June 29, 2016-JEREMY MULFORD Digital Editor In Chief
They were the mother and father of the Chariot Now. Jessica Lucero and Kevin Gallegos brought “in the field” reporting to Chariot News. It had never been done up to that point. The Chariot has been a print publication in some format since 1935 when MCC was a small “junior college” based out of Oceanside High School.
During their three semesters on the Chariot staff, Lucero and Gallegos developed the video program. Gallegos wrote a proposal to MCC’s Foundation to receive funding for video equipment. “Kevin and I produced about eight videos together. Our partnership gave us each a lot of hands on experience for our careers, I don’t think it would have worked out without our cooperation, planning and determination,” said Lucero. With Gallegos behind the camera and in the editing suite and Jessica armed with a microphone, they proved to be a dynamic team developing a 21st Century vision of student news.
Lucero has transferred to Cal State Fullerton where she will continue her broadcast journalism studies. Working for a major sports media outlet is Lucero’s next stop, but her dream job would be the media position for the Dodgers. Dodgers Baseball is a passion she and her father have always shared.
For three semesters Gallegos was Chariot Now’s media editor. Gallegos handled all technical issues in the newsroom. Always a perfectionist and consummate professional, he was the beating heart of the Chariot News team. Gallegos is headed to SDSU where he will continue his study of media.