Vanessa Martinez is a senior at California State University, Fullerton, double majoring in print journalism and Spanish literature and linguistics. She has served twice as a copy editor for Tusk Magazine, and as a staff writer, layout editor and assistant photo editor for the Daily Titan.

She is the founding president of the Latino Journalists of CSUF club, and a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the California Chicano News Media Association.

After graduating in May, Vanessa will be a designer at The New York Times Student Journalism Institute in Tucson, Ariz. She loves to tell people's stories. Her dream job is to write and design for the New York Times.

Her interest in news page design began in high school, when her journalism adviser, Elyse Labry, introduced her to Adobe Pagemaker and later InDesign. Vanessa was one of the designers for the Vietnam Special Report insert. She has previously interned as a designer at Home Media Magazine in Santa Ana, Calif. Her work may be viewed at

Vanessa's works:

  • Bringing Health to Home
    The Project Vietnam Foundation overcomes obstacles to provide medical assistance to families in the Vietnames province of Khan Hoa.
  • A First-Hand Experience
    Vanessa blogs a journal about her experience with the Spring 2013 medical/dental mission with Project Vietnam Foundation.
  • A Relentless Pursuit
    Vietnam refugee Quynh Kieu established a nonprofit medical organization that has helped more than 60,000 patients.
  • Cao Dai Temple
    Vanessa, together with classmate Mega Sugianto, share a visit to this temple in a multimedia experience.