Acacia Hernández currently serves as co-producer for Good Morning Illini, a campus morning news and lifestyle show. On a daily basis, she communicates and collaborates with her co-producer, GMI reporters, and her advisor to ensure content and deadlines are met for the show. In the Fall of 2020, she produced UI7 Live, filmed and edited packages, and wrote and edited articles. Outside of classes, she heads live sporting event productions with the Big Ten Network Student U program as a field producer. Hernández also regularly assists in the control room for football games as an intern for Fighting Illini Productions. She spent the summer of 2019 interning for Chicago Tribune’s retired Spanish-language newspaper, Hoy, as a multimedia bilingual journalist. On campus, she and two other classmates started a National Association of Hispanic Journalists student chapter in the Fall of 2019. She is looking forward to producing content for UI7 Live and producing for GMI during her senior year.
Good Morning Illini – Producer
Hernández cares strongly that each one of her shows is as informative and as visually captivating as possible.
Producer Reel – March 19, 2021
UI7 Live Shows – Producer
Producer Reel – Oct. 15, 2020
“Life in a Pandemic” – Oct. 22, 2020
“Illinois 2020” – Nov. 03, 2020
On Election Night, Hernández worked alongside Tatiana Perry as an associate producer for all three election cut-ins. Throughout the night, she wrote lead-ins and provided updates on poll numbers for on-air talent, maintained constant communication between graphic creators, director, and playback about what content was being provided and transmitted, and collaborated with Perry to assure the overall show looked and sounded good. Additionally, Hernández created a shared document for the team that was continuously updated with the most up-to-date polling numbers which improved communication and ensured the poll numbers spoken on-air were the same as the ones shown on the graphics.