About The Reporter
The Reporter is the student newspaper at Miami Dade College.
It was launched on Oct. 4, 2010, features 16 pages printing on a biweekly schedule, has a circulation of 10,250 per print cycle, and is augmented by a website with video and audio content.
The Reporter is distributed at all eight MDC campuses and has newsrooms at the North, Wolfson and Kendall Campuses.
The paper is a product of the three now-defunct student newspapers at MDC.
The Falcon Times was Miami Dade College’s first student newspaper; it served the students at the North Campus, and was launched in 1961. It was followed by the Catalyst in 1966, based at the Kendall Campus. The Downtowner, which served the Wolfson Campus, originated in 1970; It was renamed the Metropolis in 1984.
Prominent alumni of the student newspapers include Pulitzer Prize-winner and author, Liz Balmaseda, Emmy Award-winning CBS4 News anchorman, Eliott Rodriguez, and Miami Herald metro editor, Jay Ducassi.
Through the years, Miami Dade College’s student newspapers have won 21 National Pacemaker Awards and received hundreds of honors from the Florida Community College Press Association.
Its alumni have garnered Pulitzer Prizes and worked at some of the most prestigious newspapers in the United States, among them: USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, The Seattle Times, the Miami Herald and the Chicago Tribune.
All content is produced by MDC students. The Reporter is a public forum of expression.
College Enrollment: 170,000 students annually
Distribution: 10,250 copies
Download our 2014-2015 Media Kit for our publication dates, deadlines and advertising rates.
Manolo Barco, 41, is entering his eighth year as media adviser to Miami Dade College’s student newspaper. Barco has worked as a criminal justice reporter at the Dallas Morning News in Texas and as a staff writer at the Miami Herald. His work has also appeared on the sports pages of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. A graduate of Florida International University and Miami Dade College’s North Campus, Barco served as editor-in-chief of the now-defunct Falcon Times in 1994.
Dina Weinstein, a veteran journalist whose reporting experience includes work at The Trentonian in New Jersey, The Cape Cod Times in Massachusetts and WDIY-FM in Pennsylvania, serves as the newsroom assistant to The Reporter. Weinstein, has taught journalism and mass communications at a number of colleges including Miami Dade College. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Boston University School for the Arts, she is a Boston native.
Daniela Hurtado, 19, is a mass Mass Communications/Journalism major at the Kendall Campus. Hurtado, a 2013 graduate of Ronald W. Reagan Doral Senior High School, will serve as Editor-In-Chief and Briefing Editor for The Reporter during the 2014-2015 school year. She hopes to transfer to the University of Florida or New York University and aspires to work as a broadcast journalist in New York City.
Anadaniela Garcia, 21, is a recent graduate of the Honors College at Wolfson Campus. Garcia, who started as a designer for the The Reporter, will serve as art director during the 2014-2015 school year. She is taking graphic design and art classes during the next academic year before transferring to a four-year degree art university next fall
Angela Delgado, 17, is a student at the School for Advanced Studies at Wolfson Campus. She studied television and film production as well as editing and photography at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School. Delgado will serve as photo editor during the 2014-2015 school year. She plans to use her photography and leadership skills to ensure dynamic photojournalism The Reporter.
A & E Editor
Crystal Esparza, 21, is a student in the School of Entertainment and Design Technology at North Campus. She will serve as A & E Editor of The Reporter during the 2014-015 school year. She is currently pursuing a bachelor of applied science degree in film, television & digital production. Esparza aspires to work as a producer in the mass media industry.
Andres Jimenez, 20, is a civil engineer major at Kendall Campus. Jimenez, a 2013 graduate of Miami Sunset Senior High School, will serve as a Sports Editor and Forum writer for The Reporter during the 2014-15 school year. His interest include analyzing sports, running and cycling.
Gregory Castillo, 23, is a Mass Communications/Journalism major at Kendall Campus. Castillo was a founding member of The Reporter and will serve as a senior photographer for the paper during the 2014-15 school year. Castillo has been a photo intern at The Miami Herald, The Dallas Morning News and WLRN.
