Juan Gonzales Fellowship
The Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists is proud to present the Juan Gonzales Fellowship, a 12-week , paid Summer fellowship at Accion Latina, Publisher of El Tecolote Newspaper. The selected fellow will receive a stipend of $4,800 over the course of the program.
The fellowship is named after Juan Gonzales, the founder of El Tecolote Newspaper and a 2009 NAHJ Hall of Fame Honoree.
The Juan Gonzales Fellowship supports diverse journalists who are deeply interested in reporting the most urgent issues the Latino community faces, issues we believe lie at the core of improving the quality of news and information reaching the public:
- Strengthening local news
- To challenge misinformation and disinformation
- To fight bias, intolerance and injustice
We invite all current undergraduate/graduate journalism students or recent graduates in or pursuing a journalism career as a reporter, photographer, videographer or web/print designer. (Not limited to these)
Deadline: March 24, 2019 at 11 p.m. PT
The fellow to start in June 2019
The fellowship is named in honor of Juan Gonzales, who was born and raised in East Stockton, CA. He is the son of U.S. farmworkers and attended Franklin High School, where he began his journalism career as a writer and editor.
He began his teaching career at San Francisco State University in 1970 where he became the founder and editor of El Tecolote newspaper. The first issue of El Tecolote was published on August 24, 1970 and a year later, it moved out of its college setting and into the Mission District.
He has received a Heroes of Excellence Award from KGO-TV. In 2000, he was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with its Distinguished Service Award. In 2009, he was inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame for advancing the interests of journalism and the interests of Latinos in Journalism. In 2011, Horace Mann Middle School had him depicted in a mural on an exterior of a wall. In March 2015, he received a certificate of recognition from Mayor Ed Lee for his 45 years of service as a journalism teacher, department chair and publisher.
Juan Gonzales is currently the Journalism Department Chair at the City College of San Francisco, where he continues to train and educate the next generation of journalists.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is a national non-profit organization which works to encourage Hispanic students and professionals to pursue journalism careers, increase employment of Latino journalists, promote fair and accurate news coverage of Hispanic issues and provide a source of support for Latino journalists.
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Mission District, in the area now designated as the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, Acción Latina is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 that is dedicated to promoting cultural arts, community media and civic engagement as a way of building healthy and empowered Latino communities. Acción Latina publishes and houses El Tecolote.
El Tecolote is a biweekly, bilingual newspaper and also a daily online publication based in San Francisco that covers the Mission District and the surrounding area for the Latino community. It's the longest running bilingual newspaper that is printed in both English and Spanish in California. It was founded in 1970. El Tecolote was also a founding member of New America Media, a national network of ethnic news media.
Applicants must be:
- A NAHJ member.
- Current undergraduate or graduate journalism students or recent graduates.
- Taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing journalism as a career.
- Attending a school in the San Francisco Bay Area or have a permanent address in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Become a member today!
Please fill the following on SECTION A.
To complete the application, please submit the material requested in SECTION B in one email to the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter at
Deadline: March 24, 2019 at 10 p.m. PT
Please type in your NAHJ Member ID:
Permanent Address (if different from above):
School (if applies)
Current year in school (if applies)
Graduation date or expected date
Current or intended area of focus (reporter, data, graphics, photographer, videographer, web etc.)
Submit the following materials attached in one email to the NAHJ Bay Area Chapter at
Most recent school transcript. Copies of unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
3. LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
Two letters of recommendation from an employer, teacher or professor.
An essay of at least 500 words on:
- Why do you want to be a Juan Gonzales Fellow?
- What do you want to get out of the fellowship?
- How did you got into journalism?
- Why do you want to be a journalist?
5. WORK SAMPLES
- PHOTOJOURNALISTS: Please submit a link to a portfolio or website containing your work.
- WRITERS: Send at least two links to articles. Do not send tear-sheets.
- MULTIMEDIA: Please submit a link to a portfolio or website containing your work.
Awards, recognitions or scholarships
How did you first hear about the fellowship?
Check all that apply.
Friend or classmate
NAHJ website or Facebook page
Scholarship listing or directory
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