BIANCA FORTIS

FOR VP OF NAHJ NYC

Photo by Diego Leon.

Photo by Diego Leon.

Hola! My name is Bianca, and I'm running to be the next Vice President of the NYC Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

About me: 

I'm a multi-platform journalist and social media consultant. I was the recipient of the 2011 Scripps Howard Foundation's Semester in Washington Fellowship and won the 2013 I.F. Stone Award for Emerging Journalists through the Nation Institute. I'm a founding member of Transborder Media, a storytelling collective; we spent the fall of last year in Mexico working on an independent documentary film. I have experience working in print, digital and TV.

Why I'm running for VP: 

Journalists of color comprise only 17% of the workforce in newsrooms, according to a survey just released by the American Society of News Editors. Despite that fact that minority journalists have spent decades working to reach parity in newsrooms, we still have a long way to go. 

I have been a loyal NAHJ member since 2011, when I interned at the Hispanic Link News Service in Washington, D.C. with Charlie Ericksen, one of NAHJ's founders. I'm ready to take on a leadership role in this organization I love so much and to help continue its legacy of advocating for diversity, demanding fair representation of minorities in the media, and preparing journalists for the ever-changing news landscape. 

As VP, I would like to continue the tremendous success NAHJ NYC has seen since it was established just a few years ago. We can do this by:

  • Establishing a new scholarship program to help support the journalists of tomorrow. I myself was the beneficiary of a grant that allowed me to go to the 2011 NAHJ convention, which is part of the reason I'm still in the organization today. 
  • Establishing a local mentorship program that pairs mid-career and entry-level journalists. 
  • Hosting mixers with other journalist groups – both affinity groups and otherwise – to help all of us in this industry connect and better support one other. 
  • Hosting more professional development workshops on advanced-level subjects, including investigative reporting techniques and collecting and using data, that can make our members better journalists and more competitive in their fields.
  • Working to recruit new members, as well as find ways to better engage those who are less involved. 
  • Finding new creative ways to strengthen our chapter by accessing the resources – diversity, new technologies and people – that exist only in New York City.  

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Endorsements:

I asked members of our NAHJ familia from around the country to share their thoughts on why I should be elected. Here's what they had to say: