Student Reporters


RTDNA Canada is pleased to introduce a new collaboration with journalism students in order to provide social media coverage of the National Conference on Connecting with Audiences in the Age of Mistrust. Applications were received from students enrolled in a journalism program who were proficient with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Live and who displayed solid news judgement.

We are pleased to present our Social Media Trailblazers:


Manuela Astudillo
Radio Broadcasting Diploma Graduate, Humber College

From the age of 13, Manuela has been part of volunteering at CHHA 1610 AM Radio Voces Latinas, the first Hispanic Community Radio in Ontario. Learning how to be the technical assistant to an on-air broadcaster, has led her way into a paid job as the music coordinator and social media coordinator. Managing her Dance studio she has also learned the marketing and sales aspect of the entertainment industry. As an autodidact person, she has also gained the skills of graphic design, video editing, and website development. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Manuela currently finished her diploma program of Radio Broadcasting in Humber College.


Adam Bernards
Postgraduate Journalism Student, Humber College

Adam is a journalism student at the start of his career. He has a special interest in music, art, theatre, books, and sports. In journalism he has a passion for all things broadcast, with a particular interest in news radio.



Brandon Choghri
Postgraduate Journalism Student, Humber College

Brandon Choghri is a postgraduate journalism student at Humber College with a passion for music and sports. In the past year he’s interviewed platinum-selling Grammy winners, covered breaking news throughout Toronto, and travelled to Washington D.C. to cover the Inauguration and Women’s March. Before attending Humber, Choghri went to the University of Guelph where he competed on the CIS-winning Track and Field team and earned a degree in English and History. He writes for Exclaim! Magazine and fronts a pair of rock bands when he isn’t buried in the day’s news.


Natalie Dixon
Journalism Graduate, Humber College

Natalie recently graduated from Humber College’s Journalism program. She is comfortable and confident producing for a variety of media including newspaper, television, radio, online, magazine and social. She is passionate about the field, dedicated and a determined individual. She has developed exceptional communication skills as well as organizational skills, works extremely well with others and has an excellent work ethic, especially with deadlines. Natalie believes the combination of her education and values will enable her to make a meaningful and significant contribution to any news room.


Michael Downey
Radio Broadcast Diploma Graduate, Humber College

Michael Downey is a recent graduate of the Radio Broadcast Diploma program at Humber College. He believes in radio because he knows that the human voice will certainly always prevail as the supreme tool for storytelling. Michael is currently a technical producer with Q107 and Talk Radio AM640, in Toronto.



Aastha Shetty
Student, University of Guelph-Humber

Aastha is a generation-Z student journalist; audio, video and social media are all her forté. She has lived most of her life in the UAE but she is a proud Torontonian who loves poutine, maple syrup and watching movies at the TIFF Lightbox. But most of all, Aastha loves writing stories that could change the world. Who knows! Maybe one day you will see her on TV, reporting on a story that could save lives, restore accountability and change her career forever.