Oh hai, Tumblr!
We’re interrupting your regularly-scheduling reblogs to share some exciting news - you may have noticed that we’ve got a new intern helping us out on the ole NPR Tumblr, and she’s pretty awesome so we want to officially introduce you to her. Everyone, meet Vesta:
Hi! I come to D.C. in ✌ from the perpetually summery, concrete- & palm-tree- bound metropolis of Los Angeles. I just graduated from UCLA with a degree in Film, Television and Digital Media. I spent an intense couple years there developing my voice as a storyteller and mediamaker (film/digital/Web).
I always had a hunch, though, that working in Hollywood wasn’t the right fit for me. So I tried it out and realized I was right. I don’t like traditional film production or Hollywood’s gravitation toward lucrative blockbusters. I love nonfiction storytelling and socially responsible media. That’s why I chose the concentration I did (“interpretive” — a fancy word for experimental — digital media) and dedicated my senior year to researching, coding and filming Greenspaces, a participatory media installation in Los Angeles.
I'm here now, delving into creative possibilities at the intersection of social tech & storytelling. I like art, film, food, and fluffy things.
…and while we’re at it, we thought this would be a good time to formally introduce ourselves, your NPR Tumblr mavens/webmasters/writers of terrible puns!
So hi, I’m Ariel, and I’m a photo editor for NPR.org. I used to work here, and I helped start this, and I’m a big fan of this lil gal. Also, people tell me a *lot* of Little Mermaid jokes… you know, bc of the name or whatever.
Hiya, I’m Emily and I’m a producer for NPR.org (and I sit right next to Ariel)! I started at NPR as an intern four years ago and before that I interned here and here. I love dogs but I’m highly allergic to them, so dog GIFs are perfect for my lifestyle.
It may not seem like it sometimes, but we do read every piece of mail y’all send our way. So while we’ve got your attention, we thought we’d *also* address the most common message we get from you guys:
“Tagging your name to every comment is clearly the mark of a person over 40.“
Fun fact: Despite our penchant to reblog cute animals and the latest trend in knitting, we’re actually not 40! FWIW, we’re all solidly millennials and [mostly] digital natives. We like to sign our posts here (unlike on our personal Tumblrs) so y’all know who’s reblogging what, and who’s making which bad jokes. (Emily’s jokes are way better than mine. -Ariel) (That’s debatable. -Emily)
So send us more notes, tell us what you like and don’t like, and *definitely* check us on our old-lady style. This is why we love you guys.
-Ariel, Emily, & Vesta