Letter from the Editor: Introducing The DePaulia 2022-2023 Editors

When my peers and I launched The DePaulia in January 2020, we never envisioned the newspaper as a “temporary” publication – instead, we saw a long-term newsroom that would report on the Latino community of Chicago by generations of Latino journalists.

My journey with La DePaulia began my second year at DePaul University when my peers, Hillary Flores, Izabealla Grimaldo, and Jonathan Aguilar, and I first launched it. After leading the newsroom as editor-in-chief last year, I quickly became editor-in-chief.

The last two years of my education and reporting career have been focused on The DePaulia and preparing for publication.

After co-founding and leading the editorial staff for a solid two years, I am now stepping down from my post and handing over the baton to the future of The DePaulia.

Starting Monday, Jacqueline Cardenas, a second-year journalism student at DePaul University, will lead the newsroom as editor-in-chief.

I met Jackie in early 2022 and early on I noticed her ambition, determination and passion for bringing Latino voices to the fore.

Her ambition reminded me of my young sophomore, who wanted to use her passion for journalism to make a difference and shine a light on Latino stories.

It wasn’t long before I realized that Jacqueline would be the person who would help continue the mission of La DePaulia and move the publication forward.

There have been many times over the past four months where I have felt anxious about the future of The DePaulia and whether or not the publication would be able to stand on its own. But Jackie was a prayerful answer to my worries.

As my academic journey at DePaul University draws to a close, I step down with confidence knowing that The DePaulia is in the good hands of seven editorial board members from diverse backgrounds who will bring a fresh perspective to the newsroom.

As a proud now former editor, I present to you the 2022-2023 Editorial Board of The DePaulia:

Jacqueline Cardenas | Jefa de Redacción (María Marta Guzmán | La DePaulia)

Jacqueline Cardenaseditor of La DePaulia, said she joined the publication to highlight the Latino community.

I joined La DePaulia because I want to give voice to the Latino community and diversify the news industry,” Cardenas said. “I look forward to working with the team and seeing everyone’s passion shine through in their writing. This post is special for me because I can connect with people who are motivated.

Santiago Posada-Jaramillo | Editorial Manager | (María Marta Guzman | La DePaulia)

Santiago Posada-Jaramilloeditorial director of La DePaulia, is a Colombian international student who joined the team at the end of 2021.

“La DePaulia has been a place where I connect to a more global Latin culture,” Posada-Jaramillo said. “I can also amplify stories and voices that might otherwise not have a place. I want to be able to keep the bar as high as when I arrived and help La DePaulia grow so that she connects even more strongly with Chicago’s Latin community.

Andrea Juarez Hernandez | Editora de Opiniones (María Marta Guzmán | La DePaulia)

Andrea Juarez Hernandezeditor of Opinions and Arts & Life of La DePaulia, is a freshman who will focus on bringing entertainment to life for the Latino community.

“I’m not a journalism major, but being part of La Depaulia as a first generation [student] is important to me because often communities do not have a voice to speak on their behalf,” said Juárez Hernández. “I want to be one of those voices to bring various stories to the light of the public. It’s important to have the freedom to write about stories that matter to us and to make the Latinx community feel seen. I am grateful to be a part of La Depaulia and hope to continue giving voice to the Latinx community.

vanessa ramos | Multimedia editor (María Marta Guzmán | La DePaulia)

vanessa ramosmedia editor for La DePaulia, is a photojournalism student who wants to use her talent in photography to tell stories.

“I want to be able to grow my portfolio and learn about different communities while being able to discover different opportunities within Latin American communities,” Ramos said. “I started out as a would-be sports journalist, but pushed myself to become a media editor because I wanted to expand my photography portfolio and capture unique moments and photos of what our Latin American communities have to offer. In the hope to grow within La DePaulia, I want to be able to make a name for myself and make personal connections with other artists, business people and help people grow and find themselves and eventually be inspired by my work.

Frankie Perez | Multimedia Editorial Assistant (María Marta Guzmán | La DePaulia)

Frankie PerezAssociate Multimedia Editor of La DePaulia, will use his love for design and photography to maintain La DePaulia’s brand image and creative content.

“I look forward to working with La DePaulia to further my career in multimedia by bringing new perspectives and ideas to a DePaul press and newspaper environment,” Perez said. “I’m really excited for the whole experience of working with a whole team on a weekly basis. Working together to get stories and capture those events to provide an immersive experience when reading issues of The DePaulia.

Geovani Camarena | Podcast Producer (María Marta Guzmán | La DePaulia)

Geovani CamarenaLa DePaulia’s podcast producer, will lead the publication’s podcast that premiered earlier this year.

“Growing up in New Mexico, I was always surrounded by people who shared similar experiences to me and I missed that here in Chicago,” Camarena said. “My parents taught me to always speak my mind in a respectful way and to always seek out different opinions, but as a queer Latino, I have a hard time taking up space and that’s one of the main reasons why I wanted to join La DePaulia I believe that representation and community are important to people and that is something I hope to be able to do with the La DePaulia podcast.

With these beautiful written intros from our new editors, I tell them that the future is theirs, and the future of publishing is in their hands. I thank the former editors of La DePaulia who have left their mark on the publication.

To our readers, thank you for being with me from the beginning. Thank you for trusting our team and me over the past few years, and for sharing your stories with us.

I thank the former and current editors of The DePaulia who have supported us since The DePaulia was just an idea: Marla Krause, Shane René, Lacey Latch, Bianca Cseke, Ella Lee, Emma Oxnevad, Lawrence Kreymer, Nika Schoonover and Nathan Burleyson.

To the co-founders of La DePaulia – Hillary Flores, Izabealla Grimaldo and Jonathan Aguilar – we did. We created Chicago’s first Spanish student newspaper that will continue for years.

For one last time, I step down as co-founder and editor.

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