Acacia Hernández

Producer, Reporter, Writer, Editor

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.

For this show, Hernández opened with a package on how campus COVID-19 testing sites were moved indoors due to the colder weather, following with a plea from Champaign community members to remain in Phase 4 due to a significantly lower amount of coronavirus cases than the rest of state. The graphics of this story were essential in helping the viewer understand what the different phases mean, and where Champaign County, as well as the University of Illinois, stands in comparison to the state. Continuing with the flow of COVID-19 stories, she followed with the breaking news that Spring Break was on the verge of being cancelled (which ended up happening). Furthermore, she built on this story with another academic schedule change: no classes on Election Day. It was important for her as a producer to provide a GFX with a link students could go to if they wanted to register to vote. 
Nearing the end of A-Block, she included a lighter story, about local drive-in theatre events that community members could partake in through the rest of the month. She wishes she would have stacked this VO/SOT with a GFX of which movies were playing that weekend on as a way to better inform her viewers. She also realized the difference it would have made if she had provided b-roll to go over the B-Block stories the anchor teased at the end of A-Block.
Shifting from local and state-level news, the B block consisted of national news starting with the very timely and critical hearings of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, following with a voting package, and ending with a few ad-lib sentences previewing weather in the C Block.

“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.

Associate Producer |  8 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Associate Producer |  10 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

UI7 Live Video Stories – Reporter

Latino_Businesses – Oct. 28, 2020

Reporter, Editor, Producer
Hernández reported on what it was like for the local owners of “La Michoacana” Mexican ice cream shop to open during a pandemic, and how this pandemic has changed things for “El Progreso,” an 8-year-old Latin grocery store in Urbana.

Clint_Moon_Feature – Oct. 22, 2020

Reporter, Editor, Producer
With classes going remote, college students are holding on tightly to the few tangible activities they have left. Clint Moon, a senior studying biology at Illinois, continues his in-person performances during the pandemic, only now, with an online audience.

Movie_Night – Sept. 24, 2020

Reporter, Editor, Producer
Hernández reported on the first movie night of the semester at Memorial Stadium. Over 800 students attended in the midst of a pandemic, but students felt it was a safe way to escape the dorm rooms.

UI7 Live Web Stories – Writer

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