J.R. Ortega

J.R. Ortega

Work History

Work History
May 2009 - Present

Health and Ranging Reporter

Victoria Advocate

Developed a variety of health-related, hyper-local articles, photos and videos in the Victoria Advocate's seven-county coverage. Also began a solid health section and a quarterly health meeting with several key players in the medical community.

Also filed stories from Refugio County as a ranging reporter, the Victoria Advocate's version of a mobile journalist. The job entailed working remotely via laptop and smart phone multimedia and social media.

Mar 2009 - May 2009

Intern features writer

The Monitor

Wrote and designed features articles and pages for Festiva, The Monitor's weekly entertainment guide.

Aug 2008 - May 2009

Editor in Chief

The Pan American

Delegated each issue's content, held meetings with staff, made executive decisions regarding newspaper's operations and personnel operations.

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Intern reporter

Valley Town Crier

Served as a general assignments reporter for this weekly publication. Story development included anything from city council stories to second-day breaking news stories.


Aug 2004 - May 2009

Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism

The University of Texas - Pan American



Reporter, Writer

Have been writing according to AP style since high school. Have written more than 1,000 articles over education and post-education career. Have a knack for tightening and creating stories of all lengths.


Shot simple photos both with a point and shoot camera and SLR. Several photos have been front page worthy, but most stories at each of my jobs required minimal to intermediate photo skills for secondary photos.


Shot, edited and published video on daily stories for the Victoria Advocate. Videos ranged from raw breaking news video, which requires little editing, to a shooting an ongoing three-year long series, which required hours of editing.


To work as a reporter at a mid-size to large daily newspaper across a variety of platforms such as print and multimedia.