Thank you, NAHJ!

Thank you for electing me president of the New England chapter of NAHJ! Below is my platform and my pledge to NAHJ members.


It’s time to hold New England news media accountable.

As president, I will work with our executive board and members to formulate a plan to push for better representation in coverage and for an equitable number of Latinx journalists — especially in newsroom leadership and public-facing positions such as columnists, hosts and anchors.

  • Lifetime member, NAHJ
  • Former Vice President-Print and former At-Large General Officer for NAHJ 2004-2008
  • Executive editor, The Latino Reporter, NAHJ’s convention newspaper, 2000-2004
  • Served on the national NAHJ Election Advisory Committee, 2020
  • Joined NAHJ during college

My promise to you…

During the first year of my presidency, I will work with our executive board and membership to identify anti-Latinx bias in coverage and treatment of Latinx journalists in their newsrooms.

We will issue a report by early 2022, calling on news leaders to make changes based on our findings.

We will do so by:

• Creating an anonymized survey of Latinx journalists in New England, asking about their experiences in their newsrooms. Their feedback will form the basis of a qualitative analysis of how Latinx journalists are faring in New England newsrooms.

• Assessing how Latinx communities are portrayed in local news media by doing a one-year content audit of the largest New England news media companies. We will look at how Latinx people are identified and characterized and look for news stories that gloss over issues of concern to our communities.

• The survey results and content analysis will become the basis for a report that will be shared with our members. We will hold a virtual Town Hall with our members on the topic and consider next steps, depending on the outcome. Possible next steps may include meeting with executive leadership at local news outlets to address the issues as well as using our platforms to write about the inequities.

This inaugural report will serve as a baseline for future surveys to be conducted every two years and will grow to include Latinx freelance journalists and Latinx student journalists.

Also on my agenda:

Twice-annual workshops for journalists, at minimum, working with local other journalism organizations such as BABJ, AAJA-New England, SPJ New England and ONA-Boston. We will offer workshops for students, freelancers, and mid-career journalists.

NAHJ-New England Journalism Awards (Name to be determined.) To celebrate the courageous and insightful work of Latinx journalists in New England and non-Latinx journalists who are doing vital work that intersects with Latino communities.

Regular themed networking events with guest speakers. These will be held virtually during 2021. It will enable members who are far from Boston to join us. We hope to have full participation from members in Maine, New Hamsphire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

I’m hard-working, task-oriented, resourceful and tenacious. I strongly believe that for every problem, there is a solution. Strong leadership is vital but one person can’t do this work alone. We need a strong executive board of working journalists who can commit to elevating our chapter. We also need an involved membership to steer our chapter. We can grow our group by showing results. We need our members to help with the planning and execution of these important endeavors to help them become a reality.

I am calling on all of my Latinx brothers and sisters working as journalists in New England to come back to the NAHJ chapter. Together, we are going to show New England news organizations our value and insist on better coverage and more Latinos in our newsrooms.

Questions? Please reach out to me via this form: https://cindyerodriguez.com/connect/.

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Corrections that Wikipedia should make

July 26, 2017 update: I could not get Wikipedia to correct the errors so I have requested  removal of the page. Today, after repeated requests, I was told that it would be taken down. Hooray!

So long, Wikipage with alt-facts from Bill O’Reilly!


Original post written on July 3, 2017:

An entry on Wikipedia makes an assertion about me that is untrue, but which I am unable to fix, even after trying to contact Wikipedia editors directly. It leaves the impression that I am a proponent of open borders. That is not true.

I am not nor ever have been an advocate of open borders, nor have I ever written anything to suggest that I am. The smear comes from a former TV news host whose name isn’t worth mentioning. He made the baseless claim on his show on Oct. 25, 2005, but cited no proof.

At the time, I was a columnist at the Denver Post and wrote a piece defending Macarena Hernández, a columnist at the Dallas Morning News who was getting barraged with hate mail incited by that TV host. I knew what it was like to get death threats and other threatening emails from viewers of that disgraced TV host because the same thing happened to me after I wrote this column dissecting untruths he had written about undocumented immigrants taking welfare.

In neither column do I say I’m for open borders. Media Matters for America, a left-leaning media watchdog organization, came to my defense. Media Matters did a Nexis search of my Denver Post columns and found no proof to back up that assertion. <– This link was in the wikipedia entry for several years but has since been removed.

Anyone who has a Nexis account can search and find five articles that contain my name and the phrase “open borders.” In none of those articles am I defending that concept. I am certainly pro-immigrant and will defend the rights of undocumented people living in the U.S. who contribute to society, but borders make sense. I don’t even know anyone who advocates for open borders.

Fear mongers use this term to scare people into thinking those who are different from them will take over their country. It’s a term used by nativists, the alt-right, neo-Nazis and other xenophobes.

Trying to get this corrected has been proven near-impossible, but I’m hoping that perhaps Wikipedia would consider ME a credible source on myself. (I’m not too hopeful, considering the lengths Philip Roth went through to try to correct untruths on Wikipedia about his novel, “The Human Stain.” But it’s worth a try.)

Another untruth listed on that wiki page and attributed to the disgraced TV host is that I was influenced by George Soros. It got appended to the wiki page because that host wrote the lie in a book. As is the case with his other smears, he offers zero proof. Honestly, at the time the book was written I had no idea who George Soros was. So, no, I was not influenced by him. (That said, now that I’m more aware of who Soros is I can state without equivocation that I am not a fan.)


Cindy Rodriguez

Back on Facebook

For those of you who have wondered if I have unfriended you on Facebook, the answer is no.

I deleted my account in February for a few reasons:

  • After tallying the amount of time I spent on FB, I realized I’d be more productive if I got off.
  • Nefarious marketing companies, including Facebook, had access to tons of personal information on me.
  • I found myself getting upset about inane comments people would make on the site.
  • Socializing online gave me less time for real-life socializing.
  • I didn’t want the highs and lows that come with “FaceCrack.” (Read: this and this.)

Yes, I miss you!

Even with all the above-mentioned issues I have with the social networking site, Facebook is an easy way to stay connected with friends who live far away and hundreds of former colleagues, students, classmates and coworkers who live all over the country and abroad.

So I’m back — sort of. Continue reading “Back on Facebook”

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One of the perks of being on a ProfNet #ConnectChat

One of the perks of being on a ProfNet #ConnectChat

My name and face on a Times Square e-billboard! That’s not something I ever expected.

Click on the photo to see a transcript of the webchat.

In my webchat, “Intro to DIY Mobile Journalism,” I explain how to use a smartphone to collect soundbites, nat sound, video clips, B-Roll, and offer tips on which apps and tools work best for mobile storytelling.  Continue reading “One of the perks of being on a ProfNet #ConnectChat”


Emerson students living in the castle

(Yes, Emerson owns a castle in the Netherlands.)

“Life’s A Happy Song” – Kasteel Well Spring 2013 from Brandon Cardwell on Vimeo.

What do a group of students from Emerson decide to do amid finals? A musical act, of course. This is one reason why I LOVE Emerson. Emerson students are innately creative, upbeat, and full of life. I see several of my former students in this video: Renée Deschene, Courtney Tharp, Xandra Fileccia, Jackie Pauley, Mary Quigley and Beth Treffeisen. Great job, guys. One day I hope to teach at the castle!