Lily Oppenheimer

Intern, Summer 2018

Under a Missouri School of Journalism fellowship, I spent my last college semester in New York City editing and producing videos for Mic, an innovative news startup in One World Trade Center. After late nights of deadlines, finessing video pieces, bonding with coworkers and experimenting with editing techniques, I produced and filmed my own mini-documentary focusing on evolving Mic video strategies.

I’m a podcast junkie, I dabble in photography and I love walking for hours without a plan. Before traveling to New York, I anchored and produced morning newscasts for KBIA, an NPR-affiliate in Columbia, MO. During newsroom shifts interwoven with my past classes, I produced multimedia Missouri stories for KBIA, Vox Magazine, Newsy, The Reynolds Journalism Institute Futures Lab and the Columbia Missourian. I was also a project manager in the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

During my summer 2017 news internship with the Kansas City Star, I edited and produced features and investigative pieces with audio, video, photo and graphics alongside my writing.

I'm a musician, a dancer, and I love experimenting in the kitchen (even though those experiments usually end in disaster.) On the weekends you’ll find me in salsa clubs, playing piano, cooking chili, blasting my music, hiking and eating dark chocolate.

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“I absolutely sympathize with the comments that say the ratio of counselors to students in the state of Florida and nationally are inadequate,” said Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho  during the school district’s first public budget hearing on Wednesday. 

“It is insufficient, it is a ratio that should not be accepted. We know the American Counseling Association recommends a ratio of 250 students for every one counselor, and we’re not at that. Nor is the state, nor is the country.” 

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Sixteen-year-old Beatrix Alerte was shocked to learn last year that common cosmetic and beauty brands often use ingredients derived from animal products, like whale blubber and vomit (ambergris). 

One of her favorite parts of her beauty routine is jazzing up her lips - so she decided to research how to create a glamorous, sturdy lip gloss that is vegan and cruelty-free. Now, Alerte is expanding her plant-based gloss into a business, called Trixx Trendz.

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Like many Venezuelan expats living in South Florida, Kendall resident Paola Berriros still has family and friends suffering under the authoritarian regime of president Nicolás Maduro. She fled Venezuela when the country's humanitarian crisis was brewing 15 years ago. 

Now Berriros' 6-year-old daughter, Karina, has learned to play piano, violin and sing under Musicall - a South Florida non-profit that gives children from all backgrounds access to music education. 

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2020 Democratic presidential candidates have been converging on the Homestead shelter for migrant children this week. On Friday, several more tried to get in after Thursday night’s debates at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center.

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In a Fortune Article released earlier this week, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam blasted the Democratic National Committee’s system he claims prevented him from qualifying for the first 2020 Democratic presidential debates. 

Messam, the son of Jamaican immigrants, grew up in rural South Bay, Florida. His father cut sugarcane as a contract farm worker, and his mother fed migrant field workers. 

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After traveling here from Springfield, Illinois, Mark Daniels paced up and down outside the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami - the site of the two Democratic presidential debates - and waved yarmulkes for sale. That is, yarmulkes engraved with the names of the 20 different candidates taking part in the debates - and even one with President Trump's.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was denied entry to the Homestead detention center for migrant children on Wednesday, just hours before the first debate of the 2020 election cycle in downtown Miami.

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"I've got a plan." That's how Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren starts a lot of her sentences. It's also what many of her fans say resonates with them.

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The American Black Film Festival, an annual event that brings together emerging black filmmakers and artists, wrapped up it’s last day in South Florida over the weekend.

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Bishop  James Adams, of Overtown’s historic St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, is no stranger to Miami redevelopment politics.

Over the last decade, while controversial mega developments have heightened fears of rapid gentrification in Miami, Adams has pushed to preserve Pan-Africanism in Overtown and has held developers accountable for promises of jobs

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A new musical at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach tells the story of Afro-Caribbean band Parranda El Clavo. The band comes from the small village of El Clavo nestled in Venezuela’s jungle. They regularly play house concerts around the village and are an essential part of the community.

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Fort Lauderdale residents Nico and Junior Acosta have been a couple for 22 years -- they have also witnessed an evolving and more LGBTQ-accepting Fort Lauderdale grow over their years together.

It’s a beautiful thing, they said along the Fort Lauderdale Beach during the last day of Pride Fort Lauderdale,  an annual celebration of the LGBTQ community.   

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In Broward County, Valentine’s Day will never be the same.

On the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, teachers across Broward were determined not to focus on the shooting that killed 17 students on Feb. 14, 2018.

At Seminole Middle School, about 30 minutes from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, teacher Andrea McNiven guided students in activities for the district’s newly-designated "Day of Service and Love." Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie requested lessons about peace and love.

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Some 100 South Florida middle schoolers powered up drones in the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall on Wednesday, turned on the ‘Cha Cha Slide’ and coordinated the machines so they flipped and turned along with the music. Other kids performed choreographed dances with the drones, tumbling into breakdancing. 

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Carrying coladas, purse-sized puppies and mountains of luggage, passengers at the terminal of Miami International Airport rushed on Wednesday to board departing flights, going about their usual routines. Many ignored the members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, also known as NATCA, standing in the middle of the chaos, passing out flyers.

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