Julian Berger is a junior majoring in Media and Journalism with a minor in Latino/a Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Journalism has been a passion of Julian’s since he was in grade school. As a child he was captivated by sharing news with the public, specifically telling the stories of minorities in the United States – being Hispanic himself. In the 10th grade, he created his own news website titled Noticias de la Nueva Generación. He used the website platform to produce short news video segments. His experience with the creation of NNG allowed me to connect with other journalists such as Sarah Batista of WBTV, Ken Lemon of WSOC-TV, and Gio Benitez of ABC News.
During Julian’s time in 12th grade, he had an active role as an intern at Stories to Inspire Films, created by former journalist, Sarah Batista. He aided in the production of a documentary titled She Flew the Coop as well as managed social media accounts, logged interviews, and worked collaboratively to plan monthly “meet-ups” for She Flew the Coop project.
Julian’s journalism experience in high school led him to become an assured admission student at the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During this past year, he has been active in the MJ school’s daily news shows, Carolina Now and Carolina Ahora. He has been responsible for producing as well as occasionally anchoring each show. In the Spring 2019 semester, he received the peer-nominated MVP award for my dedication and work within both shows.
In the summer of 2019, Julian was a Digital Media Intern at La Noticia, a Spanish-language newspaper located in Charlotte, North Carolina. He aided in publishing pre-written content onto their website as well as scheduling posts on social media. He also published an article for the newspaper about the recent unrest within Puerto Rico’s government. In the spring of 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, Julian was hired again by La Noticia as a full-time reporter. Each week, he covers a variety of topics relating to the Latinx community in North Carolina.
After graduating from college, Julian would like to become a TV news reporter or anchor, covering news involving the Latinx community.