Class of 2017

Havana & Trinidad, Cuba // Travel Journalism & Photography Internship Seminar // January 2-16, 2017.

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Columbia University
United States

Gabriela Milian.

Gabriela Milian is a broadcast journalist who has worked in various entry-level positions at CBS News, CNN, NBC News, News 12 New Jersey, and Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal, amongst others.

Gabriela is proficient in writing, shooting, and editing her own stories both in English and for the Spanish speaking community.

She hopes to continue building her career as a proficient storyteller for news outlets around the country and the globe.

She is currently obtaining her Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University in New York, and holds a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she moreover completed a Documentary Film Certificate.

View her demoreel at http://gabrielamiliantv.com.

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Boston University
United States

Taylor Robinson.

My name is Taylor and I am from Boston, MA. I am a senior at Boston University studying Journalism.

In 2015, I studied abroad for four months in Madrid, Spain where I took a full course load in Spanish and interned at a bilingual elementary school.

My interests are education, traveling, and feminism.

I am also currently a marketing and communications intern in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development for the City of Boston where I assist in video production and editing for the Office.

After I graduate, I want to continue to explore interests in photography, creative directing, and broadcasting.

Read her blog at https://taycamr.wordpress.com/.

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University of Strathclyde
United Kingdom

James Rae.

Throughout my education I have maintained a heavy interest for the subject of English. From this has stemmed the passion for both Journalism and Creative Writing, which is why I chose to further my knowledge of these three subjects by studying them at University – in hope that I will go on to pursue a career as a journalist, with the additional and useful knowledge of the other two subjects.

I have had several pieces of writing published, including my feature in the book “Teen Poet: The Poet Within”. I was also given the editorial position at my school’s Journalism Society.

Aside from this, my frequent and wide-ranging travels have inspired me to document the different places I visit, both photographically and through writing. As I am now at the stage where I have enough content, I am currently in the midst of creating a travel blog, which will feature the best photographs I have taken, as well as some hints and tips I picked up for people wishing to travel to the same place.

Through my studies, I have developed, and continue to develop a variety of skills that are necessary to these subjects, such as accuracy and precision, as well as enhancing my general knowledge of the subjects as a whole. I lam an open-minded individual who celebrates diversity and the different walks of life, which is partly due to having the privilege of discovering many different cultures. Going to Cuba will be a fantastic opportunity to take my love for Travel Journalism and Photography to the next level, at the same time as heightening my appreciation for different cultures.

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United States

Leah Hodgson.

My name is Leah (pronounced: “Lay”, like the potato chips) and I recently moved back to the New York area after a few years of living in Colorado, United States.

After completing a medical internship in Southeast Asia three years ago, I decided to take a break from a traditional, formal education at University level (that was making me miserable) and alternatively educate myself by traveling as much and as often as possible, and work in between those trips to fund them.

Throughout this process, I have also reunited with my love of photography, and in the process of struggling to put all of the beautiful experiences and moments I have endured while traveling into words, have also begun writing again.

While I have dabbled with the idea of creating a travel blog to share what I have learned and encourage others to go out and do the same, I have also found myself striving for a bit more than that, in terms of both audience and content, and look forward to the opportunity this Internship Seminar will offer me to learn about and shadow photojournalism as a sort of stepping stone for me to eventually turn my passion into a career.

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Midwestern State University

United States

Jessalyn Jahn Castro.

I began my journalism career in middle school, where I enrolled in my first newspaper class and immediately found an interest. I mostly drew towards sports, which have consumed my life since the age of four. One of my goals in writing sports stories for my school’s sports teams was to get them acknowledged and draw more people for support.

I’ve also done feature and news writing, and received awards through the University Interscholastic League in high school and for the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in college. My first piece of published work was a feature story in a local magazine in Schertz, Texas in May 2013.

Although I have never submitted any pictures for competition or have had any published, photography has always been a hobby of mine, publishing photos on my social media accounts. In photography I believe I have a strong-suit for composition and capturing candid moments, but would like to learn more about the camera itself and the certain settings I would need to get a certain shot.

From taking an interest in photography and giving my photos more depth, I have learned that videography is another art form that I intend on learning more about. I have also done projects for my personal pleasure and to gain more experience in filming and editing. Currently, I am taking classes for broadcast journalism, -my major is mass communication,- and am involved in an undergraduate research project involving a documentary.

My main goals are to learn more about what is done behind the scenes at a news agency, not just to study the end product of a project, but what it takes to make it happen and how to be successful in producing commendable work.

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Universidad Europea de Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Schehrazada Parro.

My name is Schehrazada, but everyone calls me Chery. I’m 20 years old and my ultimate goal is to work as a freelance journalist in countries that are at war (Yemen, Syria…)

I’m currently in my third year of university, studying Journalism and International Affairs. Throughout the years, I have learned the basic of journalism and how to use a professional camera, – my expertise being the act of photographing, not so much that of editing.

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Western University

Canada

Minki Kim.

I’m a recent graduate, but, at the age of 26, I’m at a crossroads in terms of having a clear career direction. As such, with post-graduate school applications and job interviews looming over me, I feel a need to develop useful skills and nurture passions that I never fully tapped into.

My best-case scenario at the end of this Internship Seminar is the discovery of a new career path along with obtainable work opportunities. At the minimum, I get to attain tangible skills and international connections. I’m very excited for this opportunity, not only for the program itself, but also for a future more optimistic than the one I had envisioned before being introduced to RGNN.

Although I don’t have formal journalism experience or published works, I enjoy writing in most formats. Whether through social media or course assignments, I’ve always found a therapeutic side to researching interesting subjects and expressing my findings/opinions. This may stem from the fact that I’ve never been a great storyteller or skilled in verbally explaining information to others.

Photography is an art I’ve been interested in ever since my high school art teacher let me use one of the school’s Canon DSLR cameras during the winter holidays. I don’t seek out moments to capture, but at the same time, I never let a moment pass me by.

My research assignments in linguistics involved interviewing members of the senior population of London. My experience with the research, along with my time studying and travelling alone in Spain, has developed into a strong passion for Latino culture, Spanish language, and the new/unknown. Additionally, my experience playing rugby in various countries and meeting athletes from many backgrounds also played into my desire to seek out new experiences.

Havana & Trinidad, Cuba // Travel Journalism & Photography Internship Seminar // July 3-16, 2017.

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Temple University

United States

Katie Bandish.

I am a junior at Temple University studying broadcast journalism. My ultimate goal is travel the world to report on news via TV. However I just accepted an internship position as a radio producer intern. I am the host of a TUTV show called The World at Temple which features international students at Temple. I also volunteer on set of TUTV and have helped with graphics. I moreover have a passion for photography, own my own DSLR and have been taught how to shoot manually.

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University of Iowa

United States

Hans Birhanzel.

My name is Hans Wolfgang Birhanzel and despite my extremely German name, I am a student at the University of Iowa majoring in International Relations and Spanish.
I have been privileged to have the experience of attending film studies classes in Buenos Aires, Argentina, taking with me an in depth knowledge of the importance of the aesthetic in Latin American pop culture and imagery. Since living in Argentina, I’ve always been interested in political iconography and its appearance in street art. Since my obsession with acrylic painting began in middle school, contrast and lighting have been the focal points of my own photography and painting.

While training as a diplomat and marketer in University, I can’t wait to expand my skill set to journalism and photography. I’m very excited to not only be able to meet and learn from the Cuban people but also capture their history through the lens of my camera. I hope to one day have a role in the diplomacy between English and Spanish speaking lands, and I could not ask for a better place to start from than RGNN.

