Since Sept. 2018, Michaela Román has been living in Salem, Oregon where she is a photojournalist/videographer for the Statesman Journal — a daily newspaper part of the USA Today Network.
Michaela has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, where she majored in Digital Media Production and Multimedia Journalism.
In the summer of 2018 she interned for Soledad O’Brien’s production company Starfish Media Group in New York, New York where she helped research, produce and work on the sets of diverse documentaries. She was also a fellow at the Knight CUNYJ (City University of New York’s) diversity initiative.
Before graduating, Michaela managed the events calendar at the kitsapsun.com. Her association with the Sun began in June, 2017 when she interned at the daily paper in Bremerton, Washington for twelve weeks. There she gained experience working in a newsroom where she was mentored and taught to write more in-depth stories—two of which were picked up by the Associated Press and USA Today. She also practiced visual content including photo galleries, video packages, live videos and working with social media.
As Editor-in-Chief and former photo editor of her student newspaper, The Prospector, she learned to stay organized, manage a staff of writers and photographers, meet deadlines, cover events and network with others.
In 2017, Michaela spent a summer as a production intern at ABC-affiliated KIVA-TV where she learned to write down to the essentials for broadcast segments, cover breaking news and pull stories from national wires.
She also freelanced for various publications and local businesses around El Paso.
Michaela aspires to work as an editor for a large media outlet, work on documentaries and long-form projects and one day go to graduate school to teach photojournalism or journalism ethics.