Learn which new digital tools are available to students and how to create an engaging online presence.
The forum will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Pacific on Nov. 27 in the Flintridge Room of the CSUN Student Union. Or participate on Twitter. Use the handle @CSUNLJ and hash tag #JtalkCSUN.
Panelists include Kim Bui, producer of mobile content at 89.3 KPCC; Sean Gardner, social media consultant; Mekahlo Medina, social media reporter at NBC Channel 4; Rebecca Aguilar, vice president of online at National Association of Hispanic Journalists; Connie K. Ho, Web producer; Luiz Gomez, digital producer at 89.3 KPCC; Natalie Tejeda, a reporter at CBS 42 WIAT in Birmingham, AL; and Jonathan Gonzalez, a reporter at KBAK in Bakersfield.
About the panelists:
Kim Bui | @kimbui
P. Kim Bui is a senior producer for Mobile Content at KPCC. Prior to that, Bui worked as KPCC’s associate editor for social media.
Her experience in Web journalism includes major newspapers such as the Kansas City Star and San Luis Obispo Tribune, where she worked as a reporter. Bui has also worked on major news start-ups like The Loop 21, where she managed development and web operations. She’s also the co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat for web journalists. Bui was named one of Poynter’s 35 influential people in social media in 2010.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Bui graduated with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University. She is an active member of the Online News Association, organizing the group’s L.A. chapter. She also sits on the board of the Asian American Journalists Association’s (AAJA) Los Angeles chapter.
When not tweeting for KPCC, she writes short stories and enjoys outdoor exploits and culinary life around L.A.
Sean Gardner | @2morrowknight
Sean Gardner is a social media consultant and correspondent who blogs for Social Media Week, Huffington Post and Smedio, and has appeared on CNN, PBS, and FOX. He has contributed to Fast Company, Buzzfeed, The Stimulist, Mission Hot Mama, Womentality Magazine and Essence.com, and has lectured at leading colleges and universities.
In addition to 20 years in marketing and public relations, he’s also done extensive work in the area of speech writing, arts advocacy, conservation, as well as promotional campaigns with celebrities, educational institutions, and for nonprofits such as Charity Water, Project Medishare, SeeYourImpact, and World Vision.
The site Smedio describes him as a “True Social Media Icon” because of the way he uses popular platforms to engage, educate, enlighten, and empower. His trailblazing ‘Twitter Powerhouses Series’ in the Huffington Post has become a permanent part of the social media conversation.
Mekahlo Medina | @MekahloNBCLA
Mekahlo Medina is the Emmy Award-winning technology and social media reporter for NBC4 Southern California. Joining the station in 2006, Medina can be seen weekdays on the NBC4 newscasts “Today in LA”and “NBC4 News at Noon.”
With more than 40,000 Twitter followers and 80,000 Facebook fans, Medina is one of the station’s most prolific social networkers. He’s also highly engaged with viewers on Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and Path, a mobile social network. He uses his presence across multiple social media platforms in both the digital sphere and on television. He constantly looks for ways to leverage the ‘second screen’ experience encouraging the station’s viewers to engage on Twitter and Facebook.
Medina joined NBC4 as an anchor and manager of “News Raw,” a news show that aired on the station’s digital channel, which focused on hyper local news coverage, culture, technology and social media. Coincidentally, Facebook and Twitter were taking off around the same time and Medina used these social media outlets to offer content that he reported on NBC4.
Prior to joining NBC4, Medina was a general assignment reporter for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, KPNX-TV in Phoenix, and NBC television affiliates, KOB-TV (NBC) in Albuquerque, and KTSM (NBC) in El Paso.
Medina often volunteers his time to non-profit organizations throughout the Southland. He currently serves as vice president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, secretary of UNITY Journalists for Diversity, and is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and the Native American Journalists Association. Medina is also a prolific painter and enjoys writes poetry about the Latino experience.
Madina graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and speaks Spanish fluently.
