Name: Claudio E. Cabrera, 25
Current City: New York City (Manhattan)
Looking For: A Sports PR Position, Freelance PR / PR Internship Leads, Journalism Opportunities
Our Notes: He’s fashionable, award-winning and game-changing. He won the Independent Press Association 2006 Award for Best Article on a Social, Racial, or Immigration issue. The article, Punishing Phone Call Tax for Prisoners’ Families forced the New York Congress to confront the issue.
Skills: Writing, Editing, Public Relations
On the Web: Live Above Mediocrity
Mopwater: Where do you see yourself fitting into this industry?
CC: Well, I can’t say that I dreamed or even still dream of becoming a publicist; it’s just something that I have experience doing and actually like. But, I don’t like the agency side of it [because] I don’t like being hovered over. I feel I’m at my best when I’m able to sit down and speak with a client one-on-one and develop a plan of attack to garner him/her press. Not to say I wouldn’t take a position with a firm, but I prefer freelancing.
Mopwater: Describe your work history, including relevant internships, up to this point.
CC: While I was in college, I was a paid intern for over two years for the NY Amsterdam News, one of the oldest black newspapers in the country. I was brought on by the owner, Elinor Tatum, and former Editor in Chief Jamal Watson. I covered news in the Harlem community and garnered close to 100 clips at the weekly publication.
I also interned for TravelwithVal.Com, a website that focused on travel deals and destinations. It was a great experience because it exposed me to a field of writing I was never familiar with. I’ve also interned for the Columbia Records A&R and Universal Music Enterprises Catalog Department. I was also a writer for DefJam.com profiling artists and generating news pieces.
After graduating [from Brooklyn College] in the summer of 2008, I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to find a job considering the direction the economy was headed in. But I contacted a company called yoonew, whose focus is in sports tickets; and considering that I have experience doing ticket re-selling and journalism, I was brought on as their PR Manager. Read the full story