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. 

Seminole County preschools go high-tech

3 sources, 885 words - "It's compost time!" shouts 3-year-old Abigail. After a morning full of yoga and culinary prep, this preschooler's ready play with some dirt – and help save the planet. According to a study done by Arizona State University titled, “Preschool Education and It's Lasting Effects,” specialized preschool education programs produce long-term improvements in school success, including higher achievement test scores, lower rates of grade repetition, and higher educational thinking. Some preschool progra

UCF grad makes more than $10,000 through egg donation

3 sources, 776 words - Having kids is a long-term goal lots of people share. Jill, a 25-year-old graduate student at UCF, already has five kids, and she's never laid eyes on any of them. Jill, who is currently studying biomedical science, is an egg donor and it all started when she saw her mother's friend go through the struggle of not being able to conceive in her late 30s. With the help of an egg donor, she was finally able to have a child, which inspired Jill. Because her family does not approve of donating eggs,

UCF Screenwriting Club seeks to prove film major not the only way to cinematic success

4 sources, 571 words - While being in UCF's film program might give you some experience behind the camera, the Screenwriting Club is on a mission to prove that it's not the only way to make it in the film industry. The Screenwriting Club was started last semester by club president Austin Sanchez, a senior cinema studies major, along with the School of Visual Arts and Design professors Barry Sandler and Lisa Peterson. The club is open to everyone, and gives students who aren't film majors, but want to make films, an o

UCF alumni head Animal Rights Foundation of Florida

3 sources, 539 words - Your memories of the circus may be innocent, but UCF grad Bryan Wilson says the "cruelest show on earth" is anything but. "The circus tries to create a fantasy," he said. "In reality, these animals suffer routine physical and psychological abuse." As coordinators for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, a nonprofit activist group, Bryan and his wife Carla can be seen around Orlando almost every weekend protesting for animal rights. However, Stephen Payne, vice president of Corporate Commu