Rebecca Aguilar | @RebeccaAguilar
Rebecca Aguilar was raised outside Toledo, Ohio and in Mexico City. She grew up with two parents who gave their all to helping the community. Alfredo and Rebecca Aguilar were undocumented workers who came to this country in the late 1950s; eventually they got their green cards. Within a few years, Rebecca’s father became a union leader for employees at General Motors. Her mother worked in the fields with migrant workers and eventually she became a migrant rights activist.
Weekends for Rebecca and her brothers and sister were not about going to the mall or to the movies; their parents would take them to take part in silent protests, rallies, and picket lines. Rebecca says she had a front seat to the “realities of everyday people.”
Rebecca parents inspired her to become a reporter, and shine a light on people who are ignored or don’t have money to get help. Her broadcast journalism career started in 1981 in Toledo, Ohio. Then she moved on to Chicago, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Dallas. She has won or been nominated for 48 journalism awards. In 2007, NAHJ named her its “Broadcast Journalist of the Year.”
Rebecca admits she wouldn’t be a success today without the support of her husband, John and teenage son, Alex. Now 31 years in the business, Rebecca says she doesn’t plan to ever stop reporting.
Connie K. Ho | @ConnieKHo
Connie K. Ho is a freelance contributor for online publications. Her work has appeared in media outlets such as the Orange County Register, the Pacific Citizen, AOL Patch.com, MochiMag.com and RedOrbit.com.
She previously worked as project editor for Language Magazine. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in English and international studies as well as a minor in Spanish.
She has interned in Washington D.C., studied abroad in Spain, taught English in Taiwan, and volunteered as a translator at a free legal clinic in Panama.
In her free time, she likes to hone her skills in Spanish and Chinese, blog about Asian American issues, practice yoga and kickboxing, try new cuisines, and explore new cities.
Luis Gomez | @RunGomez
Luis Gomez is a journalist and social media advisor/consultant in Los Angeles, a KPCC Crawford Family Forum Producer, and a former “breaking news” editor for Ora TV’s Newsbreaker.
Luis teaches folks social media through Mediabistro’s Social Media Marketing Bootcamp and Social Media 101. Luis is a news junkie and occasional competitive runner. He tweets at @RunGomez and produces how-to videos on Web skills in 30 seconds or less.
Luis is a member of Online News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Natalie Tejeda | @natalietejeda
Natalie Tejeda is a weekend anchor and night side reporter for CBS 42 WIAT in Birmingham, AL.
An award winning investigative and crime reporter, Natalie also has a passion for fun and adrenaline inducing activities as well as health and physical fitness.
The daughter of two social workers, she took her love of Harley Davidson motorcycles and joined the Guardians of the Children motorcycle club. The mission of the GOC is to recognize and react to child abuse and educate the public to do the same. Group members also serve as advocates for the children when they face their abusers in court and provide strength and stability to families in crisis.
You’ll routinely see news tweets from her all day – every day – even on the weekends and when she’s on vacation. Because news doesn’t stop when her workday is done.
Before coming to WIAT CBS 42, Natalie was a Traffic Reporter, Great Day SA Co-Host and Fill in Anchor for KENS 5 in San Antonio. While in the Alamo City she also worked in public relations for Dublin and Associates and in the communications department for San Antonio Water System. She was also a reporter for WOAI TV in San Antonio, KMSB in Tucson, Ariz., a bureau chief for KYMA in Yuma/El Centro, Ariz., and a freelance helicopter reporter at KABC in Los Angeles.
Natalie received her bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism from California State University, Fullerton. She was an award-winning member of the speech and debate team all through high school and college. And something you probably didn’t know is that before switching to communications she was studying to be a professional dancer.
Jonathan Gonzalez | @JGonzReporter
My bachelor’s degree was earned at Cal State Northridge, where I was able to film several mini-documentaries for El Nuevo Sol, the school’s bilingual publication. I also reported and anchored for CSUN’s Valley View News TV program, as well as KCSN News radio, where I had the privilege to earn my first regional Edward R. Murrow award and RTNA Golden Mike.
