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By Bill Gentile

WASHINGTON, DC, 19 April 2018 — American University has launched a chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the leading organization of its kind in the United States.

The organization’s mission:

“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 2,000 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and journalism educators.”

The launch of this chapter is part of American University’s continued efforts to establish our institution as a leader in diversity and inclusion across the United States.

Students do not have to be Hispanic to join the NAHJ. Nor do they have to be journalists or journalism majors. Staff may join as students.

I am serving as faculty advisor, and will announce planning sessions and official launch event as soon as possible.

Bill Gentile

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Reuters/ Fox News/ Google images

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017- ” Recent murders have led to the closure of a prominent Mexican newspaper. Freelance journalist Paul Imison writes about the present dangers that Mexican journalists face.”

Read full story here: “http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/04/journalists-in-mexico-killed-in-record-numbers-along-with-freedom-speech.html”

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Madison Ogletree/ The Auburn Plainsman/ Google Images

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017: ” International journalist Laura Ling spoke to Auburn University last Monday about her captivity in North Korea, her love for traveling, and the need for investigating human rights issues.”

Read the full story here: http://www.theplainsman.com/article/2017/04/laura-ling-with-the-auburn-plainsman


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Wednesday, April 5th, 2017: ” Freedom of press watchdog Article 19 reports that officials accounted for 53% of the attacks against Mexican journalists in 2016.  Article 19 believes that Mexican officials pose,” the biggest threat to freedom of expression in Mexico.”


Read the full article here: http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2434259&CategoryId=14091

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El Norte/ Reuters

Thursday, April 6th, 2017: ” With the murder of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea, the Mexican newspaper EL Norte has decided to close its doors. El Norte’s director Oscar Cantu Murguia told VOA that Velducea’s murder, “forced me to reflect that everything that we have done, what we have shown and published in 27 years, has not made any progress.”

Read the full article here: https://www.voanews.com/a/mexican-newspaper-closes-out-of-fear-for-journalists-safety-/3800244.html


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kabulSergey Ponomarev / The New York Times

Wednesday, March 1, 2017: ” Rod Norland of the New York Times provides insight into covering Afghanistan after many of his competitors have downsized or left, ” The Times has employed a strategy of investing whatever it takes to cover the news properly, even as our competitors downsize. I’ve heard it referred to as the “Last Man Standing” strategy.””

Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/insider/eyewitness-to-americas-longest-war-after-others-have-gone.html?_r=0


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017:  “Tim Ferguson of Forbes writes about the importance that future foreign reporting has,” This is a livelihood that has been bled of much of its romance by the tougher straits of the media business. But the craft remains an adventure, if anything all the more vital and widely felt.””

Read the full article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/timferguson/2017/03/01/ensuring-a-future-of-foreign-reporting/#2e84458411c9

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Monday, February 27, 2017: ” Months after breaking the Panama Papers, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is becoming an independent non-profit organization. After nearly two decades with the Center for Public Integrity, ICIJ is breaking off from the Center in hopes of expanding independently.”

Read the full article here: http://www.poynter.org/2017/months-after-breaking-the-panama-papers-icij-is-going-independent/450446/


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John Sudworth/ Twitter/ BBC News Asia

Friday, March 3, 2017: ” A BBC crew covering China was attacked and then forced to sign a confession by police stating that they tried to conduct an illegal interview. BBC journalist John Sudworth and his crew were attempting to conduct an interview with the family of a man who died during a land dispute with government when they were attacked.”


Read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/03/bbc-crew-attacked-in-china-says-reporter

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Michael Christopher Brown/  Jeffry Ruigendijk/ JACOB NIBLETT


Monday, January 30, 2017: ” Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi, Annabell Van den Berghe, Alison Baskerville are three female photographers covering some of the most dangerous conflicts in the world. Learn about their experiences while covering these dangerous locations.”

Read the full article here: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/11084085/posts/1319012672


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