New mentorship program trains college students in artwork journalism | FIU Information

Marialexia Hernandez and Brea Jones dove deep into Miami’s artwork scene after being chosen as the primary two pupil journalists to kick off the Artburst Arts Journalism Mentorship program.

Artburst, a multi-media platform protecting arts, tradition, leisure, dance, music and theatre in Miami-Dade, is giving pupil journalists the chance to attach with the group’s greatest writers and publish articles within the digital publication.

This system, which formally launched in June, permits mentees to write down and publish two to a few articles throughout a three-month interval; contributors are paid per article. Whereas initially meant to be carried out in particular person, the mentorship program is being carried out remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic. The kick-off assembly was held over Zoom, the place Hernandez and Jones received to just about meet their mentors and focus on program targets, assembly schedules and concepts.  

Hernandez and Jones had been chosen from dozens of candidates and described the expertise of working with their mentors and protecting native artwork information as “unimaginable.”

hernandez_marialexia_headshot-400x500.jpg“My mentor and I clicked proper from the beginning,” says Hernandez. “I really feel like I can study a lot from her and speak to her about something. There are such a lot of steps that you just study alongside the best way with the mentorship course of that you just don’t essentially study in school.”

Hernandez has lengthy been a lover of the humanities. She is an actress, choreographer and journalist who shares and creates mixed-media content material that mixes totally different types of creative expression. She graduated this previous summer season with a bachelor’s in theatre and journalism. Whereas at FIU, she additionally labored because the videographer for Inspicio, a digital arts publication, sponsored by the School of Communication, Structure + The Arts (CARTA). In accordance with the Artburst crew, Hernandez’s background in broadcast journalism, theatre, dance and writing credentials made her “an excellent candidate for this system.” 

Hernandez matched with Michelle F. Soloman, editor of, theater critic for Florida Theater on Stage and digital journalist and podcast reporter/producer for Miami’s Native 10 ABC Information.

Hernandez and Solomon met just about as soon as and week to go over potential tales, concepts and targets. Hernandez’s final story centered round how native artists tailored to the pandemic – significantly in immersive theatre. One native performer, June Romero, starred in a worldwide, digital, theatrical occasion, Lengthy Distance Affair and in protecting the occasion, Hernandez received the chance to interview Romero, and uncover how she went about making ready for the position, breaking the fourth wall and interacting with the viewers all by a pc display screen.

“It’s been actually cool to see the place theatre can go and since Artburst is admittedly obsessed with protecting the native arts scene, it’s an honor and privilege to get to write down a bit like this,” Hernandez provides.

Jones is a present senior at FIU majoring in journalism. Like Hernandez, Jones is concerned with Inspicio and she or he brea-jones.jpegadditionally works as a reporter for FIU’s South Florida Media Community (SFMN), government producer of South Florida Entry and because the promotion and recruitment director for PantherNow. The Artburst crew says Jone’s expertise in writing, images, videography and greater than 45 revealed articles made her effectively ready for the mentoring program.

Jones first found her love for the humanities in elementary faculty. She had her work exhibited as early as third grade and served because the director for her highschool’s varied theater productions.

“I’m actually invested within the arts, and I feel I’d positively pursue arts journalism as a profession,” says Jones. “I’ve been portray since I used to be somewhat lady and first found what paint was. This expertise has been an effective way to attach with totally different artwork areas in Miami and get my foot within the door.”

Jones was paired up with Rebekah Lanae Lengel, a journalist and playwright. She’s been revealed in three languages and has additionally appeared in publications together with the Miami Herald, Miami New Instances, Artburst and onstage on the Hippodrome Theater.

Jones says the 2 work rather well collectively and Lengel performed an enormous position in serving to her refine her journalism and interviewing expertise. 

For her first Artburst article, Jones lined how totally different Miami artwork areas, like The Wolfsonian-FIU, have been in a position to cope and function below coronavirus restrictions. In writing her article, she was in a position to join with The Wolfsonian museum curator, the digital curator and the museum’s head of selling and public relations, which helped her land her subsequent new journey – interning with The Wolfsonian.

Whereas each Hernandez and Jones felt that finishing the mentorship program just about was a bit bittersweet, they nonetheless imagine this system was successful and actually helped them develop.

“I positively assume if anybody will get the prospect to have a mentor, no matter what occupation they wish to go into, that they need to take it,” provides Hernandez. “In the event you’re confused about one thing or have a query concerning the business, you’ll be able to go to your mentor and that’s your leg up within the business, particularly once you’re first beginning out.”

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