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Cornell University

United States

Stacey Blansky.

My name is Stacey, and I am currently a freshman at SUNY Binghamton in upstate New York. My initial exposure to journalism was during my first year of high school, when I began writing for the school newspaper, the Spartan Spirit Newsletter. I instantly fell in love with the journalistic process. Hearing other peoples’ unique stories and framing them around an informative lens melded well with my social/professional personality type. I continued reporting in Binghamton University when I became a contributing writer for Pipe Dream, the main newspaper distributed on campus.

My experience with journalism definitely outperforms that of photography; however I am an avid learner and enjoy capturing remarkable or scenic moments on camera.

I have a burgeoning passion for the Spanish language and, although I am not fluent in Spanish, hope to get closer to that goal. I anticipate to get immersive practice with the language by speaking to locals and training my lingual proficiency.

One day I hope to pursue a career that involves negotiation and conflict resolution among international parties. Being that I am only 18, I am not sure what I “want to be” per say, but I believe that journalism beneficially informs many of the pragmatic skills necessary to become successful in other careers. Both the mutual interactivity and writing expertise gained through the journalistic practice will be sure to help me achieve my future goals by providing substantial academic lessons.

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Rutgers University

United States

Theodore Bodnar.

Hello, my name is Theodore Bodnar and I am a 21 year old studying at Rutgers University. I am a journalism and media studies major, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I’ve been studying journalism and media for the past three semesters and hope to one day be very successful within the field. In the past I’ve only had one job relating towards journalism, which was at an architecture firm. Right now some of my goals which I hope to accomplish relatively soon are graduating from Rutgers (hopefully with high honors which I am on pace of), getting another internship for the fall semester, and travel more while I’m still young. My hobbies include chess, Mixed Martial Arts, blogging, traveling, and reading. Some of the skills I currently possess are being a team player, being quite tech savvy, a strong leader, and decision making. All of these skills I have acquired over playing sports, being a camp counselor, working for an architecture firm, and through my parents.

As far as my career goals go, one day I hope to be a sports broadcaster in Ultimate Fighting Championship. When I first started watching UFC about two years ago, I instantly fell in love with it. I don’t think there is anything else in the world like it. Last semester, I started a UFC blog for one of my classes and it was one of my favorite things I’ve ever done. I started reading and watching everything I could on the sport, and it really translated into my writing. The professor was amazed by how much time and work I was putting in on it and offered me an internship after the class finished.

I am very excited for this opportunity and can’t wait till July!

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John Brown University

United States

Ashley Burger.

I am from Wichita, Kansas and I attend college in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. I am a double major for photography and communications. I work as the photo editor on the school newspaper, “Threefold Advocate.” I run a staff of about 10 photographers, and I often write for the newspaper as well.

My favorite subject to photograph is people. I love capturing the true moments of sadness, love, and joy. Street photography is my favorite because it pushes me to get to know strangers through my photography.

I would love to be a photo editor for a newspaper or magazine in the future (and hopefully traveling can be involved). I have been to France, Israel, and soon Ireland. I use my photography to show readers/viewers the true nature of these beautiful destinations and their citizens. I want to show people what they are missing in order to push them out of their comfort zone.

Traveling – it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller. Just go and live.

Visit Ashley’s blog at https://ashleymarie365.wordpress.com/

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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

United States

Lucy Burnhams.

My name is Lucy, I am currently attending the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill pursuing an undergraduate degree. I am on track towards an Economics and Mathematics double major and Hispanic Studies minor; however, in my free time I have developed a strong passion for journalism and photography. Working with my high school newspaper for 2 years allowed me to grow my interests from creative writing towards reporting and journalism and since then I have furthered my writing abilities through university and hope to one day have my work published.

Travel journalism is especially interesting to me because a want for exploration has been engrained in me since I was 5. From spending the first years of my childhood growing up in England and Germany, and having the ability to travel often, I stemmed a strong interest and appreciation for different cultures. I constantly find myself itching to travel more and to immerse myself in new languages and traditions. My interest in photography grew out of this interest in travel, I have been practicing photography thoughtfully for around 5 years and have adopted a passion to continually learn everything there is to know about photography. My skills have continued to grow immensely and through social media I am able to share my work to a large audience and get recognized by other photographers.

Going to Cuba will be an amazing experience to further my knowledge in the Spanish language, as well as give me the opportunity to see myself in this field of work. My future career goals are in no way set in stone and I am extremely interested in learning more about travel journalism as a viable career choice in the future.

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Temple University

United States

Yafa Dias.

As a new up-and-coming journalist, I have always been interested in writing news articles and have even won a Keystone Press Award during my sophomore year of college. I am also interested in magazine story telling, photo essays and producing short informative videos. As an undergraduate, I have strengthened my skills in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, iMovie and several more photo and video applications. During my magazine writing class, a passion inside me had risen driving to speak out against skewed media stories. For example, witnessing stereotypes, misrepresentations, sexism and false accusations, by biased media organizations disturbed me to the degree of action. I have decided that if the news outlets that we watch every day will not fact check their stories, then I certainly will.

As a woman of color who identifies as a Palestinian-American, I know firsthand what can happen when journalists drop the ball. In journalism listening to people is key and is a gift that I proudly have kept through my visits to the Middle-East. Honest reporting allows citizens to respect journalists and this is a personal character trait that I hold near and dear to me. Reporting on immigrants, and refugees requires strong journalism skills and even stronger personal traits, I am proud to carry both.

My career goals are the following – one day become a magazine writer for Jadaliyya, a film maker that documents cultural appropriation, and a news producer for Al-Jazeera. I also would like to be a foreign correspondent based in the Middle East.

Lastly, I would also like to create a niche magazine for people of color that have been neglected or dismissed by their own governments and biased media companies. Creating this magazine will shed light on their hardships, which is what journalists should do, listen.

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University of Michigan

Australia

Mattison Ellis.

My name is Mattie Ellis and I am completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Marketing & Sales at the University of Michigan. I am currently completing my study abroad exchange program in Sydney, Australia, where I am also working for a non-profit film festival company. I have professional experience with startup development, fundraising, marketing, event planning, and education. My other interests include writing, painting, traveling, and cooking. I am also extremely passionate about animal rights and mental health awareness. Additionally, I studied Spanish for over 10 years across my childhood and am eager to revisit the language.

Growing up in suburban New Jersey, I often found myself daydreaming about other parts of the world. I developed a longing to find out just how big the world really was. This persistent curiosity was evident in my inquisitive personality, or what my parents might have described as never-ending questions. With each year, my wonder expanded and was closely followed by new dreams and even more questions. As I discovered new cultures, communities, and even cuisines, I realized that the world was, in fact, pretty big.

While this life of pursuits continues to unravel, I find myself exploring travel journalism as a way to document my experiences and discoveries around the world. I am excited to develop my journalism work alongside the art of photography, which has always been a hobby of mine.

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University of Michigan

Australia

Jordan Hart.

My longest relationship has been and continues to be with writing. I started writing my first novel at the age of 13 and have continued to write ever since. As I grew up, I realized travel is more than just another activity, it is an experience. I love the power writing has to enable humanity to come together over a shared story, and I love seeing that power used to share experiences from far off lands that not everyone gets to experience.

