Welcome to the JMM 208 News Reporting Web site. We’re a group of news reporting students from the School of Communication at the University of Miami in Florida.
On this site you will see our collection of blog posts about digital newsgathering.
Today’s journalism is strongly rooted in new technology and new media and it is at the core of our work and the topic of our blog posts here.
From what we write, we hope you will understand a bit more about contemporary journalism from our work.
You will also find stories and photos we have prepared in covering Miami-Dade County and South Florida.
The site is managed by Dr. Bruce Garrison, professor, Journalism and Media Management Department, School of Communication, University of Miami.
He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Spring 2019 group of writers includes:
Leslie Dominique (email@example.com) is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in public relations. She was born in New York City, raised in New Jersey and currently lives in Atlanta. Leslie is an avid volunteer with more than 150 hours of experience, an intermediate guitar player and a news lover. She is working toward a career reporting news and recording videos to share with others. She hopes to become a successful news anchor. The news media excite her and she desires to someday share her talents in the industry.
Alexa Eckembrecher (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore from Miami, majoring in broadcast journalism and motion pictures with minors in public health and Italian. On campus, Alexa has worked at UMTV on “UniMiami” and “Pulse” — both on and off camera — as well as interning in the broadcasting department for athletics at UM. Her passions include reading, off-roading, listening to music and watching movies. One day Alexa hopes to be the host of her own talk show or become a movie director.
Liam Fabre (email@example.com) is a 19-year-old sophomore from Montreal, Canada, studying broadcast journalism with a minor in theater arts. At the U, Liam is involved with UMTV’s “Off the Wire” as well as the Aviation Club, where he is in the process of acquiring his single-engine pilot’s license. When he isn’t making people laugh or learning to fly, Liam likes to workout and sunbathe while listening to political news talk radio. Liam hopes to merge his performance and journalism skills by becoming a television reporter/political commentator.
Karli Feinstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore from Miami Beach. She is majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in music business. Karli is in her first year as part of UMTV and could not be more excited. Karli interns outside of school at Fox affiliate WSVN-TV. She gets to work on screen, off screen and even sometimes the business side. She hopes to one day either manage her own TV station or become a reporter for Vice Media LLC. Karli’s other interest include traveling, spending time with friends and family, keeping active, and cooking.
Naomi Feinstein (email@example.com) is a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, majoring in journalism and political science. She has worked as a contributing news writer for The Miami Hurricane and recently became the senior editor. She hopes to pursue a career working for a news organization either writing about politics, criminal justice or sports. Her hobbies include traveling, watching sports and hanging out with friends.
Paige Flannery (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore from Stone Harbor, N.J., majoring in journalism and minoring in psychology, creative writing and business management. She is a campus ambassador for Rent The Runway and hopes to have an internship with them in the future. This summer, she plans on traveling to Barcelona with a UM program to study photojournalism. She is passionate about photography, writing and fashion. Her dream job is to combine these passions to one day work for a magazine like Vogue or Elle.
Ryan Grille (email@example.com) has always been fascinated by film and theater, and became involved in various theatrical productions and short films. After studying broadcasting at South Miami Middle School, where he learned the basics of editing and television production, Ryan attended New World School of the Arts where he studied theater for four years. There, he wrote and directed several short plays. Ryan studied filmmaking at Miami-Dade College, eventually transferring to UM in 2018 where he currently studies film and journalism.
Shanika Isaacs (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior from Jamaica who is majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in public relations. In her first semester as a transfer student, she became involved with UMTV, Distraction magazine and The Miami Hurricane newspaper. Also, she found similar passions for PRSSA and SPJ. For spring 2019, she hopes to become more involved. She is not certain of the exact career field she would like to seek following her planned graduation in May 2020, but she believes that she will know when the time is right.
Haolong Jia (email@example.com) is a 20-year-old sophomore majoring in journalism. He is from China and hopes to pursue a career working for the TV station. He also wants to be a journalist, because he likes to travel all over the world and find interesting things and people. He was part of a team that did charity work for poor children in a village in rural China. They donated books and clothes. His hobby is traveling with friends, watching movies and taking pictures. He hopes to become a YouTuber to share interesting places to travel to others.
Camila Munera (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a 19-year-old Colombian-American from Miami. She is currently a sophomore majoring in journalism with a minor in electronic media. Camila is a transfer and completed her first year at Lynn University in Boca Raton. It has always been her dream to attend UM because of the School of Communication. Her goals include being a bigger part of The Miami Hurricane newspaper and Distraction Magazine on campus.
Gianna Sanchez (email@example.com) is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in the music business and entertainment industry. She is the executive producer of “UMTV NewsBreak,” associate producer of “UMTV SportsDesk,” social media coordinator for UMTV and photo editor for Distraction magazine. Gianna is from Hollywood, Fla., and has lived in South Florida her whole life. She hopes to one day pursue a career as an executive producer in live television.
Evan Siegel (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior double majoring in broadcast journalism and music. He was born and raised in Dallas and grew up as a huge music and sports fan. Evan is pursuing a career in the sports broadcasting. He began to play with bands in the Dallas area as well as in California and Miami. He is a contributor for WVUM, UMTV, and has worked in the past for The Miami Hurricane. He writes for two sports beats, both of which are hosted by the Fansided network. He also works in the content department for WSVN, Channel 7.
McKenzie Stoute (email@example.com) is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism and advertising. McKenzie has experience working at “Pulse” UMTV’s entertainment show. Being able to work in front and behind the camera has helped McKenzie acquire more knowledge about the business. McKenzie is passionate about social justice and the arts. She hopes to pursue a career as a broadcast journalist, eventually landing a spot as a host on E News.
Huy Nhat Tran (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an 18-year-old freshman from Vietnam majoring in media management with minors in business management and graphic design. Interested in photography, Huy got an internship as a photojournalist for a local magazine after graduating from high school back home. He is currently working as a news photographer for The Miami Hurricane and Ibis yearbook. He hopes to become a photojournalist and starts a travel blog in the future.
Lauren Yelner (email@example.com) is a freshman from Maplewood, N.J. She is majoring in broadcast journalism and sports administration and is minoring in Spanish. Lauren is a frequent visitor at Hillel and is eager to become a part of UMTV and The Miami Hurricane. When Lauren is not doing school work, she can be found soaking up the sun around campus or spending time with friends. Lauren would like to mesh her love of sports with her love of journalism to become a sports broadcaster or sideline commentator for the NBA.
Our Fall 2018 group of writers included:
Noelle Barreda (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior from Chicago. He transferred to UM during his junior year and is majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in public relations. Noelle has worked at UMTV for a year. He has worked for “UniMiami” and “Pulse,” both on and off camera, which has been an amazing experience that has allowed him to grow professionally. He plans to use his education in many different ways because he doesn’t want just one or two careers; He would love to run an empire of his own.
Sarah Braddock (email@example.com) is a sophomore from Melbourne, Fla. She is majoring in journalism with minors in entrepreneurship and advertising. Currently, she is a copywriting intern at Metiza, an online publication directed towards young women, and is a contributing member of WVUM’s blog staff. Her other interests include exploring the outdoors, all types of music, nutrition and travel. She aspires to develop a career with a travel magazine.
Dave Downey (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore double majoring in meteorology and broadcast journalism. He is an on-camera meteorologist for UMTV’s weekly news program, NewsVision. He completed an internship in summer 2018 at the CBS affiliate (WBNS-10TV) in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he worked with on-air news personalities. He hopes to become a broadcast meteorologist and, although he has no specific city in mind where he wants to work, he hopes to return to his home turf of Columbus somewhere along the way.
Andrew Frattaroli (email@example.com) just transferred from Elon University for his junior year. He is majoring in electronic media and minoring in English. He hopes for a career in writing and eventually editing for a major sports media publication such as Sports Illustrated. While he focuses on mixed martial arts, he also writes about football. He is currently a feature writer for a boxing and mixed martial arts website called fightpost.co.uk. Andrew adopted a rescue dog and works with Little Black Dog Rescue, which finds homes for abandoned dogs.
Ibrahim Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior, studying biology and communication studies. Originally from Boston, he transferred during his sophomore year. With a passion for learning and helping people, Ibrahim hopes to make a positive impact. With a family background in medicine, his future may be in healthcare, but he also fantasizes about broadcasting sports. Ibrahim has served as chapter editor for his fraternity for two years and is both eager and excited to learn all things reporting.
Jennifer Hudak (email@example.com) is a junior majoring in media management, double minoring in broadcast journalism and marketing. A transfer student from George Washington University, she is passionate about politics, photography and exercise. She served as editor-In-chief of her high school yearbook, Le Fleuve, where she won a Silver Crown at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Hudak hopes to pursue a career as a producer in broadcast TV.
