I always get a rush when people ask what school I go to, and I get to say “The University of Florida!” The prestige that comes with being a Florida Gator is unrivaled. The only thing that makes me happier is getting to say that I attend UF’s College of Journalism and Communications as a Telecommunications – News Student.
UF’s Center for Media Innovation and Research (CMIR) is a facility unlike any other schools’. The CMIR and the Innovation News Center have allowed me to completely immerse myself in the world of Telecommunications. Throughout my three and a half years at the University of Florida, I have worked in several platforms of media. I began as a reporter for WUFT-FM, where I wrote radio stories, conducted interviewed, and performed live newscasts. I then began working as a reporter for WUFT TV, where I would create news packages for broadcast, and learn how to use the cameras. I was also an News Anchor for the WRUF News Cut-Ins, a two-minute newscast that played once every hour throughout the day.
Now, I am a main news anchor for WUFT’s First at Five live newscast. I have had the time of my life reading the news every Monday at 5 o’clock, and I can honestly say that it gives me one of the biggest adrenaline rushes I’ve ever experienced.
One of my favorite parts about anchoring for WUFT TV’s First at Five is that I get to do it alongside one of my best friends, Angelina Perez. Angelina is the Entertainment Anchor, and writes and edits her own segment of the show. I could not be more proud of Angelina and all of her accomplishments.
All of the amazing work that I have been able to be a part of would not have been possible had it not been for UF’s Center for Media Innovation and Research. Not only has the CMIR provided a place for all Journalism and Communications majors to better themselves, but also it has provided a place all under one roof. The integration that is seen at UF’s Innovation News Center is extremely unique, and I feel so blessed to be able to have a part of it.