My name is Mariana Castilho de Souza Rogedo. I’m a publicist and journalist from Brazil. I have been living in the United States since 2006.
I got my first degree as a publicist in 2000 and that time, I realize that I didn’t want to work with advertisement. I started to study journalism before I received my degree as a publicist and I felt in love with journalism.
I started to work with communication in general very young. I was 15 years – old when I started to organized big concerts for 5 thousand of people to 20 thousand of people. I guess, because of that experience, I decided to study advertisement. What I didn’t know that time was I would get disappointed with the environment after while.
When I was studying advertisement, I had few disciplines related with television and because of that I started to work with television. I worked for a while in a program about movies doing everything like interview, edition, filming, etc. That time I worked also at cinematography lab at my university. In 2002, I got my degree in journalism and I started to work for my University at communication department as a journalist, doing interviews, writing for the website, newsletter, local newspaper, making realeases, taking photograph and making institutional videos – (Pontificia Catolic University – bigger than UC Berkeley – it was 54 thousand of students / 8 campus).
In 2006, I decided to come to the United States to study English and I’m still doing that. Every semester I do take one class to improve my English skill but I’m also taking Spanish and multimedia / business / communication / arts because I think it’s important to be connected with my old major – Journalism.
In Brazil I had Orkut, which is kind of Facebook. That was my first experience with social network. Here in the United States, I created my account on Facebook because that was my way to keep in touch with so many international students I met since I’m here. I also took newspaper production class last semester and I really enjoyed it, especially because I had few articles published on Laney Tower newspaper. That experience of publishing my articles make me feel happy of doing journalism again. I’m taking JOURN65 to keep improving my skills as a Journalist.