Laura Castaneda

Adjunct Professor of Multimedia Journalism

Laura Castaneda loves to teach Newswriting, Storytelling for Multimedia and Broadcast, Investigative Reporting and Border Reporting.

She is the mother of four, grandmother of two. She is passionate about reading, movies, documentaries, and spending time at the beach. 


  • B.A., English, University of Illinois - Urbana, IL

Courses Taught

  • JRN 350 - Special Topics, Border Reporting Course

Experience in Field

  • Chair of Communications, San Diego City College
  • Professor, Radio TV Film, San Diego City College
  • Adjunct Professor, San Diego City College

Professional and Community Involvement

Professional Affiliations

  • BINACOM (Bi-national Association of Teachers in Communication)
  • Border Journalism Network
  • Investigative Reporters & Editors
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists (Board Member 2007)
  • American Federation of Teachers Union, Local 1931  
  • Commission on the Status of Women County of San Diego (2011- 2013)
  • UNITY (Board of Directors 2007-2008)
  • National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS | Board of Directors 2009)
  • Latino Journalists of California (President San Diego Chapter 1997-2000)
  • Lifetime Member, University of Illinois – Urbana Alumni Association

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications


  • San Diego State University, Journalism 220, May 2018
  • Transitioning to Teaching from Industry, SD Press Club, 2018
  • APTRA Reporting Boot Camp Mentor, Malibu, CA 2017
  • Montgomery High School, KMMI Scholarship Banquet, May 2016
  • Digital Media Workshop Binacom “Encuentro” Conference SDSU, April 2016
  • Moderator, “Mass Incarceration and War on Drugs” Social Justice Conference, San Diego City College, March 2015
  •  Moderator,  “What it takes to get a job in radio” panel, November 2014
  • Panelist, “Pro for a Day” National Association of Black Journalists, Southwestern College November 2014
  • Keynote Speaker to 5,000 high school students at the National High School Journalism Conference, San Diego, CA, April 2014
  • Panelist, “Cross Border Perceptions: The role of the media” Mira Costa College, April, 2014
  • Presenter, documentary, “The Devil’s Breath”, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Louis, MO, August 2011