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Rochelle Riva Bargo

Contributing Writer / Editorial Intern at New America Media


As a Philippine native raised in Hong Kong, I have learned to adapt to and work with other cultures and different environments. I first came to the United States of America in 2006 as a Leighton Contractors Limited Asia scholar. After returning to Hong Kong in 2007, I decided to continue my adventure as a foreign student by applying to the University of Oregon in 2008.

I graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Electronic Media Journalism and Magazine Journalism. I chose journalism as my career path because of my keen interest in visual storytelling, researching, and photography.

While interning for New America Media, an ethnic news organization based in San Francisco, I have realized my passion for both broadcasting, online, and print journalism, both nationally and internationally. I utilize the technical skills I have learned in college and apply them to tell the stories of people across California and beyond, regardless of social status, in order to give voices to ones in need and issues that are unresolved or unheard of.


University of Oregon

Jan 2008Dec 2011

Bachelor of Arts

Work experience

Australian International School Hong Kong - Kowloon Tong, Kowloon

Jul 2013Present

Communications Officer

  • Directly assisting and working under AISHK's Director of Development and Community Relations
  • In charge of drafting, editing and producing publications and promotional materials for AISHK and the International Learning Centre (ILC)
  • Assist with the arrangements for events, news conferences, tours and meetings with visiting dignitaries and private sector executives
  • Produce and edit videos that promote our students' volunteer participation and the school's partnerships with other non-profit organizations in and our of Hong Kong
  • Manage the website and produce videos for the AISHKTV Youtube Channel
Mar 2012Mar 2013

Editorial Intern / Contributing Writer

  • Write articles that focus on the voices of the marginalized
  • Prepare headlines for stories
  • Pitch story ideas to editors weekly
  • Contribute to the Ethnoblog
  • Update CRM Database


1. "Muslim Women Slowly Breaking Sports Barrier"

2. "For African Americs, Time Does Not Heal Economic Wounds"

3. "Battling the Stigma of HIV in the API Community"

  • Story is also published on Nation of Change, Planned Parenthood of Orange County and San Bernardino, and Nguoi-Viet

4. "Betting on Stockton: Michael Tubbs"

5. "Bankrupt Stockton Revitalized by Filipino Heritage -- and Youth"

Bridge the Gap College Prep - Sausalito, California

Sep 2012Mar 2013

Development and Communications Associate

  • Directed and produced short videos promoting the non-profit organization
  • Raised US$300,000 in a 4-hour fundraising event
  • Created PR-related letters, electronic and printed newsletters and promotional materials needed for donors and events
  • Provided administrative support to Development Director and Board of Directors
  • Processed donations and managed organization's Salesforce donor database
Mar 2012Sep 2012

Client Relationship Manager / Copyeditor

  • Pitch new topics to develop more content
  • Edit articles written by multiple authors
  • In charge of updating spreadsheets of articles found, pitched, and used
Sep 2010Dec 2011

Videographer / Graphic Designer

  • Responsible for documenting events that happen at the Mills International Center such as the Center’s 50th anniversary celebration and International Education Week, an annual event at the University of Oregon created to educate students about different countries and cultures on campus
  • Used Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Final Cut Pro to prepare PR materials for the Center’s events
  • Designed the Center’s website layout and created content
Sep 2010Jun 2011

Tech Assistant

  • Helped college students and faculty members with a wide variety of projects, from general troubleshooting to more specific creative Final Cut Pro or Adobe InDesign projects.

UO Disability Services

Jan 2009Sep 2010

Computer Notetaker

  • Helped students with disabilities at the University of Oregon by live-typing class lectures that can be directly seen on students' laptops during lectures
  • Typing speed: 107 words per minute
Jul 2009Aug 2010


  • Worked with writers to produce unique and personal stories that featured Eugene locals such as “Into the Fire,” a story of a 19-year-old student from New York who train-hopped from the east coast to Oregon
  • Prepared, edited and published “My Sexuality, Not Yours,” a documentary about a 63-year-old retired UO employee who decided to go through a gender transformation at the age of 56


"Eugene Man Teaches the Zen of Painting"

"Into the Fire"

"UO's Jaqua Center an Exclusive Academic Palace"

"Roe v. Wade Memorial Rally"

"My Sexuality, Not Yours"

Jun 2010Jul 2010

Photographer Intern

  • Worked with editors and writers to produce high quality photographs to accompany sports, features and arts and entertainment stories
  • Prepared short multimedia pieces for the daily newspaper’s website
  • 2-month internship opportunity from the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism, a competitive internship program designed for students to pursue their career path in the journalism industry
Mar 2010Jun 2010

Multimedia Content Producer

  • Pitched multimedia stories to editorial staff of an award-winning magazine including “Combat Couture,” a short documentary about a protest against militarism through a fashion show


"Combat Couture"

"Salsa: Not Just for Chips"

Sep 2009Jun 2010

Radio Show Co-Host

  • Co-hosted “Music From Around the World,” a radio show that features different students from different countries each week, accompanied with their own choices of music of various genres from their countries
Jul 2009Jun 2010


  • Worked with creative editors, illustrators and writers to attend events, follow subjects and produce & edit photographs for diverse stories, including “Dancing With Fire,” an article about fire dancing, “Neon Nightlife,” an interesting feature about the rave culture in the Pacific Northwest, and “Bastard Foods,” an informational article that questioned foods that are originally created in the US but highlighted other countries’ culture


"Dancing With Fire"

"Neon Nightlife"

"Bastard Foods"

"Drink of the Gods"

"International Students Column 1"

"International Students Column 2"

Awards and Recognition


  • International Cultural Service Scholarship Program
  • Arlyn E. Cole Scholarship
  • Columbia Scholarship
  • Leighton Contractors Limited Scholarship
  • Kenneth S. Ghent Scholarship


  • Snowden Internship Program


  • SOJC Dean's List

Writing Clips





Graphic Design
Canon PD170, Panasonic AG-HMC80
Three-Point Lighting
English, Cantonese, Tagalog (Philippine), French, German (basic), Spanish
Canon 1d Mark i & ii, Canon 30d/40d/50d/60d, Canon T2i
Final Cut Pro
Adobe CS5


Alex Gibbs

Managing Director, Agenda Consulting

Former Director of Development and Community Relations at Australian International School Hong Kong

Katie Campbell

Former Adjunct Professor at the University of Oregon

Magid Shirzadegan

Odette Keeley

Sara Clark