About Helen

Photojournalist | Multimedia reporter

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Helen Arase is a freelance journalist specializing in visual media.

She received her Master of Science in Journalism from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in May of 2018.

While at USC she worked with the "Los Angeles Times" as part of a group of journalists who coded and visualized data for a marijuana-related interactive, followed California's lowriders for a documentary film and photography project, and partnered with "KCRW" to report stories using virtual reality and emerging technologies of people who have been deported including those they left behind.

Arase also wrote about bipolar disorder, the mental health care in the Los Angeles County jails and support available upon returning to society and multiracial millennials and white privilege. Her day-of-air radio packages focused on politics and the refugee crisis in Europe and South Asia.

Arase received her BA in journalism with a concentration in photojournalism in January of 2016 at the University of La Verne. Her photographic interests include social and political movements, human rights and historical issues.

Helen Arase was a member of the photography staff of the university’s newspaper and magazine, "Campus Times" and "La Verne Magazine," for about three years. Prior to graduation she served both publications as the photography editor for a combined three consecutive terms.

In August of 2015, Arase founded and was the first curator of the Ground Floor Gallery, adjacent to the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography in Miller Hall, dedicated to showcasing student work from the Photography Department of the University of La Verne.

Arase completed an internship at the "Claremont Courier" in the summer of 2014.


VISION:

Helen Arase considers herself a part of the new wave of journalism that embraces multimedia and emerging technologies while respecting the ethics and integrity of photography, videography and journalism. With that in mind, Arase enjoys using these same skills for her own artistic projects and believes the definition of a photojournalist is changing along with the vehicles in which the public receives its news. 

Helen Arase is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Press Photographers Association and previous member of the Asian American Journalists Association and the Journalism and Women Symposium.

Arase's ongoing projects include planning for the next phase of her project on the Japanese-American experience during WWII called "70 Years Later" and continuing to follow the lowriding community.

She is actively pursuing education and developing skills, while continuing to follow the ever-changing landscape of visuals and multimedia. 


TECHNICAL PROFICIENCIES:

Adobe Creative Suite: Lightroom, Photoshop, Bridge, Premiere, Audition, Illustrator (Certified Associate Premiere Pro, Illustrator)

Basic Photo Mechanic

Advanced front-end coding: HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Shooting and editing 360/VR video

Nikon DSLR system and compatible equipment

Sony FS5 professional digital cinema camera, wireless audio system

Handheld audio recorder and microphones

Basic GoPro video

Lighting: Studio flash and continuous lighting systems; off-camera speedlight and wireless triggering kits; food; architectural


HONORS:

University of La Verne College of Arts and Sciences' Winter 2016 Commencement Speaker

University of La Verne College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Humanities Category

AWARDS:

2014 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, Region 11:

  • 1st place, General Photography (small school)
  • 1st place, Sports Photography (small school)

2015 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, Region 11:

  • 1st place, Sports Photography (small school)
  • Finalist (as "La Verne Magazine" staff), Best Student Magazine

2015-2016 Photographer of the Year, University of La Verne

2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, Region 11:

  • 1st place, Feature Photography (small school)
  • Finalist (as "La Verne Magazine" staff), Best Student Magazine
 
 Gary Colby, photography department chair, photojournalism degree adviser and real-life best human in the world; Austen Beck, Arts category winner; me; Stacey McCarroll Cutshaw, visiting professor of photography - Dean's Award ceremony, May 2015

Gary Colby, photography department chair, photojournalism degree adviser and real-life best human in the world; Austen Beck, Arts category winner; me; Stacey McCarroll Cutshaw, visiting professor of photography - Dean's Award ceremony, May 2015