I am currently studying communication at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a study dedicated to connecting people. While photography is interesting, writing and journalism are my real passions and the skills I hope to hone during this trip. I am adventurous, a natural leader, and curious about the world around me and I have a desire to share what I discover with others through the written word. Another fun fact about me is that I love food, a lot. However, I have a hindrance to my love: allergies. Being allergic to both gluten and dairy certainly puts a damper on my food exploration, yet from that I have developed an even deeper appreciation for food.

Talking, or writing, about food is a natural fit, though it is by no means my only interest. I grew up with a very adventurous mother who worked hard to push me outside my comfort zone with incredible experiences. I have taken her advice and continue to push myself outside of the realm of normal and comfortable to find whatever incredible things lie beyond. I can just as easily write about food as I can about an African safari because in the end, they are both experiences and they both can be a uniting force when shared with the world.

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Pennsylvania State University

United States

Shana-Kay Hart.

My name is Shana-Kay and I am from Kingston, Jamaica. I live in the United States and I am currently a student at Pennsylvania State University studying both Communications and Spanish.

During my spring semester of my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to study abroad in the Dominican Republic. During my time there, I maintained a blog that I now use to document all of my travel experiences and showcase my writing abilities. This is where and how my interest in travel writing developed. In December of 2016, I participated in a two-week program through my university and AUIP in Sydney, Australia. For this trip, I was selected as AUIP’s student blogger which gave me the chance to submit weekly blog posts about the trip as well as photos and an experience video at the end of the study abroad program.

Although I believe I have thorough writing experience, I know I have a lot more to learn and I am excited and grateful for all of the new skills and techniques I will be introduced to through this seminar. Photography is a technique I want to strengthen in order to be able to market this skill for future opportunities.

I am extremely passionate about travelling and have a love for writing. After graduating, I hope to work for a magazine such as Condé Nast Traveler or Afar as a Travel Journalist.

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Soka University

United States

Sophia Laws.

My name is Sophia Laws I am an undergraduate student majoring in International Studies at Soka University of America. I lived, studied and worked in Costa Rica during high school as an exchange student for a year, where I became fluent in Spanish. I have since taken many Latin American history and upper division Spanish courses as well. My passions include hiking, traveling, Latin dance, and of course, writing and photography.

My passion for journalism is tied greatly to my creativity and love for finding and describing beauty in the world around me. My favorite type of photography is often in urban cityscapes, and I love incorporating color into all of my creative pieces. For that reason, I am thrilled to be visiting the beautiful and vibrant island of Cuba. In my writing and photography, I love going off the beaten track, exploring and finding beauty in the less glamorous parts of a city. I can’t wait to challenge myself and see what this amazing experience has to offer!

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Soka University

United States

Jessica Lee.

My name is Jessica Lee, and I’m a sophomore studying international relations at Soka University of America. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I am Korean and Portuguese and speak three languages (Portuguese, English, and Spanish). I inherited a love of photography from my father, and a love from writing from my mother. I want to write about their international love story someday.

I’m a member of the women’s cross-country and track team for my university, an experience that continues to teach me hard but important lessons about dedication and teamwork. I feed my creative side by drawing and painting, a passion I’ve harbored since I can remember. I recently was in the Amazonas region of Brazil with a group of students studying and documenting the universal healthcare system and its effect on the people who use it. I aspire to apply what I’ve learned in my Liberal Arts university as well as personal experiences to work in Fair Trade in Latin America.

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Rutgers University

United States

Crystal Nunoo.

As a kid, I’ve always liked cameras. I liked the idea that they could capture a moment – Freeze time in that sense. I saw that as powerful, even though I didn’t know how to operate them at the time. In high school I started practicing my interest in theatre and the arts that carried into my college life. I liked the idea of telling stories through multiple artistic mediums and translating them as they shifted from one form of medium to the next. Since cameras and writing have always been ways that I liked developing my creativity, along the way I sought out opportunities to push that skill set and strengthen my creative muscles. So I took courses in video, photography, and writing that would help me heighten my knowledge of those skills.

Over the years, I’ve built a connection with nature and animals. The concept of tying in the message of the earth and incorporating that in with my photography and videos are a sincere passion of mine. Whether it be by a pen or through a lens, I aspire to become even more professionally involved with this idea and try to voice the earthly concerns we face now. Through this, I can see a more purposeful way of building a career.

Visit Crystal’s website here: https://crystalnew1.wixsite.com/crystal-nunoo.

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Rutgers University

United States

Julissa Ramirez.

Julissa Ramirez is a second year student at Rutgers University. She has a passion for journalism and hopes to one day travel the world and raise awareness on social injustices.

She grew a passion for journalism her freshman year of high school when she met a journalist who was raising awareness on human trafficking. The woman informed Julissa on her journey as a journalist and explained how she would soon be traveling to India to help survivors. Julissa never forgot about Sonia and will always remember what Sonia taught her about speaking for others.

Julissa has interned for a local newspaper and is currently a contributing writer for College Fashionista. Besides writing on social injustices, Julissa also likes to write about beauty and fashion. Julissa knows that journalism is constantly evolving, which is why she spends much of her time improving on her photography, writing, editing and media skills. Although Julissa is young in the field, she is making sure to be a well rounded student and won’t let anything get in the way of achieving her dreams.

If you would like to learn more about Julissa, you can read her blog at loudmouthjulie.com.

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California State University Bakersfield

United States

Scot Swan.

My name is Scot Swan I have been using cameras for almost 10 years now. I am currently 21 years old. Recently I have been getting into film but I still am drawn to photography because it forces me to capture a moment in just one image. I really enjoy the level of storytelling that can be accomplished with a camera. I get a great deal of enjoyment when I can really convey my thoughts or what someone else is experiencing on camera and be able to share that moment with others.

While this is what led me to photography and eventually film I have taken photography and Photoshop classes both in high school and now in college. I worked for a local politician taking photographs for his office and I now do picture and video production at a local studio in town in my free time. This has been much more than a hobby for me for some time now and I hope to one day make a career using the skills I am developing.

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Northwestern University; Medill School of Journalism

United States

Laura Zornosa.

Laura Zornosa is a multimedia journalist focusing on text, audio, and photography storytelling in the Greater Chicago Area. As a freshman at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she is currently obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Journalism, as well as a minor in Spanish and an Integrated Marking and Communications certificate.

Current projects include: working as the Special Programming Producer at WNUR News, contributing as a staff writer at North by Northwestern, and supporting the National Association of Hispanic Journalists as an active member.

Outside of the classroom, Laura can be found at Northwestern’s Knight Lab, the newsroom of WNUR News, or catching the next “L” train into the city to report or explore. Future travel journalist, international correspondent, magazine editor or radio producer. Current mural enthusiast, intersectional feminist, and lover of all things pug.

Madrid, Spain // Travel Journalism & Photography Internship Seminar // July 17-28, 2017.

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Occidental College
United States

Cleo Charpantier.

Hi, I’m Cléo Charpantier; I’m from San Francisco and studying at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

I have always loved photography, as I grew up playing with my aunt’s cameras until I got my own. I am experienced in both digital and film photography. I like candid photos more than posed ones, so I always try to catch my subjects unaware. I enjoy taking photos of architecture and cityscapes. I love taking photos when I travel of all the beautiful parts of my new environment.