Nicolas Iparraguirre (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior majoring in journalism with a minor in political science. After spending three years attending Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a member of the men’s basketball team, Nicolas transferred to UM to study journalism. Nicolas worked as a social media intern for Vix.com and marketing intern for Azamara Club Cruises. He hopes to work with the NFL’s corporate communications department after graduation.
Noa Israel (email@example.com) is a junior from Camarillo, Calif. She is majoring in criminology with minors in journalism, political science and pre-law philosophy. In high school, she joined her school newspaper, “The Scorpion” and found a passion for writing that she has continued to explore through her minor in journalism. Her other interests include reading, surfing, music and playing soccer. She hopes to attend law school in New York or Boston and specialize in either corporate or criminal law.
Nicole Lembo (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Plus One senior from New Jersey, studying human and social development and psychology. Nicole is passionate about helping others and serving her community. She enjoys volunteering, dancing, reading and spending time with friends. Nicole has always possessed a natural affinity for journalism and is excited for the opportunity to further explore it with the Plus One Scholarship. Nicole hopes to combine her love of writing with helping people.
Tyriq McCord (email@example.com) is a undergraduate from Tampa, Fla., majoring in electronic media with a minor in sports administration. He was a University of Miami football player from 2012-15 where he played defensive end as well as linebacker. With a short run in the NFL, McCord came back to finish his degree. He will be the first in his family to graduate. After he walks across the stage, he will continue his football career and give back to the community through coaching.
Matthew Powell (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior from Miami, majoring in public relations and minoring in marketing. Over the summer, Matthew interned for Royal Caribbean and was a member of their Social Media Marketing team. In his free time, he likes to play golf, watch sports, travel, and make videos/movies. Matthew is a big Miami sports fan and follows the Heat, Dolphins, and Marlins religiously. He hopes to work for Royal Caribbean after graduation to continue to pursue his passion for the cruise industry.
Miriam Ruiz (email@example.com) is a 19-year-old Cuban-American from Miami. She is currently a sophomore majoring in journalism. Miriam recently transferred to UM from Loyola University of Chicago where she completed her first year. With the goal to one day be a television host and have her own talk show, Miriam believes that Miami is the best city in which she can develop her skills as a journalist because of the variety of culture and hopes to intern at a television network such as Telemundo or Univision in the near future.
Adam Spector (firstname.lastname@example.org) was born and raised in Miami. His mother was also born and raised in Miami and he lived in her childhood home for the majority of his life. He was a news anchor for Gulliver’s news show, “Raidervision.” Adam went to High Point University for his first two years of college, but transferred this fall. He decided to attend the University of Miami over two other schools because he felt Miami would be a much less jarring transition since he is familiar with the town.
Isabella Vaccaro (email@example.com) is a sophomore majoring in journalism and minoring in Spanish. She is the executive editor of Distraction magazine and the social media director of UM’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Isabella also freelances for the Miami Herald, which she says is the best way to get to know the South Miami community. Originally from Connecticut, Isabella relishes in the year-round warm weather and beach days, but one day hopes to pursue a career with a major lifestyle magazine in New York City.
Anabella Zambrano (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior from Caracas. She earned her Associate in Arts degree from Broward College and transferred from FIU. She is majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in motion pictures and theater arts. In high school, she performed in school plays. As Venezuela became more dangerous, she developed a passion for journalism. She is part of UMTV’s UniMiami, where she has been a news anchor and is now associate producer and floor manager. She hopes to be a reporter or work in movies.
Our Spring 2018 group of writers included:
Katie Ceravolo (email@example.com) is a junior majoring in public relations and double minoring in journalism and Spanish. She is the social media manager of UM’s PRSSA chapter as well as a member of the Public Relations Experience Program. She is from Boca Raton, Fla., and knew the University of Miami was for her, plus she found no need to leave the beautiful weather. Her goal is to become part of UMTV and The Miami Hurricane by the end of the semester.
Drew Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore from Jericho, N.Y., and loves the University of Miami. Drew is majoring in broadcast journalism with minors in meteorology and marketing. Aside from school, Drew cheers for the New York Rangers Hockey Club, plays ice hockey and takes long walks on the beach. In the future, Drew would love to work for a local television news outlet focusing on script writing or broadcast productions.
Sophia Constantino (email@example.com) is a freshman majoring in journalism and ecosystem science and policy and minoring in Portuguese. After spending a gap year in Brazil, she found her love for meeting people and listening to stories, drawing her to a journalism career. She is an avid distance runner and spends her early mornings rowing for the UM women’s team. She currently writes for The Miami Hurricane and hopes to continue contributing throughout her college career. She aspires to write for environmentally focused media and work with programs such as Outward Bound.
Kristian Del Rosario (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore studying public advocacy in Communication Studies while minoring in journalism and philosophy. She is from Melbourne, Fla. She hopes to attend law school to help others find their voices and help them get the justice they deserve. On campus, she is part of the Ibis yearbook staff as a photo editor and she has had her own photography business since she was a freshman in high school.
Andrea Illan (email@example.com) is a freshman from Caracas, Venezuela. After moving to South Florida in 2011, she developed a passion for writing and studying history. Growing up in Venezuela under a highly corrupt government has led her to double-major in journalism and political science. She is minoring in history. She writes for The Miami Hurricane as a columnist and Edge reporter and hopes to continue to grow as a journalist through related internships and jobs. Her hobbies include traveling, taking pictures, reading and dancing.
Kate Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshmen from Washington, D.C. Kate moved to Miami two years ago for the warm climate and to become a yoga teacher. She is majoring in print journalism and hopes to work as a writer for a Christian news organization. This summer she will be interning at the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) at the Washington, D.C., bureau. Kate also writes poetry and blog posts for Woolie Lamb Productions. She enjoys going to Quaker Meeting, hiking, reading and volunteering at her church’s nursery.
Abby Lloyd (email@example.com) was born and raised in New Jersey before venturing over to the University of Miami. She is a junior majoring in public relations with a triple minor in exercise physiology, psychology and public health. She is part of the full-time student-run consultancy on campus called “Orange Umbrella,” where she works as a creative staff member. Some of her interests are fashion, photography and painting.
Natalie Noisom (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior studying broadcast journalism and minoring in sports administration. She currently contributes content weekly for the Odyssey and the Miami Community Newspaper. She is a part of UMTV’S sports desk, creating content regarding all UM sports, as well as interning in the communications department for Athletics at UM. She aspires to become an editor-in-chief for a high-end magazine company such as Teen Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar or to purse a career in sports broadcasting.
Brennan Prusak (email@example.com) is a sophomore from Redding, Conn., pursuing a double major in broadcast journalism and sport administration along with a minor in education. On campus, Brennan is a member of the Club Baseball team, The Miami Hurricane and also works as an athletic tutor. Brennan chose to attend UM because he believed that it offered the best opportunities to work in sports due to its proximity and connections with multiple major sports teams. He hopes to become a high school athletic director.
Patty Santana (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior from Miami majoring in psychology and creative writing with minors in journalism and sociology. On campus, she is involved with the Department of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement as an orientation leader and as a Great Start counselor and committee chair. She hopes to earn her MFA degree in creative writing and become a published young adult market author. Her other life goals include working on a lifestyle magazine, moving to a city where there’s real winter, and adopting a dachshund.
Liam Sheji (email@example.com) is a freshman studying meteorology and broadcast journalism. Passionate about weather, his decision to attend school in Miami was a natural fit. He hopes to one day be the head weather broadcaster and forecaster of a television station. His experience includes working for his high school’s newspaper.
Allie Simon (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman from Warren, N.J. She is majoring in journalism and minoring in political science and criminology. On campus, Allie works in the Miami Law library. She loves traveling and exploring the world. She is very interested in politics and loves watching the news. Allie hopes to live in Washington, D.C., one day and pursue a career there. She believes the University of Miami is a great place for her to discover many opportunities.
Grace Smith (email@example.com) is a freshman broadcast journalism major and a School of Communication honors student. While new to UMTV where she works on SportsDesk, Grace has production experience both in front of and behind the camera with Tel Air Productions. This relationship was formed during her years completing for and reigning as Miss Florida Teen USA. She looks to focus her major into international coverage as she loves to travel, but she also enjoys spending time with her dog in her hometown of Ponce Inlet, Fla.
