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January 2017: CCI Profiles

Kristin Luna

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Kristin Luna (BS/JEM ’06) is featured in the “6 Big Orange Rabbit Holes” story in the current issue of Torchbearer magazine for her blog, Camels & Chocolate. Luna’s blog has been featured in publications like Redbook, Glamour, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living among others. She writes about a number of topics including travel, home renovations and the adventures of her dog, Ella.

Her freelance and writing work has been included in magazines such as Nashville Lifestyles, PEOPLE, Food & Wine, Inc. and Entrepreneur. She credits her experiences at UT with helping her achieve her career goals. “If you think going to journalism school at a public institution won’t afford you the possibility of a career in magazines, I challenge you to reconsider,” said Luna. “My two years at UT were exactly what I needed to kickstart my career, and I am grateful for all my talented professors who sculpted and honed my writing skills.”

 
Mike Martinez

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JEM Assistant Professor Michael Martinez was interviewed by Olivier Laurent of TIME magazine for a story, “The Case for Donald Trump’s Official White House Photographer.” During the interview, Martinez pointed out the history and importance of appointing and providing broad access to a professional photographer to document a presidential administration. He noted some of the critical moments missed in the past, such as failure to photographically document the Cuban Missile Crisis, because an official White House photographer had not been appointed.

Martinez spent 26 years as a photojournalist, graphics editor and web producer. He worked at the Associated Press in New York, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Detroit News, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He covered two Olympics for the AP and worked for four Olympic Organizing Committees.

His first-hand photographic documentation of real-time, history-making events provides him with a unique perspective regarding the skills needed for covering the presidency. This past summer, Martinez used his Dean’s Summer Research Grant to conduct archival research at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California and the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. He also recorded an oral history with Eric Draper, President George W. Bush’s personal photographer. This allowed him to complete the final segment of a much larger project studying the images and memories of presidents from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama through the eyes of their personal photographers. To read the TIME article, see http://time.com/4637153/trump-inauguration-white-house-photographer/.

 
Claudio Coco

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JEM student Claudio Coco is a member of the UT volleyball team and worked during the fall as an intern with VFL Films, the official film production team for Tennessee athletics. Like many student athletes, Coco has learned that she can’t procrastinate if she wants to effectively manage her school work, sports commitments and internships.

Coco is a junior from the Atlanta, Georgia area. As a result of being a high school all-American, honor roll student and captain of her team, she was a highly recruited player coming out of high school.

Currently Coco is an intern for WBIR-TV in Knoxville. She hopes to one day work for the SEC Network or ESPN. Her broadcast video composite can be viewed at http://www.claudiacoco.com/resume-reel.html.