I was on my high school’s news paper team, for which I wrote a handful of articles about fashion and style trends. I have taken a course in creative fiction at 826 Valencia, in which we wrote several pieces and then workshopped one for publication. My piece was included in the quarterly collection of best stories published by this organization. As a Philosophy major, I have lots of experience writing detailed explanations of complicated concepts. But I have less experience in reporting and interviewing subjects. I am hoping to gain experience in that field.

My goal as a part of this Internship Seminar is to learn more about the field of journalism and photo journalism, so as to enter the work force with useful knowledge and experience. I am hoping to learn how to craft a successful news story and how to use photography to complement the content. I am interested in discussing how travel journalism differs from other forms of journalism. I am also interested in radio journalism as a career, how this field differs, and how to land a job in that sector.

Personally, I am excited to grow and learn in a vibrant city, working with a great group of mentors and interesting group of students.

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United States

Bianca Dalmau.

I am a recent graduate of University of Massachusetts in Amherst. I studied power, politics, women, gender, and sexuality. My focus wasn’t entirely on government, US or otherwise; it was on the dynamic of power – who has it, who doesn’t, how you get it, how you keep it, how you lose it, etc. I became interested in journalism during my studies because it showed me a way to communicate with the world about important issues, while also finding ways to strengthen and uphold a healthy democratic process. Initially I wanted to work in government, but writing and speaking directly with the people feels like a more realistic approach when trying to make lasting positive changes in the world.

I have always been told I’m a strong writer. Now that I am done with school, I am excited to spend time at RGNN because of the opportunities it will give me to write for work. I can’t wait!

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Carleton University
Canada

Rachel Emmanuel.

Hey guys! My name is Rachel and I’m from Niagara, ON, Canada. I’m a Journalism and English double major at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. I love travelling and I’m really excited to see Europe for the first time! I have quite a bit of experience writing articles for my reporting classes, as well as my school newspaper, The Charlatan. In this Internship Seminar, I hope to become a better and more succinct writer, as well as learn ways to come up with original article ideas. One day, I hope to be a political journalist, or maybe even have my own talk-show segment.

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California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
United States

Tabata Gordillo.

Hi team! My name is Tabata Gordillo and I am a second-year journalism major at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. I always knew that I wanted to be a journalist so that I could feed my curiosity and obtain answers to the wonders that the world possesses. These past couple of years in college have introduced me to various forms of journalism, from news reporting and writing, to anchoring and multimedia journalism. Through my experiences, I have realized that the best way to truly learn and master any of these forms is by getting out of my comfort zone and applying myself. After taking a couple of multimedia journalism courses, I discovered that I am most passionate about video journalism and photography. I believe that a story is best perceived when it is seen, not just heard or read, because it allows the audience to feel a connection to the subject at hand.

Because I value this so much, I decided to work as a photographer for the school’s newspaper, Mustang News, this past fall. Since I am almost half way through my college career, I have adopted Cal Poly’s motto, “learn by doing” and have gotten even more involved in the school’s journalism department. I recently joined the school’s radio station, KCPR, where I give the morning news and play music two times a week. I am two months into my twentieth year of life and I believe that now is the time for me to go out and experiment with this fascinating career. I envision myself as the type of journalist that has been exposed to diverse experiences –one that takes advantage of any opportunity presented. I hope that doing so will allow me to find my specialty in the future and thrive in my career.

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
United States

Torkwase Hazell.

My name is Torkwase Yayri Hazell, I prefer to go by Yayri Hazell and I am 20-years-old.

I am a junior, Public Relations student from Atlanta, Georgia and I attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, FL.

After college, I would like to further my education and go to graduate school for Fashion Marketing and work for an editorial magazine such as Essence, Seventeen, Teen Vogue, Esquire, etc. and work as a creative art director, photo editor and/or fashion editor. Subsequently, I have the ambition to create my own magazine and work with African-Americans and create a magazine for black people.

I like to put myself in situations that help me evolve into the woman I aspire to be. I have created a fellowship with The FAMUly Affair, which has helped my photography skills improve immensely. Giving me the opportunity to capture the eight candidates of J School Journal’s profile and group pictures for the Tallahassee Democrat Newspaper. I pride myself in being responsible, disciplined and open-minded. With these qualities, my experiences and qualities are molding me into a hard worker.

I am a creative person, and love to discover and try new things. I do not like to stay in the same place for too long, so when I have an opportunity to explore the world I am the first to jump on a plane and cannot wait for the next adventure.

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University of Chicago
United States

Lela Jenkins.

I am a first-year student at the University of Chicago with a strong interest in graphic design and plans to major in Visual Arts and Spanish.

Arts and humanities have always been special to me because of my implicit love of literature and journalism. In college, I found the rigor of classes and academic writing leaves almost no time for reading or writing on my own. I learned to focus my love for literature on a more journalistic aspect of it, such as writing for the arts section of the Chicago Maroon and being the current Graphic Designer for the University of Chicago’s fashion magazine MODA. The Chicago Maroon has helped me and several of my peers together improve our informational writing rather than just our creative writing alone. As a member of MODA’s Executive Board, I define how we present ourselves to both the University of Chicago’s students and the surrounding community of Hyde Park.

At times, I also act as a photographer due to my personal endeavors in fine art film photography in the past. My experience working with both the Chicago Maroon and MODA has taught me countless communicative, organizational, writing, and technical skills such as how to use Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Squarespace, and other upcoming marketing and advertising programs. These skills are most valuable to me in that they span more than just the fashion or newspaper worlds; my design capabilities apply to my other passions as well, such as creating the logo for the University of Chicago’s largest dance company Rhythmic Bodies in Motion (RBIM) and redefining the aesthetic of Clarke Central High School’s Iliad Literary-Art Magazine. Working with multiple types of media outlets has thus challenged the writing and design skills that I hope to expand upon at the ROOSTERGNN Academy.

Visit my Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/lelamarie224e0

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University of Glasgow

India / United Kingdom

Anoushka Kapoor.

My name is Anoushka Kapoor, and I am 18 years old. I live in India but I am currently studying in the University of Glasgow, often mistaken for Hogwarts by many, including myself. My major is combined honours in Psychology and Economics, however, I also studied Spanish during my first year.

Apart from speaking my mother tongue Hindi, I also speak a bit of French, and pick up random phrases in random languages here and there, much to my friends’ annoyance, who all come from different countries and are tired of me going up to them and asking how to say words in their language.

I have a keen interest in reading and writing. I have been reading ever since I can remember, my favorite book is A Thousand Splendid Suns. I remember writing my very first poem (that even rhymed, much to my 8 year old self’s delight!) for my mother, titled “My Mummy,” scribbled with a purple sparkle pen on a torn piece of paper. Ever since then my writing journey has evolved somewhat; I now run a blog (https://kapoorniandotherrandomthings.blogspot.co.uk/) that has nearly 10,000 views. I love to write, and I think I will have much to benefit from this journalism Internship Seminar.

I definitely want to write professionally at some point in my life. I would also like to increase my knowledge of photography, and of late I have started to appreciate how well art and writing go together. I’ve recently started to always search for artworks to accompany my writings. I will be thrilled if instead of searching for pictures taken by others, I will gain the expertise to produce them myself.

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Humboldt State University

United States

Delaney Mayo.

I am a sophomore at Humboldt State University and I am 19 years old. I am a Business Marketing Major who has an emphasis in Art. Art has always been a love of mine, first starting with Photography. I have been taking photos since I was 10 years old, and since then I have improved enough to do senior/family portraits, surrealism, weddings, and many other events around my town. I even accumulated over 11,000 followers on my photography based Instagram account. I also love dance, drawing, and calligraphy. My career goal is to become a marketing designer for a large company where I can use my photography and graphic design skills.

