In late 2007, KCET and CSUF created an exclusive media partnership; a match made in heaven since Martinez has been heavily involved with both institutions.
One of the KCET/CSUF initiatives was to create a digital channel with programs targeted to the Orange County community.The result was an issues-driven television show called OC Insight – produced by one of Martinez's broadcast professors and advisor, Dr. Brent Foster.
Four packages were made and inserted into the two episodes that were taped at the CSUF broadcast studio in March 2008. OC Insight premiered in early April on digital television and online at www.ocinsighttv.com.Episodes three and four were taped on May 9, 2008.
In early April 2008, Martinez and a group of three Cal State Fullerton Communications students won a national video news competition with the FOX News Channel – something they worked on during winter break in December 2007.The topic was about illegal aliens: should they stay or move them out?
The video includes interviews with the Minuteman Project co-founder, a coyote, and a documented housekeeper.On-location taping included shots of the border fence in San Diego (seen below).
As the group's main videographer and editor, Martinez put into use some of the shooting and editing techniques he learned during his KCET / Life & Times internship.Brent Foster, the group's advisor, provided valuable feedback during the post-production process.
In the summer of 2008, Martinez was chosen for a three-month paid fellowship with ABC News in New York City.He received training in ABC's state-of-the-art digital bullpen and rotated between three of ABC's digital properties: ABCNews.com, ABC News NOW and the World News webcast.
Also, Martinez had the opportunity to research, write, learn control room and studio procedures, and added to his shooting and editing skills. Martinez participated in several news division learning seminars throughout the fellowship.
To see videos and the other assignments Martinez completed click here.
After the Fellowship, ABC hired Martinez as a Desk Assistant and then held a staff position.
He worked on ABC's overnight World News Now broadcast as a producer. Martinez also created and maintained its facebook fan page: http://WNNfans.com