I started my career at a young age selected from a field of 100 applicants to develop, produce and present an original television program that focused on world events, art and culture. Each show incorporated previously recorded material; live interviews and performances; direct feeds; and viewer-generated, interactive multi-media content. In 2 years, my team and I produced more than 600 episodes of ‘Na Pilha’.
This first experience provided me with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of video production, including operating a range of video recording and editing devices. I also acquired valuable research and written skills and the ability to analyze and integrate information from varied sources. The project gave me the opportunity to use early developments in multimedia technology and social media.
The success of the first program allowed me to develop a second project addressing feminine issues for the same network, RBS TV. The weekly spot focused on empowerment of women and consisted of a series of interviews and special reports on health, education and world events.
A growing interest in hard news allowed me to be transferred to London to focus on an independent project in conjunction with GLOBO’s London News Bureau. From the original concept, to the filming of each interview, researching the archives and editing the final material, I was singularly responsible for the feature-length documentary that looks at the first 20 years of Brazilian international news coverage.
Following that experience, I was hired by SBT (the Brazilian System of Television) as a European Correspondent based in Paris. Responsible for production, writing, camera work and editing, I reported on politics, social events and culture.
A year later I joined Globo News as their Paris/London correspondent. Once again, I found myself in charge of all stages of production (filming, writing and editing) in the development of news stories, features and documentaries for local, national and international broadcast.
Shortly thereafter, I joined the international news channel France 24 where I have been given the opportunity of doing more than my title required: I have filmed and edited reports; I have written and presented human-interest spots and analytical stories in live bulletins; I have coordinated the production ofspecial shows abroad (field producer); and I have had the opportunity to direct the control room in live news bulletins as well as in pre-recorded segments. These experiences served to reinforce my technical abilities; writing skills; and the capacity of working in a team as well as independently.
One of the highlights of my work in France 24 was the assignment in Egypt during the recent popular uprising. As the field producer in charge of a team of 5, I was sent to coordinate the production of a series of 3 programs (in 2 languages) about the Egyptian democratic revolution. Against the backdrop of a strong (and sometimes violent) popular movement, I demonstrated planning skills and ability to coordinate the work of others, meeting deadlines and handling multiple concurrent projects. And because of the evolving nature of the story, we were also asked to adapt to unexpected events.
The prime time program ‘The France 24 Debate’ has been my focus for the last year. I have grown proud of the way my team has worked together to transform the program from a talk-show into a provocative, well-illustrated, fast-paced panel. Responsible for a full hour of the channel’s programming, I have learned to work under pressure and respect time constraints. I have also proven my ability to coordinate the challenging aspects of live broadcast.
Alongside the Debate, I was given responsibility to produce a show dedicated to emerging trends in technology. ‘Tech 24’ has given me the opportunity to fully understand the value of social media and its impact on communication. In charge of a team of 4, I coordinate the entire process of production (from research to final edit) and oversee the content selection and well as the implementation of special media campaigns.
In parallel to my responsibilities at France 24, I have also been working as a part-time correspondent for the UN Radio. Bringing a multimedia approach to every story I cover, I joined their Portuguese Service a year and a half ago. Integrating video to enrich the radio reports I have added a new dimension to the coverage of UN events and campaigns. And the experience has provided me with a solid understanding of the UN system.