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                                                                                                           local Thursday 2 February 2023
            Richard Jacobs: from footballer to international cameraman to

            multimedia lecturer in Aruba

            ORANJESTAD  –  Richard  E.
            Jacobs  Jr.  is  currently  a
            guest  lecturer  in  multime-
            dia at Ibero American High
            School. Jacobs has a long
            and  successful  trajectory
            in  the  world  of  television;
            but  before  entering  televi-
            sion, his first love was soc-
            cer. In an interview with our
            reporter,  Jacobs  tells  a  bit
            about his career in soccer
            and multimedia.

            From  a  young  age,  be-
            cause  his  father  played   year  2000  he  was  part  of
            soccer, Jacobs followed in   the Aruban team that beat  Internationally,  he  worked
            his  father’s  footsteps  and   the Puerto Rican team 4-2.   at different TV stations and
            began playing soccer too.                                 programs.  He  says  that
            At a young age he moved      Jacobs studied in the elec-  he  worked  with  CNN,  Fox,
            to  the  Netherlands  and    trical  sector  in  Aruba  and  NBC,  as  cameraman  for
            from  that  moment  contin-  after  finishing  his  studies  the  Larry  King  show,  and
            ued developing in his sport.   in Aruba he moved to the  he worked as cameraman
            Half  of  his  career  was  in   Netherlands  to  continue  also  for  Nancy  Grace  at
            the  Netherlands  where  he   studying electronica.       that time.
            played  for  big  teams.  Af-  During  his  studies  in  the
            terwards he came back to     Netherlands,  Jacobs  says,  The  transition  from  televi-
            Aruba  and  played  in  vari-  there  was  a  department  sion  to  school  happened
            ous  youth  teams  and  rep-  that  would  photograph  because his two daughters
            resented  Aruba  in  Santo   and  film  here  and  there,  attended  Ibero  American
            Domingo, among others.
                                         but mostly photograph. He  High School, and during the
                                         went  to  experience  this,  years  they  were  enrolled,
            Jacobs says that during his   and  loved  it  so  much  that  they  realized  that  he  was
            soccer  career  he  won  dif-  he started participating.   doing multimedia work and
            ferent  individual  awards.   “I started going deeper into  the  school  approached
            Among others, he won go-     it. For filming, I began when  him to start teaching in the
            algetter in a championship   I was 14, filming various ac-  MultiMedia  department  in
            twice,  and  was  MVP  of  a   tivities around Aruba with a  order to introduce the sub-
            championship  twice.  He     big camera. I always liked  ject  to  the  students.  “They
            also won best striker.       filming. That’s how I started,  found accreditation for this
                                         and as I grew up I gained  and  after  six  years  teach-
            During  the  1990s,  he  was   more experience.”          ing,  this  is  the  only  school
            part  of  Aruba’s  national                               that is currently giving com-
            team,  representing  our  is-  Jacobs  worked  in  TeleA-  plete  multimedia  lessons,”
            land  in  elimination  games   ruba, and after that he got  Jacobs emphasized.
            for  the  World  Cup  in  1994,   the  opportunity  to  work  “You  learn  everything  re-
            1998 and 2002. He was also   in  ATV  and  at  this  time  he  garding  filming,  editing,
            part of the Aruba team for   gained a lot of experience  you  learn  video  editing,
            the Caribbean Champion-      in the world of television.   and you learn to work with
            ship  Shell  Cup,  and  in  the

                                                                                                   Photoshop, restore images,  very  creative  person,  you
                                                                                                   make posters, you learn ev-  can do a lot with multime-
                                                                                                   erything  regarding  social  dia  and  what  I  like  is  that
                                                                                                   media.  We  also  teach  the  when I give an assignment,
                                                                                                   technical  aspect  a  bit  of  I want for them to do it the
                                                                                                   the work of IT”, he added.   best  that  they  can,  better
                                                                                                                                than me.
                                                                                                   Finalizing, Jacobs says that  The  goal  is  to  push  these
                                                                                                   what  he  likes  the  most  children  to  use  their  cre-
                                                                                                   about  teaching  at  the  ativity    and    experience
                                                                                                   school  is  inspiring  the  kids,  the  world  of  multimedia,
                                                                                                   who  have  an  open  win-    through which they can ex-
                                                                                                   dow  to  the  world  of  multi-  press  themselves  in  differ-
                                                                                                   media. “Maybe you are a  ent ways.”q
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