SOURCE: National Association of Hispanic Journalists

NAHJ

April 08, 2010 15:48 ET

NAHJ Scholarship Fund Gets Help From Gannett Foundation, Soledad O'Brien and Maggie Rodriguez

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - April 8, 2010) - The National Association of Hispanic Journalists announced new scholarships totaling $40,000 from the Gannett Foundation; Soledad O'Brien, anchor and special correspondent for CNN and Maggie Rodriguez, co-anchor of The "Early Show" on CBS.

"Hispanics remain woefully underrepresented in mainstream U.S. newsrooms. One of NAHJ's goals is to help more qualified Hispanic students move from the classroom to the newsroom," said Iván Román, NAHJ's Executive Director. "We're thankful to the Gannett Foundation, Soledad and Maggie for stepping up to the plate and investing in the next generation of Latino storytellers."

The Gannett Foundation/NAHJ Scholarships will be reserved for students attending Florida International University and will be awarded to those pursuing careers in print, broadcast, online and visual journalism. The Gannett Foundation also provided an additional $25,000 grant to encourage NAHJ members to register early for NAHJ's 28th Annual Multimedia Convention & Career Expo, June 23-26 in Denver, Colorado.

"Gannett is pleased to continue its support of NAHJ with a grant from the Gannett Foundation," said Virgil Smith, Vice President of Talent Management, Human Resources, at Gannett. "This grant will help provide students at Florida International University with the opportunity to continue their education in the fast-changing field of multimedia journalism. Florida International has proven to be an institution that prepares students to work in our industry."

The NAHJ Soledad O'Brien Scholarship will award up to $5,000 to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in TV broadcast journalism. "I'm particularly thrilled that we are kicking off the first NAHJ Soledad O'Brien scholarship, especially in the face of a recession," said Soledad O'Brien. "We can't let the efforts to diversify the ranks in journalism lose steam -- it's critical to our community that all of our voices are heard in media. Educating young journalists to tell the stories across the globe is the future of fair and responsible journalism."

The NAHJ Maggie Rodriguez Scholarship will award scholarship(s) of up to $5,000 to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in TV broadcast journalism. "This NAHJ scholarship is important to me because I believe it would be a shame if we were deprived of the talent and contributions of future Hispanic journalists, simply because they can't afford to pursue their careers," said Maggie Rodriguez. "I hope the recipients will take full advantage of the opportunities they are given and return the favor if they're ever in a position to help an aspiring journalist."

With the support of corporations, foundations and individual donors (including our recent Scholarship Benefit), NAHJ has awarded more than $1.5 million in financial aid to 580 aspiring journalists, since the scholarship fund began operating in 1987. Through For more information on these and other NAHJ scholarships click here, http://www.nahj.org/2010/02/nahj-scholarship-applications-open/.

About the Gannett Foundation
The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc. Through its Community Grant Program, Gannett Foundation supports non-profit activities in the communities in which Gannett does business. Through its other programs, the Foundation invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving, reacts to natural and other disasters, and contributes to a variety of charitable causes. Click here to learn more. 

Founded in 1984, NAHJ's mission is to increase the percentage of Latinos working in our nation's newsrooms and to improve news coverage of the Latino community. NAHJ is the nation's largest professional organization for Latino journalists with more than 1,400 members working in English and Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast and online media. NAHJ is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.nahj.org. 

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