Journalism Grad Finalist for Prestigious CCNMA Salazar Award

August 15, 2017

Josue Bran

Josué Bran, 2017 CSUN Journalism graduate, is among three finalists for the California Chicano News Media Association’s prestigious Ruben Salazar Award for Excellence in Journalism.

CCNMA will announce the winner at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ luncheon during the Excellence in Journalism conference at the Marriott in Anaheim, Sept. 8.

Bran’s story, “Angeles de la Frontera quieren que no haya mas muertes,” covered efforts by the non-profit organization called Angeles de la Frontera, founded by Enrique Morones in 1986. The organization works to prevent deaths among those trying to cross the US-Mexico border. According to studies, an estimated two people die per day when crossing the border.

The story, published in El Nuevo Sol, was supervised by Julio César Ortiz, a reporter for Univision’s KMEX-TV in Los Angeles and a broadcast journalism professor at CSUN.

Bran is completing his bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish-Language Journalism.

Not only has Bran focused on getting his education, he also has been deeply involved in the Department. He joined the bilingual news outlet, El Nuevo Sol, serving in various roles, including video editor, and as president of the CSUN Latino Journalists’ club. While pursuing studies in Broadcast journalism, Bran also gained experiences from several internships and was a delegate to an international academic conference earlier this year in Costa Rica.

The award is named for the late Salazar, a pioneering Los Angeles Times reporter, who was killed in 1970, while he was covering the Chicano anti-Vietnam War Moratorium in East Los Angeles. He died when tear gas was launched by a sheriff’s deputy.

Click here for Bran’s story.

– By Christopher Escobar, Journalism student