B A H j o u r n a l i s t

Brian Anthony Hernandez

Reuniting with New York Times SJI friends

I had brunch Sunday with four friends I hadn’t seen since July 2008 at a journalism conference in Chicago or since January 2008 when we first met in Tucson, Ariz., during The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, a two-week program that brought together 20 students and professional journalists from Times Company papers.

Rick Rojas, Yolanne Almanzar, Marlene Peralta Cortes and Mariana Minaya hang out in Little Italy.

I had kept tabs on their adventures after the Institute, which functioned as a working newsroom, but I recently lost touch with some of them.

During brunch at Essex Restaurant in NYC’s lower east side, I learned about the latest exploits of these four: Rick Rojas reports for The Washington Post and moves soon to The Los Angeles Times; Yolanne Almanzar attends Columbia University as a graduate student; Marlene Peralta Cortes works for CUNY TV in New York; and Mariana Minaya attends law school in Baltimore.

I’m fascinated with the different directions the five of us have chosen, and I wonder what the other NYTSJI folks are doing now. Help me fill in the blanks. If you know what the people listed here are doing, please post a message and I’ll update this blog post.

New York Times Student Journalism Institute,
Class of 2008

What are we doing now?

Yolanne Almanzar: graduate student, Columbia University
Nicolas Barajas: designer, New York Times
Julian Cavazos: marketing and communications assistant, Victoria College
Arcynta Ali: ?
Fernanda Echavarri: ?
Astrid Galvan: reporter, Albuquerque Journal
Brian Anthony Hernandez: just left The Arizona Republic; looking for work in NYC
Lauren LePage: ?
Mariana Minaya: law student, University of Maryland
Aaron Montoya: ?
Tracie Morales: ?
Nathan Olivarez-Giles: business reporter, Los Angeles Times
Jose Pagliery: law reporter, Daily Business Review
Marlene Peralta: producer, CUNY TV
Jennifer Perez: ?
Elizabeth Ann Perez: ?
Solange Reyner: ?
Rick Rojas: reporter, Washington Post
Roxana Vasquez: ?
James Wagner: sports reporter, Washington Post

Thanks for your help. Also, please give us details about your job and post a memory you have from the Institute in the comments section below.

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August 16, 2010 - Posted by | Journalism, New York Times, Personal

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