NAHJ Convention Examines Media Diversity Issues

NAHJ Convention Examines Media Diversity Issues

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists kicked off its annual convention in the Alamo City with an opening plenary session that focused on the current crisis of unaccompanied undocumented minors on the U.S.-Mexico border. Rep. Joaquín Castro spoke of the need for a change in U.S. immigration policy to classify who exactly would be a refugee. “It is absolutely heartbreaking to see what is happening (at the border). Our adversaries (as a nation) have changed, then so have our refugees. They are now being persecuted by groups, not by governments.”

Other cutting edge issues are being discussed at the three-day NAHJ convention, with Friday’s Newsmaker Luncheon focusing on diversity in the media.

Sessions include the growth of Spanish-language media, the do’s and don’ts of seeking a digital job, and the expanding freelance market. More than 1,000 journalists and many others are in San Antonio for the three-day gathering Aug 7-9.

The NAHJ will also hold a press conference on Friday at 11:30 a.m. to discuss an agreement between the group and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) to hold a joint convention in 2016.

Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, newly installed as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is returning to his hometown to speak at NAHJ’s Hall of Fame Gala, which starts on Saturday at 8 p.m. NAHJ also celebrates 30 years, and its founding members will be inducted into the organization’s journalism Hall of Fame.

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All sessions are open to the press.


About NAHJ

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. NAHJ is governed by an 18-member board of directors that consists of executive officers and regional directors who represent geographic areas of the United States and the Caribbean. The national office is located in Washington, D.C. NAHJ has approximately 1,500 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and journalism educators. For more information, visit