Join the student chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists at Cal States Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, and UCLA, for a Twitter event on what journalism students need to know before graduating.
The student chapters will be tweeting LIVE from the Hoy! offices inside the Los Angeles Times from 5 to 6 p.m. Pacific on April 17.
Follow us on Twitter, @CSUNLJ. Use the hash tag, #NAHJstudents.
Our online panelists:
Lucio Villa | @luciovilla
immigration fellow, Institute for Justice & Journalism
Lucio Villa grew up in Compton, and during his time in high school entered Web design competitions, was the photo editor for the school yearbook and installed games on his TI-89 Titanium calculator.
Villa started college studying computer science at Cal Poly Pomona and not until he took a photojournalism class that he switched majors.
Later he transferred to Cal State Fullerton where he received a bachelor or arts degree in photo communications in 2011. Before graduating he was a part of a team of student journalists who traveled to Northern Vietnam where they were embedded with a group of doctors from an NGO called Project Vietnam.
Upon graduation Villa took on an internship at La Opinion, one of the nation’s largest Spanish newspaper in Los Angeles, which lead to a freelance position.
Villa recently completed a nine-month photojournalism fellowship at the Chicago Reporter where he produced stills, multimedia videos, slideshows and created their Tumblr site.
Villa currently freelances for EFE, the Chicago Tribune, Weather.com, Chicago Catalyst and many more.
Mike Angelo Rivera | @michaelrivera88
Photo editor, ABC.com
Michael Angelo Rivera received a degree in visual journalism from Western Kentucky University.
He is currently a photo editor at ABCNews.com in New York City.
Before NYC he was working at the Beaumont Enterprise (Hearst Newspaper in southeast Texas) and at the Valley Morning Star in Harlingen, Texas right out of college.
He was the 2012-2013 photo editor of the College Heights Herald as well as a staff photographer at the Herald and Talisman throughout his college career.
Rivera has also completed a photo editing internship at ABCNews.com in New York City. He has done contract work for ZUMA PRESS.
Rivera briefly attended school in Texas where he first sought to earn a degree in criminal justice before realizing his true passion for journalism. Growing up with Honduran and Mexican parents, Rivera speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This proved to be advantageous, growing up in Dallas. The first in his family to pursue photojournalism, Rivera has been based in Texas as a photojournalist since May 20, 2013, but has since moved to edit in NYC.
James Barragan | @James_Barragan
Los Angeles Times
James Barragan is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.
Barragan was a journalism intern for Huffington Post Latino Voices. He lives in Pomona and studied at UCLA where he was the editor in chief of the school newspaper, the Daily Bruin.
He has three years of experience in journalism working in print, radio and videojournalism. He has an immense interest in digital journalism and is a huge sports fan, especially soccer.
He describes himself as a “wannabe tech geek who loves good crime stories.”
Sara Libby | @SaraLibby
Managing editor, Voice of San Diego
Sara Libby is Voice of San Diego’s managing editor.
She oversees Voice of San Diego’s newsroom and its content.
Manny Garcia | @manny_garcia1
Editor, Naples Daily News
Manny Garcia is the editor of the Naples Daily News. Previously he was executive editor and general manager of El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language daily in Miami.
He is a graduate of Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Director, Latino Communications Initiative, California State University, Fullerton, College of Communications
The Latino Communications Initiative (LCI) at California State University, Fullerton, supports communication students and professionals to develop cultural competency in the U.S. Latino market through relevant courses, research and a broad spectrum of educational opportunities.
CSUF is the largest campus in the California State University system with 38,000 students. It is a Hispanic serving Institution, with a 35 percent Latino population and 54 percent first generation college student population.
Julio Cortez | @JulioCortez_AP
Staff photographer at the Associated Press
Julio Cortez Gutierrez was born on Dec. 19, 1978, to Julian Cortez Vergara and Maria del Rocio Gutierrez Olvera. He is the eldest of four and he is the first child of his generation on both of his parent’s sides.
A graduate of California State University, Northridge, was one of 22 students across the nation to be chosen to the Associated Press summer internship program. Gutierrez began his journalism life as a writer, but always had the camera on his side, often carrying his camera to reporting jobs. But it wasn’t until the events on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City when Julio decided that photography would be the way to go. Seeing all the “historical” photos that were published gave Gutierrez the drive to “record history as it happened.”
Julio Cortez was born on Dec. 19, 1978, to Julian Cortez Vergara and Maria del Rocio Gutierrez Olvera. He is the eldest of four and he is the first child of his generation on both of his parent’s sides.
A graduate of California State University, Northridge, was one of 22 students across the nation to be chosen to the Associated Press summer internship program. Cortez began his journalism life as a writer, but always had the camera on his side, often carrying his camera to reporting jobs. But it wasn’t until the events on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City when Julio decided that photography would be the way to go. Seeing all the “historical” photos that were published gave Cortez the drive to “record history as it happened.”
In 2012 he photographed the London Olympics and the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Cortez earned a journalism degree from CSUN in 2006 and now works for the Associated Press in New Jersey.
Oskar Garcia | @oskargarcia
News editor at the Associated Press: Hawaii and Pacific Rim
Oskar Garcia joined the Associated Press in 2006 after graduating from the masters program in journalism at University of California Berkeley.
Garcia three months in Los Angeles, then one-and-a-half years in Omaha, and four years in Las Vegas.
Gigs include oversight of operations and news coverage in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim, including Guam, American Samoa and Saipan.
Kellie Mejdrich | @kelmej
Politics and government reporter at The Los Angeles Register
Kellie Mejdrich is part of the new LA newspaper The Los Angeles Register which rolled out just this week. Prior to being assigned to the Los Angeles Register, she worked at The Orange County Register where she covered the county’s south coastal cities.
Mejdrich is a graduate of the University of Arizona where she double-majored in journalism and English with minors in Chinese and Spanish.
María Inés Zamudio | @mizamudio
Investigative journalist at The Chicago Reporter
María Inés Zamudio has covered topics including immigration, labor and health for The Chicago Reporter since 2011. Prior to working at The Chicago Reporter, Zamudio worked at various daily newspapers in California.
Zamudio is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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.