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Welcome to my #journalistlife

Hi – I’m Michelle and welcome to my blog, where I’ll be posting updates on my life as a student journalist.

As you look through my posts, you’ll find columns, videos, radio recordings, articles and even breaking news pieces on various different topics. You’ll occasionally also find graphics, along with some of my work in the book publishing industry.

I’ve been dabbling in storytelling since I can remember, first as an avid book reader and then as a writer, scribbling ideas, comics and novels in journals.

By the time I entered middle school, I knew I wanted to be an author. By the time I left middle school, I knew I wanted to be a journalist. Once I graduated high school, I had a published novel under my belt and was 100 percent confident I would be a journalist, even if my shyness sometimes made me think otherwise.

Today, I’m the Editor-in-Chief of FIU Student Media’s PantherNOW, which means I oversee PantherNOW.com, PantherNOW TV and PantherNOW’s news magazine.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still shy. I just lock it inside and throw away the key when I wear my reporter hat. It’s easier said than done at times but I always do it, because you know, deadline is deadline.

I have Student Media to thank for that. I’ve been with them since I was a freshman; I’m now a senior majoring in broadcast journalism, with a minor in English and a certificate in film studies. I’ve held various positions there from columnist to copy editor, including leadership roles such as Opinion Director and News Director before becoming editor. I even served as a radio talk show host on PantherNOW’s student-run radio station The Roar.

If you’re curious about seeing my best work, then you’ll want to visit my portfolio website. If not, just go ahead and start scrolling to see what I’ve been up to. You can also subscribe to receive notifications directly to your email so you can always stay up-to-date about my journey.

[VIDEO] City of Miami voters say no to strong mayor referendum

The 2018 Florida Midterm Elections have finished and the votes are in. Voters in the City of Miami have said no to one of the most controversial local items on their ballot: the strong mayor referendum. Check out the video above to learn more.

Job Roles: Reporter, Videographer, Editor

So, what do you think about a strong mayor form of government? Let me know in the comments below!

 

VIDEO: Talking Social Media with PantherNOW Editor-in-Chief Michelle Marchante

#ThursdayThrowback to when FIU’s Social Media Association interviewed me in the summer about PantherNOW’s social media strategy.

So used to being the reporter, it was strange being on the other side of the interview, but it was a lot of fun!

Thank you to FIU’S SMA for featuring me as part of their #WeAreFIU video series and to their member Michael Alard for filming and editing this interview!

List of every early voting location in Miami-Dade & Broward County

Early voting will be taking place from Monday, Oct. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 4, in Miami-Dade & Broward County. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Use the map I created below to find the closest polling location to you. Click the icon on the top left to search for specific sites in each county.

Note: This map was used in an article about early voting for FIU Student Media PantherNOW on Monday, Oct. 22.

Florida’s Supreme Court has overturned a lower court’s ruling regarding three bundled amendments, ordering that they remain on the ballot in the upcoming midterm elections.

Florida Supreme Court rules on bundled amendments

Florida’s Supreme Court has overturned a lower court’s ruling regarding three bundled amendments, ordering that they remain on the ballot in the upcoming midterm elections.
This article was published in FIU Student Media’s PantherNOW on Monday, Oct. 22. Feature Image courtesy of Google Earth.

Michelle Marchante/Editor-in-Chief

Florida’s Supreme Court has overturned a lower court’s ruling regarding three bundled amendments, ordering that they remain on the ballot in the upcoming midterm elections.

The ruling comes after former Florida Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Anstead and former Elections Commissioner Robert J. Barnas sued the state for allowing the Constitution Revision Commission to place bundled amendments in this year’s ballot.

A bundle amendment will require voters to say “yes” or “no” to two or more topics that may or may not be related.

Their lawsuit alleged that the CRC violated the First Amendment and Section 101.161 (1) of the Florida Statutes when it placed “independent and unrelated proposals” together in Amendments 7, 9 and 11, according to their attorney Joseph Little.

To read the full article, please click here.

VIDEO: Inside Look to Florida’s 2018 Midterm Elections: Bundled Amendments

A legal battle is brewing in Florida’s capitol weeks before November’s midterm elections, with a former Florida Supreme Court Justice suing the state for placing bundled amendments in this year’s ballot. 

Job Roles: Producer, Reporter, Videographer and Editor

Check out the video and let me know in the comments below what you think about having bundled amendments on the ballot.

NOTE: This video was created a few days before Florida’s Supreme Court made a decision on Wednesday, Oct. 17. You can read my update here.

 

 

 

Student Media was counting down the days until the University’s 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety report was released because we knew it would be key to helping us create this week’s theme section.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Everything you need to know about campus safety

Student Media was counting down the days until the University’s 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety report was released because we knew it would be key to helping us create this week’s theme section.
This Editor’s Note was published in PantherNOW’s magazine on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Graphic by Michelle Marchante/PantherNOW

Michelle Marchante is the Editor-in-Chief of FIU Student Media PantherNOWMichelle Marchante/Editor-in-Chief

Student Media was counting down the days until the University’s 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety report was released because we knew it would be key to helping us create this week’s theme section.

Pictured below is the cover of PantherNOW’s “Campus Safety” themed magazine, featuring Sam, one of FIU’s police dogs and social media superstars. If you want to read more about what’s in this magazine, click here to read my Editor’s Note.

Campus Safety
Cover Design by Michelle Marchante/PantherNOW. Cover Photo by Gerard Albert III/PantherNOW.

 

This year, Student Media is participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a national campaign led by the United States Department of Labor during October that focuses on raising awareness about “disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities,” according to their website.

EDITOR’S NOTE: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This year, Student Media is participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a national campaign led by the United States Department of Labor during October that focuses on raising awareness about “disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities,” according to their website.
This Editor’s Note was published on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in PantherNOW magazine. Graphic by Michelle Marchante/PantherNOW.

Michelle Marchante is the Editor-in-Chief of FIU Student Media PantherNOW

Michelle Marchante/Editor-in-Chief

This year, Student Media is participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a national campaign led by the United States Department of Labor during October that focuses on raising awareness about “disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities,” according to their website.

Pictured below is the cover of PantherNOW’s “Redefining Disability” themed magazine. If you want to read more about what’s in this magazine, click here to read my Editor’s Note.

This week's magazine theme focuses on the words "Redefining Disabilities."
Cover Design by Michelle Marchante/PantherNOW. Illustration by Guido Gonzalez/PantherNOW.