About Helen

Photojournalist | Multimedia reporter

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See Helen’s resume here.

 

Helen Arase is a freelance journalist specializing in visual media. She is also part-time adjunct faculty at the University of La Verne's Photography Department, teaching photojournalism classes.

Her most recent published work (on California’s strippers unionizing for better wages) can be found in the “Huffington Post” and “Los Angeleno.” Helen’s photos are slated to appear in “The LAnd Magazine” this fall and continues to work with “Los Angeleno” on LA-based features, news and other Greater Los Angeles area stories.

Helen 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. Her documentary aired on Southern California’s Spectrum News 1 in May of 2019.

Helen 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.

Helen 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 three years. Prior to graduation she served both publications as the photography editor for a combined three consecutive terms.

In August of 2015, Helen 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.


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, she enjoys using these same skills for her own artistic projects and believes the definition of a journalist 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.

Her 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/FS7 and Panasonic HC-X1000 professional digital cinema cameras, wireless audio systems

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: (Individual)

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)

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)

 
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 for Excellence in Undergraduate Research 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 for Excellence in Undergraduate Research ceremony, May 2015

Awards: (group)

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

  • Finalist (as "La Verne Magazine" staff), Best Student Magazine

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

  • Finalist (as "La Verne Magazine" staff), Best Student Magazine

2018 Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards: The David Teeuwen Student Journalism Award, Large Newsroom

  • Finalist (as University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism/JOVRNALISM)

2019 The Webby Awards; People’s Voice Award (student)

  • Winner (as University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism/JOVRNALISM)