What is the National Association of Hispanic Journalists? 

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, known as NAHJ, is an organization dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Founded in 1984, 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.

What are some benefits of joining NAHJ? 

– Affiliation with an established and nationally recognized professional organization representing your interests within the news industry.
– Discounted registration rate to the Excellence in Journalism Conference.
– Access to the Media & Career Expo to interact with recruiters and vendors from recognized media organizations (also open to non-members).
– Access to NAHJ’s Members-Only website where members can update their member profile and register for upcoming regional and local conventions.
– A Six-Month Membership Extension – Active NAHJ members who have lost their jobs due to layoffs will be able to extend their membership by six months. This will allow access to the NAHJ career center and will continue their discounts on all of NAHJ’s professional development opportunities.
– Access to NAHJ’s career center, a completely searchable career builder engine that allows members to browse current job listings in television, print, radio, online and freelance opportunities, post multiple resumes into a comprehensive and searchable resume bank and manage and promote their career profile.
– Use of NAHJ’s Résumé Referral Service through which member résumés are distributed to recruiters nationwide by NAHJ’s staff

Why should I join the New Mexico NAHJ chapter? 

If you’re a journalist anywhere in New Mexico, regardless of the medium, level of experience or race, odds are there are several tools and people whom you have yet to discover that could help with your work. NAHJ NM is constantly developing workshops and databases for its members so they can do their best. NAHJ NM can be especially valuable to rural journalists, as it is tougher to report on and for smaller communities due to opacity and fewer resources. We are working to relieve those pain points.

Why is there a New Mexico chapter as opposed to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, etc.?

While most NAHJ chapters are focused on cities or areas instead of whole states, New Mexico has a sparse community of journalists. To best help as many of them as possible, the NM chapter founders decided to bring together as many people as it could and spread its resources around the state.

How much does membership cost? 

Regular membership (persons whose principal means of support is earned in the gathering, editing, or presentation of news. Includes public affairs for media companies) costs $35. 
Student membership costs $25.
Academic membership (persons who are educators of journalism in institutions of higher learning) costs $35.
Associate membership (persons who are not journalists but are employed in such media-related fields as public relations, public or corporate information, directors of media organizations) costs $35. 
You can join/renew your membership here.