Knight Innovator in Residence Mariana Santos is helping FIU students, staff, and faculty innovate and become leaders in the media and communications field of tomorrow. She is a visual storyteller, who did groundbreaking work as a member of the interactive team at The Guardian in London.
A trained animator, she pioneered the newsroom’s use of motion graphics to make data stories more compelling. She taught a course in interactive journalism at the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and has held workshops in Argentina, Denmark and the United Kingdom. She began her career as a motion animator and post-production editor at Universal Music Berlin. Santos has a bachelor’s degree in communication design and industrial design from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon. She completed a master’s degree in digital media at Hyper Island, an educational company in Stockholm.