Irma Gutiérrez Sánchez
Irma Gutiérrez Sánchez, 25, is an art and photography major at the Kendall Campus. She is serving in her second year as photographer for The Reporter. Sanchez, a recipient of the Frances Wolfson Art Scholarship for the 2012-2013 school year, was part of the first graduating class at Robert Morgan Educational Center high school. She aspires to be a photographer for a major magazine publication
Pia Molina, 19, is a Mass Communications/Journalism major at the Wolfson Campus. Molina, a 2013 graduate of Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High School, will serve as a staff writer for The Reporter during the 2014-15 school year. Molina aspires to one day become a communications officer for a non-government organization.
Claudia Nieves, 29, is studying EAP classes Wolfson Campus. Nieves, who will serve as an illustrator for The Reporter this year, is a graduate of the San Alejandro National School of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba. In addition, she has worked at the Cuban Institute of Radio and TV in their animation studio, and also as a children's books illustrator at Gente Nueva Editorial.
House Ads Designer
Alexander Rey, 33, is a graphic design major at the Kendall Campus. He is serving his second year as house ads designer for The Reporter. Rey was born in Cuba. He migrated to the United States at the age of 26 where he became fascinated with advertisements. Rey aspires to become an art director in the future.
Tomás Monzón, 20, is a Mass Communications/Journalism major in the Honors College at the Wolfson Campus. Monzón, a 2012 graduate of South Miami Senior High, writes news and forum pieces for The Reporter. His interests include computer infrastructure, sustainability, and jazz music.
Isabel Logins, 18, is a Mass Communications/Journalism major at Wolfson Campus. She will serve as a briefing writer for The Reporter during the 2014-15 school year. Logins aspires to be a news anchor for a major news station or for the Florida Panthers hockey team. Her interests include reporting, playing the piano and writing music.
Nicolette Perdomo, 18, is a Mass Communications/Journalism major in the Honors College at Kendall Campus. Perdomo was home schooled and earned high her high school diploma in 2013. She will serve as a staff writer for The Reporter during the 2014-2015 school year. She aspires to become a broadcast journalist.
Victoria Fregoso, 18, is a photography and hospitality major at the Kendall Campus. This is her second semester on The Reporter as a staff photographer. A 2012 graduate from Saint Brendan Catholic High School, she hopes to continue on to get her bachelor’s degree in photography and master’s degree in fine arts, with aspirations to work for National Geographic as a photojournalist.
Amanda Linares, 25, is taking EAP classes at Kendall Campus. Linares, who will serve as an illustrator and photographer this year, is a graduate of The San Alejandro National School of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba and she was also a student at The Higher Institute of Art in Cuba.
Zenaida Duarte, 23, is a photographic technology major at Wolfson Campus. She will serve her second year as a photographer for The Reporter. Durate, a 2008 graduate of Miami High Senior High School, aspires to be a photographer for Vogue Magazine.
Yankel Amarante, 1, is a Mass Communications/Journalism major in the Honors College at the Wolfson Campus. Amarante, a 2013 graduate from Ronald Reagan Doral Senior High School, will serve as designer for The Reporter during the 2014-15 school year.
Karen La Spina
Karen La Spina, is a film production major in the School of Entertainment and Media Production. La Spina’s focus is to draw out the beauty of human interconnection through visual storytelling. Merging her experience as a freelance photographer and videographer, with an aesthetic eye for production design, La Spina aims to document events forThe Reporter
Isaac Gomez, 19, is a Mass Communications/Journalism major at Kendall Campus. Gomez, a 2013 graduate of Coral Gables Senior High, writes sports for The Reporter. His interests include studying film, free writing and running.
Banesa Santamaria, 21, is a physical therapy major at MDC Wolfson Campus. Santamaria is a staff writer for The Reporter, she aspires to be a journalist that will captivate college students with articles about music, art, and entertainment.
