Blake Atwell is a multimedia journalist. He is a freshman at Santa Monica College (SMC) and graduate of Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo, CA.
Blake is the Multimedia Editor of The Corsair, SMC’s award-winning newspaper. He hosts, edits and produces a broadcast news segment for The Corsair, The Santa Monica Minute, and is in his first season covering UCLA football, USC athletics and more with News4usonline.com.
He has aspirations of transferring to the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. His passions are rooted in digital storytelling, from writing online pieces and editing videos to reading prompter. While he enjoys covering all kinds of stories, Blake is particularly focused on earning internships throughout his college career that will prepare him for a versatile role as a multimedia reporter with a major news outlet.
For the past two summers, he worked as a high school intern at the Los Angeles Times. Blake gained valuable experience in the professional reporting field and improved his interview, video editing, photography, and writing skills throughout each internship.
He conducted on-camera social media interviews with top high school athletes for the CIF Southern Section and co-founded a media outlet, 1550 Sports, throughout his senior year at Trabuco Hills High School. On campus, he hosted a daily on-camera sports segment, “Instant Update,” on the school’s morning news show.
Blake spent two years as a Student Advisory Board member for the Los Angeles Times’ youth journalism program, High School Insider. He also covered high school sports (basketball, football, baseball and softball) for Prep2Prep Sports, writing game stories. He co-moderated and emceed panels at the 2018 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, including a discussion with former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.