Justin Sobelman (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore majoring in journalism with a minor in sports administration. Hailing from Glen Cove, N.Y., Justin currently works as an intern for the UM Athletic Marketing Department, where he assists with game operations and planning of promotions. Justin is also a contributor to The Miami Hurricane’s sports section. He is an avid sports fan and hopes to someday work within the NBA.
Amanda Torres (email@example.com) is a first-generation college student who was born and raised in Miami. Amanda earned her Associate of Arts degree from Miami Dade College and is now majoring in journalism at the University of Miami. She is interested in pursuing a career in data journalism, reporting and media research.
Jabari Wilbon (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore from Bowie, Md., majoring in health sciences pre-physical therapy with a minor in journalism and sports medicine. He is also a member of the club soccer team and is a writer in the sports section for The Miami Hurricane. His love of sports and experience with therapists throughout high school got him interested in physical therapy. He plans to go to PT school after graduating and work for a soccer team. He has been a part of The Hurricane since the beginning of his freshman year.
Our Fall 2017 group of writers included:
Evan Aldo (email@example.com) is a junior double majoring in broadcast journalism and political science, hopefully leading to a political career. Evan currently interns for Congressman Carlos Curbelo and has previously interned for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s re-election campaign. After completing his undergrad degree, Evan plans to either attend law school or run for a local public office. Evan grew up in Southern Connecticut and was a track captain in high school. He chose to attend college in South Florida because he believes that is it a very prosperous place with a great amount of opportunity.
Andres Arenas Grayeb (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman double majoring in broadcast journalism and philosophy. He is specializing in creative writing, Born in Mexico, but raised primarily in Miami, Andres has a great appreciation for cultures and traditions of all kinds and hopes to be able to travel for his work to get to know new people, see new places, learn new languages and eat good food. He also enjoys listening to the piano, reading and strategy games.
Nate Derrenbacher (email@example.com) is a junior double majoring in broadcast journalism and public relations. A lover of life and career, he is active around campus, working with UMTV as a host for “Newsbreak” and as a panel host of “Pulse.” He serves as copy chief for The Miami Hurricane, an executive board member of PRSSA and a manager for the Public Relations Experience Program (PREP). His hobbies include traveling and food and he hopes to work as either a correspondent for a major news network such as CNN or the BBC or as a public relations practitioner in the travel industry.
Ben Ezzy (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in sport administration at UM. Ben grew up in Northern Maine, where he has worked at the local TV station in both the newsroom and the production departments. He is also an intramural official both at home and on campus. Ben enjoys being outdoors, playing/watching sports, developing/editing videos with his friends, and emceeing/announcing at community events in his hometown of Caribou. He hopes to use his time at UM to explore multiple interests before deciding on a specific career path.
Izabella Felpeto (email@example.com) was born and raised in Miami. She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree by majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in public relations in the School of Communication. She aspires to one day work for MSNBC as a television anchor. Coming from a Cuban-American background, she hopes to start a non-profit foundation to fund English classes for multi-cultural children around the world. She enjoys traveling, theater and seeking adventure everywhere she goes.
Kayla Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore double majoring in broadcast journalism and motion pictures. Born in Washington, D.C., with politics right in her backyard, she has interned at Radio One broadcasting network and The Washington Informer newspaper. She is currently an editor for UM’s distraction magazine and interns for the UM sports at the Hecht Athletic Center. Kayla enjoys watching movies and hopes to build a career in the media industry.
Nina Garza (email@example.com) is a junior majoring in Journalism with minors in public relations and sports administration. She was born in Tallahassee, Fla., but she has lived most of her life in El Paso, Texas. Her interests include traveling and writing. In the future, she says she would love to bring both of her interests together and write for a travel magazine.
Anael Gavizon (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore from Caracas, Venezuela. She is currently majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in motion pictures. Among her interests are art, music and entertainment. She hopes she can one day pursue a career that will involve those three areas.
Victor Guzman-Berger (email@example.com) is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in international studies. He works for UMTV as an editor and reporter, but also helps with the crew. Victor was born in Lima, Peru, he studied music composition for five years, singing, piano, cajon lessons and Afro Peruvian dance. He is currently dedicated to UMTV, targeting the opportunity to become an executive producer.
Danny LaRose (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore double majoring in electronic media and American studies. He is a sportscaster of Hurricane sports for UM’s campus radio station, WVUM, as well as a the co-host of a political talk show on WVUM called “Counterpoint.” He has served as a reporter for “NewsBreak” and “SportsDesk” on UMTV, Miami’s campus television station. Danny has written for the New York Islanders’ blog “Flatbush Files,” UM’s campus newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, and most recently for the Long Island Herald. An avid sports fan, he hopes to become the voice of a pro sports team.
Vivianna Onorato was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. She has danced flamenco, played instruments, played tennis, and does other extracurricular activities. Discipline helped her follow her dreams, one of them to be admitted to UM. Her college studies will help her become a successful journalist who helps those who do not have a voice in the world. She works hard and is always ready to make sacrifices in order to reach her goals. Her motivation and positiveness are my engine in life, along with her family, which has always stood by her side.
Regina Sánchez Jiménez (email@example.com) was born in Madrid. She is an exchange student from the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. She studies journalism and media studies in Spain and cinema and journalism at UM. She’s really interested in film directing, but she feels drawn by war reporting and sports journalism. During the exchange program, one of its goals is to join UMTV.
Veronica Spagna (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an international student in her third year. She is Italian, spending the first 16 years of her life growing up in Milan. She moved to Shanghai, China, where she finished her last two years of high school. Veronica is majoring in broadcast journalism with minors in psychology, entrepreneurship and theater. She has developed a deep curiosity about the different cultures and behaviors of people, building up her drive to write and understand what is happening in the world and its effect on people.
Justin Stevens (email@example.com) is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in marketing. He is currently an executive producer for UMTV’s “Off the Wire,” the technical director for UMTV’s “SportsDesk,” and an associate producer for UMTV’s “NewsVision.” Previously, Justin has worked in the television production industry for NBC, including events such as New Year’s Eve Times Square, the DNCC and for ESPN.
Our Summer 2017 group of writers included:
Noelia Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org) was born and raised in Miami. She is currently studying at the University of Miami and is majoring in journalism and minoring in marketing. One of her main goals is to be a foreign correspondent for a major new organization such as the BBC. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and drinking coffee by the sea.
Alejandro Granda (email@example.com) is a junior at UM majoring in journalism. Born and raised in Miami, he was graduated from Academy of Arts and Minds and achieved an Associates in Arts degree from Miami-Dade College. He is still figuring out what he wants to do and is participating in an internship at Social Wolf Media during summer 2017.
Gabriela Santos (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior majoring in motion pictures with a focus on screenwriting and is pursuing a minor in electronic media. She has been involved with WVUM as an on-air disk jockey. Santos is a Miami native with hopes of becoming a comedy writer. She specializes in tongue-in-cheek humor and aspires to one day create an adult cartoon that is centered around social commentary. Her influences are shows like South Park, basically anything that isn’t just funny for the sake of being funny. She also really, really loves dogs.
Isaiah Taylor (email@example.com) was born in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Growing up, he was always involved in sports, especially track and field. He attends the University of Miami as a sophomore on a track and field scholarship. Currently he is majoring in advertising, with an undeclared minor. Taylor’s favorite topics to write about are creative innovation in technology advances and current events in sports.
Myles Valentine (firstname.lastname@example.org) is from Compton, Calif., near Los Angeles. He is a sophomore at the University of Miami majoring in broadcast journalism and double minoring in sports medicine and sports administration. Myles is also a member of the UM track and field team where he holds the school record in the 60-meter dash. He has also interned for the Miami’s women’s basketball team. His goal is to become a sports broadcaster for ESPN.
Our Spring 2017 group of writers included:
Courtney Adelman (email@example.com) is a sophomore at the University of Miami majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in theater. Courtney is originally from Boston. She has interned at a local radio station in southeastern Massachusetts. She was also a member of Hofstra University’s radio station before coming to UM. Last semester Adelman was a host for UMTV’s Pulse. In her free time, she enjoys singing, dancing and volunteering for the Special Olympics. She hopes to pursue a career in entertainment television or news.
Chantal Alba (firstname.lastname@example.org) was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Currently she is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism at the University of Miami . One of her main goals is to become a radio host on a recognizable Hispanic station. She also sees herself as an on-air talent news anchor on a major television station. At present, she plans tol apply to WVUM radio station to earn more experience on how to better conduct a program.
Erykah Davenport (email@example.com) is a junior student-athlete at the University of Miami. She’s a player on the women’s basketball team. Originally from Atlanta, she decided to get away from home and is studying broadcast journalism. As an aspiring sports analyst, she is currently seeking an internship and networking opportunities. With the platform she has been given, it is her priority to take advantage of what’s at stake. She is enjoying her college experience thus far and she looks forward to pursuing her senior year to her highest potential.
