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December 17, 2020

WHCA Announces New Scholarship With NAHJ

The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce the creation of a new scholarship in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“The White House Correspondents’ Association is excited to begin this partnership with NAHJ, as we look to foster the next generation of journalists that reflects the diversity of the nation,” said Zeke Miller, president of the WHCA.

The new scholarship adds to partnerships the association already has with 10 universities around the United States. They are American University, Arizona State University, Columbia University, Howard University, Northwestern University, Ohio University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Kansas, the University of Maryland and the University of Missouri.

The WHCA also honors an independently financed scholarship recipient from Iowa State University, in partnership with the White House Historical Association.

All are assigned volunteer mentors for a year from among the veteran journalists of the White House press corps.

“Historically, NAHJ and the White House Correspondents’ Association have a shared priority in each organization’s work to nurture the next generation of journalists,” said Alberto B. Mendoza, executive director of the NAHJ. “This scholarship will significantly increase the impact, as representation is crucial to the press corps’ role in providing access to the public and ensuring equal access to all news sources.”

The WHCA-NAHJ Scholarship will be awarded each year to a student with a demonstrated interest in a career in journalism and proven academic performance. The student must be aware of the issues facing the Latino community and Latinos in the newsroom while also striving to portray all people in a fair and accurate manner in coverage of stories.

The scholarship will be for $2,000 each year, with the WHCA contributing half and the NAHJ contributing half.

For more information, contact Executive Director Steve Thomma at director@whca.press

About the WHCA

Founded in 1914, the White House Correspondents’ Association exists to promote excellence in journalism as well as journalism education, and to ensure robust news coverage of the president and the presidency. We support awards for some of the best political reporting of the past year, and scholarships for young reporters who carry our hopes for vibrant journalism in the years to come. Each day, we work to ensure that the men and women who cover the White House have the ability to seek answers from powerful officials, up to and including the President.

Our association comprises hundreds of members from the worlds of print, television, radio and online journalism. Their work, for outlets based in the United States and overseas, reaches a global audience.

About the NAHJ

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists 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 the news media. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. NAHJ has over 3,200 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. 

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