Cynthia Via is a writer, reporter and editor based in New York City. She holds a BA in Journalism and Creative Writing from The City University of New York - Baruch College. She has participated in creative writing and poetry workshops; most recently a Fiction Narrative workshop in Loyola University, New Orleans. Being a reporter, editor, and a social media coordinator for news organizations, non-profits, and government agencies, has allowed her to write and curate content for a variety of readers. She also has experience curating and shooting photographs, and creating infographs, newsletters and press releases.
She began as a Staff Writer for the Queens Ledger/Brooklyn Star, a news publication in New York City, where she covered community developments, gentrification, healthy living, education and culture. She reported on stories related to women's issues and climate change for Media Global, a United Nations non-profit, covering developing nations. As a Social Media Manager/Editor for ParksByNature Inc., she wrote articles on hiking, camping, wildlife, bird watching, as well as content for their national and state park mobile apps, and also managed their social media, including Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
In 2016, she served as an AmeriCorps Vista for NoKidHungry New Orleans. As Outreach Coordinator, she created awareness for USDA's summer meals program, provided administrative and logistical support, maintained the organization's website, created photo content, managed social media, and designed newsletters and other marketing materials. Most recently, she worked as a Research and Writing Specialist for External Affairs and as a Community Planning Liaison for Community Planning Capacity Building, Recovery Support Fuctions supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency's long term recovery where she researched, wrote, and edited content to produce community profiles, news updates, and a report identifying impacts and short/long-term issues after the 2019 flooding disasters in Nebraska and after the 2017 hurricane in Puerto Rico.
She has participated in projects taking on the role of videographer, transcriber, translator, and tutor for elementary/high school students.
- Skills: Editing, Copy Editing, Proofreading, Interviewing, News Editorial & Blog Writing, Essays, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Fiction, Line Editing, Development Editing, Transcribing, Translating (Spanish), Social Media, Photography, Audio & Video.
- Beats: Community Planning, Gender Construct, Ecology, Nature, Climate Change, Women's Issues, Political News, Gentrification, Profiles, Art, History, Literature, Books, Films, TV shows.