Krystal Paco-San Agustin Learned Storytelling Skills As A Vibe Intern
Krystal Paco-San Agustin, an intern at Vibe and then editor-in-chief from 2004 to 2007, is now director of communications for Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. Here is his first-person account of his Vibe experience.
Get up. Leave your things. Let’s have a walk.
It was 2004. I was 14 when I learned a valuable lesson from veteran Pacific Daily News reporter Jojo Santo Tomas. That day, Jojo took us for a walk along Hagåtña, just outside the PDN office. My VIBEsters colleagues and I welcomed the walk and, most importantly, the opportunity to socialize. We didn’t know much, a quiz would follow.
Has the grass been cut? Did the parked car have a flat tire? Were the flowers in bloom?
As I tried to reinvent our ride, I couldn’t figure out the details. It’s not that my memory has failed me. It is because I did not pay attention. While not a graded task, this simple exercise set the tone for my next three years at the newspaper as a VIBE intern turned editor and later freelance writer. It helped me develop my storytelling skills which I still use today.
Fast forward to 2011. I was 21 and a new college graduate when KUAM News picked me up. Although the newsroom has changed, the work has not changed.
As a journalist, I have given people information so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families. As a journalist, I was constantly meeting new people and telling their stories, fostering understanding and empathy. As a journalist, I was in a position of influence.
One story at a time, I built my credibility and won the public’s trust. I never take this confidence for granted.
I spent all my twenties on television. From reporter to weekend anchor, prime-time anchor and deputy news director, I have thrived on camera – telling stories.
In January 2019, I quit the media for the opportunity of my life: to work for Guam’s first female governor, Lou Leon Guerrero. While I no longer ask the questions, I answer them on behalf of our maga’håga.
In short: apply for Vibe. Do it for the story – your story.