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Amanda Hernández

Amanda Hernández

Amanda Hernández

Journalism & Information Science / Silver Spring, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
I enrolled at the University of Maryland to prepare myself for a career in data and graphics journalism as well as UI/UX design.


What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I plan to pursue a career in data and graphics journalism with a focus in UI/UX design. I found my passions through classes in both of my majors. I’m also specializing in investigative reporting and data science, so that also influenced my expected career path.


Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
Outside of class, I’m mainly involved in The Diamondback, which is the university’s independent student newspaper. At The Diamondback, I work as an assistant news editor and DBK en español editor. In previous years, I was a staff writer and reported on the student government and issues related to justice, equity and identity. I’m also working on getting a collegiate chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists reinstated within the journalism school. And lastly, I’m also a member of InfoSci Fi, a professional development club that aims to elevate minorities in the information science field.


Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I earned my citation from the College Park Scholars Media, Self, and Society program in May 2021. I genuinely enjoyed being in the program and learned so much from the director, Alison Burns. She truly inspired me to keep working toward my journalistic dreams and continues to be one of my favorite mentors.


Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to create meaningful and lasting relationships with diverse people of all backgrounds.


What are your future goals after graduation?
I would like to start my career and will potentially go back for my master’s degree. Now that Merrill College and the iSchool have teamed up to offer a master’s degree in data journalism, I will most likely return to UMD.

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