Acacia Hernández is a student journalist with a focus in Latino Studies and Spanish at the University of Illinois. Outside of classes, she heads live sporting event productions with Big Ten Network Student U 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. On top of sports, Hernández seeks to elevate stories within the Latino community, and hopes to use her Spanish proficiency to communicate and tell their stories in the most accurate way. She is looking forward to producing content for UI7 Live and producing for GMI during her senior year.
UI7 Live Shows – Producer
Producer Reel – Oct. 15, 2020
Hernández cares strongly that each one of her shows is as educational and visually/sonically appealing as possible, while catering to what her audience cares or will care for.
“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.