Melita Garza received her Ph.D. in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her dissertation, titled “They Came to Toil,” won the 2013 Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize from the American Journalism Historians Association. A dedicated journalist, Melita Garza is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).
NAHJ serves as an active network for those with Hispanic roots who are studying or practicing journalism all over the country. From a small group of 120 during its formal establishment in 1984, NAHJ’s membership has grown and now includes more than 2,000 members nationwide. NAHJ enacts policies and projects that promote the welfare of Hispanic journalists and journalism students.
An advocate of representation of Hispanic journalists in the media, NAHJ’s president Brandon Benavides recently released a statement expressing his disappointment over the fact that no Hispanic journalists were chosen as moderators for the 2016 presidential and vice-presidential debates. Citing U.S. census figures, Benavidez pointed out that almost one-fifth of the US population are Hispanic, hence Hispanic representatives are needed to provide input on issues concerning the Latino community.
NAHJ previously addressed the lack of Hispanic representation in presidential and vice-presidential debates during the 2012 elections.