My experiences at the University of Florida have provided me with the skills necessary to confidently pursue my career goals after graduation . Working as a Reporter and Anchor for WUFT-TV I developed skills that allowed me to succeed as a Journalist. My experience in WUFT’s newsroom afforded me the opportunity to write investigative and feature stories that addressed gender discrimination, state legislation, local government policy, and crime. I learned how to research issues, analyze information, discern pertinent data, and highlight relevant facts.
I enjoyed working in the newsroom and volunteered weekly as a radio producer, taking advantage of every opportunity, and covering stories on holidays and for local elections, in addition to excelling in my regular coursework. I produced live on air content for NPR’s All Things Considered hourly newscast and became a leader in the newsroom. Being responsible for delegating story ideas to reporters, ensuring stories were completed and deadlines met, and organizing those stories into a single newscast to be broadcast on the radio taught me how to lead a group of individuals to accomplish a common goal.
In addition to my experience in the newsroom, my academic curriculum contributed to my interest in law school. Following my enrollment in a course focused on Media and Communications Law, I became inspired to pursue a career in the legal profession and set my sights on becoming a lawyer. Analyzing cases concerning freedom of speech, libel and defamation, and applying those rulings to hypothetical situations intrigued me. The ability to relate decade old cases to present day circumstances, in a time when boundaries are continuously being stretched, fascinated me. Throughout the course I began to notice similarities between the journalism and legal fields. Successful journalists and successful lawyers share many of the same qualities; persistence when faced with conflict, determination to discover the facts, critical thinking while analyzing information and condensing it in a way it can be easily understood, and communicating effectively.
My participation in the college’s ethics course allowed me to expand my skillset even further. We discussed the ethical rationale of media outlets deciding the appropriateness of broadcasting the names of victims of crime and those accused of committing a crime, offensive images and videos, and stories concerning minors. I researched current media controversies and the strategies media professionals use when covering issues such as; ISIS, bombings, government scandals, national security and crime. I was given written examinations that required me to form a conclusion by analyzing facts from analogous circumstances, and explain the rationale supporting my decision. I utilized critical thinking skills to evaluate information and communicate my ideas efficiently and effectively.
The research skills I acquired through my undergraduate experiences enabled me to excel this past summer as an intern for the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, which is an agency focused on economic development to attract, retain, and expand businesses in Palm Beach County. I assisted in researching the county’s accessibility for international business, it’s proximity to airports, land development opportunities, and the cost of bringing a business to the county and compared the statistical data with that of competing counties in order to form marketing strategies. I compiled the data into organized excel spreadsheets for the agency to utilize when attracting new clients. The internship enhanced my ability to conduct research and analyze data; skills that will benefit me in law school when studying case law.
Throughout the last four years I was exposed to various educational and professional experiences that have provided me with a unique set of skills to succeed in the pursuit of career int the legal field. I hope to one day use my knowledge of broadcast journalism combined with my legal expertise, to become a legal correspondent for a national television network.