Eliza Partika

Class of 2022

Most recently, Eliza has reported and mixed a segment for KALW Radio, “Beautiful, Unexpected: Children’s Choir Builds Confidence Despite Virtual Rehearsals”. 

Eliza has traveled on experiential education trips to Israel and the Palestinian Territories with the Rose Project’s Fact Finders Learning Mission and the Olive Tree Initiative, where she heard personal experiences of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from diplomats, journalists, and citizens on the ground.  She is interested in examining and correcting the media’s misrepresentation of communities in conflict and publishing narratives that will reveal the realities of these communities. She is also interested in the politics behind trans-generational trauma, as well as the ability of art to heal generational trauma that comes from prolonged and intractable conflicts. She is working towards a career as a foreign correspondent.

She is studying the multimedia track at the Graduate School of Journalism, where she is interested in exploring data, investigative, and interactive storytelling methods modeled on video games, VR, and other digital narrative forms.

EDUCATION

  • BA Literary Journalism, BA Global Middle East Studies, University of California, Irvine
    Certificate in Conflict Mediation and Resolution

EMPLOYERS

  • Intern, KQED California Reporting Project
    Remote - Berkeley
    March 2021-present

    Freelance contributor
    KALW Radio 91.7 FM
    Remote - Berkeley
    November 2020 - March 2021

    Writer, Office of Strategic Communications & Public Affairs, UC Irvine
    August 2019-June 2020

    Social Media and Graphics Designer, The Olive Tree Initiative, UC Irvine
    Sept. 2019-June 2020

    Budget Event Writer, City News Service, Inc. Orange County Bureau
    April 2019-March 2020

    Audio Project for University Hills Podcast, UC Irvine
    Oct. 2018

    Writer and Associate News Editor, New University, UC Irvine
    Sept 2016 - May 2018

    Staff Writer, Benicia Herald
    August 2015-Sept 2016

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, UC Berkeley

    Fulbright Alternate for MA Conflict Mediation and Resolution, Tel Aviv University

    Dean's Honors, UC Irvine Sept 2016 - June 2020

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK

  • "Beautiful, Unexpected: Children's Choir Builds Confidence Despite Virtual Rehearsals", KALW 91.7FM

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Society of Professional Journalists, member

REPORTING INTERESTS

Middle East reporting, housing and food insecurity, mental health, music and mental health, refugees and diaspora communities