We are a group of student videographers, web designers and developers, reporters and faculty brought together by a common goal: to share the voices of Cuba’s youth.
We are a part of an annual project by UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism. In past projects, students have reported across five continents and produced award-winning multimedia work. As students, we’re learning the rewards and challenges of reporting on different cultures; as journalists, we are working as a team to tell the stories that are shaping the globe.
Fidel Castro’s death and normalizing relations with the United States have fostered an openness that Cuba hasn’t seen in decades. This wave of change is overtaking the country, and while the population is aging, it is the young Cubans who will determine the nation’s future as it finds its place on the global stage. We bring you their stories.
Tap on a photo to learn more about each team member.
Ben developed a passion for photo-video during his several years overseas working in disaster relief. He will use his new skills to return to the nonprofit sector when he graduates in December.
Nicole is a senior editing and graphic design student with a knack for speaking Spanish. As a visual critic she hopes to bring unexpected perspectives to life through meaningful design.
Kate is a web developer who loves solving problems, exploring new places, and petting every cat she sees.
MC is a senior advertising major and Spanish minor, dabbling with studio art and graphic design in her free time. She draws inspiration from her travels, music, and the stories of other humans around her.
Mary Claire Brogden|
Lindsay (c/o 2017) thinks a lot about big datasets and small newsrooms. She was a data visualization fellow for the Texas Tribune, and will be a digital editor for the NYT Student Journalism Institute this summer.
Lead Developer, Translator
Emma is a senior photojournalism major. She has worked in communications and reporting and is currently a media specialist at Duke Hospital. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism and politics.
Peyton is a junior studying interactive multimedia and Latin American politics. He is a Wood Scholar at UNC. Beyond design and development, Peyton enjoys singing, reading and traveling.
Kiana is a junior studying journalism with minors in history and music, and you can often find her in another country. She thanks you for being here and is so excited to share Cuba's New Wave with you!
Claire is a senior photojournalism student with a minor in Arabic. She was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Amman, Jordan. She loves traveling, telling stories that challenge stereotypes, and climbing good trees.
Claire Hannah Collins|
Veasey is a freelance photographer in Durham, North Carolina as well as a Roy H. Park fellow and master's student in visual communication. He previously was a photojournalist at a newspaper in South Carolina.
Bridgette Cyr is a first year M.A. student studying visual journalism. Her work celebrates women's empowerment and she's always searching for humor in unexpected places.
Kira is a photojournalist born and raised in Asheville, N.C. Other than photography, she loves reading, hiking, music and traveling.
Viviane is a senior hoping to graduate with a degree in Photojournalism and Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies. She is passionate about social advocacy through multimedia and meeting new people through storytelling.
Robert is a junior studying photojournalism and environmental science. He previously worked on projects abroad in Thailand and Nepal, and his work has been featured on BuzzFeed and the PBS NewsHour.
Ally is a designer and journalist interested in connecting people around the world through visual storytelling. She draws inspiration from her background in painting and dance.
Lead Designer, Translator
DeLaney studies reporting and Latina/o media studies. She was editor-in-chief of campus news outlet The Tab. After graduation, she hopes to write stories about culture and science.
Blake studies journalism and psychology and is an assistant sports editor for the Daily Tar Heel. Her life goals include writing inspiring stories, running an ultra-marathon and owning a lot of dogs.
Natalie is a visual storyteller currently based in Chapel Hill, NC where she is a first year graduate student in the University of North Carolina School of Media and Journalism.
Danielle studies broadcast journalism, political science, and Hispanic studies. She is working on two international reporting projects this semester in Cuba and France before graduating this May 2017.
Alma is a junior studying web development, creative writing, and screenwriting. Her dream in life is to combine all three of her passions to make engaging stories that capture people’s attention.
Darian is a sophomore photojournalism and global studies major focusing on community development in Latin America. Through photography and exploration, she hopes to capture the truest stories of humanity.
Emily is a photo/video journalist, political cartoonist, illustrator and animator who wants to make cool stuff for the rest of their life.
Echo is from China. She is developing her skills as an artist and as a visual designer, learning how to master design skills, how to work under different conditions, and how to always be creative.
Paul Cuadros is an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is an award-winning investigative reporter and author.
Anna is a documentary photographer and filmmaker finishing her MA in visual journalism at UNC. She has a passion for women's health issues and is working on her first feature film about a young transgender girl.
Anna Clare Spelman|
Cristina is a Staff Photographer / Videographer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a part of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography awarded to the P-D photo staff.
Cristina M. Fletes|
Kelly Creedon is an independent documentary filmmaker and adjunct lecturer at the UNC School of Media and Journalism where she received her MA in Visual Communication in 2015.
Tamara has been teaching at the MJ school since 2015. She is thrilled to be the design/dev coach for Cuba's New Wave. When she's not teaching, she is busy running her own web dev shop and raising three crazy kids.
Pat is the Julian Scheer Professor and Director of Documentary Projects for the school. He has led 25 student-team multimedia projects domestically and abroad that have been recognized by top industry awards.