Life as a student journalist at UF

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.

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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.

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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.



What you can learn at the J-School here at UF

The college of Journalism and Communications is one of the best in the country.

It gives you the opportunity to learn from some of the best professors in the entire world and you’re basically starting out as reporters and journalists.

For example, Darling Hill is one of the producers for the 5 o’clock show here at WUFT, and she got here start in the classrooms at Weimer Hall.

The same applies to Olivia Courtney who has been a tv reporter and anchor here. And just like me, Sean McKenna, is trying to get into sports reporting.

All of us started here trying to learn and become specialists in our crafts. So if you have the chance, come to UF and major in the J-School.

Getting closer to graduation

I’m only a couple of weeks away before I graduate from the University of Florida.

To say that my three years here have been a blessing — I transferred to UF after getting my AA Degree from Valencia College in Orlando — has been an understatment.

Going here has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and the opportunities I’ve had to work at Weimer Hall will stick with me for the rest of my life. The J-School here is incredible and you learn so much and you get to meet a lot of people who have the same passion and drive that you have.

Daniel Gilman is someone who’s also trying to get into sports, while Michelle Beaty is one of the producers on the radio here. Rebecca Adam’s blog is very creative as well.

There’s no other place in the country like Gainesville because of how dynamic UF is. I’m glad that I came here.


Warriors and Sixers game recap

Stephen Curry has been the best player in NBA this season and has dwarfed the accomplishments of others on his team.

But on Sunday night, it was the other member of the “Splash Brothers,” Klay Thompson, that stole the show against the Philadelphia 76ers, as Thompson dropped a 40 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Sixers 117-105 in Golden State.

Thompson was unconscious from the floor, shooting 15-of-27 including 7-of-14 from downtown as he scored 40 points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

“Coming down the floor, they’re always looking to rise up,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “Klay, you forget how big of a man he is apart from his quick release. You’re just afraid of this barrage of points, 3s, all of that. Speights came in and that’s a big man that can shoot, too.”

Draymond Green added a triple-double in the game scoring 13 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists, while Curry scored 20 points and eight assists.

The Warriors (66-7) shot 53 percent from the field (44-for-83) and 42.4 percent from downtown (14-for-33).

Meanwhile, the Sixers got 20 point performances from Carl Landry, who had 22 to lead all Philadelphia players, and Ish Smith. Both were efficient from the floor as they combined to shot 18-of-29 from the floor.

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Smith added 10 assists for a double-double, but it wasn’t enough for Philadelphia (9-65) as it lost its ninth game in a row.

Elton Brand was a welcomed sight for Philadelphia, as the veteran big man had 10 points and three rebounds off the bench after recently signing with the Sixers.

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“Elton came in and gave us some veteran-type minutes,” Brown said.

The woeful season for the Sixers continue. With the amount of injuries piling up, Philadelphia has a chance to finish with the worst record in NBA history.

The mark was set by the 1973 Sixers team that went 9-73. This year’s version of the Sixers has already matched the win total of that lowly Philadelphia team, but there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the team and it could match that mark.

News and Notes:

  • Nerlens Noel was held out of the game as he’s dealing with a right knee contusion.
  • Jeremi Grant suffered an undisclosed injury during the game.
  • The Sixers will be back home on Tuesday night as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans.


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Carl Landry:

Nick Stauskus with the dunk 


Quotes and information were taken from an AP story located at

My bio

My name is Luis Torres and I’m a senior telecommunications major at the University of Florida.  I’m currently in the college of journalism and communications at UF and I do some work for the news station, WUFT News.

But my passion lies with the student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator. I’ve worked at the Alligator for more than two years now in the sports section.  It’s been an amazing experience starting off as a copy editor and working my way up as a beat writer.

I started covering golf in Fall 2014 and then went on to cover the softball team in Spring 2015. From there, I’ve covered the Gators football team and I’m now currently covering the Florida baseball team.

Working at the Alligator has also allowed me to become the Florida Gators correspondent for The Palm Beach Post. If you want to check out any of the work I’ve done, check out those two newspaper sites and also check out my resume here.

Luis Torres’ Resume


I am a college senior currently looking for a job in the sports journalism field. I would like to utilize my skills and experience as well as my passion for writing and sports.


University of Florida in Telecommunications — April 2016

  • Outside concentration in Sports Management
  • GPA 3.44

Valencia College — Dec. 2012

  • AA Degree in General Studies


The Palm Beach Post — April 2015-Present

  • Florida Gators Correspondent:  Florida Gator correspondent for The Palm Beach Post. Work with the Gators beat writer, and the editors, to provide stories for the paper, and blog posts for the website on the UF athletic programs.

The Independent Florida Alligator — Jan. 2014-Present

  • Online Sports Editor — December. 2015-Present
  • Assistant Sports Editor — May 2015-December 2015 
    • Responsible for management of daily layout and content of the sports section.
    • Beat Writer (Aug. 2014-Present) 
    • Wrote game stories, midweeks, features and sidebars for The Independent Florida Alligator. Beats I have covered include: Baseball (Feb. 2016-Present), Football (March 2015-Present), Softball (Dec. 2014-June 2015)
    • Copy Editor (Jan. 2014-April 2014)
    • Worked with a staff of writers to fact check sports stories for accuracy. Also checked for grammatical errors, as well as style errors.


  • Steve Russell: ESPN Gainesville 95.3 Sports Director. Phone Number: (352) 317-3458 Email:
  • Anthony Chiang: The Palm Beach Post Florida Gators Beat Writer. Phone Number (305) 450-8461 Email:
  • Adam Lichtenstein: The Palm Beach Post Prep Sports Beat Writer. Phone Number (561) 543-3688 Email:

The Golden State Warriors’ Run at History

If you follow sports in any way, you might have seen, or heard, what the Golden State Warriors of the NBA are currently doing.  After beating the Orlando Magic 130-114 on Thursday night, the Warriors are now 52-5 on the season.

To put it in perspective, the NBA record for wins in a season is 72 by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96. That Chicago team, led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, is widely known as the greatest NBA team in history.

This current iteration of the Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry and others, is currently on pace to eclipse the record set by the Bulls. The Warriors’ are such a fun brand of basketball to watch so make sure you watch them or keep track on their quest for history.

Courtesy of USA Today
Courtesy of USA Today.