People of color share cultural markers they use to remind them of their heritage. They’re confidence-boosters in predominantly white work spaces.
For Elizabeth Campos, 23, journalism is as much a chance to grow as a reporter as it is to grow as a human being.
“Through storytelling, one can become a lot more humble while getting informed and informing other people,” she said.
Though Campos was born in the U.S., she spent most of her childhood in Torreón, Mexico. When she returned at 17, Campos sought to experience both worlds by comparing the two countries’ political systems and media landscapes.
Now she’s a senior at Cal State Long Beach, where she studies journalism and political science and leads her school’s NAHJ chapter.
Campos said her favorite assignment was the first video she ever filmed about an altar at a Day of the Dead event that was created for a man who died. The man was undocumented and died without medical insurance.
“It was just coming out of my comfort zone from every angle you looked at it,” Campos said. “It was a challenge of knowing how to shoot video, but also a challenge of knowing how to approach the family.”
Campos hopes to continue this kind of multimedia storytelling in her career, with an emphasis on social-media video.