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Michael Hernandez is an award-winning cinema and broadcast journalism teacher who founded the Media Arts program at Mira Costa in 1999.  He received his BA in Communication from Santa Clara University and his MFA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University.  He is a member of the Journalism Education Association and is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google for Education Certified Innovator.

Mr. Hernandez believes in empowering his students to become digital storytellers who create work that will affect change in society. To that end, he advises the nationally award-winning Mustang Morning News broadcast journalism program, and has taken students to Cambodia and Cuba to make documentaries.

Mr. Hernandez speaks regularly at national and regional conferences on journalism and technology in education.  As a contributing editor to www.jeadigitalmedia.org, he writes and develops articles about broadcast journalism and online media.  He was recently selected as a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator for his work with students in multimedia.  He is also the 2015-16 MBUSD Teacher of the Year.

Courses in the Media Arts Program include Cinematic Arts and Broadcast Journalism.  These classes prepare students for college and professional work in film, television, journalism and new media.  Students work with state of the art digital equipment in the 2600 square foot Media Arts Lab as they develop a personal voice and learn to express themselves cinematically.  Graduates of Media Arts have attended film schools like NYU, USC, LMU and Chapman, and studied journalism at Georgetown, Annenberg School of Communication at USC and the Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU.

For more info about the nationally award-wining Mira Costa Media Arts program and classes, visit our website at www.mcmediaarts.org

To see the Mustang Morning News and award-winning work produced by Broadcast Journalism students, go to www.mustangmorningnews.com

To find out more about Mr. Hernandez, visit his LinkedIn Profile.