12.2.19 – Working in UF’s Center for Media Innovation + Research
As the year comes to an end, I reflect upon working with WUFT this semester as a co-anchor and MMJ. Being a journalism student at UF is not only one of my favorite aspects, but an incredible opportunity. UF’s Center for Media Innovation & Research allows students a space to put their skills to the test and push themselves out of their comfort zone. The Innovation News Center, a CMIR facility, is where I have learned to find my own voice on-air and produce stories to make a difference.
Throughout this semester, I investigated public records, created pieces in four different cities and two countries, learned to shoot individually with up to three cameras at once and improved my anchor skills. Covering the famed oyster industry in the Florida Panhandle to hurricane damage in the Abaco Islands, each story presents a new set of factors I must learn to overcome. It also introduces me to more people and ideas, expanding my mind and creativity.
While the program continues to challenge me with late nights in the newsroom and sometimes a few tears, it has made me into the Journalist I am today, and I look forward to seeing what my last spring semester has in store!