Washington, D.C., April 27, 2018 – The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is excited to announce the first ever recipients of the Facebook Journalism Project scholarship. Five students were chosen who are pursuing a career in journalism, with a commitment to digital storytelling.
“We are thrilled to be able to support these students in the 2018-19 school year who are dedicated to pursuing a career that keeps our communities informed,” said Alberto B. Mendoza, Executive Director. “It is our hope that this scholarship will be a great help to the future generation of Latino journalists who will play an important role in building that community.”
The 2018 NAHJ Facebook Scholarship winners are:
Alondra De La Cruz is pursuing her masters in journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked in print, radio and TV newsrooms and has won awards for her work in graduate, undergraduate and national challenges. Alondra appeared on the dean’s list six semesters in a row and wants to be part of a movement to have better representation of Latinos in news.
Rafael Logrono will begin his graduate education in the fall to obtain a master‘s in journalism at Temple University. In addition to his work in digital and TV news, he is also an adjunct instructor at his college. Rafael created the first Spanish-language program at his college‘s television station and hopes to increase Latino representation across the student body and on air.
Jillian Melero is working towards her masters in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She came to work as a producer and reporter in print and radio news after a 10-year break between high school and college. Jillian looks forward to reporting on issues such as recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, and on health, science and environmental issues.
Tomás Mier will enter his junior year at University of Southern California this fall, to obtain his degree in journalism. He has a wealth of experience working in print, online and TV news both through his college and national outlets. A first-generation student, Tomás cares about storytelling and is driven by a desire to inform diverse communities.
Katherine Rodriguez Rodriguez is pursuing her masters in digital media studies at the University of Houston, Clear Lake. She has worked in print and broadcast media, producing content for both English and Spanish-language audiences. Understanding the importance of informing the community, she helped build the online presence of the Austin station where she worked.