Because of its proximity to Capitol Hill, the Washington Bureau’s focus centers on the intersection between politics and journalism. Students will explore the relationship between politics and the media and gain a thorough understanding of the responsibility of the news industry as the “fourth estate”.
Nareemah Griffiths is a broadcast media major in her senior year at. Florida International University. She is a first-generation Jamaican-American born and raised in Miami, FL. Her love for music led to her fascination with words, storytelling, and art, essentially causing her to study the power of communication to inform, educate, inspire and entertain people. Initially, writing helped her discover the greatness within herself and now journalism motivates her to explore the potential the world possesses. She believes that journalism has the ability to connect and unify communities using elements of truth, accuracy, and storytelling. Nareemah is looking forward to graduating in May 2019 with her bachelors in communications.
Emma Tejeda is a Digital Media Studies major who hopes to inspire her audience through her work as a journalist. Hoping to one day own a production company where they’ll create content that’s meant to provoke and inspire change. Her main mission is to be a storyteller through different types of media. Emma completing her Bachelor’s degree at FIU, Emma has honed her craft by working as a freelance writer and interning with American Airlines under the Communications Director. Emma has also worked the past year and a half as a news writer for WSVN news, where she started as a web intern writer
Alexis Woodyard is a recent December 2018 graduate from Florida International University who majored in Journalism with a concentration in political science. Growing up in the Washington-Metropolitan area, Alexis’ interest in the fast-pace world of communications as well as politics has always been a passion and was found after interning with the Smithsonian, creating documentaries and showcasing different cultures. Alexis believes that communication plays a major role in today’s political climate and that the news industry is a vital part to preserving America’s democracy.
Patricia Guadalupe is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years covering the nation’s capital. She is a contributing writer for NBC News and its online site NBC Latino, in addition to writing for the nationally distributed Latino Magazine. She also has extensive experience in broadcasting, having worked for WCBS Newsradio in New York City, CBS News’ WTOP Newsradio in Washington, D.C., and as the Washington correspondent for Radio Bilingüe, the only Spanish-language newscast on public radio in the United States, in addition to National Public Radio’s Latino USA, and WKAQ Radio Reloj in Puerto Rico, and was executive producer of a daily news program for AARP and Pacifica Radio. She has contributed to the Washington Post, Univisión, the Hispanic Link News Service, and several publications in Mexico, including El Financiero International Edition, El Heraldo, and La Jornada. She has led classes in writing and reporting and this is her second semester teaching at the FIU Washington Bureau.
She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a Master’s degree from George Washington University. Raised in Puerto Rico, she is fully bilingual and is president of the DC chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in addition to being a member of the National Press Club, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Association of Healthcare Journalists, and the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS).