How to become a star: building your brand from scratch
Contest Applications

Getting that recognition from your peers is part of growing as a journalist and building a brand.

NAHJ presents contest applications for a rising star, the second in a series of workshops that launched this fall. This workshop is for all NAHJ members who want to learn how to write hard-hitting contest applications. Learn from experienced journalists and contest gurus as they share tips on how to submit a contest entry that stands out.

This is the second workshop of this series. NAHJ members can view the first workshop in our Video Library.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT

DURATION: 90 mins


Angelina Mosher Salazar
Senior Producer at Sonoro Podcast
Angelina Mosher Salazar has told stories from the jungles of Costa Rica, the mountains of Lebanon, and from the chaos of Cairo. Today she is a Senior Producer for Sonoro Media where she is focused on telling stories that center Latinx voices. Previously she reported for Milwaukee’s NPR station where she broke news on the disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases affecting the Latino community to protests in Kenosha, WI. Her work has aired on NPR, LatinoUSA, and This American Life.

She holds a degree in Comparative Cultures & Politics with a double specialization in Muslim Studies and Peace and Justice Studies from Michigan State University.


Norberto Santana
Founder and Publisher of Voice of OC


Norberto Santana, Jr. is an award-winning investigative reporter with nearly two decades reporting experience, most recently engaging Orange County government institutions and decision makers as the founding publisher of the nonprofit digital newsroom, Voice of OC.

As publisher and editor in chief, Santana oversees all newsroom, engagement and fundraising operations and also writes a weekly Opinion column about Orange County government.

Dunia Elvir
Telemundo, Los Angeles

Elvir is an Award-winning journalist with more than two decades of a successful career in journalism. Her storytelling has earned her prestigious awards such as two Golden Mikes, nine Emmy Awards, and a GLAAD Media Award, among others. In 2004, she was named one of the 13 most outstanding Latinas in the United States by the National Association of Latina Leaders (NALL). Some of her most notable interviewees include: Tony Blair (UK Prime Minister), Antonio Saca (former president of El Salvador), Manuel Zelaya (former president of Honduras), Vicente Fox (former president of Mexico), and Alvaro Colom (former president of Guatemala) to name a few. For her commitment to the Hispanic community, Elvir has been recognized by the United States Congress and Senate and awarded the “Honduran Pride Abroad” award by CCIT the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tegucigalpa in her native Honduras.

Lori Crouch
EWA contest coordinator

Lori Crouch is assistant director for the Education Writers Association, where she works on the National Seminar and other training events for journalists.

Before joining EWA, she covered education for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and covered city government for a small weekly. For EWA, Lori is the lead content planner of the organization’s flagship National Seminar and assists with management responsibilities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Tony Leys
Contest chair and board member of the Association of Healthcare Journalists
Tony Leys has been the Des Moines Register’s lead health care reporter since 2000. He is a board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and chair of its contest committee.



This session is open to everyone. If you don't have an NAHJ account, you'll be asked to create an account to register.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

We hope to see you soon virtually! 

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