Courtesy of Gianna Barberia
Gianna Barberia is a second year journalism major and political communications minor who is passionate about impacting and exploring the world with her craft. I got the chance to speak with her a little about her life and goals for the future.
Why did you become a journalism major and what is your favorite part about it?
Originally, I wanted to be a filmmaker, but after getting involved with my high school’s newspaper and running the video section, I fell in love with the newsroom and everything journalism stands for. It was incredible going to local journalism award ceremonies and seeing the kind of impactful work high school kids were producing. I realized that journalism is one of the best ways to make a difference and create meaningful change. One of my favorite parts of journalism is that it requires me to constantly make connections with other people; it’s honestly amazing hearing other people’s stories, and emphasizing and cultivating meaningful relationships.
What is the best article you’ve ever written?
Last semester for my Journalism 2 class, I wrote an enterprise piece about public art in Boston that I was particularly proud of. It explored how the city is utilizing public art along the infamous ‘Methadone Mile’ area of Mass. Ave to encourage healing among those struggling with opioid addiction. It was really interesting learning about the impact art and beautification can have on a community.
Who is the most interesting person you’ve interviewed?
This semester, I got the opportunity to interview musician Mod Sun for Artistry Magazine. He was definitely an eccentric character to say the least, and was so warm and friendly toward us. It’s moments like this one that remind me how lucky I am to be pursuing a career that I genuinely love with all of my heart.
What is your dream story?
Any story that involves traveling. There’s so much of the world I need to see, so I’m hoping my job will take me to exciting, new places.