Much of my college time was spent interning for NBCLA.com to polish my Web writing, as well as the sports department at KABC-TV, where I was later hired as a news assistant.
My goal in Bakersfield is to expose injustices and hold our leaders accountable. I believe our ability as journalists to share stories is a powerful tool that should always be used ethically and impartially.
The CSUN Latino Journalists Club and El Nuevo Sol present the panel “Hispanic TV Newscasts in Los Angeles: Challenges and Opportunities.”
The panel will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 25 in Manzanita Hall Room 361.
Panelists include Marco A. Flores, news director and regional director west coast at Univision 34 and UniMas36; Jorge Mettey, senior vice president of News at MundoFox; Ruben Keoseyan, vice president of content at KVEA Channel 52; and Andrews Angulo, vice president of news at Liberman Broadcasting’s Estrella TV.
About the panelists:
Marco A. Flores
Born and raised in Mexico City, Marco Flores moved to the United States in 1987 due to a year long teachers strike in the Mexican Education system.
Marco attended California State University of San Bernardino pursuing a B.A. degree in Communications and prior to that he attended College of the Desert in Palm Desert California where he obtained an A.A. degree in Mass Communications.
His career in the media began in radio in 1992 with a graveyard shift as a Disc Jockey. From there he moved on to become the Station Manager for KCLB Radio “La Consentida” in 1997.
That Year Marco joined the launching of the Telemundo Affiliate in Palm Springs as weather and sports anchor; a year later he added the Newscast producer title to his anchoring job.
On July first 2000 he joined KTVW as a producer; reporter and back-up anchor. During his first year as a producer his 10 PM Live coverage of the Mexican Presidential Inauguration was nominated by NATAS for best newscast.
In 2002 he became Executive Producer and participated in the Filemon Martinez Campaign, which bestow upon him and his team the Governor’s Award for Community Service by the National Association of Television and Arts Sciences.
In 2003, Marco was named KTVW Univision News Director. The operation was quickly expanded from Phoenix to state wide news with bureaus in Flagstaff, Tucson and Douglas. Several accolades have being bestowed upon the Univision News team at the local, regional and national level.
Marco enjoys traveling, theatre and sports. Marco especially enjoys soccer since he played at the semi pro level in Mexico as well as having a promising acting.
Jorge Mettey is senior vice president of news at MundoFox.
He has most recently been doing media consulting. He previously worked as a news director for Univision Television group for 12 years, first in Dallas, then Phoenix, and finally in Los Angeles at KMEX 34.
Jorge was fired from KMEX in April of 2007, for allegedly breaching ethics policies in directing news coverage. He sued Univision the following year for wrongful termination. At the time, he told Media Moves: “When I was fired, I was victim of an injustice perpetrated by a series of inept individuals … Those same inept individuals proceeded to discredit and defame me.”
Rubén was executive editor at La Opinión. He previously held the same role at the paper from 2000 to 2005.
He was publisher and editor of La Raza Newspaper in Chicago, where he spent three years.
Rubén also worked in Puerto Rico as editorial director of Primera Hora newspaper and as an anchor and news director for KSBY TV in San Luis Obispo.
Andres joined the Liberman Broadcasting station as news director in July of 2011.
In his role as vice president of news, Andres is responsible for the strategic planning and management of the company’s news division including KRCA TV in Los Angeles, and the Estrella TV Network news programs.
Before joining KRCA, he spent five years as executive producer for KMEX TV until September 2010. He was previously news director for KPMR TV, the Univision affiliate in Santa Barbara, and the senior producer for KSTS TV, the Telemundo affiliate in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Good morning! ¡Buenos dias! The California Cal State Northridge journalism department, in collaboration with CSUN Latino Journalists and El Nuevo Sol this morning present a Spanish-language media panel. We will discuss how Spanish-language print/online media are adapting to current demographics.
Ustream (tune in beginning at around 9:30 a.m. Pacific)
Join us for a panel discussion on how Spanish-language print/online media are adapting to current demographics at 9:30 a.m. in Manzanita Hall Room 361.
