Electronic Journalism in a Nutshell

Thalia Torres – Delta Class

With the world that we live in today, it’s easy to say you want to be the change you wish to see in the world. That’s what I said. That was the deciding factor in whether or not I was okay with listening to people doubt my career choices or the money I may or may not be making in the future. Journalism would be my way to have a voice, to be the change.

At UCF, I am a Journalism major in the Electronic track. What this means is, I ultimately would like to be a News Anchor. Studying Journalism at UCF opens the door to a lot of hands on experience that I don’t think I would have gotten anywhere else. Classes are relatively small which allows for more broadcasting gear practice (cameras, microphones and lights) and stronger bonds with peers. The largest class size I have ever had in my major was 22.

Before you decide that you want to dive deep into Broadcast Journalism it’s important to ask yourself if you are willing to live every day outside of your comfort zone. Every class, one after the other, increasingly tests how passionate I am for the field. Pulling gear out, interviewing and meeting new people, being the voice for those that feel like they don’t have one is what you should expect in Journalism.

Imagine having to interview a father that just lost his daughter in a drunk driving accident. I had to do that. I had to find a way to gather enough strength to pull myself together through all the sadness, while having enough empathy for the family to dissect the moments of such a hard time. This is something I would have never even considered doing before but is now a part of what I do on a regular basis for Journalism.

One of the best pieces of advice I could give for someone considering this field or just beginning, your professors should become your friends. In this industry, connections will make or break how far you can go in life. The professors want their students to visit them in their office hours to get their take on things or review something from class. A student that shows dedication is more likely to get the letter of recommendation or good word to a news station than someone that shows up to class and gets the A.

I’ve always said, where there is a will there is a way and Journalism embodies this saying. It will not be easy and nothing will be handed to you but when you are dedicated, passionate and willing to sacrifice for a field that you love is when you know Journalism is where you should be.

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If you ever have any questions, feel free to reach out and send me an email!
Thalia.torres@Knights.ucf.edu

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