Senior Producer, Live Production
Nicole Granito is one of the three senior producers and the live control room director for the SHU Media Exchange. She is also the graduate assistant of the MACOMM program where she helps undergraduate as well as graduate students with production set up , editing, and equipment. Nicole had the privilege of being a Division I athlete on the women’s field hockey team for four years while pursuing a degree in communications at Sacred Heart. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was chosen by her professors for the Don Coonley Award for Media Excellence. As an intern at NBC Sports in Stamford, CT for the past year and a half, Nicole has had the opportunity to work the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. She has also been an intern with the digital department for three semesters as well as a semester with the production team. Nicole currently works full-time at NBC Sports as a production assistant in the digital department creating compelling content for the website. She works on multiple sports platforms including, Premier League, Sunday Night Football, NASCAR, Golf, and NHL.
Kristen Maurer is from Queens, NY and is aspiring to be a director in the broadcast television industry. Graduating at the top of her undergraduate program in 3 years from SHU in May 2017, Kristen earned Summa Cum Laude and was selected by her professors to receive the Gold Medal of Excellence in Media Arts. Kristen is currently on track to receive her Master’s in Communication: Digital Multimedia Production degree within her 4 years at SHU. Kristen is currently a Studio Production Assistant at Business Insider in NYC. Her past production internships included NBCUniversal’s The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show, WTNH News 8, & Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment. During the past year, Kristen also worked full-time for the Audio Visual Department as a Graduate Assistant at SHU.
Gina studied her undergrad at Sacred Heart University and is proud to be able to study her 5thyear as a graduate student. Gina interned in the Fall at The Wendy Williams Show as a production intern assisting in the daily routine of the show. This past Spring, she interned at CT Sports also known as Vantage Sports for Frontier shooting different sports games and putting together highlight videos. She is excited for this year’s SHU Media Exchange because this will give her the chance to put on a live production and get the behind the scenes experience that she had little understanding with in her undergrad career at Sacred Heart. During her time as a graduate student in the MACOMM program, she learned a lot about where she wants to be after she graduates in August from SHU. This program gave her the opportunity to be on and off the camera. Gina also anchored SHU’s live show The Pulse Plus that is put together on campus by the student body. In doing that show she really understood what she wants to do after leaving Sacred Heart. Gina is excited for the rest of the school year and can’t wait to see what’s in stores for the future!
Jessica Diaz is currently a graduate student at Sacred Heart University studying Digital Multimedia Production and is a full-time employee of Publishers Clearing House in the Online Operations Department. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Cortland where she majored in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising. While completing her undergraduate degree, Jessica was the Public Relations Chair for the multicultural club, La Familia Latina, and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Fraternity. Being involved in this year’s Media Exchange, Jessica is excited to use her production skills she has learned during her graduate school career as one of the camera operator for this event. Upon receiving her master’s degree, she hopes to get more involved in production or post-production work for film and TV.
Hector Ramirez II
Hector Ramirez II is pursuing his master’s degree in Digital Media and Journalism at Sacred Heart University and will finish his graduate career in August of 2018. Hector has acquired his bachelor’s degree at the University of New Haven majoring in Investigative Services with a minor in Communication/Production in 2016. Seeking more professional experience in the video and editorial production industry, he joined the Master’s Communication program at SHU and has produced, edited, directed, and wrote various visual projects throughout his graduate career. His role in the SHU Media Exchange is Stage Manager for the live production of the event. Hector is currently a contributing writer for the video game website weaponwheelnetwork.com, a social media editor for Infinite Web Designs, LLC, and a Production Intern for Advanced Therapy & Performance. With a willingness to learn more and refine his skills, Hector enjoys the spontaneous nature of the industry and hopes to further his expertise creating entertaining and informational content.
Judith Tacuri Brito
Judith Tacuri Brito is a two-year Digital Multimedia Production graduate student. She graduated from Sacred Heart university in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Media Arts. Currently, she's a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Digital Learning (ODL) she creates, edit, and develop multi-media videos, provides technical support and training to faculty for the digital pedagogy projects. Judith previously interned for Captured Time Productions in Litchfield, Connecticut and Mundial Sports in New York City. Judith’s experience in production work ranges from audio editing, script writing, filming, video editing, and photography. This year, Judith will be part of the Media Exchange for the first time and is ready to put in practice the skills acquired during her studies, GA position, and internships.
De’von Barnett is a 23-year-old graduate student here at SHU who has just finished his last year as a member of the Sacred Heart Men’s Basketball team. De’von attended SHU for his years of undergrad that granted him a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. For his first internship, he interned at Sacred Heart’s Athletic Department, External Affairs, where he edited the school’s weekly sports show and created promo videos for sports teams as well. During this year of graduate school, he has learned the ins and outs of the adobe software (Photoshop, Premiere, etc.), learned how to use cameras for photography and videography, and even social skills appropriate from the business aspect. His favorite part of the program thus far was learning how to operate the Jib camera. De’von is excited for the SHU Media Exchange because he cannot wait to see how this live event turns out after being organized and produced by the students. This is an exciting time and a great way for the students to show their skills in this field, gain experience, and learn from any mistakes early while also being able to network with other companies that may attend.
Patrick Arellano is a graduate student at Sacred Heart University pursuing a Master’s degree in Digital Multimedia Production. He graduated from SUNY Cortland in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelors in Media Production. His most recent work was on the ABC television show, Quantico, where he spent the season working in the camera department. In addition, he’s worked as a Production Assistant on William Fitchner’s independent film, Cold Brook. During his time at SHU he has fine-tuned his production skills and has been a camera operator for the Pulse Plus television show and the SHU Media Exchange.
Elisha Brown is a New Haven native who graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2016 with a major in Communications and a minor in Africana Studies. She has traveled to many countries, but she is especially proud of traveling to Cape Town, South Africa where she interned as a reporter for Bush Radio, the city’s first activist radio station. She has also interned with Yale University, twice, as a communications intern and now attends Sacred Heart University as a candidate for her Masters Degree in Journalism and Multimedia Production. In this program, she has gained more experience in journalism and production and she hopes to obtain a job as a News Anchor when she graduates.
Radhika Vyas, From Gujarat, India is currently pursuing her Masters in Broadcast Journalism from Sacred Heart University. She finished her Bachelor’s in Communication with Hons from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, India. She holds interest in writing, editing, photography and hiking. She has interned at various places in India to acquire experience in these fields. She worked at Anala Outdoors, an organization based on development of children in hiking and adventure activities as an instructor for 4 years and also as a photographer for Anala Outdoors with documenting the experience of children. She was a content writer for ‘REENOY’, a company based in India for 3 years, where she generated online content for different companies from India and Australia. She recently presented a paper on ‘Representation of the Indian Army in Audio-Visual and Social Media’ at Harvard Medical School Conference in 2017. Her interest at SHU Media Exchange is in Live Production. She harnessed her skills of photography and documentation at SHU with showing interest in documenting issues that are faced by the society in their day to day life.
Ibraheem’s passion for storytelling has always been a driving force that guides his pursuits; this led him to Sacred Heart to complete his initial Masters Program in Digital Media Production. His experience extends across a wide range of media platforms including Media production, marketing, content creation, as well as film & television broadcast. Ibraheem is keen on the integration of new media and technology to drive compelling narratives across all media platforms. Ibraheem is also an avid sports fan, and will be pursuing a concurrent Master’s Degree in Sports Communication & Media.