Visit my webpage at https://laneymayophoto.wordpress.com/

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Loyola Marymount University

Colombia

Sofia Merizalde.

I grew up in Colombia, a country that has so many things going on, and I always loved to take pictures and write about what was happening around me. When I was in 10th grade I got my first camera, and ever since, I take it with me everywhere and take pictures of what I like, what inspires me and the people that surround me.

I currently live in Los Angeles, CA, and study Communications at Loyola Marymount University. I decided to study Communications because I believe it is a career that gives me the opportunity to express my thoughts and the ideas that I believe are worth sharing.

As someone that loves to travel, take pictures, write, explore and learn new things I want to take a step further and make my aspirations more of a reality. My goal is to learn about the whole process that takes place when creating a journalistic piece, I want to gain experience in the field and explore more in depth the career that I am studying.

View my photos at https://vsco.co/sofiamerizalde/images/1

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Florida State University

United States

Lloyd Newby.

Hello, my name is Lloyd Newby, I am a junior at the Florida State University majoring in Literature and minoring in Biology. I’m an aspiring orthodontist but I have a passion for photography. I own a plethora of cameras, from a Pentax film camera, to a more modern Canon 80D, and various Polaroid cameras.

My grandmother gave me her original polaroid sun 600 and that’s when the madness started. I love the authenticity of shooting film, it’s so raw and difficult. Since I’m majoring in literature I also have a love for words as well, it’s always been a dream of mine in some sort of position where I can publish my own work or something along those lines.

I’ve been in various clubs that require you to be good with words, so that’s no problem for me. I do a lot of fashion photography and portrait shots for fun, but I’d just love to gain some real experience being in a genuine creative environment! I’m truly excited!

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California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo

United States

Sophia O’Keefe.

I am currently a second-year student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo studying journalism. The classes I’ve taken here for my major have taught me journalistic writing skills, social media strategies, public relations tactics, as well as hands-on multimedia practices including photography, videography, audio recording, and editing for each of them.

I developed a love for photography in high school, in which I would take photos of my friends and play around with film cameras in my free time. I have learned a lot about photography on my own through hands-on practice, and have been fortunate to be able to bring this interest into working for my school’s newspaper, Mustang News, as a staff photographer. Through this, I have been able to photograph a wide range of events, from live concerts, to interviews, to school events, and more.

I have grown a lot as a photographer in being part of the paper, mainly in the sense that I’ve been forced out of my comfort zone on several occasions. Having to deal with certain situations has taught me the right way to approach them as a photographer, especially when people are involved in the photos I am taking. I never realized how much human interaction comes with photography, especially street photography and photojournalism.

Although the idea of taking these sort of photos of people can be intimidating at times, what comes of it can be so amazing. The way emotions like pain, struggle or happiness can be seen and felt in looking at a subject’s eyes, or the way a whole story can be told through one photograph still takes my breath away. I am really looking forward to practicing and learning more about this in Madrid.

Skills that I have and may find useful during my two weeks in Madrid are technical camera usage, editing, photography knowledge, previous knowledge and journalistic practice, as well as some Spanish. Some of my more humanistic skills include communicating and connecting well with others, being empathetic and caring, agreeableness, kindness, an eagerness to help others, as well as an eagerness to learn.

Although I don’t have a completely clear image of what I want for a future career, I know that I want it to be something that benefits others in a big way. So as of right now, my career goal is to figure out how to incorporate as many of my interests as I can into my job, like interacting with/helping people, photography, writing, travel, and more. Travel journalism definitely seems to fit this goal or idea of mine really well, so I am so excited to learn more about it this summer.

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United States

Grace Olson.

Writing has been a skill and passion that I’ve pursued all my life, for school, work, and fun. My first stint in journalism was a newspaper class in high school, where I first learned the art of concise storytelling.

An interest in sports television led me to major both in Digital & Broadcast Journalism and Sport Management at the University of Georgia. Knowing how competitive the television industry is, I began working as a production assistant for nearly all of America’a major sports networks, assisting with the coverage of all levels of football, baseball, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, soccer, and many others.

Simultaneously, I completed multiple TV-related internships and learned fundamental journalistic skills in my college courses. Classes both in print writing and script writing for live TV news helped me practice and understand the necessary differences in style.

My senior year of college, I was hired to cover high school sports for the PBS affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to reporting and hosting on air, I managed the sports social media accounts and the digital platform, uploading video, written articles, and photographs. I also put together news stories for various television and radio programs while at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

I then covered all Atlanta area sports for the city’s CBS affiliate, before eventually moving to Washington D.C. to work as a local sports reporter. That role required me to give live reports; find, shoot, edit, and write feature stories; and upload video, photos, and both short-form and long-form articles to the station’s website.

While TV has been my primary focus in recent years, I still maintain a strong love for print writing and all types of content, not just sports. I look forward to hopefully pursuing a journalist career full of diverse experiences and storytelling on multiple platforms. It’s never been a better time for me to experience doing what I love in a vastly different environment!

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University of Southern California

United States

Jasmin Singh.

I grew up in Bombay, India and lived there till I was 18. I then moved to New York to study Acting at NYU and then transferred to LA to study Film and TV Production along with Acting at USC. I want to be a filmmaker.

I believe in the universality of humanity — that all humans, regardless of gender, ethnicity and culture, are at the core, the same. However, these different cultures do create differences amongst people, but these differences can be bridged together much more easily than people imagine.

Coming from India and having worked in Bollywood, I appreciate this variety in culture so much. I want to make films that bridge the gap across cultures because , I know there is so much to explore with the connections amongst people from across the oceans.

My take on films is that it should be universal and reach a maximum number of people across the world and Rooster aligns with that thought process and gives me the opportunity to spread the word of empathy.

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University of Montana

United States

Cheyenne Trautman.

I was born in Bryan, Texas but I grew up and lived on a small farm in Rapid City, South Dakota for the majority of my childhood. I grew up raising horses, chickens, goats, dogs, cats, and rabbits. My mother is a veterinarian and I always help her out with the clinic as much as possible. I have played a wide variety of sports throughout my childhood such as: soccer, volleyball, basketball, field and track, cross country, and ice hockey. I am an extremely active person outdoors as I love to go hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, camping, and swimming. I also love to paint, do crafts, take photographs, and watch movies in my spare time.

As for my journalism and photography experience, I started taking photography more seriously in the summer of 2016. I have mainly used my phone to take photographs of nature such as trees, rivers, lakes, and wildlife. I am exceptionally amazing with my photographs when it comes to lighting! For instance, I always find the most interesting perspectives of light as it is filtering through the trees. Additionally, I got a photo published on the cover of the South Dakota Medicine magazine for the month of November; I have another one of my photos being published on the same magazine this month of March.

I also want to learn how to take high quality photographs of people, architecture, and events! I am looking to gain professional journalism experience, and want to write about the historical context of religion, culture, architecture, sporting events, and the arts. I mostly want to explore the travel aspect of photojournalism, but I am open to whatever opportunities that might open up. I want to have a career in which I can travel and explore other nations and their precious qualities!

Madrid, Spain // Travel Journalism & Photography Internship Seminar // July 31-August 11, 2017.

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University of British Columbia

Canada

Alex Bowlin.

My only formal journalism that I have so far is writing short news articles for the university paper although by the time I will be joining RGNN, I will have worked for my hometown’s local paper.