Shellie Frai (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore studying journalism and economics. She grew up on Miami Beach and is currently an editorial intern at Ocean Drive. There she writes articles about the culinary arts and fashion scene in Miami. She is also assistant fashion editor of the UM’s distraction, where she helps the fashion team come up with ideas and curate looks for fashion spreads. She is a staff writer for the arts and entertainment section of The Miami Hurricane. She hopes to move to New York City and become a fashion journalist.
Ali Goebel (email@example.com) transferred in the fall of 2016 after attending Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she ran track and field, specializing in the 100 meter and the 200 meter events. Ali loves camping, hiking, snowboarding, photography and traveling. At UM, she is majoring in creative advertising with a double minor in journalism and marketing. Ali is a part of the Ibis yearbook and wants to eventually move to New York City or Southern California.
Luis Gonzalez (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore studying broadcast journalism with a minor in sport administration. Luis was born in Tavernier, but grew up in Homestead, Fla. Along with school, Luis is a freelance sports writer for the South Dade News Leader and The Miami Herald. He does play-by-play for WVUM and plans on joining UMTV’s SportsDesk. Luis has is a photographer for the FARA USA Racing League and Chris Green Photography. He also shoots for racing teams such as Reiter Engineering, TLM Racing and ANSA Motorsports. Luis aspires to become a sports broadcaster or sports reporter.
Isabella Halili (email@example.com) is a sophomore at the University of Miami studying electronic media and public relations. She grew up a competitive dancer, since the age of five. Since college, she has ended that part of her life and is now a current intern for Tommy Hilfiger. Isabella was born and raised in Orlando, but hopes to one day move to southern California to work in the entertainment industry.
Andrea Huete (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior studying broadcast journalism and sports administration. Andrea was born in Los Angeles and moved to Palm Beach, Fla., when she was four. She was heavily involved in musical theater her entire life, but decided to switch life paths into sports communication. Andrea shares a love of both theater and sports and is hoping to be hired into an NFL communications department. She’s a huge fan of the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. A USC Trojan by birth and a Miami ‘Cane by choice, she is honored to be at THE University of Miami.
Chelsea Lovell (email@example.com) is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism from New York City. After graduation, she hopes to enter the news industry and ultimately end up in entertainment news. She also plans on working for UMTV and WVUM during her four years at UM. Chelsea is a member of the Sunsations dance team. In her spare time, Chelsea also enjoys participating in Best Buddies and Big Brother’s Big Sisters, two clubs she is a part of.
Amanda Prats (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman double majoring in journalism and creative advertising. Amanda is a second generation Cuban born and raised in Miami. She is a staff photographer for The Miami Hurricane and an alumni of the Miami Montage program at the University of Miami. When she isn’t behind a camera, she can be found behind her guitar. She hopes to eventually work as an art director or editor for one of her favorite publications.
Jihad Shatara (email@example.com) is a junior at the University of Miami majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in economics. Jihad currently interns for 790 the Ticket, a sports talk radio station. Along with interning, he works on UMTV as a reporter and WVUM as an announcer. Jihad is from Lake Worth, Fla. Jihad is a huge sports fan and roots for the Dolphins, Hurricanes, Mets and Heat. Jihad aspires to be a sports journalist one day.
Veronica Spagna (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an international student from Italy at the University of Miami. She lived most of her life in Milan and lived two years in China before moving to Miami. Now a sophomore, Veronica is majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in entrepreneurship and theater. She is interested in performance, news and the various mediums of communications. She hopes to be involved in the world of media.
Josh White (email@example.com) is a freshman at the University of Miami double majoring in broadcast journalism and sports administration from Port Washington, N.Y. He is a senior sports writer and staff photographer for The Miami Hurricane. He is also a play-by-play broadcaster for WVUM and has worked as a reporter for UMTV SportsDesk. An avid sports fan, Josh roots for the Mets, Hurricanes, Islanders, Knicks and Giants. He hopes to become a play-by-play broadcaster announcing baseball, basketball and football on radio and/or television.
Our Fall 2016 group of writers included:
Claudia Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior at the University of Miami studying Journalism and English. Brown is from Manhattan, New York City, and grew up there her whole life until 2014, when she moved to Miami. She is currently applying to law schools and will work toward becoming a practicing divorce mediator. Brown hopes to eventually become a published author.
Madison Brown (email@example.com) is a sophomore at the University of Miami double majoring in broadcast journalism and motion pictures from the Pittsburgh area. She is the Social Media/Promotions coordinator for UMTV and vice president of Delta Kappa Alpha Cinematic Arts Fraternity. She is also a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She has worked as a reporter for UMTV NewsVision, Newsbreak and Pulse. Broadcasting is her passion. She hopes to become a news reporter or work in the film industry.
Nick Bruens (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior from Bellmore, N.Y. He is currently majoring in sports administration and minoring in broadcast journalism and marketing. After graduation, he hopes to get a job in the sports field, either in the sports marketing field or as a sports writer. He is the co-Football Chair for Category 5, the spirit programming board, where he works to create events and improve the student experience. He also works in athletics as a marketing intern, helping to plan and prepare various promotions for the university’s sporting events.
Courtney Chennault (email@example.com) is a junior at the University of Miami originally from the Detroit area. She is double majoring in ecosystem science and policy and Spanish with a journalism minor. On campus, Courtney works for Housing and Residential Life, assists with research in Geography and serves on Student Government’s Green Committee. Still deciding on a career path, Courtney plans to help communities fight challenges such as climate change and resource depletion while fulfilling her dream of traveling the world.
Francesca Ciuffo (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore at the University of Miami double majoring in broadcast journalism and public relations, and minoring in marketing. She is from New York and hopes to get an internship working for a media company this summer. She worked for UMTV Pulse as a reporter and WVUM as a baseball play-by-play commentator last semester. She also was social media coordinator for UMTV Pulse and hopes to continue that this year. She hopes to one day host an entertainment news show like E News!
Michael Franca (email@example.com) is a sophomore majoring in journalism and minoring in psychology. Michael hopes to pursue a career as a sports journalist based in Miami. As a native of Miami, his favorite teams include the Heat, Dolphins, Marlins, and Hurricanes. He also has a strong interest in international soccer. Michael turned this interest into a job writing for fosseposse.sbnation.com, an SB Nation blog covering English Premier League club Leicester City. He has worked as an intern for Sportsmanias, a sports feed aggregating site and app, as well as proplayerinsiders.com, covering both the Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals.
Elizabeth Gelbaugh (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore at the University of Miami. She is majoring in print journalism with a minor in creative writing. She is originally from the Washington, D.C., area, but currently lives in Charleston where she interned for the Charleston City Paper. She currently works as a copy editor for The Miami Hurricane and has also acted as a contributing writer. Last year, she was the student representative on the council for the School of Communication. She hopes to one day work as an editor and possibly write a novel of her own.
Alex Goldman (email@example.com) is a senior majoring in journalism with a minor in political science. He is currently the Sports Editor of distractionmagazine.com. He’s a Northern California native and loves snowboarding, writing and, above all, the Green Bay Packers. During summer 2016, Alex served as the primary editor for the travel blog mydistriKt. Following graduation, he hopes to turn his interests in sports, politics and travel into a job.
Daniel Lloveras (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior at the University of Miami double majoring in meteorology and mathematics and minoring in broadcast journalism. From the Tampa Bay area, Daniel has been passionate about the atmosphere since Florida was pummeled by hurricanes in 2004 and 2005. While he is mainly focused on the science behind weather and climate, Daniel is also interested in broadcast meteorology and the social impact of severe weather. In addition,
Annette Reid (email@example.com) is a junior at the University of Miami. She is a broadcast journalism major and a sports administration minor. She is a Miami native who grew up with a love of sports. She hopes to be a news anchor or sideline reporter for a major sports network and she plans on using her platform as a journalist to advocate for issues about which she is passionate.
Zach Stubblefield (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore at the University of Miami majoring in print journalism with a minor in creative writing. He is a residential assistant in Stanford Residential college and is a member of the University of Miami’s improv team. Zach loves all things comedy and would love to run a website that makes people laugh through his writing. After he graduates from the University of Miami, he plans to attend law school.
Amy Taintor (email@example.com) is a junior at the University of Miami studying public relations and broadcast journalism. She’s originally from Storrs, Conn. Amy is a member of the Miami track and field team where she competes as a heptathlete. Her goal is to work for a Major League Baseball team in its public relations department. She enjoys cooking, watching Christmas movies and hanging out with family in her free time. She will graduate in 2018 and hopes to land a job back in New England so she can enjoy the changing seasons.
