Since last September, the journalism industry lost jobs at almost three times the rate of jobs lost in the economy each month. According to Unity: Journalists of Color, "The news industry has shed 35,885 since Sept. 15, 2008, and 46,599 jobs since UNITY began tracking job losses on Jan. 1, 2008." As journalists continue to lose jobs, they are using social media to promote themselves and their writing.
Thankfully the folks at NAHJ and Al Dia have partnered to promote the Valera Awards for Excellence in American Journalism on Latino Issues. Two $10,000 awards will be presented by the AL DIA Foundation for the best examples of Print Journalism and Digital Journalism produced on American Latino issues during 2009 across the 50 states. Hurry because the deadline for submissions is December 31, 2009. For you bloggers, don't worry because you're included! This is a wonderful opportunity to continue goals as a journalist and display the hard work our Latino media produce.
For more information visit felixvarelaaward.com.