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Journalism Institute appoints Vaida director of training

September 14, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

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Bara Vaida

Bara Vaida, an experienced health and science journalist who reports on business, consumer, wellness, and policy issues, has joined the National Press Club Journalism Institute as its Director of Training. Vaida started in the role on Aug. 21.

In this role, Vaida will develop and expand the Institute’s professional development portfolio and training strategy; create unique learning opportunities for journalists; and produce timely resources for journalists, including the Institute’s afternoon newsletter, The Latest.

“I am thrilled to be joining the talented team at the National Press Club Journalism Institute. The Institute’s work is vital to ensuring an independent and free press, and I’m honored to bring my background and experience to the organization,” Vaida said. “I look forward to inspiring and supporting journalists across the country with the training and resources they need to succeed.”

The National Press Club Journalism Institute is the nonprofit affiliate of the National Press Club.

Vaida has worked for some of Washington’s biggest news organizations, including National Journal, Agence France-Presse, and Bloomberg News and has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows, including, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, and WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi show.

In 2020, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Vaida served as the core topic leader on infectious diseases for the Association of Health Care Journalists. In that role, she coordinated training and resources to assist her peers as they reported in real time the ongoing health crisis.

In addition to the craft and technical skills training she’ll develop, Vaida plans to take a holistic approach to journalists as individuals through support for their career, mental, and physical well-being. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

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