I do not have any much photography experience but I do have some video editing experience making highlight tapes for my high school’s basketball team. My exact professional goals are not yet defined, apart from my wish to pursue journalism as a career. However, given that this is my goal and given that journalists write about things they are interested in, I feel like my career goals should relate to writing about things that I, too, am genuinely interested in – and therefore would be good at and would enjoy writing about them.

Because of this I would very much like the opportunity to write about sports and concerts, and I suppose these desires can act as a sort of vague career goals of mine and are things that I feel like I could contribute positively to. Right now, it kind of frustrates me that I am not able to write about the Stanley Cup Playoffs because I am in the midst of exam season, and with journalism about concerts, I feel like this type of journalism that is a kind of vacuum, there is not a lot written about it.

There is a lot written about artist’s albums but very little about the shows themselves which I feel like is what is at the center of music right now. I am also interested in travel journalism and I feel like I can learn about travel journalism through sports and concerts because they are similar in the sense that they are both about experiences, and also because sports and concerts are part of local cultures that people explore when travelling somewhere, and the culture of sports and concerts is unique to each locality.

In terms of my personal taste in journalism, I do not know if this is important or relevant but I am going to add it just in case it ends up being, I do not really follow journalistic institutions but rather specific journalists who write for many institutions. Of the journalists I enjoy and follow, my favourites are Bill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell, and Chuck Klosterman.

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George Washington University

United States

Courtney Bublé.

I’m a rising senior at The George Washington University with a major in political science and double minor in journalism/mass communications and women’s studies. Since I have been in college I have gained valuable experience that has inspired me to become more involved in media and reporting.

During my time as communications intern for the nonprofit Life Pieces to Masterpieces, associate for The White House: Office Presidential Correspondence, intern for the Wilson Center, intern for The Department of Commerce, and communications assistant for the GW School of Public Health, I’ve gained valuable skills. These include: news writing, social media, research, digital strategy, website development, and editing.

The nonprofit, government, think-tank, and private sectors have given me a holistic view of policy and news. Additionally, I work for a student-run, online paper called The Rival. I started as a news writer in 2015 and then became an editor. I have reported on the firing of the GW basketball coach due to verbal abuse, new mental health initiatives on campus, disparity among the College Republicans over a Donald Trump endorsement, controversial attempt of resident advisors to unionize, and unauthorized photographer at the GW inaugural ball who sold pictures to a French newspaper. I was chosen to be managing editor my senior year, which was a great honor.

From the initial brainstorming to reporting, to drafting, to social media sharing, I am involved in all stages of production with my writers. Media accountability and investigative reporting are great passions of mine as I hope to pursue a career in the intersection of journalism and politics. Regaining the public’s trust in the media is so important in this post-fact era.

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University of Notre Dame

United States

Maddy Del Medico.

I grew up in Sarasota, Florida with my brothers and my parents. We have an adorably obese pug, Brody, who lives on our affection and vanilla Oreos. I spent my childhood growing up in the Florida sunshine, but always felt restless, wanting to expand my horizons and pursue my passions.

Ever since I was little, I’ve been in love with writing. I grew up reading novels, newspapers, magazines, basically any form of writing that I could get my hands on. So when I entered into college, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in writing. So I left Sarasota, Florida, to attend the University of Notre Dame, a great university with amazing opportunities. I currently study English and minor in Business Economics with a Creative Writing concentration, which I hope will prepare me for a career in journalism.

Though I love writing (and do an incredible amount of it as an English major), I really want to expand my skills through photography. I’ve only ever taken amateur pictures, and I’m very excited to be able to work with professionals to expand my skills. With the beautiful colors, exotic foods, and vibrant culture, I’m incredibly excited to capture my experiences through film.

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University of Notre Dame

United States

Benjamin Easton.

Benjamin Easton is an English and Spanish major at The University of Notre Dame with extensive experience in copy editing and writing. After receiving his B.A. in both English and Spanish letters, he plans to then pursue an M.A. in each in aspiration towards a career in publishing.

Aside from completing an academic year exchange program in Spain, Ben is currently preparing his English thesis on Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, Pale Fire, in which he will explore the significance of the literary commentator.

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Colby College

United States

Alicia Elliott.

My name is Alicia Elliott and I am currently studying Anthropology and Russian at Colby College in Waterville, Maine! I love telling stories and hanging out with my siblings and my dogs.

I bring an enthusiastic and open-minded attitude to everything I do. Whether I am working alone or in groups, I will always be smiling and working hard. I am looking forward to combining my passion for reading and exploring new cultures with journalism and photography, a field I am excited to learn more about.

I love talking to people and hearing the stories that make them unique. I also love sharing experiences and going on new adventures to explore different cultures. I recently finished an archaeological project in Peru where I got to work with local people and help uncover their cultural roots through archaeology. Sharing experiences like this with other people is something I am very passionate about. I am so excited to take part in this program this summer to experience a new culture and pursue journalism!

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University of Chicago
United States

Lela Jenkins.

I am a first-year student at the University of Chicago with a strong interest in graphic design and plans to major in Visual Arts and Spanish.

Arts and humanities have always been special to me because of my implicit love of literature and journalism. In college, I found the rigor of classes and academic writing leaves almost no time for reading or writing on my own. I learned to focus my love for literature on a more journalistic aspect of it, such as writing for the arts section of the Chicago Maroon and being the current Graphic Designer for the University of Chicago’s fashion magazine MODA. The Chicago Maroon has helped me and several of my peers together improve our informational writing rather than just our creative writing alone. As a member of MODA’s Executive Board, I define how we present ourselves to both the University of Chicago’s students and the surrounding community of Hyde Park.

At times, I also act as a photographer due to my personal endeavors in fine art film photography in the past. My experience working with both the Chicago Maroon and MODA has taught me countless communicative, organizational, writing, and technical skills such as how to use Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Squarespace, and other upcoming marketing and advertising programs. These skills are most valuable to me in that they span more than just the fashion or newspaper worlds; my design capabilities apply to my other passions as well, such as creating the logo for the University of Chicago’s largest dance company Rhythmic Bodies in Motion (RBIM) and redefining the aesthetic of Clarke Central High School’s Iliad Literary-Art Magazine. Working with multiple types of media outlets has thus challenged the writing and design skills that I hope to expand upon at the ROOSTERGNN Academy.

Visit my Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/lelamarie224e0

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Ithaca College

United States

Danielle Schear.

My name is Danielle Schear and I am a rising junior at Ithaca College.

Last semester, I took the initiative to be a part of the sports department in our TV and radio stations. There, I was able to assistant produce a sports broadcast and loved every minute of it. I also called halftime for various basketball and lacrosse games throughout the semester. I also produced three long form documentaries on various social justice issues.

This summer, I’m looking forward to exploring bilingual journalism. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career involving journalism, sports, and the Spanish language.

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Northwestern University
United States

Yimin (Poppy) Shen.

I’m a student at Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, with a concentration in video journalism. I enjoy traveling and telling stories in the form of digital media. Aside from that, my personal hobbies include hiking, dancing, and cooking.

I was born in China and moved to Maryland, United States when I was 14. Having lived in both countries not only gave met the proficiency in both languages but also allowed me to grow a mixed mindset of both worlds. In fact, from past travel and exchange experiences, I’ve become fluent in a couple languages including Mandarin, Portuguese and Arabic.

