Chipsters at 2018 NAHJ and NAJA

At NAHJ from left: Nancy Flores (Summer 2001), Ruthy Muñoz (Summer 2016), Nicole Chavez (Summer 2013), Joe Ruiz (Summer 2006) and Uriel J. Garcia (Spring 2014)

Many Chips Quinn Scholars and alums participate in the annual conventions of the national journalists associations – by attending, serving as speakers and panelists, standing for election as officers, mentoring student journalists and receiving recognition for their journalism. Here’s what we’ve learned about CQS outreach at the 2018 conventions of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), co-hosted in Miami in July.

Maria Zamudio (Summer 2007), investigative journalist for American Public Media Group, presented a workshop, “Introducción a Excel.”

Adolfo Flores (Summer 2009), national security correspondent for immigration for BuzzFeed, spoke about the art of interviewing.

Marie De Jesús (Summer 2010)

Student mentor 
Marie De Jesús (Summer 2010), photographer for the Houston Chronicle, was a mentor for Latino Reporter, the Student Project. She writes, “We worked with a very impressive group of 12 students. I closely collaborated with two students, but as one of the photo editors, I also helped get their multimedia work ready for publication. One of my students put together this wonderful multimedia piece; as you can imagine, I am proud.”

Nancy Flores (Summer 2001), features writer for the Austin American-Statesman, and Joe Ruiz (Summer 2006), senior weekend editor for CNN Politics, concluded their service as national board officers. Flores was secretary and Ruiz was vice president, online.

Mary Hudetz (Summer 2007), criminal justice reporter for The Associated Press, presented on “Accountability Journalism for Native Communities.”

At NAJA: Osage News Senior Reporter Benny Polacca (Spring 2006) and Editor Shannon Shaw Duty (Spring 2005). This photo was provided by the Osage News ( and is used with permission.

National Native Media Award winners
Benny Polacca (Spring 2006), senior reporter for Osage News, won several awards in the professional division II print-online category. He won first place, feature photo (“Pawhuska waterboy gets ready for In-Lon-Schka dances”), second place, feature story (“Wah-Zha-Zhi Youth Council learns about water quality”) and third place, excellence in beat reporting (“Osage Congress Votes Down Rule Change on Establishing Committee Quorums”).

Dalton Walker (Summer 2005), senior reporter for  O’odham Action News, took home two second-place awards in the professional division I print-online category: for elder coverage (“SRPMIC Veteran Recalls World War II”) and for feature photo (“Pilger named Red Mountain Eagle Pow-Wow Princess”).

Sunnie (Redhouse) Clahchischiligi (Summer 2006), sports writer for the Navajo Times, won first place in the division III print category, sports, for a story about professional golfer Rickie Fowler.

Tailyr Irvine (Summer 2018) was awarded first place in the student division print-online category, news photo, for “Frida Kahlo record,” published by the Dallas Morning News. Irvine is a photographer for the Tampa Bay Times.

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