One look at the Journalism College and instantly I was in love. To say that the UF Journalism school is great would be a large understatement. My four years here have been filled with tons of valuable lessons I’ve learned. I could easily write a twenty page paper telling you all that I’ve learned, but I’ll keep it to just a couple.
One of the best parts of the Journalism College…well…really in the telecommunication-news program…is that we actually get published online! Getting published is usually a pretty hard thing to do, but UF helps us get our names out there and get published. Personally, I have a few articles on the WUFT website. One of my favorite stories I ever got the chance to do is actually published on the website.
I’ve gotten the opportunity to interview city leaders and cover elections. I don’t think I would have ever gotten opportunities half as great anywhere but here.
As far as the CIMR…it means the Center for Media Innovation and Research. It’s part of the College of Journalism aka the J-school. I’ve never honestly heard it referred to before I actually started this article. As far as I can understand, it’s basically the INC (innovation news center)…aka the newsroom….so if you get confused by the links on here..just know that they’re all to the CIMR. The Cimr’s description is at the bottom of the page in that last hyperlink.
As far as really cool things I’ve been able to report on, sometimes it’s not how important the person I’m interviewing is, it’s how important the story is to the community.
That picture is from a story I did on pet fostering versus pet adoption. For me, that story was about raising awareness for a good cause in the community. The programs in CIMR allowed me the chance to bring light to this and maybe help save a pet’s life.
The reporting opportunities I’ve been presented have also allowed me to get involved with amazing philanthropic organizations like Dance Marathon.
Ever since I did a story on Dance Marathon my freshman Fall semester, I’ve become involved with it. The Journalism College allowed me the chance to learn about something, become involved with it, and do stories on it to show other people all about it.
The college has taught me a lot. Mainly it showed me that every story has more to it than the surface level story. It can cause people to be called to action, it can teach someone else something, and it can change the way you think about something. Weimer has provided me with several opportunities both while I’ve physically been there, and while I’ve been away through the CIMR and other online resources.