Prof. Nicole Vargas joins DJRN faculty

Nicole Vargas
Nicole Vargas
Nicole Vargas,. Assistant Professor, Digital Journalism at San Diego City College

Nicole Vargas, an award-winning former print journalist-turned-multimedia producer, has joined the Digital Journalism faculty at City College for the fall 2018 semester. She will teach DJRN classes, as well as advise the City Times online and print editions, as well as Legend magazine.

Live tweeting 2013 election
Students in the Mobile Journalism News Lab, taught by Nicole Vargas, live tweeted a 2013 pre-election debate at KPBS.

Vargas spent the majority of her journalism career at The Diego Union-Tribune, where she was among the first in the newsroom to utilize digital and social media as reporter’s tools. She enhanced a wide range of print stories with interactive projects, video packages and audio storytelling efforts. She also shot and produced videos from the field, working collaboratively with reporters on camera.

Vargas was part of the first class of reporters and editors to complete an intensive multimedia journalism training through UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and presented on campus about her experience. It proved to be a valuable foundation for not only her own multimedia projects, but major collaborations as well.

Nicole Vargas at JMS graduation
Nicole Vargas joins her former students at SDSU commencement.

Most recently, Vargas was a full-time lecturer and internship coordinator in Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University. She successfully placed 100-plus students a year in internships and guided them toward a path to post-graduation opportunities. In addition to teaching the career readiness and journalism courses, she also taught a special mobile journalism lab covering the 2013 mayoral special election with iPads and a wide range of social media and web development classes.


Football Championships Post-Game Show
Nicole Vargas hosted and collaborated with a four-person production team at the U-T’s football championships post-game show in 2008.

Vargas graduated from UC San Diego and completed her master’s degree at National University. Before the U-T, she began her career at The Riverside Press-Enterprise after interning at The Arizona Republic, the Los Angeles Times and the U-T.

U-T student editing video
Nicole Vargas observes a student in the U-T Community Journalism Scholars program edit a video package.

She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Online News Association. She is a proud alumna and now vice president on the board of directors of the California Scholastic Press Association High School Journalism Workshop. She also returns to the U-T newsroom each summer to teach students reporting and multimedia journalism skills in its Community Journalism Scholars program.

Follow Prof. Vargas on Twitter, @nicolevargas, or Instagram, @nicolemvargas. She can also be reached by email at


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