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.
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. To learn more about me, visit my website.
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.