http://twitter.com/#!/nadiacaipirinha/status/230456458200903680

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists ejected a young woman reporter working on her student project from what was supposedly an “open” board meeting at minority journalists’ 2012 UNITY convention in Las Vegas.

The president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists refused to allow media coverage of its open board meeting Tuesday.

Only one board member openly objected to the policy, which President Michele Salcedo said had been established years before.

A UNITY News reporter who had been assigned to live tweet the board’s discussions was asked to stop reporting and to leave the room. The reporter sent out three messages on the social media network before she left and waited outside the meeting room, at the request of her editor.

The incident further enflamed board critics’ existing concerns that the NAHJ leadership has lacked transparency during its two years in power.

The story unfolds in a series of tweets from @nadiacaipirinha, which hint that perhaps she was being punished for asking the wrong questions (Note: The organization in question was @NAHJ, not @NAHJSouthFL as she initially stated.)

Discussing the Balance Sheet with @NAHJSouthFL financial training for the staff has not been consistent. #unity12 #unitynews

— Nadia Khan (@nadiasaleenkhan) July 31, 2012

They made me leave right when started talking about elections…I wonder why…Why @NAHJSouthFL ? #unitynews #unity12

— Nadia Khan (@nadiasaleenkhan) July 31, 2012

Sitting in the hallway waiting to interview the board members since I was just told to leave the @NAHJSouthFL meeting #unity12 #unitynews

— Nadia Khan (@nadiasaleenkhan) July 31, 2012

What is @NAHJSouthFL hiding? Why did they make me leave the so called "open meeting" ? We'll here from the board soon #unitynews #unity12

— Nadia Khan (@nadiasaleenkhan) July 31, 2012

Not learning squat sitting in the Mandalay hallway, thank @NAHJSouthFL for making me leave the meeting #unitynews #unity12

— Nadia Khan (@nadiasaleenkhan) July 31, 2012

I apologize for including the wrong Twitter handle in my pasts tweets. I meant @NAHJ not South Florida #unity12 #unitynews

— Nadia Khan (@nadiasaleenkhan) August 1, 2012

She wasn’t the only one kicked out. @joenewsman got the boot for taking video of the proceedings, although he seemed to keep a stiff upper lip about it:

. @joenewsman got kicked out of the "open" @NAHJ board meeting for filming. But he still got some footage! #unitynews #unity12

— Nadia Khan (@nadiasaleenkhan) August 1, 2012

@nadiacaipirinha I've been kicked out of waay better places! Well done today. You kept your cool and made me proud. ! #unitynews #unity12

— Joe Vazquez (@joenewsman) August 1, 2012

As a student journalist, it looks like @nadiacaipirinha did, indeed, learn something from the experience. Sadly, not what she’d hoped:

Was interrupted by @NAHJ president while interviewing @rebeccaaguilar that's journalism for you! #unitynews #unity12 pic.twitter.com/Uesm4UKp

— Nadia Khan (@nadiasaleenkhan) August 1, 2012

WOW best experience of reality hitting you in the face. Be ready for anything to happen when you're reporting! #unity12 #unitynews

— Nadia Khan (@nadiasaleenkhan) August 1, 2012

Fortunately, she is getting support from her colleagues, one of whom noted that other minority journalist organizations don’t have a problem with transparency:

@nabjdigital Worth noting that most NABJ board members now join in and live tweet the meetings as well

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 1, 2012

@nadiacaipirinha Glad you live tweeted your struggles covering the #NAHJ meeting yesterday. Fact that they kicked you out is unacceptable

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 1, 2012

@nadiacaipirinha Covered NABJ/NAHJ board meetings at UNITY in 08 and fortunately they didn't try to pull any stunts like that

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 1, 2012

Look forward to @NAHJ respond to why #UNITY12 student projects' @nadiacaipirinha was unable to cover its board meeting: http://t.co/erbqSy3V

— Marissa Evans (@marissaaevans) August 1, 2012

RT @WesleyLowery: @nadiacaipirinha Glad you live tweeted struggles to cover #NAHJ meeting. Fact that they kicked you out is unacceptable

— NABJDigital (@NABJDigital) August 1, 2012

The NAHJ now says that social media was banned for legal reasons:

#NABJ board member @bobbutler7 at #unity12 #NAHJ board meeting. Said @NAHJ prez @michelesalcedo banned social media on lawyer's advice. SMH

— NABJDigital (@NABJDigital) August 1, 2012

No explanation as to why that wasn’t made clear at the outset, so as to avoid foreseeable and preventable controversy.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/02/nahj-ejects-reporters-from-open-meeting/