Johanna Piard, 18, is pursuing a bachelor’s in English Literature/ English Education with a minor in communications at the Wolfson Campus. Piard will serve as astaff writer at The Reporter for the 2014-2015 school year. She plans to use her experience at The Reporter as a stepping stone to a career as a book editor for a publishing firm.
Brayan Vazquez, 19, is computer science and computer network major at North Campus. Vazquez will serve as a forum writer and photographer for The Reporter during the 2014-2015 school year. He aspires to be a tech-based entrepreneur and revolutionize the way kids learn in this new technological era.
Santiago Tobar Potes
Santiago Tobar Potes, 17, is a junior at the School for Advanced Studies, and a first-year Biochemistry and Economics major at Wolfson Campus. He will serve as writer in the a forum and briefing sections. When he is not conducting microbiological research, practicing violin, interning, studying, or attending his beloved CrossFit class, you can probably find Santiago biking through Key Biscayne. Santiago speaks fluent English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and is dabbling in Mandarin.
Peter Ohanik Kiliddjian
Peter Ohanik Kiliddjian, 18, is a journalism/art major in The Honors College at Wolfson Campus. Kiliddjian will serve as a photographer for The Reporter during the 2014-15 school year.
Azucena Torres, 19, is a philosophy and literature major at Wolfson Campus. Torres, a 2014 graduate of Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School, will serve as a designer for The Reporter during the 2014-15 school year.
Kathleen B. Stebbins
Kathleen Stebbins, 25, is a Mass Communications/Journalism major at North Campus. Stebbins, a 2007 graduate of Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School, will serve as a staff writer in the A/E section and an illustrator for the paper during the 2014-15 school year.
Erik Jimenez, 18, is a film major at North Campus. A 2014 graduate of Monsignor Edward Pace High School, Jimenez will write in the A/E section, mostly about the film industry, for The Reporter during the 2014-15 school year. His interests include film history and filmmaking. Jimenez plans to have a career making films or writing about them.
Vanessa Soler, 28, is an English major at Kendall Campus. Soler, a graduate of G. Holmes Braddock Sr. High, will serve as a columnist for The Reporter during the 2014-2015 school year. Her interests include running, travel writing, design and music. She intends to pursue a law degree.
Amanda Bazil, 19, is a Mass Communications/Journalism major at North Campus. Bazil, a 2014 graduate of Alonzo and Tracey Mourning Senior High, will serve as a staff writer and columnist for The Reporter during the 2014-15 school year. She aspires to work as broadcast journalist. Her hobbies include writing and reading eclectic novels.
Jonel Juste, 34, is a Haitian-born journalist and writer. Juste, who earned a journalism degree in Haiti, serves as a columnist for The Reporter . He completed the REVEST program at Miami Dade College and is now majoring in Mass Communications\Journalism. From 2007 to 2011, he worked as editor-in-chief of the monthly French-language, Views of Haiti and the daily news website Haiti Press Network. In 2011, after moving to the US, Juste worked for the Haitian American news website Haiti Sentinel. Since 2013, he has hosted a monthly sociocultural rubric in Le Floridien, a Haitian American newspaper. As a writer, he published the poem book Carrefour de Nuit (Crossroad) in 2012 and Joseph, Prince d’Egypte (Joseph, Prince of Egypt) in 2013.
Valerio Boccitto, 20, is a mass communication/ journalism major at MDC’s Wolfson Campus. He will serve as a columnist for The Reporter during the 2014-15 school year. Boccitto graduated high school from San Ignacio de Loyola School in Caracas, Venezuela in 2012. His interests include food criticism, opinion writing and editing.
Hector Gonzalez, 33, is returning to Miami Dade College where he will be pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Film at the North Campus. He will serve as a photographer and staff writer for the paper this year. Gonzalez obtained his Associate Degree in Mass Communications during the 2011-2012 school year while serving as Sports Editor for The Reporter. He earned the Best Sports Story award from the Florida College System Activities Association in 2011. He has also worked as freelance sports writer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald.