Meet Our Summer 2022 Interns

By Amber Adamez & Briana Senegal | Thursday, June 2nd 2022

Amber Adamez - Audience Engagment Intern

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Amber Adamez with her boyfriend, Mark, and dogs, Minnie and Goliath.

Introduce yourself! Tell us what you’re studying and a little about you!

Hello! My name is Amber and I’m planning on majoring in Fine Arts with a concentration on Film Production at Texas State University in San Marcos this fall. I will graduate from Austin Community College at the end of the summer with my associate degree in Liberal Arts! Currently, I live in South Austin near the Sunset Valley area. In my free time I like to crochet as I’ve found it makes a great stress reliever.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Dallas, Texas and lived there until June 2020 when I decided to add to the chaos going on and move to Austin! I had applied to the University of Texas in Austin and my husband and I decided whether I got accepted or not we wanted a huge change in our lives. Our families still live in Dallas and they’re only a three hour drive. We’ve made incredible friends and have had opportunities we never would’ve experienced if we hadn’t taken that leap of faith in the midst of the pandemic.

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Amber likes to crochet in her free time.

What got you interested in storytelling?

I have always loved telling stories even from a young age, and as I got older I realized while fictional stories are great, there are people out there with just as powerful and moving stories to tell.

What drew you to Decibel’s community-led journalism initiative?

When the Decibel team came to my film class to tell us about the internship, I cried during one of the videos they showed. It moved me to know that organizations like Decibel were invested in and wanted to know about a community's problems.

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In addition to her two dogs, Amber has a cat named Tiger Lily.

What projects are you excited to learn more about during your internship?

I’m excited to see the filming and editing aspect of PBS! I grew up watching PBS so it feels like I’ll be coming full circle to be behind the scenes now.

If stopping at a coffee shop on the way back from a remote, what’s your beverage of choice?

An iced vanilla oat milk latte.

Briana Senegal - Reporting Intern

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Briana Senegal is Decibel's first ever reporting intern.

Introduce yourself! Tell us what you’re studying and a little about you!

Hello, my name is Briana Senegal, and I am 22 years old and a Radio-TV and Film major at Austin Community College. I fell in love with telling stories as a kid and developed my passion for film in high school, which has heavily influenced me to pursue a career in streaming television and broadcast production. I am currently in the process of creating a sticker business called OverthinkingBee alongside my lovely companion, pet bird, King Jelly, known as KJ.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up on Galveston Island but at 8 years old, evacuated due to Hurricane Ike, which moved my family to Austin. I have lived in the Round Rock area for 13 years now.

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Briana is in the process of starting her own sticker business called OverthinkingBee.

What got you interested in storytelling?

Since I was young I have loved developing stories. I have always found myself creating stories whether that is creating my own scenarios for books or TV shows and films. I even make my life choices into a story that can be changed and developed.

What drew you to Decibel’s community-led journalism initiative?

What drew me to Decibel’s community-led journalism initiative was the carefully constructed stories on the Decibel website. I love that the Decibel team finds stories of different communities and beautifully crafts a video to inform the people. In high school I worked together with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs and it's come full circle years later I am now interning with Decibel.

Check out Briana's work from PBS Student Reporting Labs here.

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Briana has a pet bird named King Jelly.

What projects are you excited to learn more about during your internship?

I am excited to learn more about the behind the scenes of reporting and the process of developing a story.

If stopping at a coffee shop on the way back from a remote, what’s your beverage of choice?

I sadly don’t drink coffee but I absolutely love anything matcha! I usually drink an iced matcha latte with almond milk and any sugar free sweetner.

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