Being a student in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida has so many incredible perks to it. One of the biggest perks is all of the resources we have available to us. One of these resources is the Center for Media Innovation + Research or CMIR. The CMIR lab is another place in the college that students can get together, and study, do research, or just simply hang out amongst peers. While I haven’t used the CMIR lab as often as I would have liked to have, one area that benefited me greatly was the Innovation News Center or INC.
Being a Journalism major, I spent a lot of time in the INC working on news stories and really, just improving myself as a reporter. Over the course of my 4 years at UF, which sadly are almost over, I have learned countless ways to improve my reporting, writing, and cinematography. Without a doubt, the best project I ever had the privilege of working on was the Veterans Day Special this past fall. It not only contributed to the winning of the FAPB PRO award for Public Affairs, it allowed me to meet a lot of really inspirational veterans, like Les Parrish. You can learn more about him and a few other veterans in the video below, that I shot and edited.
Life as a Journalism student is much more than making the news though. You get the opportunity to travel to different parts of florida, and meet all kinds of interesting people and just listen to their story. As a type of story teller, you have to not only be able to tell the story of the people you interview, but listen to them as well, and with all kinds of experiences and all sorts of triumphs and tribulations that each person has gone through, it’s safe to say that you will almost never have a boring day.