Alumni

Lory

Alumna

I wanted a more international career, transforming my journalism background into something more holistic that included some marketing knowledge so that I could better share the stories I wanted to tell. I thought I knew what I wanted before graduate school, but AUP gave me something more – it helped me put things into perspective.

Thanks to the global talent brochure given out by the University's internship department, I obtained an internship at a small bilingual content agency with high-level B2B clients, EuroBusiness Media. My experience as a content manager intern there opened new opportunities for me in communications, going further than marketing and copywriting. While at EuroBusiness Media, I learned about content creation and the importance of storytelling for brands, whether that be via written or audiovisual work. Later when I began freelancing, this experience helped me in obtaining corporate clients because I'd already been introduced to top-level executives at French companies – such as BNP Paribas and Amundi –during my internship. My multilingual work also translated to my journalistic storytelling. As a content writer and part-time journalist, I often work on stories about multicultural and global experiences, like my time being an associate producer for CNN's Great Big Story, and have been able to use those skills to pitch and translate stories for the platform's global audiences.

During my time at AUP I never stopped producing audio. AUP professors like Tanya Elder and Robert Payne pushed me to work on projects that I was passionate about. With Tanya's help and AUP's network, I was able to work on a story for UN World Radio Day 2016 during the Sustainable Development Practicum course. I was able to collaborate with a local radio station and use my production expertise to share a story about radio in times of emergency and disaster which was broadcast on UN Radio for the festivities.

In addition to its great professors and opportune location, AUP introduces its students to different international cultures and languages.

Lory Martinez '17

As a student, I had great professors who have positively impacted my experience. Waddick Doyle and Robert were two of my favorite teachers. Waddick had wonderful insights and Robert had the capacity to put things into perspective in a way that I never would have been able to. They were excellent mentors who guided me through my AUP experience.

In addition to its great professors and opportune location, AUP introduces its students to different international cultures and languages. I speak English, Spanish and French and being multilingual has enabled me to work efficiently as a producer and storyteller. Also, our AUP alumni network is the best academic network to be in: ninety percent of the job opportunities I got post-graduation have happened because I am an alumna of AUP.

Today, I am a Paris-based freelance writer and independent audio producer, originally from Queens, New York City. My job includes producing several shows including “A Poêle Podcast,” where the host, Julie Gerbet, interviews award-winning chefs about what motivates them. The show has been featured in several media outlets including Elle Magazine, Slate, Grazia and Les Inrocks. In addition, I produced the first few episodes of “The New Paris Podcast,” which is being run by New York Times journalist and fellow AUP alumna, Lindsey Tramuta, and have done work for National Public Radio (NPR). As a self-employed entrepreneur, I have led several audio storytelling workshops in Paris, including two for AUP students in Tanya Elder’s class. My work has also been featured on NPR, UN Radio and Great Big Story. At the moment, I am simultaneously producing three shows in both French and English with my latest project ExExpat, a podcast about what it's like to return to France after living as an expat. I launched  ExExpat in April 2018 with French journalist and exexpat, Marjorie Murphy, and it's already been featured in L'Express and on RFI.

My storytelling approach – no matter the medium – is to touch people. Whether that person is reading, listening or watching my work, I want them to want to tell someone later. I want them to laugh, smile or even nod in agreement even though they're alone on a long subway or car ride. For me, a good story starts a conversation with the audience, one that begins with the feeling you get when a friend comes up to you and says: "Let me tell you a story."

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