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. 

UCF celebrates Arbor Day, honors red maple trees

3 sources, 534 words - On March 17, UCF’s Arboretum honored the red maple as their tree of choice for 2016. The Arboretum celebrated Arbor Day with a tree tour and tree planting for students. The leader of the tree tour was Dr. Patrick Bohlen, a UCF biology professor and the director of Landscape and Natural Resources on campus. The hour-long tour consisted of learning about more than 15 different tree species — there are 6,928 trees currently planted on campus, not including the thousands of trees in UCF’s 800 acres

The Zebra Coalition celebrates their first college graduate

Reported two interviews for Ja’leel and Nicole, my portion is 2 sources, 563 words - Peter Ruiz was only 14-years-old when he had to start looking out for himself. He was living at home with his mother and siblings, and she had just moved them from New York City to Orlando. Ruiz’s mother also suffered from mental health issues. “When we moved down here, my mother’s schizophrenia started to get worse,” Ruiz says. “From the time I was 14 until I was 16, she started to have episodes where she imagined I would physically abuse her, and she would call the cops and have me arrested.”

Women use high heels to raise funds for those in need

2 sources, 595 words - A line of hungry people stretched from Pastor Scott George's church door down to the street after the economy fell in 2001. The Wednesday night food pantry he had started with his wife Tammi was helping feed the homeless in Orlando, but only for a few hours until stomachs began rumbling again. The line kept getting longer each week, making Scott and Tammi realize something more needed to be done. "We realized we weren’t truly helping them by feeding them once a week, so we started The Community

Hamburger Mary's to bring Vegas feel and feathers to Daytona

2 sources, 476 words - The spark is coming back to downtown Daytona, but it isn’t fireworks lighting up this quaint beachfront town. It’s the brand new location of Hamburger Mary’s, the popular franchised burger joint known for hosting killer drag shows. Co-owner of the new location Gary Motes says there will be feathers – lots of feathers – and a Vegas-style cabaret. With 38 years of restaurant experience under his belt and a love for drag, Motes – partnered with his brother and sister – opened Hamburger M

Mobile farmers market brings Winter Park families fresh produce

3 sources, 822 words - Weeknights are busy for working families, and without fresh food in the fridge sometimes fast food is the easier option. But imagine what you could whip up for a meal if the fresh food was waiting just outside your door. The Fresh Stop Mobile Market is giving Hannibal Square in Winter Park that fresh opportunity. A gigantic repurposed LYNX bus with paintings of produce on its exterior doubles as a farmers market, and as customers walk up the steps and grab a shopping basket they enter a cool, c

Keeping it Classical at UCF Guitar Night

2 sources, 297 words (did full story package) - Guitarists channeled musicians from the 18th century on Thursday as they performed solo and ensemble pieces at UCF’s Guitar concert. Performing arts majors from the UCF Classical Guitar Studio put on a show featuring classical music from Johann Bach, Ludwig Beethoven, and even brought in some modern flair with music from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” “I choose to do music from “West Side Story” to honor the composer Jorge Morel, who put together this particular arrangement of songs fr

UCF Paints Mural for New Downtown Campus

3 sources, 254 words (did full story package) - UCF painted the town black and gold Saturday morning, as students and alumni came together to start a mural for the new downtown campus. The event, which required no artistic experience, was hosted by Volunteer UCF at the downtown Create Campus. “The goal for this mural is to represent the educational experience and what it means to the UCF community,” said Amanda Brown, the arts and recreation director for VUCF. “We wanted to capture the fond memories and emotions connected with UCF through c

Video game marathon raises money for charity

4 sources, 265 words (did full story package) - UCF’s Gaming Knights, a club for gamers, donated over $800 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital after a 12-hour gaming marathon on Sunday in the student union. Gaming Knights formed after two clubs at UCF decided to become one. Land Knights, which focused on card games, and Console Knights, a video game club, wanted to host bigger events. By merging into one club, Gaming Knights has become the largest organization on campus after Greek Life. “We decided to donate any money we raise to St.