CSUN Latino Journalists and El Nuevo Sol Spanish-language media panel live stream

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)


Panel discussion on Spanish-language print and online media

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:

Reynaldo_Mena_photo_1212Reylando Mena,
(director of editorial, La Opinion)

Prior to joining La Opinión in March of 2012, 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.






Alejandro_Maciel-171x218Alejandro Maciel
(editorial director, Hoy Los Angeles)

Maciel has been with the Los Angeles Times for the past nine years as editorial director of Hoy, their Los Angeles based Spanish language publication. Maciel was previously publisher/editor of La Voz de San Diego and executive editor of Impacto USA.





Gabriel-Lerner-2011Gabriel Lerner
(Huffington Post Voces)

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.








mexiaFernando Mexia
(Correspondent, EFE News Agency)

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.



Graduate school tips from CSUN pre-doctoral coordinator Hedy Carpenter

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.

Select tweets from this morning’s Latino panel at Cal State Northridge

Photograph by Janelle Marie/CSUN Latino Journalists Club

[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.

CSUN Latino Journalists Club and El Nuevo Sol present: “Dreamers: A Generation’s Struggle for Their Own American Dream”

ImageThe California Cal State Northridge journalism department, in collaboration with CSUN Latino Journalists and El Nuevo Sol present a panel “Dreamers: A Generation’s Struggle for Their Own American Dream” at 9 a.m. on Oct. 30 in the Flintridge Room of the CSUN University Student Union (second floor), at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge.

Panel participants include: Alma de Jesús Ramírez of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance; Jorge Resendez of Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project; Maria Ponce of Los Otros Dreamers, Mexico; Luis Rivera of DreamActivist California; Jose Rosas of Dreams to Be Heard, CSUN; and Eileen Truax, author of “Dreamers: The Fight of a Generation for Its American Dream.” The panel will be moderated by Jacqueline García, co-founder of Dreams to Be Heard.

The club will be live-tweeting (@CSUNLJ) and live-streaming the event (www.ustream.tv/user/OnlineENS). Facebook and Twitter hashtags for the panel are: #Dream30, #BringThemHome, #UndocuQueer, #QUIP, #Dream9.

[Download the panel flyer. Feel free to give it to your friends or anyone who might be interested in attending!]

About some of the panelists

Jorge Redendez

Jorge Resendez
(Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project)

Jorge is a queer undocumented immigrant. Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, Jorge came to California at the age of 4 and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. After two decades, Jorge is still undocumented. He joined the undocumented youth movement between 2009 and 2011 and went through a period of empowerment. It was during this time that he declared myself undocumented, unafraid, and queer and unashamed.

Today, Jorge continues to work with the immigrant community.


mariaMaria Ponce
(Los Otros Dreamers, Mexico)

María Ponce grew up in Astoria, Queens, and returned to Mexico after graduating from college in the Bronx. She arrived in the United States at the age of 9 and returned to Mexico with her father and two younger sisters at 23.

She currently works as a successful software reseller.


luisLuis Rivera
(Dream Activist of California)

Luis Enrique Rivera Lopez is 17 and has lived in Los Angeles for 15 years. He is a Dreamer who is ready to come back home to his parents and the rest of his family in Los Angeles. For almost two years Luis has been living in Sinaloa, Mexico because he wanted to meet his grandparents and be with his ill grandfather. The organized crime, drug cartel violence, and kidnappings are some of the reasons Luis fears for his life.


Eileen TruaxEileen Traux
(Author of “Dreamers: The Fight of a Generation for Its American Dream“)

Eileen Traux is a Chilanga journalist and freelance writer. Traux writes for several Spanish-language publications, including Hoy Los Ángeles, Proceso, Gatopardo, Obras, and Enfoque. Her column “Si Muero Lejos de Ti” appears in Huffington Post Voces.

Traux is also a co-founder and producer at Malaespina Producciones.

She lives in Los Angeles.


jackiegJacqueline García

Jacqueline García earned her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from CSUN in 2010. She is the co-founder of D2BH. While at CSUN she was editor-in-chief of the Spanish newspaper El Nuevo Sol. In school as an activist, and currently as a reporter, she brings the issue to light to make people aware of the importance of legalizing all Dreamers. Her most recent work was about the trajectory of the Dream9.

