From Cásper to Globo TV: Meet Mathias Duncan Brotero

Name: Mathias Duncan Brotero      

Age: 23

Major: Journalism (Graduated in 2016)

Hometown: São Paulo/SP

Favorite movie: Forrest Gump

Favorite TV show: The Office

A song: Money – Pink Floyd

A book: Papillon – Henri Charrière

A dream and a fear: I have several dreams, but three of them can be highlighted: being an international correspondent, surfing in Bali and taking my brevê. I'm afraid to see time pass by and don't do anything I'm planning to. As a Pink Floyd's lyrics says:  "And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you, no one told you when to run. You missed the starting gun. "

A quote: “Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get” – Forrest Gump

L: How was the experience of an intern at Rede Globo, one of the biggest Brazilian TV channels?

M: My internship at Globo TV was fantastic - from the beginning to the end. The feeling of working with Brazilian journalism legends was inspiring. The internship system at Globo TV works on a rotation basis - each intern spends a month in a different journalism area. We work a lot, but because we like it so much, it doesn’t seem like it, and we are always learning and absorbing new experiences. While at Globo TV, I went through different news programs such as GloboNews, and Fantástico. I also helped with the production of local newspapers and programs, like SPTV, Bom Dia São Paulo and Antena Paulista, and with news portals. Besides that, I was part of a special team focused in the municipal elections, so with all of that, I learned how to work in specific areas of television, such as listening and reporting. All of this happened in less than a year, so I had the opportunity to learn a lot in a short time period. I strongly recommend the internship at Globo TV for Journalism college students.

L: How did the application process work?

M: The process to get the internship there was pretty slow. After three months and five different steps, I finally got accepted at Globo TV - a dream since I decided to study Journalism. I found out I was going to have an interview with Globo TV recruiters when I was travelling with my girlfriend to Chapada Diamantina, in Bahia. The phone didn’t work well there because of bad service, and I didn’t know what was going on in the news, since I was in the countryside and travelling.  But there we were, having fun and cooking pasta when I got the call: “Mathias, you are one of the finalists and your interview will be next Thursday”. I didn’t know what to do, since I would still be in Bahia. I asked if I could change the date, because I was travelling. It was really intense and I didn’t know what to do.In my last day at Bahia, when I was going back to Salvador in an eight-hour bus trip, I got a text message (service was back) saying that my interview got rescheduled. I was really happy to hear that. I got to the interview tanned – after seven days under the sun. After the meeting with the recruiters, I got my blazer and started walking at Berrine Ave. laughing, because I was really stressed out and I thought that I hadn’t gotten the job. The official answer came back a few weeks after. It was one of the happiest days in my life. So I talked to my bosses at Gazeta, who were happy for me, and they wished me luck at Globo.

L: What did motivate you to apply to work there?

M: The high quality of the articles and the willingness to work in a great and traditional Journalism company.

L: What are your job tasks?

M: After my internship was over, they called me to cover someone’s vacation time and to help produce the program GloboNews. After a month doing it, they asked me to stay and to work at the program Mundo S/A. Nowadays, I’m still a temporary employee, but I’m back with the position of journalistic programs manager. My mainly tasks are: help out with the production of daily reports, logistics support for the teams that come and go to outdoor recordings, and I’m also responsible for contacting affiliate Globo channels in São Paulo countryside, to offer reports that can fit in GloboNews. 

L: When you were a college student, at Cásper, you used to work at Gazeta TV, in the program Jornal da Gazeta. How did this internship help you professionally?

M: As a freshman at Cásper, I used to work as a sailing teacher. As a sophomore, I would write about sports at the retail company Kanui and then I started working at Edição Extra (a TV program at Gazeta TV created by students). In my junior year, I became an intern at Jornal da Gazeta and the year after, I came to Globo TV to work as an intern as well. At Jornal da Gazeta, I went through several areas (staff, reporting, sports, Gazeta News and Mulheres program). The whole process as an intern at Gazeta TV was really important to help me become a journalist, since I used to do a little bit of everything. There, I could understand how television works and I had my first opportunity to interview people outside the office. I also learned how to close daily prompts, write notes, and edit newsletters for Mulheres, Gnews e Esporte, and Jornal da Gazeta.

L: What was the best experience you've ever had at Rede Globo? 

M: I can’t think of just one good experience, but the first week there was somehow special, when I was at the program Fantástico. I'm passionate about music and therefore I'm always searching for new things in this area. In my first week at Fanstástico I found out about a Danish band that plays underwater. I got their contact, did a Skype call with the band’s funders and in that same week, a little bit about them became part of Fantástico’s program. I was very proud of myself when I saw my work on national television. (You can see it here)

L: Why did you choose to study Journalism?

M: I enjoy reading, writing and speaking. I also love storytelling.

L: And why did you choose Cásper Líbero? 

M: Because Cásper is considered one of the best colleges of Journalism in Brazil.

L: How do you imagine yourself in 10 years?

M: My ambition is to be a reporter. In ten years I will be 33 years old, and I’d like to be an international correspondent.