The following excerpt was sent out from the Times of San Diego:
Nicole Vargas sees herself in the middle of evolutionary changes underway in the journalism industry.
As an assistant professor of digital journalism at San Diego City College, Vargas is mentoring future news reporters.
“Whether it’s print, podcast or broadcast, my job is to teach students about the fundamentals of journalism,” Vargas told Times of San Diego. “I tell my students that it’s better to be right than fast.”
In addition to teaching classes at City College, she is the faculty adviser for City Times Media, a digital-first news operation that includes the award-winning news website, sdcitytimes.com.
In keeping with her pattern, Vargas’ career has included being a change-maker.
After graduating from the University of California San Diego in 1999, she was hired as a reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune. During her decade there, she was the U-T’s first sports reporter to shoot video that accompanied print stories, which eventually included high school and college athletics, the Chargers and Padres, and the annual professional golf tournament at Torrey Pines.