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Gabriela Martinez Named NAHJ / NBC News Summer Fellow

Merrill MJ Gabriela Martinez is a 2017 NBC Summer Fellow.

Photo – LinkedIn.

(Adapted from a NAHJ/Comcast-NBCUniversal News Release.)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 27) – Merrill College Master’s student Gabriela Martinez will be one of just six NBC News 2017 Summer Fellows – spending 10 weeks gaining real-world broadcast news experience in New York City. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists partners with NBCUniversal for the Fellows Program.

For the second year in a row, NBC chose six students instead of four, because the applicants were so strong.

Gabriela’s fellowship will focus on investigations, but students could also be placed in:

  • The Today Show or
  • Nightly News with Lester Holt or
  • Dateline
  • CNBC

The other fellows come from USC, UT, Austin, Cal Berkeley, Arkansas and Northwestern.

Students will be paid hourly for their 10 weeks and will live in New York City for the duration of the Fellowship. NBCUniversal offers a $2,000 housing stipend for candidates who reside outside a 50 mi. radius from NAHJ’s Tri-State Area offices.


Klett, McGinnis Take National NAHJ Student Honors

Kathryn Klett with Associate Dean Rafael Lorente at the NAHJ Awards celebration.

Merrill graduate Kathryn Klett with Associate Dean Rafael Lorente at the 2016 NAHJ Awards celebration.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Merrill College students swept the student honors given by the National Hispanic Journalists Association during its national conference (with NABJ) this past week at the Marriott Wardman Hotel.

There were two categories for student journalists (for the 2015-2016 school year) as part of the NAHJ journalism awards. Merrill College student winners were:

Latino Issues – Student Broadcast

Kathryn Klett ’15, Capital News Service, for Undocumented Violence: One Undocumented Immigrant’s Story of Domestic Abuse.

Klett graduated in Dec. 2015 as a double major in broadcast journalism and business marketing.


Photo: Annika McGinnis

Photo: Annika McGinnis

Latino Issues – Student Print
Annika McGinnis ’15, Capital News Service, for Maryland School Systems Grapple with Influx of Central American Minors.

Her first paragraph:

“In July, she came on foot and by bus, traversing thousands of miles on a harrowing month-long journey through Mexico to the United States. She had hoped to come legally – but, threatened by gangs in El Salvador, 18-year-old Yanci said she was forced to flee.”

McGinnis graduated in Dec. 2015 with a degree in multiplatform journalism and a minor in international development and conflict management. She is currently a program coordinator for the Advocacy Project in Washington, D.C. and is a White House stringer for Thompson Reuters.

Congratulations also to Jon Banister, Capital News Service, who was a finalist in the Student Print category for The Brothel Next Door investigative series.

MJ Martinez Named NABJ/NAHJ Student Multimedia Project Member

Photo: LinkedIn

-Adapted from an NABJ/NAHJ press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) this week announced the student members who will participate in the Student Multimedia Project during the 2016 Convention and Career Fair in Washington, D.C.

Among those students is Merrill College Master’s student Gabriela Martinez, who was chosen as an NAHJ student participant. Martinez is a multiplatform major. She is also a communications graduate assistant for the UMD College of Arts and Humanities. Before coming to Maryland, she worked with AmeriCorps as an ESOL instructor at St. Mark Community Education Program and worked overseas as a Fulbright Scholar in Russia.

The annual Student Multimedia Project offers student members the opportunity to receive on-the-job training from NABJ/NAHJ dedicated professional journalists at no cost.

The students produce both breaking news and long-form multimedia stories, which are featured in the convention’s daily newspaper (print and online), and on a daily newscast. Additionally, the students promote special events, programming, and sponsor-related information on the organization’s social media platforms.

The NABJ/NAHJ convention takes place Aug. 1-6, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Read the complete release.