PressPad

Cofounder - June 2018 - Oct 2020

PressPad is a social enterprise that aims to diversify the media by subsidising one of the main financial obstacles to those trying to enter the profession: the cost of accommodation. We pair young people from across the UK who have an internship in London and other big cities with experienced media professionals who have a spare room for mentorship and hosting – like AirBnB but with great advice thrown in!

Unpaid or poorly paid internships in expensive cities are becoming an inescapable catch-22 for aspiring journalists. PressPad exists to make sure that everyone can afford to enter the industry by providing accessible, affordable and safe accommodation, rewiring currently elitist networks and encouraging media companies to foot the bill so that journalists from all backgrounds can consider a job in the media. Through our grassroots host-mentorship scheme, we aim to motivate the entire journalism community to improve diversity, and in doing so, rebuild trust in the British press.

Why diversity matters

Worldwide Association of Women Writers and Journalists

AMMPE‘s World Congress is coming to London in 2018

I am part of the organising committee in charge of our website, social media presence, and more. Our next Congress is in London on the 6-9 November 2018. Our theme is “Telling the whole story; a complex world needs all its story tellers”. This is a volunteer position where I represent the University of Kent. I am also responsible for our webpage and social media presence.

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Journalism Lecturer – University of Kent

2015 - 2019

I teach camera work, video editing, radio production, interactive online journalism, immersive storytelling and overall multimedia skills.
My work includes running our intern programme at KMTV from scheduling shifts to delivering advanced broadcast journalism skills training and specialist knowledge consulting.
I also supervise 3rd year projects and represent the Centre for Journalism at the University of Kent’s Internationalisation Group and Athena Swan.

I have become responsible for generating and curating content for the Centre for Journalism‘s different social networks. I create and upload promotional and educational Youtube videos as well as tweet from @CFJKent.

I received the Barbara Morris Teaching Prize 2015 and the Seminar Leader Prize 2015 in recognition of my support teaching role at the Centre: from newsdays to #KentExtra courses open to all University of Kent students. some of the most common questions and problems they encounter when working with the different softwares we teach.

 

 


twitter event dPart of the content I create for the Centre’s youtube channel is a series of promotional interviews with alumni who have moved on to work in the industry.


My work also involved creating other promotional videos capturing different activities at the Centre: from newsdays to #KentExtra courses open to all University of Kent students.


Furthermore, I also created online video tutorials for our students answering some of the most common questions and problems they encounter when working with the different softwares we teach.

TV Production - asking for feedback in innovative ways

No Nukes Oral History

The No Nukes Oral History Project  is an archive of interviews and documents chronicling the anti-nuclear power movements in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. I was part of the original news gathering mission in the summer of 2013. My job was to collect audio interviews, archive and take photographs of our interviewees. Now I  help update the website and create social media content to promote the project.



Social Media images made for sharing on Instagram

 

BritMex

BritMex event 2014, Promotional video

BritMex is all about empowering, inspiring & facilitating bi-cultural partnerships amongst future leaders and entrepreneurs.

BritMex aims to ensure that future and current generations of leaders, entrepreneurs and investors from both countries have an opportunity to meet, co-create & learn about entrepreneurship and innovation as a lifestyle choice.

Co-Founders: Cynthia Vega, Laura Vanessa Muñoz, Marianna Lara

Video by: Laura Garcia
Music by: Echelon Effect

Article in “La Silla Rota” by Marianna Lara

http://lasillarota.com/britmex/Marianna-Lara#.U4XHNJRdWmC