Victor Hernandez: September Volunteer of the Month

Victor Hernandez

Victor Hernandez

A big thanks to Victor Hernandez for his great work shepherding the Excellence in Journalism news team for the past two years – as a volunteer, no less. Victor, the News Futurist for CNN, brings serious news skills and a nurturing spirit to his work. He guided a team of 14 student interns through the convention, covering the news made in and out of sessions and business meetings. He was a top-notch editor, we’re told by multiple sources, and a great teacher for these budding journalists.

Ernest Owens, one of the EIJ News interns, says of Victor: “Victor’s incomparable commitment to mentoring student journalists is beyond resourceful, it’s inspiring. To see someone devote as much time and wisdom to myself and the rest of the EIJ News team as he did really made me love SPJ more and feel a strong sense of community.”

You can read all of the EIJ News coverage here.

Victor created a graphic that showcases all of the hard work by this team – and you can find that at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile, read up on Victor’s background below.

Victor Hernandez is a News Futurist for CNN Worldwide. In this role, he is charged with shaping critical vision and strategies around emerging technologies that align with CNN’s journalistic objectives and opportunities.

The connective tissue between the company’s editorial staff and technology operations, Hernandez influences change and disruption across the multi-platform news and information organization. His work with new media, convergence journalism and emerging technologies is considered among the most innovative and cutting edge at CNN.

In addition to this unique leadership role on the technology side of Turner Broadcasting, Hernandez provides a seasoned background of editorial breadth with a decade of CNN newsroom experience as well as roles focused on newsgathering and producing at local broadcast stations earlier in his journalism career in California.

He has served as visiting faculty and Ethics fellow with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and contributing member of nationally recognized journalism organizations including Society of Professional Journalists, Online News Association and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Hernandez studied Broadcast Journalism at California State University, Fresno. He resides in Southern California while professionally based at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta.

You can see Victor’s Piktochart showcasting the student work at EIJ here: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/2736732-eij14-student-news

Thanks for all of your hard work, Victor!

Got an SPJ member to nominate for Volunteer of the Month? GREAT! We love to hear from SPJ members. Send those by the 5th of each month to Robyn Davis Sekula, Membership Committee Chair, at robyndsekula@gmail.com. Nominees are reviewed by the entire membership committee and selected by a vote, and announced by the 15th of each month (on good months, anyway). If you nominate someone and they did not win that month, they could be selected for another month. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.

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