In 2013, Mariana Brazos, a University of Incarnate Word student proposed a capstone that would take the steps to create an official Alliance for Women in Media chapter student chapter in San Antonio. Mariana not only successfully created the student organization, she also landed a job with local station Univision 41 as a field reporter. Over the spring and summer of 2014, Sidne Auvert, a fellow UIW masters student, took over as president and built up the student org. It has been amazing to see the student organization grow, what’s amazing is the fluidity between the professional and student chapters. The fluidity has created internship and job positions that were not offered before.
The San Antonio Alliance for Women in Media hosted the 2014 Media Olympics is San Antonio event that brings media outlets together to participate in a field day style event. The goal of the event is to bring everyone together to build commeradory and a bigger sense of community. The proceeds of the event all towards a scholarship fund for college students who are studying the field of media.
For the second year the student chapter participated in the activities and this time brought a whole crew with UIW Cardinal red shirts and all. The fluidity referred to in the first paragraph was going full steam at the event and it was amazing to see the students be able to interact with the professionals in field. It was also amazing to see graduates of the program representing their media outlets.