Panelists include Reynaldo Mena, director of editorial at La Opinion; Alejandro Maciel, editorial director at Hoy Los Angeles; Gabriel Lerner, of Huffington Post Voces; and Fernando Mexia, a correspondent with EFE News Agency.
Use the hash tag #SpanishLanguageNews on Twitter and Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @CSUNLJ.
About our panelists:
Mena has been with the Los Angeles Times for the past nine years as editorial director of Hoy, their Los Angeles based Spanish language publication. He began his career over 25 years ago as a reporter in Mexico and since 1993 Mena has worked in various newsrooms across the United States including as editor of the Orange County Register’s Exclesior publication and assistant editor of Nuevo Tiempo of the San Jose Mercury News.
Prior to joining La Opinión in March of 2012, Maciel was publisher/editor of La Voz de San Diego and executive editor of Impacto USA.
Gabriel Lerner is the Editorial Director of HuffPost Voces. He is a journalist, blogger, columnist, and editor.
Born in Buenos Aires, Gabriel has lived in Los Angeles since 1989. He worked for 14 years at La Opinión, the largest Spanish language daily in the U.S., as news editor.
Mexia was named in the first annual directory created by Compromiso Asturias to honor natives from Asturias (province in the north of Spain) for their successful careers out of that province.
Mexia was born in Oviedo, capital city of Asturias.
Hedy Carpenter’s tips were presented during the Cal State Northridge Latino Journalists graduate school workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.
You need to start crafting a statement or letter or purpose.
Know your faculty, this becomes particularly important when seeking a letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are a gateway to graduate school. They need to know you so they can write a strong letter of recommendation. Never ask someone to write a letter of recommendation at the last minute. You usually want to give someone a month. If they do it under pressure, it may not be the best letter. Be prepared for to submit a resume to your letter writer. have something ready to give them
Building up your resume
Juniors: All this year and all of next year. CSUN has 39,000 students. There are many thing you can do to beef up your resume.
For example, CSUN will host an all-day Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium. It has existed for about 15 years. It is a competitive competition and fills up quickly. The symposium comprises a 10-minute oral or poster presentations on a research topic. It will be held on Feb. 14, 2014. Applications will be online.
This is something all of the campus can attend, and you can add the experience to your resume. Furthermore, the more presentations you can give, the more you will benefit. First place is $200; second place is $100. The top-10 presentation will be presented at the state competition.
Advancement to Graduate Education
The event that was held in October. About 400 students attended. It will be held next October. It is a free event.
The event covers how to do well on the Graduate Record Examination, how to finance your graduate education, and how to write your statement of purpose. (Why it is that you want to go on to graduate school? Some people spend up to six months working on this statement. Its length can be roughly 500 words or less, depending on where you are applying. The statement about your research, why it that you want to attend graduate school. It is difficult to write about yourself.
For more information, visit the CSUN Graduate Studies website.
[10:56 a.m.] @otrosdreamers: “Thank you for inviting Los Otros Dreamers to be part of this panel. The Dreamers movement should be a transnational effort.
[10:18 a.m.] @glendacaceres4: “It is possible to integrate the Latino community.” (Jorge Resendez).
[10:16 a.m.] @aracelly_solis: Why should we care about this movement? “Because we’re talking about human beings, human rights, not objects.” (Jose Rosas).
[10:05 a.m.] ”I was an undocumented student with a degree, but that didn’t make a difference.” (Alma de Jesus of @TheNIYA).
[9:47 a.m.] @VivianMezaPR: ”Only 400 students got accepted out of 900 who applied for the Dream Act at CSUN.”
[9:31 a.m.] @aracelly_solis: ”I want to give back to my community, I’m not a criminal”: (Jose Resendez).
[9:22 a.m.] @itsPoofy: “Dreamers have been fighting since 2001. There’s over 900 undocumented students but many don’t come forward.”
[9:13 a.m.] @kngjohn1: “Only way to understand immigration is through people”: Eileen Truax.