Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the web, not just on the web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism — to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue. He is a professor of professional practice at USC Annenberg, but he’s not an academic… he’s more of a “hackademic” that specializes in “MacGyvering” digital journalism through emerging technologies.
His most recent work includes augmented reality, wearables/Google glass and virtual reality — he and his students produce VR experiences under their brand: JOVRNALISM. Their work has won awards from the Webby Awards, the Shorty Awards, the Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, among others, and can be seen in Al Jazeera, The New York Times, NBC, NPR, ProPublica, USA Today and in their own iOS/Android app.
He has worked for seattletimes.com, SFGate.com, eXaminer.com, La Prensa Gráfica, among others. Hernandez is also the co-founder of #wjchat and co-creator of the Diversify Journalism Project. He has served on boards that have included Chicas Poderosas, InquireFirst, the Online News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (where he is a lifetime member). He is also a Journalism 360 ambassador and program lead. He is the recipient of SPJ’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award and the 2018 NAHJ Si Se Puede Award. He has made it to imgur’s front page more than once. He connects dots and people.
Awards and honors
Winner, Online Journalism Awards: David Teeuwen Student Journalism Award (Large), Who We Are: Finding Home.
Winner, Mark of Excellence National, Society of Professional Journalists, Immersive Journalism and “Best in Show”.
Winner, The Webby Awards, Reality, Reality (Video Series & Channels), My People, Our Stories: Los Angeles.
Winner, The Webby Awards, Advertising, Media & PR Individual Student, People’s Voice Award, The Deported: Life Beyond the Border.
Winner, LA Press Club, Best Multimedia Package, Homeless Realities.
“Hacking Dancing Hotdog For Immersive Journalism” (JOVRNALISM Medium, 2019).
“CES2019: Pivot to XR” (Immersive Shooter, 2019).
“Racists And Sexists Get Replaced” (Nieman Lab, 2018).
“Insta360 ONE X review: an ideal starter camera for any immersive shooter” (Immersive Shooter, 2018).
“Shootout: Insta360 ONE X vs GoPro Fusion” (Immersive Shooter, 2018).
“Drawing the Border” (JOVRNALISM Medium, 2018).
“Immersive Shooter takes the Guru 360 rover for a test drive” (Immersive Shooter, 2018).
“My first impressions on the Oculus GO” (Immersive Shooter, 2018).
JOUR 323: Journalism and the Audience
JOUR 489: Hands-on Disruption: Experimenting with Emerging Technology
JOUR 490x: Directed Research
JOUR 590: Directed Research