Oct. 23 Cal State Northridge Latino Journalists Club meeting agenda

Student chapters of the California Chicano News Media Association
and National Association of Latino Journalists

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 | Time: 11 a.m. | Location: Manzanita Hall Room 201


1. Call to order

2. California Chicano News Media Association Journalism Opportunities Conference carpool update.

3. Cover letter workshop.

4. Upcoming events: Video workshops, Twitter party, graduate school workshop.

5. Ideas for community service.

6. Ideas for Club Mixer.

7. El Nuevo Sol update.

8. Closed session.

New board will meet privately for a few minutes to reflect and talk about the direction of the club.

9. Adjournment.

CSUN Career Center hosts NBCUniversal internship program information session

CSUN Info Session Flyer-Fall 2013The California State University, Northridge, Career Center presents an NBCUniversal internship program information session from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Colleagues Room on the second floor of the Sierra Center.

Come and learn about the internship opportunities at NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.

Internships are the perfect way to gain experience while learning what a career at NBCUniversal might hold in store for you.

Speak with recruiters from the Campus 2 Career department and learn more about how to apply.

For more information, call the CSUN Career Center at (818) 677-2878, or visit www.csun.edu/career.

Interview tips from CSUN graduate student and Mundo Fox freelance reporter Joanna Renteria

Joanna Renteria’s tips were presented during the Cal State Northridge Latino Journalists interview workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013.


Be prepared. Prepare a list of at least five questions before the interview begins. How are you  going to that? Do your research. There might be something you don’t know. Always do it the night before. Have your recorder ready; have batteries. Arrive early. If you have an appointment at 2 p.m., arrive at 1:45 p.m.

Take notes: There is nothing wrong with taking notes. Consider using your recorder’s time log. Take note of the time your subject told you something important, or of note to your story, so you can figure out what time they said it and what time they said it.

Ask more: If you are not limited with time ask away, but don’t go into questions that are irrelevant. Feel free to ask more.

Stay in control: Never give your interviewee the mike — ever! It might look nicer, but you’re going to lose control of the interview.  Don’t let them handle the mike; don’t let them ramble on into something you are not interested in.

Stay focused: Throughout the interview, you are not only having a conversation, you are a reporter. You have to multi-task. Consider: Are you actually getting the answers you want? You want to analyze the interview as it is proceeding.

Be confident: Pinch yourself. It’s time to play this role of a confident person, even though you may be nervous. If you go into an interview nervous, your interviewee might take control of the interview. If you are nervous and not playing the confident part, your interviewee might have power over you.

Make conversation: Become friends with the people you interview; it’s not the only time you are going to interview them. Make conversation before and after the interview (“What did you do this weekend?”).

Thank your interviewee: Thank them for their time for the interview. Always make sure to thank them for their time. Always get their contact information — all of their contact information (email, phone number, for example). Ask your interviewee, can you give me your full name, age, and occupation? Make sure to get that on-camera.


Don’t assume: Don’t assume someone is a Republican, for example. Let them tell you your story. And don’t answer the question for your interviewee if you already know the answer. Let him tell you the story.

Don’t (and do) interrupt: Sometime we learn something new about your subject that might make the story more interesting. You have an idea of what you want to get from the story, but sometimes you learn things that are more interesting. Listen first; then interrupt. Wait for a pause. That way, you’re not being rude.

Don’t ask close-ended questions: Close-ended questions are questions that call for a yes or no answer. We all do this still, but try not to do it because you’re just going to get “yes” or “no.”

Don’t wait: Don’t think that you are going to see potential interview subjects later. You might lose the opportunity to interview them. Do a five-minute interview.

Don’t “Hmmm,” “Ok, yeah,” or giggle: You might be using natural sound if your interview is going to take place on-camera. Smile, or nod in the affirmative if you wish to acknowledge your interviewee’s answer.

Don’t argue: Avoid giving your opinion: Let them talk. In the end, you are going to show whatever you want to show.

Don’t be afraid of silence: Sometimes they are silent because they are thinking about their question. It might just take them longer to come up with an answer. Use this to your advantage.

Oct. 9 Cal State Northridge Latino Journalists Club Meeting agenda

Student chapters of the California Chicano News Media Association
and National Association of Latino Journalists

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 | Time: 11 a.m. | Location: Manzanita Hall Room 201


  1. Board meeting closed session
  2. Interview Workshop with Joanna Renteria
  3. California Chicano News Media Association conference carpooling update.
  4. National Association of Hispanic Journalists Los Angeles Mixer needs Volunteers
  5. Upcoming events.
  6. El Nuevo Sol update.