Gilbert A. Bernal Jr. is a multimedia journalist living, studying and working in the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley in California. An Army veteran, father and artist. Gilbert has dedicated time and energy to the art of visual storytelling after realizing his passion to shoot, write and edit news-style videos. He is currently enrolled at the California State University of Northridge in the Cinema-Television Arts program to earn a bachelor degree. Gilbert returned to school in 2014 to continue his education after losing employment after ten years of service in the automotive field.
Gilbert enrolled into the Multimedia Entertainment Arts program at College of the Canyons where he earned his associates degree in 2017. Gilbert also worked at the college as a student assistant in the camera equipment room (The Cage). There he helps students with film equipment rentals and gave technical advice to peers.
Gilbert became interested in producing news packages after he joined the Cougar News team at College of the Canyons. He switched over to shooting and editing news-style videos after realizing the importance of journalism. Just before earning his associates degree, Gilbert A. Bernal Jr. interned for KHTS Hometown Stations video department in Jan 2017. He was soon hired as a video editor in June 2017 after his five-month internship ended.
While serving as a video intern, his duties were extended to become a multimedia journalist, producing news videos for KHTS News and Features. Gilbert was added to the KHTS team as part of the station’s continued growth and expansion.
Gilbert joined NPPA in 2018 after a former instructor at College of the Canyons and News Video Workshop veteran, Frank Ali suggested he attend the workshop in Norman, OK. In March, Gilbert attended the workshop as a participant and was amazed at the experience of the week-long emersion into the art of visual storytelling. It was in Oklahoma when Gilbert realized his love for storytelling and was inspired by the many professionals in the field of journalism.
The budding photojournalist has been seeking out more knowledge on visual storytelling and has continued to attend more workshops to further his training. In Summer 2018, he attended another workshop hosted by Fresno State University where some of the NPPA instructors from Norman were teaching.
Gilbert has worked with several production companies hired to help with different styles of video productions to include films, episodic, multi-camera productions, corporate promotions, commercials, music videos, and avant-garde stylized short films.
Gilbert is continuing his educational path and is working at earning his Bachelor's degree. He hopes one day to work with a station, network or studio to utilize his growing skills and use his passion for visual storytelling to make a contribution to society.
Corporate, Documentary, Nature, Sports, Disaster Coverage, Conflict Coverage, Video Production, Video Editing, Video Effects, Backpack Journalism, Illustration, Photo Editing, Multimedia Production, Still Photography