Nyah Tennell (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior at the University of Miami, majoring in broadcast journalism with minors in English and political science. She plans to attend law school and hopes to one day become a civil rights attorney, a legal analyst and a political correspondent. She is an office manager in the Economics Department. Writing has always been a passion and she has done work for The Miami Hurricane. She plans to work for Distraction Magazine. She aspires to write to inspire young women to be resilient, relentless and diligent.
Marissa Vonesh (email@example.com) is a sophomore at the University of Miami majoring in print journalism and history. She is originally from Arizona and currently works as the managing editor for Distraction magazine, where she has also acted as a contributing writer. Furthermore, Vonesh is the graphic designer for the university’s Student Government, a residential assistant in the freshman dorms and a Homecoming executive member. She hopes to one day work and design for a magazine or travel the world doing mission work.
Our Spring 2016 group of writers included:
Jean-Paul Aguirre (firstname.lastname@example.org) was born and raised in Miami. He was graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in 2013 and attended Florida International University before transferring to the University of Miami’s School of Communication. He spent last semester as a reporter and floor director for UMTV’s Sportsdesk and contributed to UMTV’s late night-variety show, “Off the Wire.” He plans to apply to internships over the summer and aspires to work as an on-air talent for a national show.
Grace Bernard (email@example.com) is a sophomore at the University of Miami double majoring in public relations and journalism with a minor in Spanish. Raised in Chicago, she developed an interest in crime reporting after interning at the Lake County State’s Attorney Office last summer. She’s looking forward to developing her reporting skills this semester.
Sarah Brandt (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore majoring in public relations and minoring in electronic media. She was born in Germany and lived all over Europe, ending in Switzerland before attending the University of Miami. Sarah has interests in entertainment, photography and music. She hopes to be working in a public relations department of a company, hopefully back in Switzerland, after graduation.
Melissa Cabral (email@example.com) is a junior at UM studying journalism and public relations. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, she enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures. Her inspiration comes from her grandmother who was a broadcast journalist and TV host for more than 30 years in her hometown. When she’s not in class, you can find her writing content on fashion, entertainment and pop culture. She has a high interest in these topics and hopes to fulfill a career based on these interests.
Victoria De Cardenas (firstname.lastname@example.org) was born and raised in Miami. She was graduated in 2013 from the Honors College at Miami-Dade College and earned an Associate in Arts in mass communication. As a junior at UM, Victoria is majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in public relations. Last semester, she was the assistant director for UMTV’s SportsDesk and is now a commentator for the show. She is also floor manager for UMTV’s NewsVision. She hopes to gain more experience in the field by applying for internships.
Wyatt Geller (email@example.com) is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. He has worked as a sports reporter for the UMTV show “Sportsdesk” and is a broadcaster for WVUM. Wyatt is also a student blogger for The Miami Hurricane where he has his own sports blog. His dream job would be to work for ESPN as a sports broadcaster. Wyatt grew up in Pittsburgh and is a huge fan of the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.
Etty Grossman (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore majoring in journalism and minoring in public relations. Born and raised in Colombia, she hopes to go back to her home country and change the way news is being written. She enjoys reading and acting and is passionate about helping others. During the last two years, she has been involved with a non-profit organization for low-income pregnant teens. When she graduates, she aspires to be a magazine editor or have her own Colombian newspaper.
Katie Hovan (email@example.com) is majoring in print journalism with a double minor in history and Italian. She participated in the “Fordham Nightly News” program as an anchor, reporter and technical assistant during her freshman year at Fordham University. Transferring to the University of Miami for her sophomore year, she is an associate producer for the weekly campus newscast “NewsVision” and she assists the executive producers in running a successful show.
Maria Luiza Lago (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman at the
University of Miami. Currently, she is majoring in journalism on the School of Communication. Native to Curitiba, Brazil, she enjoys writing stories and traveling around the world. She already wrote for Youth Journalism International blog, to Nossa Cultura publishing company blog and has her own blog about books. She holds an interest in music, culture and wellness.
Mia Pollack (email@example.com) is a junior at UM studying electronic media and minoring in communication studies. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Mia first attended Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., before transferring to the University of Miami in August 2015, following in her father’s footsteps. When she is not in the classroom, you can find Mia at Soul Cycle, blogging or catching up on all things fashion and pop culture.
Breana Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman Ronald A. Hammond scholar studying broadcast journalism and political science. She is a member of United Black Students, a floor representative for her dorm building, a mentor for the “Inspire U” program, and works with UMTV. She has had a passion for writing for as long as she can remember. Breana hopes to return to her hometown in the Washington, D.C., area to pursue a career as a reporter or anchor for a major news station.
Robyn Shapiro (email@example.com) is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in entrepreneurship and motion pictures. Born in Vermont, she embodies small town values while seeking travel and cultural experiences in any new location. As a member of President’s 100 and Alpha Delta Pi, she thoroughly enjoys meeting people and hopes to translate that into a reporting career.
Sidney L. Sterling (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman studying public relations and broadcast journalism. Sterling is a cheerleading world champion and a member of the all-girl cheerleading squad at UM. Sterling, born and raised in Miami, was graduated from Miami Palmetto High and received the outstanding service award for her work with Shop to Stop MS, a charity event designed to raise money for multiple sclerosis research at UM. Sterling has written for everydayhealth.com, the Florida Villager and the Pinecrest Tribune.
Roxanne Yu (email@example.com) currently a freshman, is pursuing a double major in broadcast journalism and criminology. Born and raised in the Philippines, Roxanne has easily adapted to the substantial amount of sunshine and erratic rain showers Miami similarly offers. When she is not caught up with school-related work, the best place to spot her is in the pool, training with the swim team. She considers herself an avid bookworm and is passionate about creative writing. Roxanne aspires to attend law school to study criminal justice.
Our Fall 2015 group of writers included:
Brittany Ahrens (Bma33@Miami.edu) is a senior at the University of Miami. Currently she is double majoring in journalism and political science. Native to Miami, she enjoys the beach with a good book in hand. iHeartMedia allowed her to gain the professional experience in radio broadcasting as an intern. During her time there, she worked for Y100 Miami’s Hit Music Station and WIOD News radio. Supporting the “watchdog” role the media portrays she aspires to become a part of a general counsel for a network.
Brittany Chandani (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman studying biochemistry with a minor in broadcast journalism. A native of Miami and world traveler, she is unafraid to explore while also keeping up with her home city. She began writing for The Miami Herald at 16 and accomplished projects such as writing the “Miami Movers and Shakers” column, editing Indulge magazine, and interviewing hundreds of local artists for a directory and selective articles. She holds interests in art, fashion and traveling. Her career goal is to have her own medical TV show.
Samantha Cohen (email@example.com) is a senior majoring in print and broadcast journalism with a minor in marketing. Samantha hopes to move to either New York or Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment journalism after graduation. She has interests in entertainment, fashion and photography. She has held internships in these fields such as Ocean Drive magazine and Rachel Zoe Inc. She aspires to work at either a fashion magazine as a stylist or writer as well as become an entertainment host on E News.
Colin Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a native Miamian with a passion for sports. As a kid, Colin grew up playing lacrosse, basketball, tennis and even ran cross-country. As a junior transfer to the University of Miami, Colin is working to turn his love for sports into a career. A member of the Tennis Club and the University of Miami TV club, Colin’s goal is to one day be working on a major sports network covering basketball. When he isn’t doing anything for school, Colin enjoys spending time with friends and playing recreational sports.
Keyanna Harris (email@example.com) Is a sophomore at the University of Miami. Her major Is broadcast journalism and in the future she hopes to be an ESPN anchor. She is currently a member of the UM women’s basketball team and she hopes to maybe even play a little professional basketball before beginning her career as a broadcaster.
Xiao Lyu (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a transfer junior majoring in electronic media with a minor in motion pictures. Born and raised in Shenzhen, China, she has been interested in media production since she was in primary school. She likes gathering people to perform plays and doing photography. During the past summer vacations, she did an internship in news center of Shenzhen TV station and now she is a co-editor for a social media company. Xiao hopes she can be a TV show director in the future.
Charlotte MacKinnon (email@example.com) is a third-year student in the School of Communication at the University of Miami and is majoring in print journalism with a double-minor in creative writing and philosophy. Having come from the small town of Barrington, R.I., she loves to travel to new places and chronicle her experiences. Because she is most attracted to the creative side of journalism, Charlotte hopes to eventually work for an online publication or magazine and write travel or lifestyle pieces.
