Ben Derico

Ben Derico

Class of 2022

I’m Ben Derico— a Video Journalist, Producer, and Cinematographer in San Francisco.

A former commercial video producer with over a decade of experience, I’m currently completing my Master’s at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. At the J-School, I’m learning to cater my technical experience creating advertisements towards filming stories for the public good. As a video journalist, I film and produce news segments, explainers, and mini documentaries. My stories range in subjects, but always have a curious perspective.

As a visual journalist I’ve filmed, reported, and edited videos for large outlets like The Washington Post and BBC III, as well as smaller, niche publications like Brownbook and Passion Passport. I’ve also worked as a print and photo reporter with articles and photos published in SFGate and Público.

I work in English, Spanish and Portuguese. More than just a guy with a camera, think of me as a generalist who specializes in generalizing other people’s specialties. I love learning about the world and, with my camera in hand, I hope to keep exploring.

For my thesis, I’m completing a short documentary about Chile’s constitutional convention – particularly focused on the fight to establish water as a human right in the document that will potentially replace their current dictatorship-era constitution. The film will be completed in mid-May.

Until then, you can see my video work at the link to my portfolio under my profile picture or a direct link here: https://www.benderico.com/ You can also check out my YouTube Channel with my Explainer Videos as well!

Finally, here’s a few links to published non-video work:

Writing

2021 – The San Francisco StandardThousands Of San Francisco Kids Learn English At School. It Isn’t As Easy Over Zoom.

2021SFGate – Why the pandemic may be causing a rising tide of abandoned boats in the San Francisco Bay

2022 –Richmond Confidential How to make Richmond’s air cleaner? BAAQMD turns to residents for answers

2022 – Oakland NorthEarth day cleanup in Oakland: “If it’s helping my community, I can’t say no to that.”

Photography

2021 – PúblicoNa Covilhã, o Wool faz as paredes falar há dez anos

2021 – PúblicoPaulo constrói nyckelharpas, o estranho instrumento sueco que Paredes adoptou

EDUCATION

  • UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism - (M.J. Candidate 2022)
    Loyola University Chicago - (B.A. 2011)

EMPLOYERS

  • Across The Pond - Freelance Creative Producer (02/20 - 02/21)

  • Sidekick Video - Director Cinematographer, Producer (04/14 - -2/22)

  • Lapiz/Leo Burnett - Associate Producer (01/13-04/14)

AWARDS & HONORS

  • US Department of Education FLAS Fellow (Portuguese - Institute of European Studies) 2020-2021

    US Department of Education FLAS Summer Fellow (Portuguese - Institute of European Studies) Summer 2021

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK

  • Writing

    2021 - The San Francisco Standard - Thousands Of San Francisco Kids Learn English At School. It Isn’t As Easy Over Zoom.

    2021 - SFGate - Why the pandemic may be causing a rising tide of abandoned boats in the San Francisco Bay

    2022 -Richmond Confidential - How to make Richmond’s air cleaner? BAAQMD turns to residents for answers

    Photography

    2021 - Público - Na Covilhã, o Wool faz as paredes falar há dez anos

    2021 - Público - Paulo constrói nyckelharpas, o estranho instrumento sueco que Paredes adoptou

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Video Consortium - (SF/Bay Area)

REPORTING INTERESTS

Arts and Culture, Health & Environment, History, Language, Sports, human experience, water