Arianne Alcorta wants a career in journalism to give voice to the voiceless.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 02, 2014) —
Arianne Alcorta wants to be a journalist so she can give a voice to the underdog – those who are oppressed and suffer from injustice.
This School of Communication student at the University of Miami is already well on her way to fulfilling that goal with her documentary on the student uprisings in her native Venezuela. The 20-minute film titled “Venezuela Fights For Freedom” has received more than 350,000 downloads on YouTube.
She decided to put together the documentary when she noticed that news about the civil uprisings in her country, including the killing of 40 students by the government military forces, was being released mostly through social media.
She used YouTube videos, Twitter reports, and reenactments, to relay the story of the violence. The film is edited in a way that it can be understood in English and Spanish.
“I felt such pain when I was watching those images of the students being shot,” she said. “I felt desperate and that is when I decided to put this together. I did it in first person - which is usually not approved in the journalistic world - but I think it is right of me as a student to tell the story of what people are going through to bring freedom of speech to their country.”
Alcorta majored in Journalism and Theatre Arts. For the past four years, she has been doing all types of stories as a reporter and anchor for UMTV, the student television station; and UniMiami, the Spanish-language counterpart. She learned the power of networking early on, and through professional contacts took part in internships at TV/Radio Marti, the government-run station that broadcasts news and information to Cuba; Univision-Tampa Bay Station; and WPLG Channel 10, where she interned and assisted writers and producers.
Alcorta has been accepted to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism’s Master’s Program. She will start in the fall.
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