Jose Luis Jiménez
Contributor through August 2012
Jose Luis Jiménez joined KPBS in August 2010 as the Social Media/Web Editor for Fronteras: The Changing America Desk. His duties include using social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to distribute print stories, audio tales and videos produced by Fronteras reporters to as wide an audience as possible. He also uses these platforms to identify communities on the Internet to engage in a conversation about what is happening along the U.S.-Mexico border and in the Southwest. The social media platforms are also used to help reporters find sources and ideas for stories.
Jose has been a journalist since 1993, starting his career at media outlets in Florida before moving to California in 2000. Prior to joining KPBS, he worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune covering numerous beats, including the border region and Mexico. His last assignment at the Union-Tribune was as an editor for both the daily newspaper and the website.
When not working, he volunteers with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and serves as treasurer for the local chapter of CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California. One of the group’s main projects is to host an annual media workshop that teaches high school students about journalism and encourages them to enter the field.
Jose was born and raised on the island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands and graduated from Florida International University with a double major in journalism and political science.
They came to the U.S. because they want Americans to hear their stories: “We have to leave our city because of threats. Because of extortions. Like us, there’s a lot of people."
Javier Sicilia - the renowned artist who turned the grief over the loss of his son into a movement - brings his campaign to the U.S. He will travel across the Southwest and plans to end it in Washington D.C. next month.
Construction started in 2005 and was done in three phases at a total cost of $441 million. It will connect the Otay Mesa Port of Entry with I-805 and I-5.
How do you reach a Latino voter? Identify the social media platforms or websites they go to. And it doesn't hurt to get an audience with a popular blogger.
Because more and more Latinos are going online, campaigns are increasingly turning to the Internet to cultivate this group of voters and to get more of them to participate in elections.
Watch Gwen Ifill of PBS as she hosts a special live webcast on June 29 focused on immigration and border security. It will feature guests from San Diego, CA and Tucson, AZ.
Missed the special broadcast? The entire two-hour program is now posted, along with ways to continue the discussion.
Flor Jacqueline was always aware she was a U.S. citizen, but her mother forbade her from returning to the U.S. Now 18, she has reclaimed her citizenship and is on her way to the U.S. One of her goals: help the family that caused her so much pain.
A new Border Patrol stategy shifts from prevention through deterrence to deploying resources based on intelligence to respond to specific threats. A Congressman noted the plan lacks specifics of how it will be implemented and how success will be measured.
Once a month, a group of volunteers visit an orphanage in Baja California to lend a hand. They bring toys, food and other supplies. Some of them even help a few lucky orphans start a new life.