“I’m dedicated and passionate about documenting compelling stories visually. Nothing makes the story more real than having it told through a camera lens, where you can: see, hear and live in the moment of what’s being told.”
Specializing in Video Production, Social Media Management, Photography, Print Journalism, Digital Media/E-Mail Marketing, Public Relations, Web Producing, Audio Storytelling, Television Production, On-Camera, Music Production & Graphic Design.
Cristina Aguirre is a social media and multimedia pioneer. She has worked with numerous Chicago non-profits, such as the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) & Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) and companies, Descuento Libre & currently, Garvey's Office Supplies as a Video Producer/Social Media Manager. She is also an award winning digital media journalist and the Founder of Pow! Chicago!, a social media driven gaming/comic book/pop culture site launching soon.
Graduating from Columbia College Chicago in May 2010 and in May 2011 (you heard right, she walked twice) with a degree in Journalism and concentration in Television and Photography, she was very active in her campus community. She became involved in organizations such as the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, where she was President of the Columbia Student Chapter for two years and a member of Latino Alliance and International Student Organization.
As President of NAHJ Columbia College Chapter and member of NAHJ, she was honored to take part in the competitive Student Projects Journalism Program in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Annual NAHJ Multimedia Convention & Career Expo in 2009. Cristina, along with a dozen aspiring journalists, worked side by side with professional and mentors in a fast-paced newsroom to produce solid, multimedia coverage and innovative stories featured primarily online. NAHJ also honored her as the recipient for the 2009 Geraldo Rivera Scholarship. At her student NAHJ chapter, she helped create El Mestizo magazine, where students would be able to promote and showcase their work on-campus. For the past three years, she helped her organization fundraise enough money to attend the annual conventions in multiple cities so other students can gain professional skills and network.
Aguirre interned and worked at various media organizations, such as CNN’s Chicago Bureau, The Columbia Chronicle and The Chicago Reporter. At CNN, Aguirre worked with producers and award winning journalists such as AC 360’s Gary Tuchman, Brooke Baldwin and Susan Roesgen. She also took part in two study abroad J-Term programs offered at Columbia in Paris, France and Lima, Peru. She traveled to a shanty town in Cusco and highlighted the stories of Los Martincitos, a program and shelter for senior citizens who were abandoned by their children or didn’t have a place to call home.
For more than two years, Aguirre’s passion for visual story telling took her to take the pioneer role as Multimedia Editor at the campus newspaper, The Columbia Chronicle. She produced multiple visual stories benefiting students each week utilizing her video, audio and photography skills. Her most memorable stories covered included an update report on the MAP Grant cut among students in Springfield, filming celebrities at San Diego’s Comic-Con, and award winning coverage on youth violence in Chicago. Her collaboration in the youth violence story won her and her colleagues a 2010 Student News Feature Award at the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards and First Place in Multimedia Reporting at the 2010 Illinois College Press Awards.