Monday, November 5, 2018

Zeta Tijuana Newsroom Tour

We are headed to Tijuana! Join your local NAHJ chapter as the Mexican publication Zeta is opening its doors to us for a special guided tour of their newsroom. We will talk to editors and reporters to get a sense on how they report news in Mexico and what they go through to get the story.

After the tour we will also stop by a local taco shop for lunch. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. This covers transportation in Tijuana and lunch.

You will need to have a valid passport to cross into Mexico and back to the U.S. If you want to join us on Monday Nov. 12 (Labor Day), please email to RSVP no later than Friday Nov. 9 to get them a head count so they can accommodate us.

What: Zeta Tijuana Newsroom Tour
Who: NAHJ San Diego-Tijuana Chapter
Where: Meet at San Ysidro Transit Center (last trolley stop) in front of McDonalds
When: Monday Nov. 12, Labor Day at 10 a.m. and cross back around 4 p.m.
Why: To meet journalist from Mexico, see how they report news, and what they go through to get the story
$15 for members
$25 for non-members
Price includes transportation in Tijuana + tacos
NEED active passport to go on trip

Monday, September 3, 2018

September Mixer and Fall Membership Drive

Hola mi gente! We hope you all had a relaxing Labor Day and fantastic summer!

Join us for our chapter's next networking mixer and fall membership drive next Wednesday, Sept. 12.

There will be complementary bites, a recap of NAHJ Miami Conference, raffle prizes, and time to catch-up with your fellow journalist!

What: Networking Mixer and Fall Membership Drive

When: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: 619 Spirits North Park, 3015 Lincoln Ave San Diego, CA 92104

Why: networking, appetizers, conference recap, raffle, prizes, fundraising, chapter updates, and more!

Cost: Free for NAHJ members, $10 for non-members, and only $35 to become a member for an entire year! 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Board Nominations

It's that time of the year again! If you are an NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana member in good standing*, please review the nominees below, then visit the voting site to cast your vote. You may only vote once for each board position.

Nominees for Chapter President

Carlos Rico, Freelance Journalist
I have been involved with the chapter for the past three years; first as chapter secretary, then treasurer and for the past year as president.

This past year I helped lead the start of a scholarship chapter subcommittee, and the team was able to host the chapter’s first scholarship fundraiser and give out three $500 scholarships. 

I am running again for chapter president because I want to continue our work with the scholarship subcommittee, help organize events to help out veteran Latino journalist, and help mentor student journalist to get more Latinas and Latinos in News! 

Nominees for Vice President


Nominees for Treasurer
Leonardo Castañeda, Reporter

I’m a reporter with inewsource, an investigative, nonprofit news organization here in San Diego. There I cover education, campaign finance, immigration and more. A long-time San Diegan — I grew up in Chula Vista and graduated from San Diego State University — I know the unique challenges and opportunities for Hispanic reporters in this region. As a treasurer I hope to keep out NAHJ chapter’s finances strong so we can continue providing the networking, training and educational opportunities our members expect.

Nominees for Secretary

Andrea Lopez-Villafaña, Reporter and Social Media Manager 

I am interested in becoming the secretary for the NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana chapter because I am passionate about increasing the representation of Latinos in media. I am currently a reporter and social media manager for a bilingual community newspaper, La Prensa San Diego, where I write stories that raise awareness to issues that affect the Latino community. I joined the NAHJ SD/Tijuana chapter and scholarship committee after graduating from San Diego State University where I was the president and founding member of NAHJSDSU. If given the opportunity, I will dedicate myself entirely to the chapter’s mission.

Joanna “Joa” Jacobo Rivera, Multimedia Journalist
Joanna Jacobo Rivera is a multimedia journalist. For the past year she has worked as a Spanish-language freelance journalist covering immigration, gender and gentrification issues that concern the Latino community of Southern California. Joanna moved to San Diego last summer in order to pursue her master’s in Social Innovation from the University of San Diego. Her research focuses on innovative solutions to the current diversity disparities in US newsrooms. 

Prior to moving to San Diego, she worked for La Opinión for three years. Joanna covered local breaking news, wrote feature stories, managed special projects and guided interns into the industry.

I joined NAHJ's LA chapter when I was in undergrad, at CSUN, and found the organization the most helpful in furthering my journalism career. I met most of my future coworkers as a student and gained incredible experience by being a part of my school's chapter. This is the very reason why I want to become a part of the board. I believe there are many ways we can pass along our knowledge and experience as professionals to young aspiring journalists. I would love to be a part of that in San Diego and Tijuana.

