Hi! My name is Barbara. I’m originally from Brazil and have been working as a multimedia journalist in the United States for the past three years.
Here are a couple of fun things you should know about me before I get into my work experience:
- I travel or go explore new places nearby every time I have a chance.
- My favorite thing to do is to spend time with friends, family and my dog (specially if we’re at the beach).
- I love to shoot photos and videos, and I’m obsessed with my GoPro.
- I’ve recently gotten into hiking. I’m proud to say I crossed the Grand Canyon from the South Rim to the North Rim, and I climbed to the top of the Half Dome.
- I’m learning to play the Ukulele.
Now, this is what you should know about my professional life:
I’m an expert in adapting to change and figuring out new places, new trends and new technology.
I moved from Brazil to South Florida in the end of 2008, and since day one I had to learn to find my way fast into a new culture learning two new languages, Spanish and English – because this is South Florida and Spanish is almost, if not just, as important as English.
In Brazil, I studied video production and film. In the United States, I studied journalism at Florida International University.
In only six years living in the United States and three years of a journalism career, I made my way to President’s Obama second presidential inauguration, a mental health conference inside the White House, immigration hearings in the U.S. Congress and the NBA Finals in Miami.
I’ve also published stories with The Miami Herald, NBC Latino, The Palm Beach Post, the Naples Daily News.
Here are some highlights of my career:
In 2013, I travelled to Washington, D.C. by bus to cover the presidential inauguration of President Barack Obama with five other students. In three days, we wrote stories about the group of people who were riding the bus from West Palm Beach to the capital that were published in The Palm Beach Post and The Miami Herald. I also shot and edited a short documentary about our experience covering this event. And we covered every detail about the trip through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Later on that same year, I interned with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire in Washington, D.C. for a month. That’s when I covered the immigration hearing in the House of Representatives and the mental health conference inside the White House. I also wrote stories and produced videos about the Spelling Bee and the day the first lady Michelle Obama surprised students during a field trip at a historic home.
In 2014, I participated in the New York Times Students Journalism Institute in New Orleans. We were a group of 26 students that had to put together a newspaper from scratch in only two weeks. Keep in mind: none of us were from New Orleans. I wrote three stories, produced one video, helped produce our website and copy edited pages.
As a multimedia journalist working for the Sun Sentinel, I’ve built galleries that broke records in our entertainment website. I covered live events through social media, posting videos and photos on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. I became the go-to person for videos inside my department and introduced creative ways to use the GoPro in our newsroom.