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 19 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 Dallas Morning News, 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
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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.
Mark Pulaski, 27, is pursuing a bachelor of applied science degree in Film, Television & Digital Production in the School of Entertainment & Design Technology at the North Campus. He is currently serving as the editor-in-chief of The Reporter in addition to overseeing the A&E section and the multimedia department.
Anadaniela Garcia, 20, 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.
Ingrid Ochoa-Odon, 20, is a journalism major at Kendall Campus. Ochoa, a 2013 graduate of Ronald W. Reagan Doral/Senior High School will serve as sports editor for The Reporter during the 2014-2015 school year. Ochoa-Odon hopes to transfer to the University of Florida and one day write for the NFL or ESPN magazine.
Daniela Hurtado, 19, is a mass communications and journalism major at the Kendall Campus. Hurtado, a 2013 graduate of Ronald W. Reagan Doral Senior High School, will serve as briefing editor and a news writer 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.
Tomás Monzón, 20, is a 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.
Gregory Castillo, 22, 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 and The Dallas Morning News.
Gutiérrez Sánchez, Irma
Irma Gutiérrez Sánchez, 24, 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 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 2013-14 school year. Molina aspires to one day become a communications officer for a non-government organization.
Claudia Nieves, 28, 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.
Stephanie Fernandez, 21, is a mass communications major at Kendall Campus. Fernandez, a 2012 graduate of Miami Coral Park Senior High School, will serve as a staff writer for The Reporter during the 2014-15 school year. She plans to transfer to Florida International University and major in communications with a minor in psychology.
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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.
Rafael Tur, 24, is a jounalism major at MDC Wolfson Campus. He specializes in political and satirical columns as well as writing arts & entertainment critiques and news articles. Tur was an inaugural staff writer for The Reporter. His interests include music, food and bodybuilding.
Akeem Brunson, 24, is a bachelor of applied science major in Film, Television, & Digital Production in the School of Entertainment & Design Technology at North Campus. Brunson, a 2007 graduate of Miami Carol City Senior High School will serve as a multimedia reporter for the paper during the 2013-14 school year. He has previously interned atHip Hop WeeklyMagazine, freelanced for theRiver Cities Gazette, andserved as multimedia editor for The Reporter. Brunson is currently a part-time video editor for the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
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.
Carel Lajara, 20, is a mass communications/journalism major at Wolfson Campus. Lajara, who will serve as a staff writer for The Reporter during the 2013-14 school year, is a 2011 graduate of Hialeah Gardens High School. She aspires to write for a travel magazine.
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.
Veronica Peron, 21, is pursuing a bachelor of applied science degree in Film, Television & Digital Production in the School of Entertainment & Design Technology at North Campus. Peron, a 2010 graduate of Doral Academy Preparatory High School, will serve as a videographer and writer in the A/E section of The Reporter during the 2013-2014 school year; she aspires to intern with the Miami Heat media department and be a sports camera operator in the future.
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, 18, 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 writer in the briefing section of The Reporter during the 2013-14 school year.
La Spina, Karen
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
Juan Ruiz, 19, is a communications/ mass media major at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. Ruiz, a 2013 graduate of Christopher Columbus High School, writes sports news for The Reporter. His interests include running, writing and electronic dance music.
Isaac Gomez, 19, is a journalism major at the Miami Dade 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.
Giancarlo Barrios, 18, is a student at the Honors College at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. He is studying graphic art and aspires to be a freelance graphic designer. Barrios plans to use his artistic and visionary skills to provide illustrations for The Reporter.
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.