Valeria Ricciulli-Marín doesn’t have to worry about lighting her video calls from her Lower East Side apartment in Manhattan.
While many people attending this year’s largest gathering of journalists of color are confined to basement offices, dim bedrooms and cramped kitchens, Ricciulli-Marín is soaking in views of New York City’s iconic skyline from the comfort of her balcony.
The 27-year-old bilingual journalist moved from Cartagena, Colombia, to New York to pursue a degree in Communication from Manhattanville College. Soon after, she obtained her master’s degree in Media Management from The New School.
In New York, Ricciulli-Marín has worked at El Diario NY and DNAinfo. She currently works as a reporter for Vox Media’s Curbed NY, covering the city’s booming real estate and housing market.
She is joining the journalism industry at a time when newsrooms are scrambling to include more Latinos of color to their staff to better represent the country’s racial and ethnic makeup.
“I’m proud to be a Latinx journalist because it is so vital for us to have a voice, perspective, and representation in the media — and to be able to tell the stories about our own communities,” she said.
Julian Berger is a junior at the University of North Carolina studying journalism and Hispanic studies. He works as a part-time reporter for La Noticia, a Spanish-language outlet that covers his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Reach him at julianb [at] live [dot] unc [dot] edu and on Twitter @julianrberger.