The Radio Television Digital News Foundation today named Isabella Barnet the 2020 Mike Reynolds Scholar.
Isabella Barnet is a junior studying Telecommunication and Psychology at the University of Florida. She is a multimedia journalist who acquired her love for storytelling as a newsroom director at her high school’s first broadcasting program, and continued with her passion as an independent reporter in Gainesville, Florida. At UF, Isabella has become heavily involved with the institution’s Hispanic Student Association as their media director by working to highlight the unheard stories of the Hispanic community. As a one-man band, Isabella is working to produce a short film that brings together all of these untold stories in order to submit for film festivals in 2021. Apart from reporting on the Hispanic community, she aspires to continue working in documentary filmmaking in order to speak up for voiceless communities around the nation.
To get to know Isabella, we asked her, What's your dream job in journalistm? She said:
For as much I love the thrill of reporting on breaking news and local community stories, I truly dream of working in narrative filmmaking. This unique form of journalism not only encompasses my love for storytelling, but my love for the camera. Journalism is not just advocacy and writing, but a special form of art - without documentary filmmaking, we would not be able to understand the true depth of our words without seeing images through a camera lens. I aspire to work for an independent film company that uses journalism’s principles t or as a traveling journalist to share real life stories.
About the Mike Reynolds Scholarship
Mike Reynolds, who died in 1988 of a brain tumor at age 45, was assignment editor and then managing editor at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, IA. This scholarship is awarded to a journalism student with a good writing ability, excellent grades, a dedication to the news business, strong interest in pursuing a career in electronic journalism and a demonstrated need for financial assistance.
The recipient of the Mike Reynolds Scholarship will receive $1,000.
About RTDNF Scholarships and Fellowships
The 2020 scholarship and fellowship class is RTDNF’s 50th class of scholars and fellows. Since 1970, RTDNF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and fellowships to more than 500 young journalists as part of its mission as the educational arm of RTDNA. Recipients have gone on enjoy careers from reporter, anchor, and news director to White House speechwriter, media regulatory attorney, and journalism educator. Several have served as RTDNA board members and many are Murrow Award winners. Make a difference for the next generation of journalists today.