Anastasia Mechan (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior at the University of Miami. She is double majoring in broadcast journalism and creative writing. She started writing at the age of 8, focusing on controversial issues such as poverty, violence, racism, psychological-emotional damage, and crime. Besides writing, she enjoys playing the piano, swimming, or running on the beach in the company of her dog, “Vicky.”
Isabella Mesquita (email@example.com) Isabella is currently a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in exercise physiology. Besides being a travel enthusiast, she is passionate about water sports and nature. Despite the many doubts she has about what career path to follow, becoming an international news correspondent for a sports channel seems fascinating. Born and raised in Brazil, she plans on returning one day to apply all the skills and knowledge she has learned.
Katherine Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore at UM studying journalism and minoring in English. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Katherine sought Miami’s warm weather for refuge. When she’s not in class, you can find her blogging, hanging with friends, or reading the world’s latest fashion posts and magazines. She follows the cliché of having a passion for fashion and aspires to be a magazine editor in the near future.
Elayna Paulk (Epaulk12@miami.edu) was born in Toronto and is a hardworking senior majoring in communication studies (public advocacy) and minoring in journalism. She is currently the host of UMTV’s “Off the Wire,” a legal assistant for Carney Stanton P.L., a member of the University of Miami Intercollegiate debate team, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Her interests are in entertainment and politics and she will be attending law school with the hopes of becoming an entertainment lawyer.
Briana Scott (email@example.com) is a senior from Port St. Lucie, Fla., and a Ronald A. Hammond and Fulbright Scholar at UM. She is double majoring in accounting and visual journalism, on the multimedia track. She is founder of Women in Business, president of the UM National Association of Black Accountants Chapter, and a Titan of the Hyperion Council. Briana serves as a mentor and leader with the Inspire “U” Academy mentoring program and is a resident assistant at Mahoney Residential College. Her interests include photography, yoga, reading, music, and graphic design.
Meredith Sloan (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Boston-born sports fan studying broadcast journalism at UM. She aspires to be an interviewer for a television station or a documentary film production company. She is the public relations chair on the Executive Board of ‘Canes Care for ‘Canes and an active member of Alpha Delta Pi. Meredith is passionate about volunteering with special needs individuals and hopes to positively reform the special needs community in the future. She is a travel enthusiast who is happiest when she is swimming in the ocean or exploring a new city.
Madeleine Trtan (email@example.com) is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in art. She comes from Fond du Lac, Wis., and spent her first year of college at the University of Vermont before transferring to UM. At Fond du Lac High School, she was the editor of the Cardinal Columns, a student publication that made national headlines for a controversial article published in 2014. She is a page designer for The Miami Hurricane. In the future, she intends on pursuing a career as an art director or section editor for a magazine or newspaper.
Lingyue Zheng (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore at University of Miami majoring in journalism and has two minors in psychology and creative writing. Born and raised in Guiyang, China, she is interested in everything that is different from her country. She hopes to bring her knowledge of communication back to China and becomes a journalist with social responsibility and a global awareness. She is happy to discuss any China-related issues with anyone who is interested. She is currently involved in CSSA and is a co-editor on Ibis yearbook’s People & Society section.
Our Spring 2015 group of writers included:
Hanya ALKhamis (email@example.com) is a freshman international student, with journalism as her major and political science as her minor. Born and raised in Kuwait, Hanya hopes to take back all the innovative and modern journalistic ideas she learns here at the U and apply them in her country. She also has a high interest in fashion and blogging, desiring to grow up to be a fashion blogger. She was the president of the student body at her high school and still hopes to be a part of the Student Government at the University of Miami, too.
Nadia Bacchus (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior at the University of Miami, majoring in public relations and minoring in journalism. As a South Florida native, she grew up knowing she wanted to attend The U. Putting down her trumpet after seven years, Nadia appreciates all forms of art. Her passions include traveling, fashion, photography and lifting weights. She aspires to one day work at a major fashion or fitness magazine as a designer, photographer or writer.
Taylor Brotons (email@example.com) is a Miami native and full-time student at UM. When she is not in classes or at work, at a local craft beer bar, she spends her time volunteering with wildlife in the Everglades, running drills at rugby practice or drawing. Taylor always liked animals growing up but after doing a semester abroad in South Africa; she fell in love with the flora and fauna of the region and aspires to work on wildlife documentaries in Africa with National Geographic or Discovery.
Madison Cramer (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism, with minors in advertising and motion pictures/screenwriting. She currently writes and produces videos for StateOfTheU.com, an SB Nation-affiliated website dedicated to covering University of Miami sports. She is also assistant copy chief for Distraction magazine and has contributed (both on-camera and off-camera) to UMTV in the past. Madison hopes to work in broadcasting, reporting on either entertainment or sports.
S. Molly Dominick (email@example.com) is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. She works as a videographer and staff writer for The Miami Hurricane. Meanwhile, she is training to become the newspaper’s multimedia editor, a position she will hold beginning her sophomore year. In addition to her work for The Hurricane, she is an active participant on UMTV’s late-night comedy show “Off the Wire” and works on the show’s promotions team. After graduation, she hopes to secure a job that utilizes these skills, whether that is delivering hard news on a serious station or nurturing the tender seeds of flippant satire for the deeply respected Onion News Network.
Nigia Greene (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore at the University of Miami. She is majoring in electronic media. Nigia has a passion for social media and just about anything that is computer related. After finishing school, she aspires to be a Web designer / developer and, maybe one day, work for a corporation such as Google or Yahoo.
Shakira Molet (email@example.com) is a sophomore at the University of Miami. Her major is broadcast journalism and her minor is interactive media. In the future, she aspires to be a news anchor at a local or national new station. Currently, she is a reporter for UMTV Pulse and a member of Delta Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Chelsey Sellars (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a third-year Miami Hurricane. Born in Canada to Cuban and Guatemalan parents, Chelsey enjoys learning about her distinct cultures as well as inquiring about countless others. Her other interests include blogging, photography, traveling and augmenting her Spanish literacy skills. Although she has no definite career choice in mind, Chelsey hopes her Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Miami will lead her into a prosperous profession in communication.
Diya Vasudevan (email@example.com) is a third culture kid, feminist and an avid reader of fantasy fiction. Currently navigating the white waters of UM, she hopes to major in journalism. She writes with the intent to not only inform but also entertain her readers. A constant daydreamer, she sees herself as a news anchor for leading news channels such as BBC or CNN in the not too distant future. She is currently obsessed with the online news and lifestyle forum known as Buzzfeed and the fabulous human being that is Emma Watson.
Our Fall 2014 group of writers included:
Shivani Aluru (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior majoring in exercise physiology and minoring in journalism at the University of Miami. She is currently a section editor for Distraction magazine on campus and has completed freelance work for outlets such as Sparknotes and Huffington Post. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school and continue to write.
Michelle Bertran (email@example.com) is a senior at the University of Miami, where she is majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in Spanish. She is from Miami, but attended Kansas State University after high school where she wrote for the Kansas State Collegian and was a member of Wildcat TV, the university’s TV channel. She is now an intern at the City of Miami’s Department of Communication and aspires to be a reporter for a news or sports station after she graduates. .
Gabriella Canal (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior at the University of Miami, where she is double majoring in journalism and international relations and minoring in anthropology. Raised in Florida, she sees the importance of reporting the truth through the lens of a global citizen. She has recently become a Global Ambassador at UM, the historian of the Photography Club, and has contributed to both The Miami Hurricane and The Miami Planet. She was a marketing intern for a leader in the marine fuel industry and, during election year, she served as a reporter for The Hispanic Link News Service in Washington, D.C. As an avid traveler curious to learn about all of the dynamic cultural outlooks, she aspires to land a position with Time or National Geographic.
Xuanchen Fan (email@example.com) is an electronic media major and motion pictures minor in the School of Communication. She is a sophomore whose home is in North China. Currently, she is on the staff at UMTV and she is active with the Scuba Club. Like many sophomores, she is still struggling with what to do after she graduates. But she hopes that her career will be related to her major.
Katherine Fernandes (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman at the University of Miami, majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in advertising. She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She has gained experience as a sport reporter and anchor at UMTV and she would like to work as a reporter of hard news or entertainment. Katherine is also looking forward to gain experience abroad.
Emily Joseph (email@example.com) is a junior studying public relations and minoring in journalism and sports administration at the University of Miami. She is from Tampa, Fla., where she was editor of her high school yearbook. On campus, she is the graphic designer at the Butler Center, the campus representative for KIND snacks and a cycling instructor at the Wellness Center. She hopes to pursue a career in either publication design or sports communications.
