Amara AguilarTitle: Journalism Instructor
Division: Division of Liberal Arts
Organization: Saddleback College
Amara Aguilar is an assistant professor of journalism at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. She previously was an assistant professor of multimedia at Pierce College in Los Angeles. She has taught multimedia storytelling, podcasting, online journalism, media design, and more.
Amara is also an Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro, and also recently launched her own media consulting and development company, Evolve Media.
Before teaching at Pierce, she taught online journalism and design classes at Cal State Long Beach. In addition, she continues to freelance as a writer and a designer (for print and web) and is currently working on independent multimedia projects. She has written for the Los Angeles Times and was previously a designer and sports reporter for the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa.
On a sidenote, Amara has also worked in public relations and advertising. Her previous work in promotions involved designing posters, advertisements, programs, fliers and more for Cerritos Colleges performing arts. She also helped produce news releases and features for the performing arts, and maintained several department web sites at the college.
Amara has her master's degree in communications from Cal State Fullerton, with an emphasis in new media. Her research in graduate school focused on blogging in journalism. She is currently writing a textbook about online journalism. In addition to teaching new media and design classes, Amara has also taught graphic design classes, as well as video and sound editing classes.
Amara is a member of the Society of Newspaper Design, Online News Association and Society of Professional Journalists.
She does media consulting and training for various professional media organizations, universities, colleges and high schools.