*To join NAHJ, please visit

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

5/5 - Cinco de Mayo Mixer

Join NAHJ for tacos, cervezas and good times as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, NAHJ style! 

We'll also discuss chapter news, including board elections and the Miami conference in July, and get feedback from members on what you want to see from the chapter in the future. 

What: Networking, chapter updates, NAHJ news, tacos, drinks, and more!
Where: Border X Brewing, 2181 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113*
When: Saturday, May 5, 12-2 p.m.
CostThis is a free event for NAHJ members. $5 for non-members. If you want to become a member (or need to renew) we can help sign you up at the mixer!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

4/28 - NAHJ Presents Cybersecurity for Journalists at SDSU

NAHJ in partnership with the NAHJ and SPJ San Diego State University Chapter invite you to participate in a cybersecurity workshop just for journalists. You'll learn how to protect your phone, computer and sources online.

Who: NAHJ and NAHJ San Diego State University Chapter

What: Cybersecurity Workshop for Journalists

When: Saturday, April 28 from 10am-1:30pm

Where: School of Journalism and Media Studies at SDSU. RSVP for details.

Cost: $15 NAHJ members / $20 non-members

RSVP and purchase tickets:

Monday, March 5, 2018

Recap: 2018 Scholarship Awards Fundraising Fiesta

On March 3, 2018 our chapter hosted our first scholarship awards and fundraising fiesta! 
We played loteria (Mexican bingo), held a fundraising raffle with gifts from Por Vida and 
passes to the Latino Film Festival, ate delicious food from Super Cocina, Telemundo and 
NBC San Diego newsroom tour, networked with other journalist, and received a free headshot!
The event was highlighted by Hugo Balta, senior director of Hispanic initiatives for ESPN, 
who awarded two $1,000 scholarships via the Hortencia Zavala Scholarship
which Hugo started in is grandmother’s name.

Brenda Gregorio-Nieto, from SDSU and  
Cristal Miranda, student at San Diego City College.
were the winners of the 2018 Hortencia Zavala Scholarships.
Our chapter, because of your donations and support, was able to award a 
$500 scholarship to Jasmine Bermudez. She will be graduating from 
San Diego State University this semester and continuing her education in law school.

We also want to congratulate Carlos Rico,  
who took home our 2018 member of the year award on Saturday! 

Gracias to the staff at Telemundo 20 and NBC 7 San Diego 
for their hospitality and hosting our event.

 Y un fuerte aplauso to our scholarship and events committee 
Nancy Moya, Marissa Cabrera, Andrea Lopez-Villafana, 
Diana Rodriguez, Adriana Heldiz, and Suzy Garcia,  
who organized the event and scholarship program. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Scholarship Awards and Fundraising Fiesta

Join us for our chapter's first scholarship awards event and fundraising fiesta!

  • There will be Mexican food from Super Cocina and homemade aguas de jamaica & horchata
  • Guest speaker Hugo Balta, Senior Director of Hispanic Initiatives at ESPN
  • Newsroom tour of NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 San Diego
  • Network with journalist and meet on-air broadcasters
  • Scholarship winners and San Diego-Tijuan chapter member of the year award
  • Win prizes via our Loteria game (it's kind of like bingo only better!)
  • and get a free headshots

When: March 3, 2-5 p.m.

Where: NBC 7 Telemundo 9680 Granite Ridge DriveSan Diego, CA 92123

Cost: $20 for students, $25 for NAHJ members, $30 for non-members

How: Purchase tickets at our Eventbrite page https://2018nahjsdtjaward
For student and NAHJ member price please email
with proof of membership for discount code.

Why:  Proceeds from the event go directly back into our chapter's scholarship fund. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

1/25 Investigative Journalism Q&A with Richard Marosi of the LA Times

Join us for an evening with Pulitzer Prize finalist Richard Marosi as he shares reporting tips for stories that can lead to policy changes on both sides of the border. 


Who: NAHJ and KPBS host Richard Marosi
What: Q&A

When: 6-7:30 on Thursday, Jan. 25 

Where: KPBS Multi-Function Room, 5200 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182

Free for members and KPBS employees
$10 nonmembers (Money collected goes to our scholarship fund and future events).

To become a member ($35 for professionals, $25 for students) click here.

You can learn more about Richard Marosi, hereAlso see his latest investigative series, "Mexico's Housing Debacle" and his Pulitzer-Prize finalist work, "Product of Mexico".