Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas front and center of immigration debate

The story of journalist Jose Antonio Vargas being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents has been trending on social media from his arrest to his release.

Vargas was detained earlier this week in Texas due to his undocumented status. He has been released on his own recognizance hours after being detained at the airport in McAllen, according to published reports.

The incident has put Vargas in the middle of the immigration debate, which has reached a fever pitch in the U.S. and divided the country.

Vargas, a former Washington Post reporter who was born in the Philippines, said he intentionally made the trip to Texas with “the purpose of shedding light on the children who parts of America and many in the news media are actively turning their backs on,” Vargas said in a statement.

It’s not the first time he’s made such an effort. He also wrote and directed the film “Documented.” The documentary looks at the impact being undocumented has had on his life.

The ACLU also issued a statement in response to the detention:

The ACLU of Southern California is greatly concerned by the Department of Homeland Security’s decision Tuesday to detain Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was in Texas to report and write on the current crisis at the border.

While we understand the impact immigration issues have in the Latino community, this event has made us wonder: At what point does a journalist’s extensive coverage meet bias and activism?

Then again, he’s been very straight-forward about his perspective and undocumented status.

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36th Journalism Opportunities Conference


Event to take place Oct. 23 and 24.

USC Davidson Conference Center
3415 South Figueroa Street (at W. Jefferson Boulevard)
Los Angeles, CA 90089

The Journalism Opportunities Conference is an event co-sponsored by:

The 2014 CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California Journalism Opportunities Conference is open to all students and professionals, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Students eligible to participate in the job fair must be college sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students. Job interviews are walk-ups, although some recruiters may schedule their own appointments. Not all recruiters will be at the job fair both days, with the most on Friday.

Operating hours of the Job Fair will be: Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed noon to 2 p.m. for lunch; Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed noon to 2 p.m. for lunch. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.

RELATED: Register to be a recruiter/exhibitor

Workshops and panel discussions will be held both Thursday and Friday.

Meals: Coffee and tea will be provided each morning. Registration includes one ticket each for the Friday luncheon. No meals will be provided on other days or times.

Parking: Parking is available at USC Parking Structure D at W. Jefferson Blvd. and Royal St. for $10 a day. There is also 4-hour metered parking on the street.

Fees: Registration is $25 for students and $50 for professionals.

Note: Those who pre-registered by Friday Sept. 26, 2014 will receive free registration provided in part by The California Wellness Foundation, with a refundable $20 deposit. The deposit will be returned when you pick up registration material on-site. If you fail to show up, the deposit is forfeited. Registration fees will apply after Sept. 26, 2014.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Cancellations made after Sept. 26, 2014, are nonrefundable

Hotels: If overnight accommodations are needed, please contact CCNMA for recommendations.

For more information contact CCNMA at (424) 229-9482 or email at

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Leave a legacy; mentor a journalism student

It’s no secret that journalism is a tough industry. That’s why CCNMA is calling on professional journalists to join our 2014 mentoring program to guide college students as they hone their reporting skills, apply for internships and prepare to graduate.

We’ll be launching this year’s program in the fall at ABC 7 studios in Glendale and are looking for professionals (print, photo, radio, broadcast, multimedia) like you to make this program a success. Help us show the diversity within the profession. If you’re a reporter, photographer, producer, editor, manager, designer, etc., then join us on Wednesday, Oct. 8. That’s when you’ll meet your mentor/mentee and begin what will be a mutually beneficial relationship.

Students should arrive by 5 p.m. Mentors should arrive at 6 p.m.

If you’re interested in participating as a mentor or mentee, email CCNMA Executive Director Julio Moran to sign up. For security and parking reasons, only those who have signed up by Sept. 26 will be allowed to participate.

Students from CCNMA’s Cal State Northridge chapter will be participating. Below, CCNMA President Yvette Cabrera discusses the mentoring program at a chapter meeting in May.




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In photos: 34th Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet


What a night. Our 34th annual scholarship and awards banquet was a night of good company, moving speeches and an amazing cause. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

Below you’ll find photos of the night, courtesy of Chris Jolly.

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2014 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2014 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

George Ramos Memorial Scholarship

Alexander Corey
California State University, Northridge

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Stephanie Guzman
Arizona State University

Skip Morgan Memorial Scholarship

Jasmine Leyva
San Jose State University

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Janel Pineda
Los Angeles
Dickinson College

Felíx J. Gutíerrez Memorial Scholarship

Adriana Ramos
Justin-Siena H.S./Napa Valley College

Amanda Villalobos
Santa Maria
San Francisco State University

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