My time as a student journalist has been amazing.
I’m currently on track to graduate in two weeks as I write this and I can’t help but reflect on my time here at the University of Florida. I remember the first time that I walked into the Center for Media Innovation to see a guest speaker for a sports society that I was a part of.
From there, I was hooked, and I knew that I wanted to spend my time being a sports journalist. I got a job as a copy editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and I worked my way up to becoming a beat writer.
I covered the UF men’s and women’s golf teams, the softball team, the football team and now I’m covering the baseball team. It’s been an amazing experience and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without being at UF.
Being a telecommunications major has allowed me to work in the Innovation News Center. The INC gives students the opportunity to help cover the news outside the University of Florida and into Gainesville and about 16 surrounding counties.
It allows lets you build your radio voice as well as do TV work. I’ve done more radio than TV, but either way, it’s been a good experience.
Being a student journalist here at UF has prepared me to go into the real world and find a job. I’ve built a good resume and a good portfolio and it’s because I came here and did a lot of work to get to this point.
Weimer Hall, the J-School, is an amazing place. Not matter if you’re a journalism, telecomm, advertising or PR major, being at Weimer Hall gives you the most out of any opportunity in the entire country.