Area Journalists Sharpen Skills at NAHJ Workshop
By Lananh Nguyen
In early June, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists
(NAHJ) assembled top bay area broadcasters and print journalists
to give workshops at a Professional Development Workshop held
at North Gate, UC Berkeleys Graduate School of Journalism.
Editors, anchors, and photographers discussed their careers
and advised workshop attendees on the pitfalls of resume tapes
and ethical dilemmas. KGO anchor Jessica Aguirre spoke about
the transition from reporter to anchor by way of her own story
working as a reporter in Latin America, attending graduate
school part-time, and finally anchoring.
KNTV News Director Jim Sanders gave a spirited talk on audition
reels, during which he lambasted cuteness and
instead encouraged the basics, like telling a story,
as the most important element of a reel. Sanders discussion
was peppered with anecdotes about his own career, which took
him from the army to social work, and finally print and broadcast
The newspaper workshops underlined the importance of accurate
reporting as an ethical standard, and also as a basic requirement
of a career in print. Susan Goldberg, Executive Editor and
Vice President of the San Jose Mercury News, cited the papers
new ethics policy as an attempt to prevent future fabrications
in light of the Blair, Kelley and Glass scandals.
John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor for the San Francisco Chronicle
discussed the difference between news and opinion writing.
Diaz and L.A. Chung, Mercury News columnist and former writer
for the Chronicle, emphasized strong reporting as a prerequisite
for both types of writing.
Photographer Abraham Mendoza (KGO) also advised attendees
about improving resume tapes. I think the group that
attended was able to ask very sincere questions about how
they could make their photography better
attendees] were able meet new friends who also face the same
struggles of trying to make the mostinteresting stories they
can in the limited time news department allow them.
The photography workshops were co-presented by award-winning
videographers, including the 2004 Associated Press Television-Radio
Association (APTRA) Videographer of the Year, Barton Bishoff
(KNTV) and Chris Bollini (KFTY), who won the award for Best
Region 8 Director Veronica Villafañe, who reports
for the San Jose Mercury News in a segment on KNTV, organized
the event. Representatives from both English and Spanish-language
media were in attendance.
Lananh Nguyen recently graduated from Tufts University
with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. She has
held several positions in print and broadcast journalism,
including an internship at KNTV, and is now pursuing a career
in international print journalism