Southern Foodways Alliance | June 2017 – July 2017 | Oxford, MS
Producing a short documentary about a Taco shop located in Oxford, MS, run by Pedro Leyva, an immigrant from Mexico. The Taco Shop has been serving tacos to Oxford residents for almost 20 years at what is considered by a number of locals "the most integrated space" in this historic Southern city where values of Confederacy still hold strong, as evident from the Confederate flags, stickers and monuments visible inside and on the outskirts of the city.
I intend to explore the aspects of the Latino food culture and how it shapes families and communities in the region, the challenges of running a business rooted in the Mexican culture in a historic Southern city and whether food may be the one factor that bridges the gap between different cultures here, especially in the current political rhetoric in the United States.
Boston University News Service | September 2014 – July 2016 | Boston, MA
Photo Editor / Photographer
Covered the 2016 Democratic and Republican national conventions and produced photo galleries and multimedia stories for online content on BUNS website
Managed and assigned a team of photographers to cover breaking news and feature stories in the Greater Boston area
Had final oversight on the multimedia content on BUNS and edited and uploaded photographs to BUNS website and maintained an archive on SmugMug
Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting | 2015 | Washington, D.C.
Boston University Student Fellow
Traveled to Nepal to document effects of mass migration on Nepali villages, visited and lived in communities affected most by the trend
Produced text and photo stories and videos reporting on the changing dynamics of such communities on a personal/family level and the broader impact on their communities.
The Chronicle-News | December 2012 – December 2013 | Trinidad, CO
Wrote two to three stories daily on beats including crime, school, city and county
Covered events and photographed for news, features, sports and photo-pages
Lake Charles American Press | January 2012 – May 2012 | Lake Charles, LA
Covered news, features and sports in the Lake Area and McNeese Athletics
Edited photos and assisted senior photographers on-field with video packages
McNeese Contraband and LOG | September 2010 – December 2012 | Lake Charles, LA
Researched and covered events
Edited photographs for publication and assisted with design and layout
COM Writing Center | September 2014 – May 2015 | Boston, MA
Assisted undergraduate and graduate students in their writing and editing process, from brainstorming ideas on specific topics to formulating the body of the paper and addressing any concerns they presented and working on any particular aspect of writing they struggled with.
Boston University College of Communication | May 2016 | Boston, MA
MS in Journalism – Photojournalism
McNeese State University | August 2008 – December 2012 | Lake Charles, LA
Bachelor of Arts – Photography
Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications – Print Journalism
GPA: 3.87 magna cum laude
Photography: Digital and film SLR shooting, lighting and studio, digital editing, darkroom developing
Multimedia: Shooting and editing videos, proficient in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier Pro; recording audio, editing on Adobe Audition
Proficient in: Lightroom/ Photoshop/ InDesign/ WordPress/ News and Feature Writing/ Local and International Reporting/ Longform/ AP Style/ Blogging/ Web Production
Social media expertise: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat
Languages: English, Nepali, Hindi (Basic level Spanish)