Jasmin Mara López is an award-winning journalist, radio producer, youth media educator and filmmaker that works in the U.S. and Mexico. Born in Los Angeles with familial roots in México, her childhood was impacted by issues experienced on both sides of the U.S.- México border. This instilled in her a strong passion for immigrant rights, youth empowerment, and social change.
In 2007, Jasmin founded Project Luz, an organization that empowers youth to share stories within their communities utilizing audio and photojournalism techniques. The following year, she moved to México where she collaborated with journalists and researched for published documentary projects, including coverage of communities affected by the H1N1 influenza and the disappearance of the Colorado River. Her collaborative audio work surrounding the Colorado River was shared at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, LookBetween Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville and Exposure Gallery in San Francisco.
Jasmin returned to Los Angeles in 2011 to lead a reporting project that introduced adverse health effects caused by air pollution weighing heavily on the historic and predominantly Latino community of Boyle Heights. In that time, she founded Listen Up, Los Angeles – a growing community of over 600 audio producers in the Los Angeles area. Her audio work on noise pollution in Boyle Heights was featured in the first Listen Up, Los Angeles group show in 2012. Before leaving Los Angeles, she worked for USC Annenberg’s Civic Engagement and Journalism Initiative and coordinated a program that trains young adults in journalistic ethics and practice, multimedia storytelling skills, and how their local government works so that they could report on their community while addressing issues they have experienced as immigrant youth.
Jasmin’s clients and collaborations have included Audible, Al Jazeera, Brandon Thibodeaux Photography, Brian L. Frank Photography, HealthyCal.org, Hechinger Report, El Tecolote Newspaper, Folger Shakespeare Library, Immigrant Defense Project/Indefensible Podcast, KALW, KCRW’s Sonic Trace, KPCC, KPFA/Cronicas de la Raza, KQED’s The California Report, KUSP, Marketplace, Lantigua Williams Co., Monocle Radio, Newsdesk.org, New Village Charter School, North Carolina Public Radio, NPR, NPR’s Latino USA, Scalawag Magazine, Southern Poverty Law Center, The Times-Picayune, Voice of Witness, WWNO, and Zackary Canepari Photography.
Jasmin was selected to participate in the 2018 UnionDocs Documentary Lab, 2017 New Orleans Film Society Emerging Voices Mentorship, 2017 Third Coast Radio Residency at Ragdale, 2015 American Society of News Editors’ Minority Leadership Institute, 2012 Association of Independents in Radio New Voices Scholarship, and the 2012 Society of Environmental Journalists “Translating Science/Telling Stories” Fellowship. Jasmin was awarded the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists’ Excellence in Journalism Award for her documentary Deadly Divide: Migrant Death on the Border, and the 2014 Pacific Media Workers Guild Freelance Student Journalism Award for her feature on an undocumented student and activist in Boyle Heights.
Jasmin is working on her first film, Silent Beauty, about her family’s history with child sexual abuse and their culture of silence. Jasmin disclosed abuse she endured as a child in 2014.
Jasmin is based in New Orleans, Louisiana but sometimes Los Angeles, Oakland, and Mexico City.
Available for speaking engagements in 2018 and 2019.