Julia at WordPop serves as secretary on the board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists – San Diego/Tijuana. Read on to learn more about the club!

Who does NAHJ serve?

NAHJ San Diego/Tijuana is one of twelve chapters nationwide working under the National Association of Hispanic Journalists organization. Our chapter is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. We support this goal by hosting events that strengthen journalist skills and allow members to network with local journalists.

I am neither hispanic, nor am I a journalist but I am part of the organization because I support the organization’s goals and have learned a great deal from the organization’s events. Lucky for me, NAHJ bylaws were recently updated so that non-journalists can serve as treasurer or secretary on the board!

What is your role?

One of the things I love about this organization is its casual, informal atmosphere. We all work as a team so our roles aren’t as rigidly defined as they might be in other organizations. As secretary, I’m in charge of taking and distributing meeting minutes, but we all play a part in sharing ideas and planning events.

What was one of NAHJ’s best events? 

This group is warm and informal as I mentioned, but it’s made up of and has access to incredibly accomplished media professionals. One of my favorite events was a studio tour at channel 10 followed by a group discussion with two national broadcast media professionals. It was fascinating to learn about their lives “behind the curtain” and how they’re essentially “on” 24 hours a day. After the chat, one of them invited everyone back to her house for a taco fiesta.

What upcoming events are you most excited about?

We have a bunch of exciting things in the works! What I’m most looking forward to is a cross-border event which will most likely involve a newsroom tour and tacos. Stay tuned for details…

What’s something you wish everyone knew about NAHJ?

I wish more PR professionals knew about this great community resource and the high-caliber events they put on. Now that I’m putting this in writing, I’m realizing this is one of my new goals for the year – to be sure more PR pros know about NAHJ!

How can one learn more about the organization?

You can visit our website, nahjsandiegotj.blogspot.com, and you can connect with us on Facebook @NAHJSanDiegoTijuana and Twitter, or email NAHJSanDiego@gmail.com to be added to our email list. We don’t spam you, I promise!