Role: News Assistant, NPR

1.   How did you get started at NPR?

Last summer, I was an intern at NPR’s Latino USA. That’s what sparked my interest to learn all I could about audio production. After that internship ended, I applied for the 2017 winter/spring internship at the Education Desk and got it! It’s still hard to believe sometimes that I was chosen out of so many competitive and amazing applicants.

2.   How was your internship?

I enjoyed my internship mostly because of the autonomy I had on what I wanted to report. On my first day, I was asked to pitch a story for NPR Ed’s “5 Million Voices” series about English Language Learners. After my internship, I landed a two-month temp position as a news assistant at All Things Considered. For the month of July, I’m going to Weekend Edition and I’m really excited! When I found out that Lulu Garcia-Navarro was going to be the first Latina host of an NPR newsmagazine show, I just had to work with her.

3.   Why is Think. Public. Media an important message?

I was drawn to the Public Media Village at last year’s NABJ/NAHJ convention and found it hard to leave. I just loved talking to everybody from different stations around the country about their shows and missions.

Think. Public. Media. isn’t just about diversity, but it’s about how public media is staying at the forefront of journalism’s evolution. Think. Public. Media. not only offers a career portal, but a resource to stay dedicated and committed to this wonderful world of journalists, editors, producers, and engineers who are working together to make the best product for its audience.

4.   What tips do you have for attendees at this year's AAJA, NABJ, and EIJ conventions?

Go to the receptions if you can! And talk to everybody. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and ask questions. It helps to have people you want to meet. You never know if you’ll run into them in an elevator, on an escalator. Be open to every opportunity that comes your way because there will be plenty at the conventions. But rest when you need to.

5.   What does your unique voice add to public media?

I am a second generation Latina and I speak Spanish. Having that identity and skill has made me highly aware of marginalized, human stories. I’m glad I work for an organization that supports and wants those voices.

6.   What's been the most memorable moment of your time in public media so far?

I don’t know if I can pick one… Watching the news break of Comey’s firing minutes before the first feed of All Things Considered ended was a pivotal and historic moment. We began special coverage of the news immediately and I ran scripts to Robert Siegel and the show’s director until about 8:30 that night. But, what amazed me the most was how fast the managers and producers were able to kick into action and cover the breaking news as it developed.

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