Welcome! My name is Maria-Pia Negro and I am a bilingual multimedia journalist. (If you cannot live without your daily news dosage and are an avid reader, then we have something in common.) I completed my Master of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland in December 2012, where I studied multimedia journalism with the hopes of becoming a web producer and a reporter.

I spent the following summer as a copy editing intern at The New York Times Business Day desk, where I gained invaluable experience from very talented people in the industry. During the internship, part of the Dow Jones News Fund program, I wrote headlines and copy-edited news stories and features about the economy, markets, media and international business.

While pursuing my master’s degree, I was a fellow at the Salzburg Academy, a global media literacy summer program focused on the role of news media and media literacy in the public consideration of global issues across cultures.

Sotomarinada–or family reunion

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, I moved to the United States in 2005. The rest of my family is spread around the globe but we reunite every two years to enjoy each others’ company and munch on delicious Peruvian food.

I am a proud alumna of Loyola University Maryland (go Greyhounds!). In addition to finding the best of friends at Loyola and working with international students, I graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communication and writing.

In 2012, I covered business news, politics and technology as a multimedia reporter at Capital News Service. During my graduate and undergraduate careers, I also freelanced for newspapers and magazines covering housing, economic disparities, small businesses, technology, Latino issues and college initiatives. In addition of delving into data to write a well-rounded story, I have interviewed Marylanders and learned about how the economic crisis has impacted their lives. I wrote about human rights issues, health and faith as an intern for Catholic News Service, an international wire service.

As a bilingual reporter for the Arlington Catholic Herald in Northern Virginia, I spent more than a year covering topics like education and immigration, both in English and Spanish. Now I am a freelancer writing about health, social change, diversity, religion and human rights.

Feel free to check out my résumé, as well as some of my articles and multimedia samples. I appreciate your thoughts and feedback.

Thanks for visiting.