For Josue Bran, journalism is not just a job but a duty.
Bran, one of a dozen students chosen to participate in this year’s NAHJ Student Projects, believes it’s important to experience what the communities journalists cover actually go through in order to provide the most genuine coverage.
“I want to be that voice,” Bran said. “I am an immigrant and I have that specific life perspective because I live those struggles.”
Bran, 32, is one of three finalists up for the Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards presented by the California Chicano News Media Association. The award celebrates Latino work published or broadcast in the state of California which exhibits journalism excellence while advancing Latino communities.
A native of El Salvador, Bran is the first person in his family to attend college. He’s also the president of the NAHJ Chapter at Cal State Northridge, where he studies multimedia journalism with a focus in Spanish-language reporting.
With the help of NAHJ, Bran said he has advanced his reporting, research and networking skills. The organization has provided him many opportunities to attend conferences where he has been able to build upon his knowledge and meet industry professionals.
He’s excited to work on the Student Projects in Anaheim and hopes to meet his journalism idols at the conference: Maria Elena Salinas and Jose Diaz-Balart.