Shawna Khalafi (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior from Denver majoring in broadcast journalism and psychology with a minor in communication studies. She is currently a marketing intern for Bommarito Performance Systems, a volunteer counselor at the Community Center of South Miami, and a contributor for Sports Girl Media, covering the 2014 World Cup and NFL season for the online publication Sports as Told by a Girl. She has also been belly dancing for eight years and is assistant choreographer for the Cultural Caravan Dancers.
Domenica Leone (email@example.com) is a sophomore at the University of Miami double majoring in broadcast journalism and media management with a minor in marketing. Leone, 19, graduated from Unidad Educativa Bilingue Delta in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She was a writer and editor for the Estudiantes 2000, a newspaper for students throughout Guayaquil. During summer 2014, Leone interned on Expreso, an Ecuadorian newspaper. She was also invited on a couple of occasions to co-host an entertainment radio show.
Meaghan McClure (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore at the University of Miami. Originally from Westfield, Mass., McClure came to Coral Gables in pursuit of a degree in broadcast journalism and sports administration. McClure is an intern for the sports media app, Fancred, works as a mentor involved with the UM football team, and is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority on campus. She has hopes of one day working as a reporter for either ESPN or an NBA team.
Kacie Nelson (email@example.com) is a senior at the University of Miami, studying creative advertising, journalism, and photography. She is originally from Philadelphia. Some of her activities on campus include vice president of her sorority, secretary of her greek council, and membership in other organizations such as United Black Students and Students Helping Animals. She is also currently interning for Vitamin C Communications as a graphic design intern.
Autumn Robertson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and meteorology with aspirations of becoming a broadcast meteorologist. Robertson is president of Future Black Communications Professionals, a Toppel Career Center ambassador, and was on-air meteorologist for the UMTV “Newsvision” program in 2013. Her other commitments include the Miss University of Miami Pageant committee, a Black Awareness Month member for United Black Students, and the public relations and recruitment chair for SPARK, a mentoring program for girls in the third through fifth grade that she and seven other University of Miami women chartered in 2014.
Gabriella Shofer (email@example.com) is an exchange student from Sydney, Australia, who is completing the fall semester of her junior year at the University of Miami. Double majoring in accounting and public relations with a minor in advertising, she hopes to pursue a career in public relations and magazines in fashion, lifestyle, and entertainment. She has worked in marketing for Chobani and as a public relations and social media intern for Polkadot PR, tech start-up CUZIN, and online fashion retailer MyNetSale.com. Eager to gain international experience, she aims to complete a fashion media internship in New York.
Lindsay Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore at the University of Miami. Currently, she is a double major in journalism and photography with a minor in sociology. She was born and raised in Chicago, where she worked as the head assistant to a wedding photographer. As a high school student, she studied photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. In her free time, she plays the ukulele, loves to write, and bakes as much as possible.
Dylan Weems (email@example.com) is sophomore at the University of Miami. He is from Orlando, Fla., and studies broadcast journalism with a focus in sports reporting. He hopes to one day work for ESPN as a sports analyst or color commentator. At present, he can be seen as a sports analyst on UMTV’s SportsDesk program. Dylan is also pursuing a minor in kinesiology.
Audrey Winkelsas (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior majoring in biochemistry with minors in journalism and history. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. to do medical research. While history and journalism may seem unrelated to biochemistry, Audrey feels that we must communicate with researchers from around the world to make scientific advancements. Having studied abroad in London, Audrey would like to travel more and write about accessible travel for people with disabilities.
Our Spring 2014 writers included:
Clara Bendayan (email@example.com) is an 18-year-old freshman majoring in journalism. She was born in Venezuela, but she moved to the U.S. when she was one year old. She was editor of her high school newspaper and was very involved in yearbook as well. Although still unsure of what career path she will choose, she is interested in magazines and has a strong interest in fashion, entertainment, and beauty. She is multilingual and enjoys reading and history.
Vivian Braga (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Brazilian and 18 years old. Her major is journalism and international relations and she plans to go to law school. She is passionate about writing, world affairs, politics, and art. Her hobbies include blogging, reading magazines and taking pictures. She currently writes about fashion for the UM’s student magazine Distraction and has developed her own blog. Having lived in Europe, South America, and Africa and visited more than 23 different countries, one of Vivian’s main goals in life is to keep travelling, learn new languages, become familiar with different cultures and hopefully enable herself to share these experiences with people through her writing. She is an art lover, inquirer, and world explorer.
Kelly Brody (email@example.com) is an 18-year-old freshman. Born in New York City, but raised on the Jersey Shore, she enjoys both the fast-paced urban atmosphere of the city as much as she enjoys lounging on the beach — making Miami the perfect match for her. She was the editor of her high school newspaper, but aims for a career in the world of magazines. A key moment in her college experience so far was the opportunity to interview Kenneth Cole for Distraction magazine. Kelly strives to become the editor of a major women’s magazine such as Glamour or Harper’s Bazaar, as fashion, entertainment, travel, and beauty are her passions.
Nicholas Carra (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a 20-year-old sophomore with a major in broadcast journalism. From Long Island, N.Y., Nick has come to Miami to pursue a career in sports broadcasting. He now works for NewsVision on UMTV as a crew member, working behind the scenes to air the show. Nick was formerly the sports director at WKWZ 88.5 New York and hosted a one-hour sports talk program once a week. He now looks to further his career.
Phoebe Fitz (email@example.com) is a freshman double-majoring in broadcast journalism and photography. Born in California and raised in South Florida, her love for warm weather has kept her in the Sunshine State to attend UM. Her passions for travel, photography, and news keep her busy as she pursues a career as a news anchor. All three passions came together last February when she traveled to Maui, Hawaii, to host a wildlife film on Humpback Whales and enjoy the opportunity to photograph the scenic island. She plans on interning for ABC Chicago over the summer.
Kerrie Heckel (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman at UM. She works in the dean’s office at the School of Architecture and plays for the university’s club ultimate Frisbee team. Heckel was born and raised in Seattle, but chose to come to UM for its strong communication school and her desire to experience an environment and culture different from that of her home. Although still unsure of her major, Heckel is interested in journalism, political science, advertising and marketing.
Ryan Hensler (email@example.com) is a freshman from West Warwick, R.I. He is an undecided major and is interested in covering current events and sports journalism. Although he is unsure of whether he wants to pursue a career in journalism, he is excited for the opportunity to cover events that are ongoing at the University of Miami. He is particularly interested in covering the Miami football and basketball teams. His hobbies include playing basketball, writing and skiing.
Taylor Hoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman majoring in journalism. She has a focus in visual journalism and is minoring in graphic design and business. Taylor grew up in a town called Rye Brook, outside of New York City . Her hobbies include photography and drawing. She aspires to work one day as a photographer or layout editor for a major fashion magazine. Hoff has worked as the lead designer of her high school newspaper and yearbook and draws inspiration from her journalist grandfather who worked as the editor of The Chicago Tribune.
Nicole Hood (email@example.com) is a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Miami. She was born in Miami and has lived there for her entire life, but dreams to travel and report about current events in Asia and the Middle East. She is a Journalism major and an international studies and religion minor. She has always loved writing, but has recently discovered a passion for researching, learning about, experiencing and presenting global news and the historical events that have lead to current events. She hopes to pursue a career as a traveling journalist.
Jenna Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman at UM. Although she has lived overseas in Scotland, Dubai, and Indonesia, she considers Houston her home. Jenna is a broadcast journalism major and a Spanish minor and has big dreams to host a morning news show such as “Good Morning America.” She has contributed stories to UMTV Pulse as well as appeared in various shorts for UMTV ‘Canestreet. Last summer, Jenna interned in the Knowledge Sharing department of ConocoPhillips, but she hopes to secure a broadcasting internship in the near future.
Lonelle Lewis (email@example.com) is a well-traveled individual who has ventured into many career fields. These include being an underground musical artist, a lab technician and becoming a sports reporter/scout. None of this would be possible without the guidance of his grandmother, Lucille, who Lonelle credits for his success. Lewis has been involved in community service throughout the inner cities of Miami and Philadelphia. Determined to change classmates and peers, Lonelle became a mentor at Delaware County Community College. In May 2012, Lewis received his Associate’s degree with high honors. Currently Lonelle is a sports administration major. Lewis dual minors in broadcast journalism and music business and entertainment industry, with plans to one day become a professional sports scout or broadcaster.
