Live Twitter event

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 in April 16.

Follow us on Twitter, @CSUNLJ. Use the hash tag, #NAHJstudents.

Our online panelists:

ImageLucio 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,, Chicago Catalyst and many more.

ImageMike Angelo Rivera | @michaelrivera88
Photo editor,

Michael Angelo Rivera received a degree in visual journalism from Western Kentucky University.

He is currently a photo editor at 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 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.

ImageJames 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.


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