Reporter Students Selected For National Multimedia Journalism Projects

Three journalism students from The Reporter have been selected to participate in multimedia projects run by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.  

Nicolette Perdomo, who serves as the paper’s editor-in-chief, was picked for the NAHJ 2016 Student Project!, which will take place at the organization’s national convention in Washington, D.C. from Aug. 3 through Aug. 7.

Daniela Molina and María Vizcaíno, who serve as news writers for The Reporter, were selected for the NAHJ 2016 Student Project at Hispanicize in Miami from April 5 through April 8.

The project offers the students a week-long training in multimedia journalism. Students will report for the convention website, The Latino Reporter Digital, creating a digital newspaper, a television newscast and radio programs and packages.  

Perdomo, 20, is studying mass communications/journalism in the Honors College at Kendall Campus. As editor-in-chief of The Reporter, she oversees a staff of about 60 students. She assigns, edits and writes for the news and briefing section.    

During her tenure at the paper, Perdomo has written articles ranging from the tragic story of two Miami Dade College students killed in a car accident, a Cuban dissident arrested in his homeland, and a story about the search for a man who robbed and temporarily abducted a woman at gunpoint while on campus.  

“Being selected for the NAHJ Student Project is not only an honor for me, but also for my family,” Perdomo said. “ My grandparents have always wanted me to stay close to my Hispanic culture and this opportunity will allow me to engage with the Hispanic community on a national level.”

Molina, 21, is one of the paper’s main news writers. Her area of concentration is the crime beat. In addition, she has shown versatility, writing feature stories and articles for the forum and A\E sections.

Born in Matanzas, Cuba, Molina, who is currently a journalism student at North Campus, arrived in the United States when she was a year old after her mother, Jamila Molina, won the Cuban lottery. She struggled with English, taking ESOL classes deep into her elementary schooling but eventually adapted. Her passion for journalism was ignited at Hialeah Senior High School where she served as the editor-in-chief of The Record, the school’s paper.

“After seeing my name in the newspaper that is when I realized that I wanted to continue this as a career,” she said.   

Molina aspires to work as a radio reporter for a news organization in the English market and as a print journalist covering crime at The Washington Post.

Vizcaíno, 19, is a freshman at the North Campus and at MDC-West. She writes news stories and opinion pieces for The Reporter.  

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Vizcaíno, a 2015 graduate of Ronald W. Reagan Senior High School, arrived in the United States four years ago. She aspires to work as an investigative journalist.

“I like journalism for the public service it provides,” Vizcaíno said. “ I strongly believe to function as a society, journalists are key especially coming from Venezuela where the press is so controlled by the government.”

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Hector Gonzalez

Hector Gonzalez, 33, is returning to Miami Dade College where he will be pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Film at the North Campus. He will serve as a photographer and staff writer for the paper this year. Gonzalez obtained his Associate Degree in Mass Communications during the 2011-2012 school year while serving as Sports Editor for The Reporter. He earned the Best Sports Story award from the Florida College System Activities Association in 2011. He has also worked as freelance sports writer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald.