Talia J. Medina is an on-air talent, writer and photographer for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sun Sentinel. She’s a digital reporter working in the lifestyles features department, better known as SouthFlorida.com.
Talia is a graduate of the University of Florida’s award-winning College of Journalism and Communications. She acquired a degree in telecommunication-news as well as minors in Spanish and theater. Talia was able to enrich her experience at UF, involving herself in various extracurriculars including Alpha Epsilon Phi, Hispanic Communicators Association, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Broadcasting Society and Delta Phi Epsilon Honor Society.
Talia took full advantage of the J-school’s state-of-the-art news facility as a three-year reporter for WUFT News, a PBS affiliate, working in radio, TV and web. She was able to enhance her reporting and interviewing skills while covering live elections or local news, simultaneously strengthening her shooting, editing and on-camera performance techniques.
During the summers, Talia kept busy with internships and study abroad programs. She spent a summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina mastering Spanish translation skills while learning the history and prominent literature of the country. After conquering a city of 13-million people, she was fearless the following summer while interning at 4th Row Films, a documentary company in New York City. The summer before graduation, Talia took her talents down under to Sydney, Australia, where she studied videography as well as sports and travel reporting.
In her final year at the University of Florida, Talia was actively involved with a new social media platform, Klique, where she was awarded Campus Ambassador of the Month. While interning with the digital publication GainesvilleScene in her spring semester, she furthered her knowledge of web development, start-up companies, HTML and SEO. At the same time, Talia commuted a total of four hours every Monday to intern with Pink Sneakers Productions in Orlando, Fla., a producer for TV shows on networks like CMT, MTV and VH1. She was able to get firsthand experience in areas like licensing, editing and audio while working closely with My Big Redneck Family. (See her IMDb page.)
Talia developed her marketing skills working for the Evolve Group, the leading promotion company in Gainesville bringing EDM artists weekly. It was there she was able to better understand the ins-and-outs of the music industry—a place she hopes to her career will flourish.
After graduating UF, Talia spent her summer interning with SunSentinel, the largest circulating newspaper in South Florida, and her current employer. While there, Talia balanced her time between the Spanish paper and the Lifestyle section, giving her a chance to interview artists like Flosstradamus and What So Not, take photos of art shows and cover the local culture of Fort Lauderdale in two languages.
A few months after her Sun Sentinel internship, Talia moved to Israel to intern with The Media Line, an American news agency specializing in the Middle East.
Upon her return to the States in July 2015, she was ecstatic to find a position at the Sun Sentinel had just opened. She’s now back in South Florida, working as a multifaceted multimedia journalist, focusing on music, culture and lifestyle.