South Florida Access: Spooky vibes, Los Wizzards, and Miami sports (includes video story)

South Florida Access is back with its third at-home episode. Valeria Venturini and Monica Lebro host “The Hot Minute,” which touches base on the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Miami politics are also part of the conversation, as Esteban “Steve” Bovo debates  Daniella Levine-Cava ahead of the November 3 elections. Today is the last day to register to vote.

Then we move to internships. Many have transitioned remote as the coronavirus has spread. Reporter Andrea Gonzalez talked to interns and E.W. Scripps emerging talent leader Chip Mahaney about virtual internships and how transferring to remote operations has changed recruiters’ and students’ reality.

Overture to Overtown Festival will be hosted virtually this year by The Betsy Hotel. Reporter Paola Marcano talked to hosts and curators Carole Ann Taylor and Deborah Briggs, about this local festival dedicated to honoring the neighborhood’s history and legacy.

Swarm Inc hosted its first Not So Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru. The event included  a harvest market with pumpkin patches to take pictures for Instagram, and a trick or treating alley. SFA reporter Valeria Venturini attended the event and talked with vice-president of operations Sarah Porter as well as attendees.

To close the episode, reporter Yuselys Solis sits down with the members of local Latin group ‘Los Wizzards,’ who talked about innovations such as mixing reggaeton with freestyle and using the Venezuelan cuatro and the trombone.

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Monica is working on her broadcast journalism bachelor's degree. She loves to write and is passionate about sports, the art of interviewing and strives to become an on-air sports talent. She produces digital content and is a social media manager.

Brea Jones, rising FIU senior, has experience writing, videography/photography, interviewing, using Adobe Software and currently works as  Promotion and Recruitment Director for FIU Student Media. She has worked with several publications and published over 30 articles; to see her profile click

Julissa Mederos is a junior majoring in Digital Communications + Media at FIU. Apart from being an executive producer for SFA, she is also the sound engineer and webmaster for The Roar, FIU’s student radio station. 

Kevin Gonzalez is a broadcast media major at FIU. He is skilled in video editing and production, and his true passion is sports. He strives to create and host his own on-air sports show and podcast.

Cristina Feliciano is a broadcast media major at Florida International University. She is passionate about delivering the news and creating professional digital media content. She is experienced in field reporting on camera and editing news packages, but also loves to write.

Andrea Gonzalez is a Venezuelan Broadcast Media student minoring in Social Media and E-Marketing. Since she can remember, she has always aspired to be in front of a television screen informing and entertaining people with news.

Ana Soler is majoring in journalism with a translation & interpretation certificate at Florida International University. She has a passion for writing and reporting in both English and Spanish. She is a lover of linguistics, pop culture, entertainment, traveling and learning about people of all walks of life.

Valeria Venturini, originally from Caracas, Venezuela, is a Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Social Media Marketing and E-Analytics. Bilingual in Spanish and English, she has a deep passion for storytelling and wants to provide a voice for others. Venturini dreams of working at a news station delivering stories to her community, interviewing citizens, celebrities and political figures.

Yuselys Solis is a broadcast journalism student minoring in psychology and marketing. She is passionate about latino issues, but hopes to one day be an entertainment on-air talent.

Taknighis Beauvoir currently is pursuing a Mass Communications degree in Broadcast Journalism. She aspires to inform the general public about important topics around South Florida.

From Caracas, Venezuela Paola Marcano Bolívar is pursuing her degree in Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communications at FIU. She hopes to work for the entertainment and music industry, sharing impactful stories through different mediums. She loves to be creative, sing, dance and do graphic design.