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Board of directors votes unanimously to terminate the MOU between CCNMA-LA AND NAHJ

Washington, D.C. – On the evening of Friday, October 6, 2017, the national board voted 14-0 to dissolve the Memorandum of Understanding between CCNMA and NAHJ.  Before moving to take a vote, the NAHJ members who had signed up to address the board publicly expressed their positions on the MOU.

“CCNMA and NAHJ exist to further the same purpose so we must work together, rather than fight to take each other down,” commented Brandon Benavides, NAHJ President.  “The NAHJ board of directors will continue to fulfill its fiduciary responsibility to its members first, protecting its members from any liability.”

After reviewing the past and current financial state of CCNMA, as well as the parameters of the current MOU, it was decided that NAHJ would be put in a position of liability.  During the call on Friday evening, all current board members expressed their willingness and hope to explore a mutually beneficial partnership between the organizations, or a affiliate relationship similar to what the NAHJ has with Hispanic Communicators in Dallas and ALMA in Phoenix, which are separate non-profit 501(c)3 organizations.

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About NAHJ: The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is the largest organization of Latino journalists in the United States and dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. The mission of NAHJ is to increase the number of Latinos in the newsrooms and to work toward fair and accurate representation of Latinos in news media. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. NAHJ has approximately 2,125 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and journalism educators. For more information please visit NAHJ.org or follow on Twitter @NAHJ.