CMIR and UF!

The CMIR is an amazing resource on the campus of the University of Florida for those interested in tomorrow’s journalism and communication forms. This is a place where public relations, advertising, and public interest combine to develop. The CMIR can be found in AHA! The Innovation CoLab.

This is a facility which opened for students and faculty explore emerging technology with a space which spans for 1,200 square foot production studio for students to use their skills of digital technology and developing campaigns. This is such an amazing resource to be accessible to, especially as a student at The University of Florida who is pursuing a career in something involving public relations or something involving the digital media.

With this said life as a journalism student at UF has been a blessing because of all of the many resources and professional help I am privy to at this institution. With an on-campus newsroom like WUFT to the AHA!  Innovation lab, there is an endless number of things that I can get involved in to further develop my digital media, public relations, and communication skills.

Being in the College of Communications and Journalism has provided me with the tools and knowledge that far surpass anything I’d be able to accomplish in my short two years here along with the confidence in knowing that I have more experience than the average telecommunications/journalism major coming out of college. The courses are challenging, but very useful especially because it is helping me better prepare for my future endeavors.

This experience has definitely been one of a kind I am so grateful to have been able to take advantage of all that the University of Florida has to offer!!





More blogs!



Heaven is a young media professional at the University of Florida and works for WUFT News and TV 20. She is also a writer for Synergy, a publication through the Gainesville Black Professionals. She is currently in her third and final year as an undergraduate at UF where she looks to graduate early in spring 2019. She’s from St. Petersburg, Florida  where her passion for journalism began. After realizing she was the star of the newscast for the morning news in her elementary school, she has since found a true love for journalism and reporting. She has her sights set on becoming a red carpet correspondent or a host of a talk show of some sort. Her blog is very engaging and a must-read!


Clarisa is an amazingly talented telecommunications-News major at the University of Florida just as much of my peers are. She works as a local news reporter for the PBS affiliated WUFT News in Gainesville. Her work also includes radio covering stories for NPR affiliated 89.1 WUFT-FM on local news. What I love about Clarisa and her blog is her evident love for her heritage. As a proud Peruvian American she has served her Hispanic community by writing for the radio Spanish program called Noticias on local, national and international news. You MUST check out her blog!


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Alexis had a very detailed bio about her experience as a Telecommunications-News major at the University of Florida. She is a fourth year from Tampa Florida. Likewise, she has a passion for sports and her blog reflects this love of hers. She also has a plethora of experience form the University of Florida’s, WUFT News where she works as an anchor on the first at five newscast and other things she’s involved in in the newsroom. She spends a great deal of time volunteering and went on a study abroad trip in the summer of 2018 to broaden her horizons and expand her experience ass a broadcaster.





My Peers!

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Amanda talks about different sporting events and pivotal moments in sport across the country was very in-depth and professional. I love how she gives her perspective on games like the Gators-Vols rivalry football game during week 3 of college football. She gave a synopsis of how important the game was for both of the teams. Cheney spoke about how this was an early season must-win for both teams. I also really like how she talked about the history of the rivalry game. But she doesn’t just cover specific games, her work also included highlighting players, historic speeches made by athletes, and historic teams in general. She is a senior at the University of Florida majoring in telecommunications. She is similarly very interested in sports broadcasting as she is also a student-athlete. Her blog is very informative and interesting.


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Tyla also has a very informative but didn’t address sports rather food and great places to eat. A self-proclaimed foodie myself, I really enjoyed Tyla’s blog in its entirety. From highlighting different restaurants in different cities. She also discusses the different health benefits of being vegan or vegetarian and different trends seen in millennials when choosing their food. But her blog doesn’t stop there. What’s better than food? Dessert! She also has a post about a variety of desserts and a video of a dessert buffet she filmed. I also really enjoyed her About Me tab. She was very engaging and I loved to hear about the successful Instagram page she runs with her best friend. I checked out the page through her use of SEO and it captured my attention as all of the food on the page looked delicious. She is a fourth-year telecommunications major at the University of Florida as well. Very interesting blog!


Courtney is also a senior majoring in Telecommunications-News at the University of Florida like myself, and some of my other peers. She found a love for sports at an early age and is working to go into the sports broadcasting industry. With this said, her blog is similar to Amanda’s as she highlights major gator sports teams and games that have happened throughout the semester. She primarily focuses on Gators football and Gators men’s basketball as she provides a brief summary of many of the games. Very in-depth, well-written blog!



headshot coreyCorey Staples is a telecommunications major at the University of Florida with an outside concentration in Sport Management. She is from Atlanta, Georgia and transferred to the University of Florida in 2017 after graduating from Santa Fe College with her AA degree. She is currently on the gators women’s basketball team and competes in the
SouthEastern Conference.

Her experience on UF’s women’s basketball team has provided her with a competitive drive which she plans on using to become the best sports broadcaster there is.  Her relevant coursework includes her TV 1 shifts for her Advanced Interactive Reporting class where she writes, produces, and reports for WUFT News in Gainesville Florida.