I’m the video editor of North by Northwestern online magazine and a news reporter at Daily Northwestern newspaper. My daily task includes pitch ideas, conduct interviews with sources, assign stories to staff reporters, and edit and produce newsworthy video content. My journalism experience has familiarized myself with the fast-paced newsroom environment and prepared me with advanced writing and video reporting skills.

I spent last summer volunteering at the Rio2016 Olympic Games as a Press Operation Team member. I worked with the Olympic Broadcasting Services and photographers from around the world, providing them with the best reporting opportunities. During my volunteer experience, I witnessed Brazilian traditions, favela cultures and most importantly, the hidden side of the Olympics. I realized that the cost of Olympics was the social sanitizing of the city. In order to build a “presentable Olympic city,” 7 favelas (low-income slums) were knocked down and 22,059 local families lost their homes. I later returned to Rio and conducted a multimedia journalism project on the aftermath of the Olympics on Vila Autodrómo, a favela that was destroyed during the Olympic development. Through living, interacting and filming with the locals for 8 weeks, I put together a photo slideshow and a documentary examining the impact of the Olympics on this community and the legacy of this global event through the eyes of the local residents.

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FH St. Pölten

Austria

Kathrin Weinkogl.

My name is Kathrin. I am a 19-year-old girl from Austria and I’m currently studying Media Management. Throughout my studies, I’ve gained a lot of experience in the media industry, which will be useful for my future career as a journalist. This summer I’ll be working for a newspaper and I’m also planning to start writing for our university magazine, SUMO, next semester.

My passion for writing and telling sotries already started in primary school. As a kid I was really fascinated with writing fantasy stories, but as I grew up, I focused more on writing about stories about real people and their problems. Writing has been my hobby for quite some time now but what I really want is to start doing that professionally. My dream is to become a travel journalist so I can combine my two favorite things: travelling and writing.

I take every opportunity to explore new places, meet new interesting people or to capture exciting moments on my smartphone. “Collect moments not things” is definitely my philosophy. Besides my enthusiasm for travelling the world, I do a lot of sports in my free time and I’m also a fashionista, who loves to go shopping as often as possible.

A career in journalism will empower me to get more insight into our society and to tell people things which they are unable to see by themselves. During the summer 2017 ROOSTERGNN Internship Seminar I hope that I will get the tools for pursuing this dream.

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University of Southern California

United States

Victoria Westmoreland.

My name is Victoria Westmoreland, and I am an incoming sophomore at the University of Southern California. I am studying Communications at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism but spent my first semester studying abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.

I have always loved writing and was both an editor and contributing writer for my high school’s newspaper. During my first year of college, I held an internship through which I wrote about my college experience, both in Rome and at USC. I developed a passion for traveling and was able to combine my love for both writing and traveling in these articles. I knew without a doubt before the semester’s end that I wanted to return to Europe, either to intern or study abroad again.

One of my goals is to travel around the world throughout my life, and I am eager to learn more about how to make that possible through this seminar. While I do not have much experience with professional photography, other than taking photos with my iPhone, the opportunity to become more familiar with it excites me. I look forward to applying what I have learned in the past to this internship seminar, as I gain more insights in both journalism and photography.

Madrid, Spain // Travel Journalism & Photography Internship Seminar // August 14-25, 2017.

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University of California – Riverside

United States

Ryann Castro.

My name is Ryann Castro, I am currently studying Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. As a content producer, my goal is to always stay objective while producing purposeful and relevant material. Courses I have taken range from topics like globalization and ethnic studies to filmmaking and video game studies. I find journalism and photography to be fascinating forms of creative expression so I am always eager to advance my skill sets.

I have a passion for culture and diversity that continues to grow as I travel, meet new people and experience new things. Journalism and photography give passionate people like myself a chance to share our take on the world with people from all over the globe.

I look forward to fine tuning the skills I have, as well as discovering new ones throughout my time in Spain. My sense of adventure, endless curiosity and adaptability have pushed me to pursue a career that incorporates both my passion for culture and media.

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Harvard University

United States

Emily Choi.

Ever since I really read The New York Times for the first time in middle school, it has been my dream job to be a journalist. To pursue this dream of mine, I joined the newspaper in my freshman year of high school. I loved the experience so much that I worked as editor-in-chief in my junior and senior years.

After having done so much print journalism, I wanted to try my hand at something different–broadcast journalism. The summer before my senior year, I attended an intensive journalism training program for high school students at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. While there, I was able to pitch a story that I wanted to report on, and go out into Boston to shoot and conduct interviews under the tutelage of my mentor Richard Lui, an anchor for MSNBC.

Since I’ve been at Harvard, I wrote for The Crimson (the daily newspaper) during my freshman year. I am also a staff writer for Satire V, which is a satirical news publication similar to The Onion in style. I have just recently taken up photography. Taking my camera with me everywhere I go has changed the way I view the world. However, I don’t properly know how to use all of my camera’s technical functions, and therefore am very excited to hopefully learn about those features during the seminar! In my free time, my favorite things to do are to go for long runs and to write in my journal.

View my photos at https://vsco.co/ohsotasty/images/1

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University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

United States

Scott DePuy.

I am a journalism student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I am 20 years old and I am originally from Chicago Illinois.

My life dream is to be a photojournalist abroad and tell stories about war-torn regions. I play water polo in school and am an avid soccer fan. I love exploring and taking videos and pictures. I look forward to Madrid!

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University of California

United States

Nour Elshazly.

I am 20 years old and a rising junior at the University of California- Los Angeles as a potential communications major. I am looking forward to joining the campus newspaper, The Daily Bruin in the fall. I originally grew up in Frisco, Texas.

My love for writing started at a young age by keeping a diary and have continued to pursue writing since then. My favorite aspect about journalism is how some journalists have a clear voice through their writing. Journalists who write with a bit of personality really stand out to me and make me feel like I am there with them in the moment rather than just blandly reading about it. I have recently started internationally traveling and find it fascinating learning about other’s cultures and daily lives. I hope to improve upon my photography skills in order to compliment my writing. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in public relations or journalism that includes a travel aspect.

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Temple University

United States

Michelle Goldsborough.

My name is Michelle Goldsborough. I am a senior studying communication at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. I started doing photography 2 years ago with an Olympus e-620 and recently upgraded to a Nikon d-5300.

I have published blogs before and have the samples on my personal computer but I haven’t done anything else besides that. I am good at writing, I have been told. I currently take photos for my school’s newspaper and I am working on a project called Jewish Faces of Philadelphia which is similar to Humans of New York and I take pictures of people.

I am a self-taught photographer. My career goal is to develop my photography skills to use in my professional career. I have some experience using lights, and would love to learn more about photo editing tools. My career goal is to work for media companies and I love telling stories through photos.

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University of Chicago
United States

Lela Jenkins.

I am a first-year student at the University of Chicago with a strong interest in graphic design and plans to major in Visual Arts and Spanish.

Arts and humanities have always been special to me because of my implicit love of literature and journalism. In college, I found the rigor of classes and academic writing leaves almost no time for reading or writing on my own. I learned to focus my love for literature on a more journalistic aspect of it, such as writing for the arts section of the Chicago Maroon and being the current Graphic Designer for the University of Chicago’s fashion magazine MODA. The Chicago Maroon has helped me and several of my peers together improve our informational writing rather than just our creative writing alone. As a member of MODA’s Executive Board, I define how we present ourselves to both the University of Chicago’s students and the surrounding community of Hyde Park.

