Amanda A. Adame
LAS CRUCES – Two journalism and media studies students at New Mexico State University recently received scholarships from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The NAHJ is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanic journalists in the news industry.
Rosemary MontaÃ±ez received the NAHJ $ 2,000 RubÃ©n Salazar scholarship. Dayana Villanueva received the Luis Gomez scholarship of $ 2,000 NAHJ. MontaÃ±ez and Villianueva are two of 36 scholarship recipients in the United States.
âRosemary and Dayana are aware of the issues affecting our communities and this is what elevates them to another level as student reporters,â said Hugo PÃ©rez, assistant professor at the University of Journalism and Studies. media and director of Noticias22.
“We will continue to motivate and encourage our students to apply for the many opportunities that NAHJ has to offer. This is the first time in many years that our students have been chosen to receive scholarships at the national level. It is an opportunity incredible for them. “
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Established in 1984, the NAHJ has over 3,000 members, including working journalists and journalism students from across the country. For over thirty years, NAHJ has awarded scholarships totaling over $ 1.72 million to nearly 800 students.
These competitive NAHJ scholarships are awarded based on the student’s commitment to journalism, academic achievement, community outreach, and financial need.
âThis NAHJ scholarship will be such a blessing for my final semester at NMSU,â said MontaÃ±ez, who will graduate in December.
âIt will give me the opportunity to continue my studies without having so much financial pressure on me. Not only will the scholarship make such a big difference financially, becoming a member of the NAHJ will also provide even more opportunities in my future career.
MontaÃ±ez, originally from El Pasoan, attended El Paso Community College before coming to NMSU to continue his education in hopes of becoming a broadcast journalist. During her time here, MontaÃ±ez became a valued member of News22, the student-run live newscast, gaining first-hand critical experience as an on-air presenter and journalist.
âWhen I first visited the campus and walked the News22 set, I knew this was where I wanted to continue my college journey,â MontaÃ±ez said. âI wanted to be able to graduate with as much experience as possible and News22 and the journalism department gave me these opportunities. I knew right away that this was the place for me.
After graduation, MontaÃ±ez plans to continue telling stories about his community that inspire others as a multimedia journalist. âMy hope is to leave NMSU motivated and keen to make a difference in the world by using the power of television and the digital space,â MontaÃ±ez said.
Likewise, Villanueva hopes to use the skills she learned at NMSU to become an investigative journalist along the US-Mexico border after graduation later this year. Villanueva’s passion for the border region is part of her identity as she sees herself as both originally from El Paso, Texas, where she was born, and Ciudad, Juarez, where she grew up.
âThe NAHJ award will allow me to pay the cost of classes, books, food and gasoline to work even harder to achieve my goal of becoming a Latin journalist in the United States,â Villanueva said. “I also hope that I can help increase the representation of Latinos and people of color in American newsrooms.”
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Since transferring to NMSU from El Paso Community College, Villanueva has acquired valuable tools as a presenter and reporter for News22 and Noticias22, Spain’s student-run digital newscast. Additionally, she is the co-host and producer of the LatinxAmerica Education Podcast, which focuses on showcasing organizations creating technology that can positively impact the Latinx community.
âGoing to NMSU was the best choice I have ever made in my life,â said Villanueva. “It’s a dream come true and it just keeps getting better with opportunities like these.”
With the support of mentor professors such as PÃ©rez and Nick Miller, associate professor of journalism and media studies and director of News22, Villanueva and MontaÃ±ez feel ready for a career in journalism.
âThanks to them, the graduate students of this department are ready to face the world with daring and are perfectly equipped to do so,â said MontaÃ±ez.
To learn more about NAHJ and other scholarships, visit https://nahj.org/. To learn more about the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, visit https://journalism.nmsu.edu/.