As a graduating senior at the University of Florida, I have had such a crazy journey learning everything there is to learn in the world of journalism — especially this last semester! The CMIR was such a special part of my education, and is unique to UF, giving us real world experience before we even enter the workforce.
I am so grateful for my experience as a Florida Gator, being able to work on WUFT-TV and feel like a real professional. As students, we start off in radio, and slowly work our way up to one-man-banding, turning packages to air for the 5pm newscast. Using programs that professionals use, like Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro, and AP ENPS, and a top-of-the-line studio, students can learn what its like to be on live television before ever getting paid for the job. I was taught so much — and it landed me a job at the local leading news station, WCJB right out of school. Check out the reel (with awesome material from my internship at WESH!) that helped me become a grown up and get hired.
We all get it. We all go through the moment when an idea becomes a fire in our minds that we can’t put out. Each of us, as reporters, experience this “tipping point” at some point in our lives. This same thing happens with trends. Malcolm Gladwell analyzes the way something can grow in popularity quickly while other things die out and fade away. He emphasizes the patterns that take place in every quickly growing trend, from fashionable shoes to epidemic diseases.
The part of the book that speaks to me most, was Gladwell’s point in how influential people can help make something influential. Being that we are the media, the best advice you can give is to be influential, in the sense that we can bring good into the world because of our accessibility to public opinion. If an idea were compared to a disease, a good disease, we could share this disease because of our ability to access each person’s mind, influence their ideas. While this sounds incredibly intrusive, it’s our civil duty as watchdogs for America to do so.
Gladwell uses his theory on the Power of Context to describe what might make something “tip”… in other words, what gives it the push toward influential and trendy. It all depends on timing. Every circumstance, the place, the people, the amount of people, and even the timing matters when it comes to mass popularity. People have to be ready to receive the trend, just as much as they are ready to make their own trends. Be able to share an idea that people would be ready and willing to receive in their own lives. Make sure the public will want to embrace those ideas. It’s all about your circumstances. While we must be able to have good spreadable ideas, we must also be able to conform to the minds of others in order to spread it. Gladwell uses the nurse using hairstylists to raise breast cancer awareness in African American women as an example. She put herself in their environment to help them get comfortable and acquainted to the idea she was intending to spread.
Overall, Gladwell’s theories showed me that in my particular life and career choice, I have the ability to be a torch that can light the way towards a greater and more impactful trend. We can all do this in our own way, but as a part of media, the biggest form of communication, I would like to try to reach the world in ways it was not reached before. Even if it’s just a small group of 150, I would like to impact those around me and set trends that make this world a better place. Gladwell says, solutions are possible. “Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push — in just the right place — it can be tipped.” Let us not be people who allow trends to ruin our society, but let us better the social environment with our social power. Much like the push for a fashion trend, we can push for a better future, with better ethical values. Be the individual who can set a trend that changes the world.
James Fertil wrote a blog about what cool things there are to go here in Gainesville, which I thought was very creative and much needed! Especially as a college student living in a city that only really exists because of the university itself. His most recent post, A Little Taste of Home talks about his personal feelings about the Haitian club on campus where he can taste his home heritage.
Michelle Bentley gives readers tips about everyday things, like how to keep your face clean, remedies for when you’re sick, and more! Her blog was something I would want to open up when googling a simple task like how to get rid of a cold! Clever and useful!
Connor Inglis‘ blog, Association Dissertation really tells readers a lot about him… a sports fanatic. I enjoyed getting a piece of his personality through his writing, and getting to know his reporting style through his sense of humor.
Rebecca Adams’ Blog is both creative and innovative. It fits into the blog-style world of today’s youth, following the trends and lifestyle of an American college student. She uses clever wording to describe what is popular in the world of a young girl just trying to make it in the world.
Rebecca reminds me a lot of myself and the life I live, a graduating telecommunications major at UF who can’t help but compare herself to her peers and has not yet figured out what her next step will be, but overall in pursuit of a happy life doing what she loves. It’s true what they say, if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
Olivia Courtney is following the same track as me, and her blog Get Lost In It shows her similar love for television. Both of us are entertainment reporters for WUFT and often share with each other about the #struggles of it.
Daniel Gillman’s website on being a sports reporter was very different, because I’ve never worked in the sports world. Daniel’s site is not set up like a normal blog-site, making him look very professional and ready to work in the real world as a sports broadcaster.
As a student at the University of Florida, I am majoring in Telecommunications News, pursuing a career in broadcast journalism as a reporter. I currently work as an intern at WESH 2 News, I’m a reporter for WUFT News, anchoring and producing the entertainment news segment, and I will be graduating in April of 2016.
In my previous post, you were able to see my resume on my personal website. If you take a look around, you might find my work in radio, and my work in Chompic’s, a student run entertainment club sponsored by Gator National Broadcasting Society. It allows students to perform and produce in a mini-film series for the internet, take part in podcasts, and be a beat reporter for an entertainment news YouTube show.
Resume: Crystal Bailey
In the process of completing my last semester at the University of Florida and trying to begin a career as a reporter, my internships have really helped me become more well-rounded in the field. I hope that with my experience, I can get a job when I graduate and get out there and start my first real salary job!
Resume: Crystal Bailey
A frustration it was… Not only was this story the most difficult story I’ve ever chased, but it was absolutely intimidating. I ran around pointing fingers at old men who didn’t want any accusations thrown their way. I didn’t at all intend to accuse anyone and I wanted every side of the story, but the owners of the mobile home park just wouldn’t cooperate. Out of fear that I might get sued (since they threatened me), I chose not to let WUFT air the story, but I just wanted to help these people who couldn’t help themselves.
As you read in my previous post, The Sick Girl Blues, I had difficulty finding people to interview and talk to about the issue, but luckily, I got what I needed for the sake of my grade.
My project: Not So Sunny Oaks Mobile Home Park
An investigation done RIGHT before my vacation… Well, now I can enjoy my long overdue spring break trip to North Carolina for skiing!