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New Faculty Spotlight: Veronica Garabelli, journalism

Aug 16, 2019

Posted in: News

By Marcel Jennings, Interim Associate Director

Headshot of Veronica Garabelli, Journalism professor
Veronica Garabelli is one of our newest professors in the journalism sequence. She will begin teaching classes this fall.

Welcome to the Robertson School! Tell us a little bit about where you are from and where you worked, or studied, previously?

I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and moved to the United States when I was eight years old. I grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and moved to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University where I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism. After graduating with a master’s degree in multimedia journalism from the Robertson School, I was a creative producer at Lockwood Broadcast Group as well as a freelance journalist. I started working at Virginia Business magazine in 2012 where I was an editor and reporter for more than seven years. In 2018, I began teaching journalism classes part time at the Robertson School before joining the faculty full time in 2019.

What is your teaching philosophy? Which classes will you be teaching this upcoming semester?   

I want to make sure students are practicing the craft as that’s what makes them better journalists and writers. That means establishing a framework for writing and editing assignments and guiding them through the challenges they may come across while producing stories for different mediums—from reporting on social media to news websites and video. I edit their work like a professional editor and help them build on their knowledge as they progress through the semester.  I’m ecstatic to be teaching Journalism Writing this semester. I’m also assisting with Capital News Service, where students provide news coverage for numerous news outlets, including The Associated Press.

How do you keep current in this ever changing media environment?

I’m an e-newsletter junkie. I subscribe to newsletters to keep up with new storytelling methods and to stay on top of the latest developments and technology in the industry. Poynter’s “Try This: Tools for Journalism” is fantastic for the latter.

Tell us something personal about yourself. What hobbies and interest do you have outside of the classroom?

I enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures and customs—especially if it involves food. When I’m at home, I love hanging out with my husband, family and treasured dogs—Rusty, a chihuahua pug and Ruby, a 15-year-old hound.