At times, I also act as a photographer due to my personal endeavors in fine art film photography in the past. My experience working with both the Chicago Maroon and MODA has taught me countless communicative, organizational, writing, and technical skills such as how to use Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Squarespace, and other upcoming marketing and advertising programs. These skills are most valuable to me in that they span more than just the fashion or newspaper worlds; my design capabilities apply to my other passions as well, such as creating the logo for the University of Chicago’s largest dance company Rhythmic Bodies in Motion (RBIM) and redefining the aesthetic of Clarke Central High School’s Iliad Literary-Art Magazine. Working with multiple types of media outlets has thus challenged the writing and design skills that I hope to expand upon at the ROOSTERGNN Academy.

Visit my Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/lelamarie224e0

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Utah State University

United States

Rachel Jones.

I am a journalism student at Utah State University who writes for campus publications (Aggie Radio, Utah State News Service) and works extensively with my university’s radio station (Aggie Radio 92.3 FM KBLU-LP). I host music shows about British Rock music (Brit Rock Power Hour) and up-and-coming independent artists. I also co-host shows about the news (Aggie Morning Word) and conspiracy theories (Library of Mysteries).

I also worked as Aggie Radio’s Development Director for the 2016-2017 school year, where I coordinated with my university to improve relations amongst current media students and alumni, published and co-wrote “The Byline”, which keeps current media students and alumni updated about news and events, and reached out to interested parties regarding Aggie Radio involvement, underwriting, and brand awareness. I also worked with Utah Public Radio, where I produced advertisements, kudos, and public service announcements for the station. I also researched and wrote events for the station’s community calendar.

I hope to pursue a career working in the international relations field writing about travel, international politics, and how people worldwide live. I hope this seminar will help me improve my writing, editing, and photography skills, and give me real-world experience working overseas and for an actual news agency.

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Kenya/Colombia

Grace Mwende.

I am a 22-year-old Kenyan girl, who has been interested in journalism since primary school. At university, I decided to minor in journalism and major in International Relations focusing on Diplomacy. After graduating in 2015, I got a chance to work in the diplomacy field and it did not bring me the joy I knew I should be getting from doing something I love. In 2016, I got the opportunity to travel to Asia and South America and it hit me that journalism is what I want to do with my life. Throughout my travels, I have also immersed myself in photography… finally putting my freshman year photography class into good use. My career goal is to get started in the Kenyan media scene as a journalist.

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Siena College

United States

Marcus Navarro.

I was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to New York when I was five. I’ve been playing soccer since I was seven. I’m an avid soccer fan, I watch Manchester United every weekend and follow the EPL closely, but I’ll also follow the major clubs from around Europe. I still play every week. I’m also a big boxing fan and I’ll follow the Green Bay Packers in the NFL. I’m actually a share holder of the Packers.

Aside from sports, I’ve been playing piano since I was seven. I still enjoy playing and I try to learn a new song from time to time. I love movies and TV; I like to watch well known movies from the past. I enjoy being around my friends, and playing cards or hanging around a fire. I want to hike and camp more often and I enjoy seeing new places. I love to eat and try new foods.

In terms of a career, I want to become a producer. I’m open to different fields such as news or sports broadcasting or documentary. I’ve learned to write for both print and broadcast through classes, as well as using a video camera and use Final Cut Pro to edit video.

I understand how to handle a camera, for example, how to properly white balance and how to frame an interview. I’ve also had an internship with the local CBS affiliate, where I shadowed during interviews and shooting film of games, and I got familiar iNews. I don’t have much experience with photography and I want to learn more skills as a photographer as well as develop my writing skills even further.

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St. John’s University

United States

Kaitlyn Neal.

Hi! I am Kaitlyn, a current junior at St. John’s University in New York City, but originally from Austin, Texas. I study communications with a double minor in sports management and government!

I studied abroad the fall semester of my sophomore year, in Spain, France, and Italy and marked off 11 countries and four continents from my bucket list! I’m currently interning for College Fashionista where I write monthly fashion and beauty articles, focusing on fashion and trends found around my local university campus.

Along with taking original photos for the posts! I have no direct career path in mind; I am currently just trying to learn and explore as many options as possible and gain experience, I’m hoping to one day combine my love for writing, fashion, soccer (fútbol) and traveling into a dream job!

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California State University – San Bernardino

United States

Kaitlyn Norris.

It took me five majors, and two years into college to figure out what I wanted to do for a career. I was elated when I came across my current major, Communications with emphases in Mass Media and Public Relations.

For years I had been searching for something I loved as a passion and would love as a career in the future.

I took my first journalism class last year and loved it. Since then, I have written poems, blogs, online, and for a local magazine. Journalism is so interesting to me because a journalist’s job is to correctly inform the public and remain objective.

I love traveling and have been to almost every state in the USA, however I have never traveled outside of the country. I am hoping to gain experience of the world outside of where I’m from.

After I graduate college, my plan is to travel as much as possible, and then begin a career in journalism or public relations in Los Angeles, California.

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Western Connecticut State University

United States

Rachel Peet.

Some like to call me “Rach.” Others prefer my full-name, “Rachel.” Or what I have grown a liking to… “Raquel”. Like most, if not all of us “wanderlusters”, I’m a young (20 years old), curious soul. For nineteen of those twenty years, I was born and raised within the limited boundaries of a small New England town of the United States. Inside those boundaries, I attempted to explore the unknown through making new friends, playing different sports, and searching for that ultimate passion of mine (aka… photography).

I attempted to stretch those boundaries when I carried out one of my first photography projects, “Humans of Our Time” (HOOT), in my senior year of high school. In HOOT, I approached, interviewed, and photographed random individuals in nearby towns to come to the eye-opening conclusion that this was only the beginning…

My journey was solely starting, especially as that year I ventured on a gap year filled with travels and new life lessons. I volunteered for a total of six months; three with a group throughout Central America and three on my own in Uganda. While in Uganda, I even received the opportunity to further my photography by taking photos for a tourism company called “Gorilla Highlands,” and having my own “photoshoot” with rare Mountain Gorillas.

Between catching the “travel bug” from these travels and being able to capture unknown with my camera lens, I find myself creating my own major of Photojournalism at Western Connecticut State University with a minor in Spanish Language. Alongside my studies I’m a swimmer on their Division III Swimming and Diving team and coach younger swimmers for my local YMCA team. Nevertheless, I have mostly resettled within those limited boundaries again, and eventually “wanderluster” will become a nickname for me as well.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst

United States

Lorelei Riseman.

I am a senior Communication major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and also a member of the Commonwealth Honors College.

I am currently figuring out my career plan, and have always had a passion for travel, photography, and journalism.

I am hoping this program will help me to further decide exactly where I would like to go career-wise, and allow me to expand my portfolio.

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Northwestern University
United States

Audrey Valbuena.

I am a student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, double majoring in International Studies, with my focus in Latin America and global commons. I am also a candidate for the Segal Design Certificate, which focuses on design thinking and learning. I was introduced to journalism in high school and have worked on a variety of different publications since. I am currently an online editor for our school’s quarterly magazine, and I am the multimedia editor for an arts and culture publication. I have a lot of experience with written journalism, but am hoping to become more accustomed to multimedia forms of storytelling and exploring innovative styles of storytelling. I have worked heavily with the Adobe Suite system, with Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, and InDesign. In the future, I hope to use journalism to carry out a career in advocacy, to help those who do not always have a platform to speak.