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:
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
2022 – Oakland North – Earth day cleanup in Oakland: “If it’s helping my community, I can’t say no to that.”
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
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism - (M.J. Candidate 2022)
Loyola University Chicago - (B.A. 2011)
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
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
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 INTERESTSArts and Culture, Health & Environment, History, Language, Sports, human experience, water