Welcome to the New England chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists

NAHJ New England’s “En hora buena” virtual series for 2022 culminated on Oct. 20 with distinguished journalist, author and educator Jelani Cobb, new dean of the Columbia J School! Here’s the video recording.

New England News Collaborative is our series sponsor.

NAHJ New England chapter president Cindy E. Rodríguez will moderate.

We kicked off the series on April 28 with the fabulous Maria Garcia of Futuro Studios and moderator Paris Alston of GBH News. Then on June 16, we followed with Pulitzer Prize winner Maria Hinojosa in conversation with NAHJ New England VP Cristela Guerra of WBUR.

NAHJ New England held another En hora buena event on July 14 with renowned audio journalist Shereen Marisol Meraji, co-host emerita of NPR’s Code Switch, a Nieman Fellow and new journalism professor at UC Berkeley…. moderated by NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates!

The most recent En hora buena was on Sept. 7 with digital media executive Charo Henríquez of The New York Times, moderated by Sabrina Herrera of Connecticut Public (and NAHJ New England board member).

For more info on En hora buena, visit our Events page. Thanks to the New England News Collaborative for sponsoring the series and NPR for its support of our kickoff event. Connecticut Public sponsored the Hinojosa conversation, and GBH News joined in sponsorship for our July 14 chat with Meraji. ¡Gracias!

SUPPORT NAHJ NEW ENGLAND: Donate to our chapter here.

Just like the national organization, our regional chapter is dedicated to the recognition and advancement of Latino/a/x journalists and these foundational goals:

  • Organize and provide support for journalists of Latin American descent;
  • Encourage and support the study and practice of journalism among Latino/a/x people;
  • Promote accurate and fair treatment of Latino/a/x communities by news outlets;
  • Further employment opportunities and career development for Latino/a/x journalists;
  • Foster understanding of the cultural identity, interests and concerns of Latino/a/x people.

The chapter was recreated in 2018 after a period of dormancy, with Lisa Button serving as the president. Karina Cuevas served as president in 2020.

During their leadership, the chapter held workshops and networking events to help build a sense of community among journalists of Latin American descent in New England.

The chapter has also worked in partnership with the Boston Association of Black Journalists (BABJ), the New England chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the Boston chapter of the Association of LGBTQ Journalists, as well as SPJ New England.

We will build on the work of the previous chapter and create new initiatives, including:

  • Strengthening connections among Latino/a/x journalists and affinity groups;
  • Sharing New England job leads and opportunities with our members;
  • Hosting workshops and networking events, both virtually and in person;
  • Launching an awards program celebrating the courageous work of Latino/a/x journalists;
  • Analyzing coverage of Latino/a/x communities by New England news outlets;
  • Surveying members about their experiences in newsrooms;
  • Convening a town hall to address our collective concerns. 

The 2021-23 New England Executive Board:

Cindy E. Rodríguez, President

Cristela Guerra, Vice President and Director of Professional Development

Vanessa de la Torre, Financial Officer

Natalie Benoit, Secretary and VP of Membership

Sabrina Herrera, Director of Engagement

Want to get involved?

Please email us at new_england@nahj.org, and stay tuned for new events and chapter activities.