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LEJA Opens Up New Membership for 2020

The Latinx critics group opens for new entertainment journalists in film and television…

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(New York, NY – July 1, 2020) – The Latino Entertainment Journalists Association announced the opening of the application process for new members for the film and television divisions of the organization.  LEJA launched with its inaugural membership of 24 Latino/a/x film journalists from all across the United States of America in December 2018 before adding an additional 10 members in July 2019.

New member applications are now open and will remain open until July 31, 2020, at 5:00 PM EST.

In order to be considered for LEJA, the applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a journalist working in the field of entertainment. This includes film and television journalists whose coverage is aired or read on a regular basis. Any and all applicants must have no less than 50 reviews, articles (this can include features and interviews), or aired segments per the calendar year. For this year’s application process, all writings must have been published between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. Up to 25 supplemental writings can be submitted between January 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All writings submitted must have a minimum of 500 words. If submitting on-air television clips, YouTube, or other video media libraries, radio clips, or podcasts, the applicant must categorize each submission accordingly. Each outlet must meet a circulation minimum as determined by the LEJA board and membership committee.
  • Applicants must have at least three (3) years working in entertainment news with at least one (1) of those years being with their CURRENT outlet on a consistent basis. The membership committee can vote for exceptions in extenuating instances for freelancers.
  • Television/radio journalists must be at a station or inside a station group in the top 50 markets. They must be featured as an entertainment journalist or contributor and have maintained a frequency of coverage throughout the calendar year.
  • Internet/podcast journalists must be featured on a website as either the founder or lead contributor (or equivalent) that is known throughout the industry.  These articles and reviews must be read by a large enough audience, as determined by the membership committee, in order to qualify. Traffic, social media, and reach will all be taken into account and/or may be requested for further review.
  • All members are charged yearly membership dues of $25.00 per year. Per the LEJA announcement, Founder and President Clayton Davis will be paying those dues for all members in 2020-2021.
  • The membership application deadline is Friday, July 31 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. LEJA Board of Directors and the New Membership Committee will be selecting 10 new members for this calendar year. This can be increased or decreased by voting members for various circumstances. The new members will be announced in mid to late August. If you are NOT selected, we encourage you to apply again next year.
  • After you apply, share it with the world using our worldwide hashtag #YoSoyLEJA. This is NOT required and will increase or decrease your chances of acceptance. This is to encourage a united voice for all Latinx journalists everywhere.

“I am so excited to invite and work this next group of professionals in our community,” Clayton Davis, LEJA Founder, and President stated. He continues on by sharing “Our underrepresented voices are growing larger but we can only continue to grow if we stand united and uplift one another.”

New Member Applications can be found here or by going to this link: (https://forms.gle/h8aLf17i6ahv3Uh68)

The LEJA membership has awarded Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” and Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” the past two years of its existence with their top award of Best Picture of the Year.
#YoSoyLEJA
Official Site: http://www.latinojournalists.com
Facebook: @LEJALatino
Instagram: @LEJALatino
Twitter: @LEJALatino

About Latino Entertainment Journalists Association:

The Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA) is committed to developing and celebrating Latino voices among all areas and backgrounds of the entertainment industry.  Founded in 2018, LEJA provides a much-needed opportunity for writers from the United States to have their works amplified and heard in the areas of film, television, music, theatre, and the arts.  Accepting of all backgrounds and identities, LEJA embraces anyone who identifies as Latino, Latina, Latinx, Hispanic, Afro-Latino, Afro-Latina, Latin@, Spanish, or any inclusive and progressive description that champions and accelerates the voices of our culture from around the world.

 

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.

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