Camera skill: Canon 5D, 7D, 60D, t3i, C100, C300, Sony SF7, Osmo, GoPro
Design and Editing skill: Video/Photo shooting and editing, motion graphics and WordPress
Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese and basic Korean
What Others Said About Me
Versha Sharma, Managing Editor, NowThis:
Shako is an independent, highly skilled one-woman production with a great eye for human interest stories and news explainers. She’s an incredibly talented camerawoman/shooter/producer/DP and is always pushing her skills and helping out with other team members’ shoots. She’s also very prolific in terms of pitches and produced pieces, often editing quickly for a fast turnaround on a news context piece (seriously – editing that quickly on original pieces is impressive and unique!). She’s very clearly passionate about her storytelling and her subjects, which is great and inspiring to see.
Adnaan Wasey, Executive Producer, POV Digital:
Shako is enthusiastic, dedicated and persistent, always bringing new ideas to the table and working on deadline. She was never afraid to tackle challenging assignments and was integral to our work with interactive documentaries, producing interview segments and managing social media. Shako would be a great asset to any organization.
Laura Ling, Investigative Journalist:
I first met Shako in January of 2013 while I was working as a reporter for the Los Angeles based hard-hitting news magazine program “So Cal Connected” on KCET. Shako was an intern at the time and she impressed me immediately. We worked together on a story about “birth tourism,” a term given to the wave of pregnant foreigners who enter the United States on tourist visas so they can give birth on U.S. soil and get citizenship for their babies. Needless to say, getting access to “birth tourists,” and the industry that has grown around it was not easy. But Shako wasn’t deterred. She demonstrated excellent research and reporting skills, and chased diligently after sources.
Shako is passionate about journalism and storytelling. I was deeply impressed when she decided to write a story about the discrimination of Hepatitis B carriers in China, knowing she could eventually face backlash in her home country. She wants to tell stories that matter, ones that can make a difference.
She also has terrific multimedia skills, which are essential in today’s changing media landscape. She puts in the work and is eager to learn.
Sandy Tolan, Associate Professor, University of Southern California:
I am proud to say that Shako is as hard-working and dogged a reporter as any of the many hundreds I have taught on the graduate level over the last thirteen years, first at UC Berkeley and now at USC. She’s tough, curious, enthusiastic, relentless, brave, and takes direction well. What Shako doesn’t know she is eminently willing and capable to learn, and will do so with an infectious vigor I have rarely seen. Since coming from China three years ago, Shako has endeared herself to her reporter colleagues and professors alike with a passion for journalism that has proved to be an inspiration to all of us. I have no doubt that you would find Shako’s enthusiasm equally infectious. With her reporting skills, multimedia experience, multilingual background and overall reliability and competence, she would be a fantastic addition to any newsroom.