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Marina Zapata-Valenzuela
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  • Santa Monica, CA
  • United States
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about me
My name is Marina Valenzuela and I writing to express my interest in a position where I can put to work my Journalism and Marketing skills as well as my Bilingual and Bi-Culture abilities after living in the United States of America for more that 20 years, without neglecting my original Hispanic roots.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the Venezuelan Catholic University (Jesuit Congregation) a world wide recognized institution. I considered myself perfect bilingual (Spanish-English) not only in the language but in the culture.

Also, I have a strong background experience as a journalist. I began developing my experience as a journalist even before getting my credentials and diploma. During my second year of my career, (5 years in total), I knocked the doors of the most prestigious and recognized media in Venezuela, looking to work as an intern. I knew then and I still believe now that accumulating experience and doing networking are the keys to success in a career. I was persistent and determined, so I got my first experience as a journalist (radio reporter) at Radio Rumbos, the second most recognized radio station in Latino America (first one is Radio Caracol in Colombia). I performed with them as an intern for 6 months and then I was hired to work as a reporter. Later on, when I came to live to the States I worked for them as a correspondent.

Through the years of my studies, I wrote articles for two magazines in Venezuela: "Deportes" and "Elite". The first one, Deportes, was about sports and as I am a fencer I wrote articles and interviews about that sport only: Fencing. The "Elite" covered social, politics and economic national issues. Also, Elizabeth Rama and I, director of Radio Rumbos newscast, founded the company called "Ser Imagen". "Ser Imagen" provided assistance in Communications and Public Relations to promote the private and public enterprises in the country. This one had been one of the best professional experiences in my life. We practically worked out of the car. Our best friend was our type writer (laptops did not exist at the time). At Ser Imagen, I worked as a Journalist and my responsibilities were to promoted SER IMAGEN to the CEOs of the companies. Obtained complete information about the clients needs, demands, and requirements. Set up objectives, defined the problems, planned the strategies, and wrote press releases to be announced in the different media. Also, I planned and guided press conferences.

In 1988, I moved to the United States and I resided in Dallas, Texas. As soon as I arrived to Dallas I was hired to worked as an Assignment Editor of the Newscast at Univision, the largest Spanish television network in the United States. I helped create the news department at this young and up-coming Spanish speaking local TV Station. T

My experience in KRVA radio first as an assistant for the General Sales Manager, Fernando Gonzalez, and then as an Account Executive, helped me to develop my marketing skills. I can now write different from regular journalism staff and do those types of writing that sell.

My break-ing in television in front of the cameras as a host and senior producer of the first bilingual syndicated television show in the nation was with the "De Todo Un Poco" program. For the first time in my working career, I had personnel under my care as well as clients, guests and advertising agencies. This show not only demanded to analysis the competition, gather information, rewriting print and wires news copy, but also to develop local and national news stories related to artist, musicians, singers and experts in different fields and innovative and marketable segments.

After working for Hispanic Television for more than 5 years, I developed myself as an Independent Broadcast Producer creating new television and radio shows and maintaining my own clientele.
what is your current, past or ideal job title?
At the present time, I act as a Media Publicist for AudioGraph International an Audio Engineering Education Center that provides intensive training programs, conferences and seminars for aspiring and experienced MIDI-Audio professionals in both English and Spanish. At AudioGraph International, I develop and coordinate conferences, seminars and technical presentations. Develop and maintain a relationship between the media and the school. Also, I create new marketable ways and tools to attract potential clients and media interest. Our most recent project is "CONNEXT" the Professional HD Audio Conference that will take place at the Million Dollar Theater (over 2K seats) in Downtown Los Angeles. The different media (print, radio and TV) is showing interest in being part of this event.
what languages do you speak?
what countries have you lived in?
England, United States, and Venezuela.
what's your Hispanic connection?
The Media.
where did you learn about nshp.org?

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At 12:03am on June 16, 2010, Steven (Esteban) Solis said…
Hola Mariana!

This is great as I've always wanted to join a Hispanic group.
It's so nice to meet you & Thanks for adding me to your new NSHP Network...You have an impressive resume. I look forward to networking with all of you.


Steven (Estevan)
At 2:56pm on April 7, 2009, Marilia Pimenta said…
Hi Marina,it's great what you do to help people to grow the Business. Please let me know how can i be a better help for you!
Take care,
Marilia Pimenta
At 11:33am on April 6, 2009, Marilia Pimenta said…
Hi Marina and thank you!
You ask me how i help people save money?By let them know that we have a choice to change our electric provider , by doing this they are saving ever month on they own electric bill,and make money on hundred,thausands more. But the beautiful of all this , it;s that we all can make money with electricit.For you undertand how i do it my web page explain all
Thank you , and by the way you have a impressive profile!
At 1:44pm on February 26, 2009, Marie Castro said…
Oh by the way I am off from school the whole month of July and my daughter with her dad that whole month too, so that would be perfect timing!
At 10:14am on February 20, 2009, Elliott Rene said…
Hi Marina,
Great Resume!!!It's such a great pleasure meeting you, & thanks for adding me to your NSHP Network...I often use freelance writers for hispanic projects...would you mind if I considered you for our next one? It's always good to network, right? God Bless!!
At 9:12am on February 20, 2009, Marie Castro said…
great! Keep me posted!
At 10:10am on February 19, 2009, Marie Castro said…
I lived in santa ana, ca back in 2004.
At 10:09am on February 19, 2009, Marie Castro said…
Yes i have made many contacts since being on this site, I am not in any one position but I am in school full time so thats a job in itself. I have met some wonderful people off of here and great job contacts. Lets try getting together when you come or join the DFW chapter! We would love to meet you.
At 11:56am on February 18, 2009, Marie Castro said…
welcome to NSHP!! Wow! great profile! God bless!

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