Throughout my career at the West Forsyth Zephyr, I wrote the Opinion and News features. I served as the Opinion Editor during the 2017-2018 school year and was Editor-in-Chief during the 2018-2019 school year. In 2017, I was recognized by the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association for excellence in opinion writing.
My portfolio from my time at the Zephyr can be found here.
I also hosted a small web series for the Zephyr, called “Through the Breezeway,” which allowed me to poll the student body on a wide variety of topics. We covered everything from the best Christmas carols to thoughts on presidential candidates. The series was part of an initiative to transition the paper into the digital realm.
In the summer of 2021, I began interning for Qué Pasa, a Venezuelan newspaper based in the city of Maracaibo. This experience sharpened my skills of reporting to a culturally-diverse audience. I was tasked with producing bilingual content and improving Qué Pasa’s coverage of U.S. politics. In addition to reporting breaking news, I penned opinion pieces and a weekly summary of the most pertinent stories from the U.S. political scene. More importantly, I published everything in both English and Spanish to cater to an international audience. From this experience, I learned the value of my language and cultural background and its intersection with journalism. To date, my tenure with Qué Pasa has allowed me to understand the nuances of difference audiences that lack the familiarity with American politics. I still contribute to the publication.
As a journalism major, I hope to continue to expand my skills and to one day cover the political world. I’ve included selections from both my scholastic and professional work in the “Written and Produced Work” page.