A Little Of What I Do

As some of you may know, I want t be a reporter.

I’ve had the great privilege of going to a university that offers a great broadcast journalism program… one that allows the students to work in an actual news station, but there is also a lot of different things within the university that gives great opportunities for all kinds of telecom and journalism students – we call this the Center for Media Innovation + Research.

Our industry is headed to multimedia, with that, web rules for the prime source for news now. And so the CMIR offers many different areas where different type of work and research and news telling and overall ingenious news telling can be told.

The CMIR also encourages the students to be creative with their story telling in a way that they might not be comfortable at first, but will eventually lead them to be great journalist.

As for me, being a reporter within the University of Florida has definitely helped me with my story telling. It has given me the opportunity to really challenge myself in ways that I didn’t know I was capable of. It makes me feel like I will graduate the university, and maybe have something good to offer. If nothing else, I won’t go into the workplace lost and confused!


I’ve been able to anchor.




And Report.


And be the photog/editor.



And seriously so much!


Goes to show you, when you do what you love and the school you go to provides you with all the necessary things, you can truly achieve so much!


The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Hey everyone!


Okay, so right now, I’ll be talking about The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell




In the book, Gladwell describes the Tipping Point as that one moment, when all of a sudden something blows up or becomes a trend. So a clothing item that all of a sudden everyone is wearing, or a word that is heard consistently in a conversation, etc. They all start off small, and something happens that makes them more and more popular, until suddenly they tip over and it just becomes a phenomenon… or as Gladwell describes it, “an epidemic.”

For example, he talks about the trend with teen suicide, and how it seems that when one person does it, all of a sudden you hear of more people doing it. He also analyses fashion trends, smoking trends, kid’s television, and even the beginning of the American Revolution. All of this, he says, have a Tipping Point.

Gladwell also talks about the different personalities in the world, and how they, in essence, make many of these trends happen. So you’ve got the Connectors, who are basically very social people, people who know everyone, and are able to bring them together; the Mavens, who are people who pass on information or knowledge; and Salesmen, who, undoubtedly, are good at persuading people.



The book was actually quite interesting. It’s not a hard idea to figure out, but one that people don’t actually think about. I enjoyed the way Gladwell presented his book: with lot’s of stories and examples. Gladwell is, after all, a storyteller- according to his bio describing previous employment –  and his book follows that pattern.

There were times when I wished he would have pushed his point a little bit more, I have to admit. Some explanations left me thinking “who cares.” It was as though he was giving a bunch of examples on things that have become a trend, and then not fully explaining why I should care about that or why it’s such a big deal. With that being said, however, in some cases I did enjoy that he did not go super in depth. There were times when I felt the explanation, though maybe not fully completed, was good enough. Mostly because the topic he was talking about would be interesting to learn about, and so would his thoughts on it, but I definitely didn’t want to read pages upon pages of in depth commentary about a lot of them.

I felt that, at the end of the day, Gladwell is a story teller, That’s what he does. He’s not a researcher per say. And his book reflected on that, though not in a bad way. If I were to give it starts… out of 5, I’d probably give a 3 or 3.5


– Stephanie


More Blogs!

Okay, so three weren’t enough. I talked about some of my classmates’ cool blogs, and I just found more! So let’s get to it.


I’m not sure why, but when people think of hard news, they think boring. Well, Leah Harding is anything but boring my friends. Her blog is extremely witty and funny. She’ll talk to you about everything happening around the world that you should probably know about, and do it in a way worthy of Anderson Cooper. So, if you want to know world news but hate watching the actual news, just visit her cite. You’ll be cultured in no time.


Talking about other future broadcasters, you can already hear Dyanne Lesnever on the radio if you live in Gainesville. Party station, anyone? In her blog, Dyanne talks all about the cool things us broadcasters get to do, and how you might get there yourself. So go check it out, you never know if you’re missing out on a great career choice.


Another broadcaster that has it all figured out: Rochelle Alleyne. Her blog is all about what it is like being a broadcast journalist. She gives awesome advice on how to improve; from stand-ups to pacing, she’ll tell you everything you need to know!

Classmates’ Interesting Blogs

Hey everyone!

So today I am basically going to talk about some other cool blogs for everyone to check out!


I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I LOVE Pop-Culture. Yup, I’m one of those; and so is my friend Lauren Crawford! She started an awesome blog dedicated to all things Pop-Culture. Want to know the latest on Justin Bieber? She’s your gal. Love the latest Beyonce song? Go check out who she collaborated with. In other words, if you love celebrities, that’s the site you should visit.


Lately, I’ve been talking about books turned to movies. Well, my friend Jesse Pagan is a movie lover. As in, all types of movies! His blog is all about movie reviews. So, if you are wondering if a movie is worth seeing or not, I say just go visit his blog and see what’s it about and what he thought of it! In his very sassy and honest way, he’ll tell you all about the good, the bad and the ugly. No spoilers, let’s hope.


Last but not least (at least for now) is Elizabeth Beiselyes, as in the swimmer. I don’t know about all of you, but a lot of the times I get so caught up in a book, I completely forget there is another real world out there. And exercise? No way, that’ll just take time away from my reading. But Liz definitely has the healthy-factor all figured out. Her website gives a lot of great ideas for easy workout routines and even a fast, but healthy meal. Exactly what we all need for summer!



Finding It by Cora Carmack

Finally! A new review!

finding it

This week, I read Finding It by Cora Carmack.


This is basically Kelsey’s story. Originally in Losing It she seemed like the very typical outgoing friend who just liked to hook up and was extremely comfortable with herself. In Finding It, we finally get to see a whole new side to her.

The last time we heard of her, she graduated and was traveling all over Europe having the time of her life. Now we finally get to experience her Europe adventures first hand.

Kelsey is having an adventure, she’s exploring… or is she running away? More and more it seems like this wasn’t a trip to get more interesting and live life, but a trip to give herself more time to not deal with real life.

Except real life has caught up with her. Hard. And now she can’t run away from her past, and she can’t even seem to really give herself to a boy as mysterious and troubled as she is.


I really enjoyed this book! Kelsey had more layers than originally thought. They’re typical outgoing-pretty-girl troubles you find in a lot of books, but Carmack knows how to really draw them out and keep Kelsey’s strong character.

I thought Hunt, the main guy, was a really good match for her. Someone who is sweet and caring… but because life has also handed him a lot of rough cookies. He is intriguing and you want to find out as much about him as Kelsey.

Their romance didn’t seem cheesy, but I didn’t expect it from Carmack. It seemed intense… but that was needed. I really recommend this book. Kelsey won’t seem as… annoying? As she did in the first book. Everything she does has a reason, and it was a true joy finding out what those were.

Oh and… Hunt+Kelsey love? Sexy. Very, very sexy.


Next up? We get to see Kelsey and Hunt’s story through Hunt’s eyes in Seeking Her

Books Turned Movies

Hey everyone!

I know that I have been horrible about keeping up, I honestly just haven’t had time to read. So… because I still haven’t finished, I decided to do this post.

In honor of the fact that after the Losing It we are going to be reading Divergent I figured I could list some of my favorite books turned movies or series! Or at least the ones I actually liked

Let’s see then…


  1. Harry Potter
  2.  The Hunger Games
  3. True Blood
  4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  5. The Great Gatsby
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  7. Gossip Girl (At least the first two seasons anyway)
  8. Mortal Instruments (kind of)

Movies I can’t wait for…

  1. Divergent (duh)
  2. The Fault In Our Stars
  3. Fallen (maybe)


I’m probably missing something in that list.

Anyone know of any other books turned movies/TV series?