Vice President, NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana

This year NAHJ will be providing some assistance to current members to attend the conference this summer in San Antonio, TX. As part of the 2014 NAHJ Convention Assistance Program, we will offer limited travel and limited complimentary registrations. 

The assistance is open to those with the biggest financial need who stand to benefit from enhanced training. Priority will be given to those members who have been laid off within the last 18 months and those who work in Spanish-language media, but other journalists and students  who can demonstrate some financial need are encouraged to apply. 

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 19th

Monday, May 12, 2014

NAHJ June 14th Meeting --- Border Patrol Tour---RSVP NEEDED!

Hello All,
Thank you for everyone who came out to our last meeting on Thursday at San Diego Cellars.
For our next meeting, we will be getting a behind-the-scenes tour of San Diego's Sector Border Patrol from Paul Beeson, the Chief Patrol Agent.
We will get a look at 14-miles of the Border Infrastructure System designed to help protect national security even the "enforcement zone" which very few people ever get access to see.
Other areas of interest include: the camera tower systems, Colonia Libertad and the latest border enhancements.
Along with this, Border Patrol officers will talk with us about how journalists can work with the agents on daily assignments, create new contacts and hopefully some future story ideas!

WHEN: June 14th from 10 a.m. to 12:30/1 p.m.
WHERE: Meeting at Las Americas Plaza in San Ysidro  (Possible Carpool options TBD)
COST: $5 for students and $10 for members    (All proceeds go to our fundraising efforts!)
RSVP: I will need to get a R.S.V.P from you by Friday, May 30th. THERE ARE ONLY 14 SPOTS AVAILABLE.

If more than 14 people are interested, we will turn it into a lottery drawing to choose who gets on the tour.
Pictures, video and live tweeting are all allowed!

NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana is also now on Twitter @NAHJSDTJ and we have a NEW BLOG set up for you to follow the latest events/news at

-Elena Gomez
President, NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana

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Meeting Minutes

NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana May 2014 meeting

Call to order:
by chapter president Elena Gomez ay 7 p.m.

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

Item 1: Introduction of board officers
Item 2: Introduction of new members

Item 3: Upcoming events
  1. June 14 meeting, Border Patrol Tour 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
                                               i.     First 14 members to sign up can go, if more than 14 then raffle will occur.
                                             ii.     It was also brought up what the rules of engagement are. Can we take photos or video? Elena was going to find out.
    1. Los Angeles chapter Mixer last Thursday of the month 7-10 p.m.
                                               i.     Elena urged members to try and go at least once and to carpool with others.
    1. NAHJ National Convention San Antonio Aug. 7-9
                                               i.     Three students interested, one professional member and all officers
                                             ii.     Chapter is looking to do fundraisers to pay for some of the costs.
    1. Chapter is also working on having a meeting a in Tijuana

Item 4: Website, Blog, Twitter
  1. Alejandra said she will be working on getting the blog to post events, minutes from meetings, jobs and other important chapter news. A website will be created down the road.
  2. Elena said she will get the Twitter account active again @NAHJSDTJ

Item 5: New member incentives
  1. Elena said she was able to get the $30 sign up fee again for new members.
  2. Elena also said the chapter is working on getting prizes, gift cards, discounts for members who bring in most new members.

Item 6: Student updates
  1. Student chapter president Antonio Marques said he along with other student members from City College went to Southwestern College to recruit new student members.
  2. Antonio also said student thinking about having a summer BBQ mixer.
  3.  Student chapter is also work with AAJA student chapter and NAHJ Los Angeles chapter president to grow.

Item 7: Public comment
  1. Aida Bustos suggest we should consider USC professor Robert Hernandez as a guest speaker at future meeting. He also does twitter chat every Wednesday at 5p.m. #WJchat on future of journalism.
  2. Antonio mentioned how National chapter president Hugo Balta was able to get an apologize for its insensitive remarks and actions about Cinco de Mayo on MSNBC morning show.
Item 8: Additional orders
  1. Elena said the chapter is starting process to become nonprofit 501©3.
  2. Also looking at other fundraising ideas and getting items to raffle off like Padres tickets.
  3. And Elena asked member to think of companies that would want to do trade-offs with us and/or sponsor our organization.

Meeting adjourned by Elena at 7:46 p.m.

Sunday, May 11, 2014


Hi there!
Welcome to the NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana chapter blog. Here we will be posting information about upcoming events/mixers, meeting minutes and job postings.  We hope you bookmark this page so you can stay up-to-date with the latest news from the chapter. Also, please join our Facebook group for more updates. You can find the link here.

Thank you to everyone who came to San Diego Wine Cellars in Little Italy on May 8th.  We hope to see you at the next event on June 14th!

-Alejandra Cerball
Vice President, NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana