Gina Avile

Hello, my name is Gina Avile. I'm a 24 year old recent graduate from the University of Central Florida, graduating with a BA in Journalism and a minor in cinema studies. 

I've had editorial and social media internships at Bonnier Corporation (Scuba Diving & Sport Diver magazines), Watermark Media and the Winter Park/ Maitland Observer. I have also been a contributing writer at the Central Florida Future since Fall 2014, and have done story packages for Knightly News, a college news outlet featuring videos.

I have experience editing and producing video through iMovie, as well as photography experience. I own a DSLR camera and love taking my own photos. I have also worked with InDesign, Photoshop, iStock, Shutterstock, Adobe Analytics and Omniture. I have social media experience, using Hootsuite, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other various mediums on a daily basis. I also have experience in editing using AP Style. 

I was a small business owner from 2014- January 2016, owning Derogatory Doughnuts, which gave me experience in recipe writing, baking, marketing and blogging to create web traffic for business. I also know to utilize SEO practices. 

I inspire to work in the journalism field covering a wide range of topics, everything from hard news to features. Cooking is one of my main hobbies and passions, so I would especially love writing for a publication related to food journalism. 

Orlando couple gets same-sex, stepparent adoption rights

4 sources, 647 words - An Orlando mom was granted one of the first same-sex, stepparent adoption rights in Central Florida to her wife’s biological children at the Orange County Courthouse June 16. Newlyweds Jennifer Schneider and Sarah Ratzlaff have been together as a family for eight years and have two children, 3-year-old daughter Avery and 15-month-old son Jackson. While Ratzlaff is their biological mom, Schneider has been a parent to the kids since day one. “Last year I could only apply for a second p

UCF animal activists protest FWC vote for bear hunt

3 sources, 486 words - After the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's decision to open a bear hunting season in October, a local animal rights group continues to bear arms in protest. The FWC voted unanimously Wednesday at a meeting in Tallahassee to proceed with the pending bear hunt, which will include a seven-day season at the end of October, allowing up to 275 bears to be killed. "Bear populations have grown over the last 15 to 20 years," said Richard Corbett, FWC chairman. "It is our responsibili

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt Seeing​ Blue for Autism

3 sources, 256 words (did full story package) - Forget those spring colors, this Easter egg hunt was all about the color blue. The Autism Society of Greater Orlando and Volunteer UCF partnered up Thursday night to host a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt at the Reflecting Pond. Three thousand plastic eggs filled with candy were hidden around the pond, waiting to be collected by more than 200 families wearing blue, the unofficial color for autism awareness. “My 5-year-old was diagnosed with autism at age four, so this is our first autism even

'People' editor discusses transgender rights at UCF

2 sources, 628 words - "Transgender rights are human rights. We are capable of facing the crumbs they throw at us." Janet Mock, a transgender activist and journalist, came to UCF Monday night to encourage transgender men and women to speak up and be activists in their own community. "I always tell people to let your experiences serve as the root of your own podium," Mock said. "Never be afraid to stand up for who you are." Growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mock had known she was different at a young age. She came out

UCF alumnus leads animal rights protest against rodeo

6 sources, 290 words (did full story package) - While some were excited for the rodeo this weekend in Kissimmee, the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida wasn’t exactly buck wild for the show to come to town. As a nonprofit animal activist group, ARFF protests anything that threatens animal rights, including the 134th Silver Spurs Rodeo. UCF alumnus Bryan Wilson and his wife Carla are the head coordinators for the ARFF in the Orlando area. They led the Feb. 22 protest with 30 other activists next to the Osceola County Fair. “A lot of people

Cupcakes for a Cure bake sale to benefit cancer patients

3 sources, 539 words - Want to satisfy your sweet tooth while also helping others? Well, you won't have to wait till Valentine's Day to indulge in both. Cupcakes for a Cure is hosting a Valentine's Day bake sale Wednesday in front of the library from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cupcakes for a Cure is a nonprofit club at UCF that fundraises for children battling cancer. Proceeds from cupcake sales go straight to BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation. UCF alumna Nicole Edelstein, founder of the club, said more than $13,0

UCF College of Medicine joins in Halloween Hustle 5K

3 sources, 406 words - The race was on at the 7th Annual 5K Halloween Hustle in Baldwin Park — only the runners weren't sprinting for exercise. Instead, they were racing toward a much bigger goal of ending childhood hunger in Orlando because, according to a study from the Second Harvest Food Bank, one out of three children in Central Florida goes to bed hungry. The 5K was hosted by the Junior League of Greater Orlando, a women's volunteer group that dedicates its time to serve the community in any way possible. The

UCF grad's gadget could create 1st workshop in space

1 source, 467 words (not for evaluation) - To get your head around the latest news from space, it may help to think about a common earthly scenario. Most UCF students know the routine when getting new roommates. You help unpack the U-Haul, you make room and you awkwardly get to know each other. Now imagine unpacking and stowing 5,000 pounds of NASA scientific cargo to make room for three new astronaut roommates in your dorm room — otherwise known as the International Space Station. That's what's happening right now 200 miles above us.