The Digital Journalist: ‘It’s Like My Paintbrush’

The Digital Journalist: ‘It’s Like My Paintbrush’
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Sandra Gonzalez, Serbino Sandifer-Walker, Mara Schiavocampo, Blayne Alexander


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Sandra Gonzalez of WGNO-TV in New Orleans, La. knows how to tell a story. The veteran journalist has been at it for two decades and can’t imagine doing anything else. Except one day, her TV boss came to her, gave her a camera and said go find the stories, alone. She was 43-years-old and she hasn’t looked back since because to Sandra being a digital journalist is not any old job. I moderated an NABJ session in New Orleans where Sandra was a panelist. She explained to me her job is like having a paintbrush in hand everyday. And everyday she’s determined to paint a Picasso.

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