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Melanie Bencosme


Work Experience

Video Journalist, NBC Original Video| New York, NY

August 2015- Present
§ Report, produce, write, shoot, and edit short documentaries that are seen across NBC News
platforms, MSNBC and Nightly News.
§ Work on social justice, immigration, LGBTQ+ and political stories in a fast paced news Education

environment on several simultaneous projects under deadline. CUNY Graduate School of
§ Created NBC News' first original podcast and video series, The Trail Tapes, recognized by both the Journalism
New York
Deadline Club, and the New York Press Club.
Masters, Journalism
§ Developed, produced and edited the Dear Mr. President series, which became a digital-wide
special project after the 2016 election. Dec. 2014

§ Created and designed all graphics for the Dear Mr. President series. CUNY Queens College
New York
Pitched, produced and shot a piece on Arkansas’ penalty recognized by the CUNY Graduate School
Bachelor of Arts, Media
of Journalism Alumni Awards. Studies
§ Responsible for versioning short docs for various platforms including social platforms, OTT, Apple
May 2013
News and one-minute television ready cuts. Coordinate and execute social strategy for promotion
of videos.
§ Track video performance across web, social, mobile, and OTT.

Page, NBCUniversal| New York, NY

January 2015- August 2015

NBC Page, NBC News Diversity Verticals
Cameras/Software: Sony FS5,
§ Wrote and produced stories for NBC BLK, NBC Latino and NBC Asian America pages for
A7S, Osmo, Canon 5D, C100, on deadline. GoPros. Shoulder rig, slider,
§ Organized, strategized and maintained social media presence for all three verticals including live light kits, gimbal. Shooting in
tweeting and social promotion through Instagram and Facebook. Worked with the photo team to SLog and the use of luts.
Trained in the Adobe Suite,
ensure strong visual components for each story.
§ Reported on newsworthy events through both print and video pieces. Avid Interplay and Newscutter,

Final Cut Pro X and 7 and
proficient in Microsoft Office.
NBC Page, Mad Money with Jim Cramer
§ Produced daily video packages for social media called, Cramer Remixes, a one-minute online
summary of the show.
§ Coordinated with the graphics team to create and manage all graphics in the show.
§ Assisted producers and managed stock charts in the control room during daily taping.
§ Updated daily show records including the content log, music cue sheets, final scripts and
commercial log.
Politics and War Reporter, Colombia Reports| Medellin, Colombia 2017: New York Press Club
June 2014- September 2014 Award for The Trail Tapes.
§ Produced news and feature print and photo pieces on Colombian elections, economics, fashion, 2017: Deadline Club Award
technology and human rights issues with a focus on Colombian conflict and politics for nominee for The Trail Tapes.
2016: Sheppy Award winner (the country’s largest English news website).
Scholarship and
§ Produced photo essays including travel pieces and photo coverage of Colombia’s biggest fashion
show, ColombiaModa. Punch Sulzberger Scholar
The Gilman Memorial Fellow
Freelance Reporter, Various Publications | New York, NY Amy and Judi Sturm
June 2013- August 2015
§ Wrote stories published in outlets including the International Business Times, City Limits, The
Nabe, Voices of NY, NBC Latino, NBC Asian America, NBC BLK and reported and produced news
magazine stories for 219 West on CUNY-TV.
§ Covered a wide range of topics, from a video on housing conditions for a family in Brooklyn to a
collaborative investigative story on rap sheets for City Limits to an interactive map of LGBTQ-
friendly countries during the Olympics for the International Business Times.

§ Pitched, produced, shot and edited print and video pieces for NBC News Digital’s Diversity § English
Verticals including NBC Latino and NBC BLK. § Spanish