Jasmine Aguilera - Spring 2013
Although I did not always want to be a journalist, I knew I always wanted to learn and explore.From a young age, I read history books and the National Geographic Magazine. Watching “Primer Impacto” – a Mexican news show – with my grandparents was a daily routine.
My lifelong aspirations changed several times throughout my childhood. At first I wanted to be a documentary filmmaker, and then I thought I wanted to be an anthropologist. For a while, I thought the best career choice for me would be humanitarian aid work in a foreign country, all the while never realizing the perfect career path for me was in journalism.
In high school in El Paso, Texas, I attended a dual credit program called Valle Verde Early College High School that allowed me to attend college courses at El Paso Community College as a high school freshman. One fateful semester, my school counselor placed me in the wrong communication course. I found myself learning the ins and outs of journalism through the community college’s student newspaper, The Tejano Tribune.
I fell in love. About a year later, I found myself promoted to layout editor, and a semester after that, I became the first high-school student editor-in-chief of the college newspaper.
After graduation, I transferred to the University of Texas at El Paso. I am majoring in multimedia journalism, with a minor in anthropology, where my love has only grown.
I started working for The Prospector, UTEP’s student newspaper. A semester later, I became the copy editor and then the editor-in-chief once again. I have also worked for Minero magazine and Borderzine.com, both of which are bilingual publications at UTEP. Now, as a senior, I have been fortunate enough to be able to cover stories about politics, immigration, human trafficking, refugees, anarchy and protest.
WASHINGTON – Members of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce told members of Congress that regulations meant to protect businesses are becoming barriers as owners try to borrow money to improve their businesses.
WASHINGTON – Immigration Customs Enforcement Director John Morton was under fire at a hearing Tuesday about the February release of 2,228 undocumented immigrants from detention facilities.
WASHINGTON – Silence came from the Argentinian Embassy on Wednesday after the Vatican announced the name of the first Latin American pope.