Diversity At Its Finest

17 Apr

Ever since I was a little girl, I can remember watching, or at least seeing the news on. My mom and dad have always been very informed about current events via the newspaper, radio talk shows, and of course, news on television. As a child, when you see someone who you can relate to, usually by physical appearance, it’s easier for you to visualize yourself growing up to be like them. I think part of the reason I never thought I wanted to grow up to be a television broadcaster is because there was no one on the news that looked like me. However, as our society becomes more diverse, we’re seeing more and more people of multi-cultural ethnic backgrounds being represented in the media.
I recently read an article about an Asian-American woman named Shannon Hori from Miami, Florida who became the first, and only primary news anchor of her decent on that network. Due to her prominence on television, she has been dubbed with the title “unofficial Asian-American ambassador”. She has been given the opportunity to participate in events and speak out in many different forums because of her success.
When I see things like this, it gives me a sense of empowerment. I feel more able to accomplish my goal of becoming a television news anchor when I see people of my ethnic background succeeding in that field of work. Hopefully Hori can gain enough notoriety to become a household name like Christiane Amanpour, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, and the like.
I know if Hori had been a prominent news anchor when I was a young girl, I would probably have realized much sooner that I wanted to be one as well!

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Social Media: Why it’s Important

15 Apr

So this past week as I was doing my usual routine of neglecting my homework and studying until the very last possible minute, I caved and created a Twitter account. Now, you’re probably wondering why I said “caved.” Well, I have always been very adamant about not making a twitter, because I thought it was a waste of time. Ironic, I know, because I just told you I’m a slacker by nature. Regardless of this fact though, I still believed that tweeting had no point, and just created another distraction for me…which clearly I do not need. However, after taking a semester of mass communications courses, I’ve begun to understand the very vital importance of social media. 

On the surface, sites like Facebook and Twitter are merely tools to allow us to communicate with our friends or cyber-stalk our favorite celebrities. But when you really start to investigate the inner-workings of these social media, you realize they’re actually great for self-promotion. 

Lauren Conrad recently did an interview with a Fox News intern, and she talked about how important social media is for any and all college students. “Twitter goes hand in hand with my blog.  I have a wonderfully dedicated following on Twitter and I want to make sure they see my blog posts.  By posting blog links to my Twitter, I can drive my Twitter followers to my site where I can provide my fans with richer and more engaging content.  There’s a natural synergy between the two,” she said.

By creating blogs that focus on issues regarding your future career aspirations, or by making a youtube channel that has mock video news packages you’ve put together, you can help jumpstart your own career. Everyone is tapped into the social media world in one way or another, so by having accounts on Facebook and Twitter, you can post links to your blog or youtube channel, thereby allowing others to witness your talents in their finest form. And with facebook recently adding a “share” button, it’s easy for others to spread the word about you, and everything you have to offer to the social media field. 

By now it should be clear to you that social media IS important. It is the easiest and CHEAPEST way for you to get your name and face out into the public forum. Linking into the social media world and then actively staying involved in it, gives you an edge over other people fighting for the jobs you want. With every new follow or share you receive online, you land one step closer to being seen by a future employer and grabbing their attention. And that, ladies and gents, can only lead to positive outcomes for YOU.

So, as Nike says, just do it! Become familiarized with how social media operates, and then dive into the online world and start promoting yourself. 

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Paving the Path to Success

14 Apr

When a person begins college there is usually one of two paths they begin to take. The first being the fast track to success. This path is for the overly-ambitious, slightly obnoxious folks, who’ve known exactly what they’ve wanted to do since they were in diapers, and how they’re going to get there. It’s not a bad path to be on, in fact, it’s the best route for anyone who would like to have a successful career and life. However, there is another path,one in which there’s a lot of open road and much to be left for the imagination. This path, my friends, is the path of blind uncertainty. This path is for the people, that when asked the ever-impending question of doom: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, give a shrug and say some derivative of: “I’m not really sure. I’m just taking some classes right now and I’ll see where I end up.” As you may have already deduced, this is the path that I began to take when I first came to USF in Fall of 2010. I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do, partially because I am a scatter-brained, indecisive young adult who’s interests could not be more vast and bizarre, and also because I hadn’t really taken the time to think about where I could see myself in the next few years after completing college. But Spring of 2011 rolled around and I figured it was time to get serious and make a decision on what specific road I wanted to take. I chose Mass Communications-Telecommunications, because I’d like to be an anchor or host for any major network or cable channel some day.

So, now the question at hand is how will I arrive at my destination, or rather, my goal? Well, there are tons of tips online from people who have been through the process already, but here are some of my favorites/most helpful to get you started in the right direction:

1. Going to a university that offers TV Broadcasting as a major would be your obvious first step.

2. You must have experience in the field of media. So, you should join clubs at your university that cater to your major, become part of your school’s newspaper staff, be involved with any media put out for students i.e. radio, television, etc.

3. GET AN INTERNSHIP! This tip isn’t in all caps because my hand slipped while typing. Getting an internship is one of, if not the most important thing you can do while on your path to becoming a news anchor. By securing an internship with a TV news station, you get experience that is unattainable anywhere else. You also can network with the people you’re observing and learning from, and you may have an easier time getting a job once you’ve graduated that way as well. It is not only vital, but also beneficial for anyone in this field of study to get an internship!

4. Practice writing for the news. Nowadays most news anchors don’t just deliver the latest, they also write it. This means you must have practice in writing news stories prior to actual execution. Remember, writing a news story a day keeps the unemployment fairy away!

5. Practice being in front of the camera. If your dream job involves being on display for millions of viewers every day, then you need to have practice being on film. Get comfortable with having the spotlight on you, and make sure you learn to speak with good diction, and at the proper pace.

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12 Apr

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