Nicole Lopez-Alvar (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in motion pictures. Lopez works with UM’s cable television channel, UMTV, where she is a content producer for “Off The Wire,” a late-night comedy show. Lopez was an art director and makeup artist for a student-run web series, “Rough Cut,” which ended in December 2013. Before transferring to UM as a junior, Lopez studied theater at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She acted in plays and was a member of the university’s a cappella vocal ensemble, Redline. Lopez plans on interning for a broadcast or production company in the summer of 2014 and will continue to work on independent projects.
Adrienne Motley (email@example.com) is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. She was born in Herleen, Netherlands. She worked for her high school television station. She is a member of the women’s basketball team at UM. After graduation, Adrienne wants to work for ESPN or a major sports network.
Sofia Ortega (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore. She is majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in health management and business administration. Sofia was born in Boston, but was raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Since January 2013, she has been part of Uni Miami, the only news show in Spanish at UMTV. Currently she is an associate producer of the show and has also reported and anchored for the hard news and sports segment. In summer 2013, Sofia worked as an intern for the Ecuadorian TV Station Ecuavisa. After graduation, she hopes to find a spot as a news anchor at CNN en Español, Univision or Telemundo.
John Rioux (email@example.com) is a sophomore majoring in journalism and minoring in history at UM. Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Rioux enjoys the urban atmosphere. He chose to come to UM due to its strong School of Communication and South Florida’s beautiful weather. Rioux is passionate about sports and history. He aspires to one day become a lawyer.
Kyla Thorpe (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman majoring in journalism and minoring in entrepreneurship. Thorpe, 18, attended Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory in Broward County. She worked as the sole photographer to the school’s varsity football team. Though born in New Orleans, Thorpe considers herself a native Floridian. She’s been in the sunny state since the age of two and loves it. She is an avid football fan, always rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. Thorpe also serves as a beauty consultant and is in the beginning stages of launching her own brand called Rosegold. She enjoys writing, going to the gym, and doing fun things with friends. Traveling is also a major passion and she recently journeyed to Paris, London, and Rome. After college, she hopes to become an editor for a high fashion magazine.
Our Fall 2013 writers included:
Danielle Cohen (D.Cohen17@umiami.edu) is a sophomore at the University of Miami majoring in visual journalism with a minor in art. Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Danielle always dreamed of being a student at UM. Danielle was previously published in a campus publication, The Miami Hurricane, and spent her previous summer interning at Conde Nast Traveler in the editorial department. Danielle has a passion for art and documentary photography. She spent time in Florence, Italy, learning photography and exploring her love of travel. After graduation, Danielle plans to enter the creative world of photography and journalism in the magazine industry.
Rebecca Cohen (email@example.com) is a junior at the University of Miami majoring in marketing with a minor in print journalism and sociology. Having been published in the Ibis yearbook, The Miami Hurricane, Miami Planet and ABC15 News, this Arizona girl has found her calling at UM. She has interned with ABC, Konectwork, and Banner Estrella Medical Center. All three experiences focused on marketing, new media and writing. Currently a UQ Marketing intern, she helps brands engage students and represents the Miami student body for select brands. Rebecca is infatuated with advertising, writing, media and law. She hopes to become a news anchor, media planner or entertainment lawyer after she graduates.
Rebecca Fernandez (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore at the University of Miami double majoring in broadcast journalism and public relations. She was born
and raised in Miami. Rebecca has interned at TV/Radio Marti, FOX News and Univision. She also wrote for hollywoodonthepotomac.com and is currently interning at Ocean Drive magazine. She hopes to be an anchor at E! News or work for an entertainment news station.
Adam Hendel (email@example.com). Adam Hendel is a junior at the University of Miami majoring in motion pictures with a minor in visual journalism. Most recently, Adam attended FAMU film school in the Czech Republic. Adam is originally from Chicago but, after graduating Deerfield High School, his family moved to Coconut Grove, Fla. His interest in motion pictures started with editing football films in high school, since then his career has transitioned to documentary-style filmmaking, focusing specifically on nature. As an avid scuba diver, Adam plans to make marine science films and to have his own nature show.
Daniela Longo (firstname.lastname@example.org) was born in Trujillo, Venezuela. When she was about to start high school, her family moved to Caracas. As a senior in 2011, she intern for a national channel called “Venevision.” That experience confirmed her love for mass communication. Currently, she is a sophomore in broadcast journalism at UM. In 2012, as a freshman, she had the opportunity to intern for “BBC Mundo” for an entire semester. There she worked in their newsroom as a news editor. Besides being involved in journalism, she has a passion for fashion. She has participated in several fashion courses, including fashion marketing (2010) and styling (2012) in Marangoni, Milan. In the future, she looks forward to converge her journalism skills with the fashion market.
Melissa Mallin (email@example.com) is a junior at the University of Miami majoring in visual journalism and minoring in political science. Originally from Orlando, she has lived all over Florida as well as spending a year in Washington, D.C. She currently works as an assistant photo editor and online photo editor for UM’s Distraction magazine and is a contributing photographer to The Miami Hurricane. After graduation she plans on finding an editorial position with a major company, preferably National Geographic.
Melanie Lee Martinez (firstname.lastname@example.org) iis a 19-year-old sophomore from Coral Gables, Fla. She is majoring in journalism with a double-minor in theater arts and political science. She has always loved writing and media and has contributed to her high school newspaper. She is a member of the UMTV show “Off the Wire” and hopes to start writing for The Miami Hurricane. Last summer she visited NBC studios in New York City and was inspired to work as a foreign correspondent after meeting Stephanie Gosk. Melanie’s other inspiration is her mother, who also majored in journalism at UM and worked as an anchor on Univision and Telemundo. Her hopes include writing for a travel magazine, a news magazine like Time or working as a foreign correspondent or political analyst on a major news network like CNN.
Shai Fox Savariau (email@example.com) is a 20 year old junior at the University of Miami. She is a visual journalism and studio art double major. She was born and raised in Miami and is an aspiring photographer. Savariau takes pride in growing up in such a large melting pot. She says growing up in Miami has not only influenced her work but also her everyday life. She enjoys music, art, and being challenged. Savariau was a winner of the Arts and Sciences award at the Lowe Art Museum’s annual Juried Exhibition in 2013 for a black and white photography piece. She strives to make her work known. She says she looks forward to graduating because she wants to travel all over the world with her camera.
Alexandra Silver (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore at the University of Miami studying broadcast journalism. She has a passion for both writing and reporting, but most importantly keeping up with community and global news. Alexandra has worked at the public relations firm Meryl Moss Media Relations in Westport, Conn., as a graphic designer for editorials, while also working alongside journalists to gain experience in the field. She also interned at the Ridgefield Playhouse in her hometown to assist with the creation of a new web design as well as the content of the website. Alexandra also worked backstage during events to interview performers at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Her experience has given her a solid foundation to work from and she hopes to gain more experience while a student at the University of Miami.
Axel Turcios (email@example.com) is a 20-year-old transfer student at the University of Miami with a major in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science. He was born in the northern coast of Honduras and moved to the United States at the age of 13. He transferred from Miami Dade College where he participated in various activities. He served as a staff writer for the MDC’s newspaper “The Reporter,” served as the Interamerican Campus Math Club president and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his volunteer work dedicated to help build strategies to reduce the homelessness rate. He has interned for various media outlets such as Univision Channel 23, WFOR CBS Channel 4 and America TeVe Channel 41, where he was recently hired as a news reporter and producer. His dream is to travel the world to cover all types of events.
Valeria Viera (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism who is now starting her second term at the University of Miami. Valeria has been a part of UMTV since January 2013, participating as a reporter and as the sports anchor to Uni Miami (UMTV’s premiere show in Spanish). She is associate producer for the show and plans to acquire as much experience as possible from the opportunities offered at the University of Miami. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Valeria hopes to someday become a host for entertainment television in the Latin market.
Matias Wodner (email@example.com) is a sophomore at the University of Miami, majoring in journalism and minoring in sports administration. Originally born in Argentina, he moved to South Florida when he was only two months old and has lived there ever since. In addition to working as a social media intern at The National Foundation for Cancer Research in Bethesda, Md., he has worked with Titansized.com as a writing contributor. Titansized.com is a community blog site about the Tennessee Titans, covering the football team and other happenings around the National Football League. He worked there for two years.
Marissa Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and planning to minor in marine policy. She is from Long Island, N.Y., and recently transferred to the University of Miami from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., so she is excited to be in this new environment. She loves acting and performing in general; she also loves law. In high school, she was president of Mock Trial, where she combined these two passions. Although she is not athletic, Marissa enjoys working out and staying active. She looks forward to getting involved on campus. Marissa plans on going to law school upon graduating.