Lourdes Cueva Chacón is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously she received an MS in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in Communication from The University of Texas at El Paso.
Cueva Chacón was a full-time lecturer for three years at the Department of Communication at The University of Texas at El Paso where she taught digital photography, digital audio and video production and was also a co-instructor for the capstone course —Applied Interactive Magazine: Borderzine.com. Cueva Chacón helped design and develop the online magazine since its conception in 2008. In 2012 Borderzine won the Online Journalism Award for Non-English Small/Medium Projects.
As a web and multimedia editor for Borderzine.com, Cueva Chacón taught and trained hundreds of Latino journalism students and was a witness to their perils and successes looking for jobs in US newsrooms. That experience has triggered her research interest in media sociology, newsroom diversity, professional identity formation and ethnic media.