The National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the California Chicano News Media Association announced this week that the organizations will merge in an effort to provide more resources for members throughout California.
The two historic organizations will partner to better tackle diversity, training and development for members in California.
“NAHJ came from CCNMA 30 plus years ago and today, we come back together,” said NAHJ president Mekahlo Medina. “This new partnership will initially focus on Los Angeles, merging NAHJ LA and CCNMA’s boards and activities and then growing CCNMA’s presence in other chapters across the state.”
With this agreement CCNMA becomes a NAHJ chapter and shares the location of NAHJ’s West Coast office, but will retain its board of directors, non-profit status and independence. NAHJ chapters in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area will retain their independence as they partner with CCNMA to expand their reach in California.
“This is a historic moment for Latino journalists in the U.S.,” said Antonio Mejias-Rentas, NAHJ Los Angeles President, in a statement. “By building on the legacy of these two important organizations, we can increase our ability to meet our shared goals of increasing Hispanic representation in mainstream media and providing training opportunities for our membership, including those working in Spanish-language media.”
“We’re looking forward to this new relationship with NAHJ in California,” said CCNMA President Joe Rodriguez. “The partnership will allow CCNMA to strengthen it’s signature job fair and scholarship programs as it begins to cast a wider net, from promoting journalism in minority high schools to helping veteran journalists expand their skills in a rapidly changing industry. I’d like to see our local memberships work together on every initiative from now on.”