NAHJ Chapters Resource Center
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Welcome to the NAHJ Chapters' Center! Here you'll find information on how to start an NAHJ chapter on your city/region and info on how to maintain it.

CURRENT NAHJ CHAPTERS RESOURCES FOR CHAPTER LEADERS


Start an NAHJ Chapter Today!

NAHJ chapters are comprised primarily of full-time, freelance journalists, student journalists, and media-related professionals. You’ll find starting an NAHJ chapter is an exceptionally valuable and rewarding experience. In addition to providing you with a leadership opportunity, a chapter will allow you to come together as a group to host events, create professional development projects, local training and will allow you to connect with other experts from the journalism community.

Your chapter can also play a vital role in bringing hot topics and discussion that greatly affects how we report about our local communities. Now more than ever, the goal is to successfully bring transparency and fair journalism to the general public.

Interested groups desiring to obtain NAHJ chapter affiliation must apply for affiliate status with one of two naming options. The group's name may be either: NAHJ-[city, state or region] or [city, state or region] Association of Hispanic Journalists (for professional chapters) and NAHJ-[college or university] or [college or university] Association of NAHJ Journalists (for student chapters).

Just follow these easy steps, and you’ll be on your way:

Professional Chapter Certification
The approval process begins when a minimum of ten current dues-paying NAHJ members, submit the documents listed below: 
  1. A completed application (PDF) 
  2. A letter to the Training & Membership Director, Yaneth Guillen-Diaz, informing the national association of their desire to establish a chapter. This letter should include the goals and purpose of the group.
  3. A letter of recommendation from the regional director in support of the new chapter formation and reasons to support chapter recognition. 
  4. A membership roster that includes each member's name, media affiliation, job title, and signature to affirm their desire to be part of the chapter.
Upon receipt, verification, and approval of the above-mentioned documents, the prospective chapter should then contact the NAHJ office for further instructions on holding elections.

As you recruit members they can join online at https://nahj.memberclicks.net.

Student Chapter Certification
  1. A completed application (PDF)
  2. A letter to the Director of Next Gen. Initiatives, Leslie-Anne Frank, informing the national association of their desire to establish a chapter. This letter should include the goals and purpose of the group.
  3. A letter of recommendation from the regional director in support of the new chapter formation and reasons to support chapter recognition. 
  4. A membership roster that includes each member's name, school, major, and signature to affirm their desire to be part of the chapter. 
  5. A letter of nomination from the student chapter adviser, who must be either a full-time journalism professor or a full member of NAHJ.
  6. A letter of nomination from the local professional chapter, if there is one nearby. The student chapter should have the support of a nearby professional chapter whenever possible.
  7. Links to the school's newspaper and or other news media.

Upon receipt, verification, and approval of the above-mentioned documents, the prospective chapter should then contact the NAHJ office for further instructions on holding elections.

You must be a student member, advisor, or academic member to be affiliated with a student chapter.

NOTE: Once a chapter earns affiliate status, it must complete and submit an annual chapter audit to the national office to keep affiliate status. [You can find this document on the chapter leaders' resources page.]

Forms and NAHJ sources:
1. Affiliate Chapter Application
2. Chapter Manual
3. NAHJ Bylaws
4. Membership Categories


For more information about NAHJ chapters please contact us at [email protected].



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