CMIR, Life of a J-School Student at UF

I have everything to be thankful for because of the University of Florida. During my three years in Gainesville, I have had the awesome opportunity to dive into the different aspects the Center for Media Innovation has to offer.

It started during my freshman year. As a radio 1, I had the chance to report on real-world stories for the first time in my life. It was where I learned that reporting news wasn’t my strong suit, but I needed to stick through it to get to where I wanted to be.

After that, I learned the aspects of television reporting. The INC and the professors in there taught me everything I know, which may or may not be a lot. But still, the amount of patience and time the mentors in the newsroom have taken to groom me into a journalist is greatly appreciated.

With that, and all the experience I have been blessed with, I’m able to put together reels and stories that I am proud of, including this story about Hawthorne High School and their fight to stay open.

In addition to that, I’m thankful to have a sports reel I am proud to show off. So here’s to the J-School, the INC and everyone in there!

Review: The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point, written by Malcolm Gladwell and released in 2000, was a book that talks about how ideas are able to spread across the world like wildfire. Gladwell’s analyzation of how these ideas catch the wave is interesting and grabbing to the reader.

Off the top, the author uses a syphilis epidemic in the city of Baltimore to intro the first chapter. Immediately, I was hooked to listening to the audiobook.

It took me way too long to finally dive into this reading. But when I did, I was glad I finally gave it the chance.

The biggest thing that hooked me was the analogies he used to tell his side.

My classmates do dope work: check them out too! (Part 2)

Clarissa Melendez

Clarissa offers an insight to the local scene that is Gainesville and North Central Florida. Her stories are capturing and offer great insight to the 352. Check her out at WUFT and wherever her future endeavors take her!

Veronika Vernachio

Aside from being a rockstar in the INC, Veronika also has great taste (no pun intended) for food! Her blog will make your mouth water and your stomach rumble. So, if you want an awesome Tasty recipe, her blog is just a click away.

Kylie Adkins

Kylie does an awesome job at producing a travel blog. Her adventures are very interesting and are worth a look.

My classmates do dope work: Check them out too!

This week, we’re taking a break from the typical programming on this blog. Instead, I want to highlight some of my fellow friends and classmates that are running their own blogs this semester as well. They’ve been grinding in the newsroom, studying hard and working toward their degrees in the J-School. So, it’s only fair that they deserve a little shoutout for their work on their blogs throughout the semester.

Alexis Pastore

My former TV2 partner and good friend in the Innovation News Center (INC), Alexis has been blogging about the life of being a student reporter. In addition to quick info about the author, she also gives great advice about the tools necessary to make it through the grind of working in the INC.

We (slightly) suffered together last semester during the turmoil that was daily news packages, and I can say this blog is a reflection of her work day-in and day-out. It’s a great piece and deserves a view or two!

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Courtney Mims

A star in the newsroom and a future star in the industry, Courtney is one of the hardest-working and diligent journalists I have ever met. Her hard work bleeds into her blog as well, where she talks about her favorite thing: sports. She’s covered many different athletic teams at the University of Florida and has been very successful in doing so. If you haven’t read her stories on Gator men’s basketball, you should stop what you’re doing and check it out!

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Kate Venezio

A friend and fellow sports reporter of mine, Kate takes a similar approach to Alexis (above), but does it from a sports reporter standpoint for ESPN Gainesville. Her blog reflects her personality — down to earth and comical. And the art of drawing a gator face through Snapchat… worth a click.

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My Bio: A sports nerd in a news world

I am a junior telecommunications major in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. The main goal I have set for myself is to graduate following the Spring 2019 semester and obtain an internship or full-time job following my walk across the stage. My main interest peaks in the social media or play-by-play side of professional sports. I believe that, with my abilities and willingness to learn, I can contribute immediately to any environment with professionalism and finesse.

During my time in Gainesville and Weimer Hall, I have taken advantage of multiple opportunities the J-School has to offer. Of the places and jobs I have devoted my college career to since stepping under the Weimer Hall atrium, none mean more than the experiences I have been gifted with since my freshman year. In the fall of 2016, I was gifted the job of providing play-by-play and color commentary for WUCR 107.9 FM, better known as Union County Radio. Since joining WUCR, I’ve had the chance to cover the Union County High School’s softball team and their run to the state championship. I’ve also covered the UCHS boy’s basketball team and a multitude of Tigers volleyball games.

My time with UF’s independent student newspaper — the Florida Alligator —  also spans back to my first semester as a Gator. I’ve covered four different sports as a beat writer and reporter since joining the publication. At the paper, I’ve improved my writing skills drastically while also learning to interact with athletes, coaches and media members from a professional standpoint. I was also gifted the chance to lead the multimedia side of the alligatorSports department this semester. So far, the paper has started a weekly podcast series and a continuation of weekly videos about the state of Gator athletics.

In addition to WUCR and The Alligator, I work multiple days for WUFT News, the station at the University of Florida. This semester, I am a sports anchor for the daily newscast – First at Five – on alternating Wednesdays. These jobs, and many others I can credit to my growth, are why I am here today, hoping they will expand my chances of excelling in the media world.

My future goal is to become a play-by-play analyst for a professional sports team in the United States, as well as equip myself with a better knowledge of the skills within the telecommunications industry. I am also interested in the team media side of sports, working for a social media department or media relations.

Check out my up-to-date website. Critiques are welcome and encouraged.

Justin Ahlum’s Resume

Currently, I am a junior telecommunications major in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. The main goal I have set for myself is to graduate following the Spring 2019 semester and obtain an internship or full-time job following my walk across the stage.

During my time in Gainesville and Weimer Hall, I have taken advantage of multiple opportunities the J-School has to offer. Of the places and jobs I have devoted my college career to since stepping under the Weimer Hall atrium, none mean more than the experiences I have been gifted with since my freshman year. In the fall of 2016, I was gifted the job of providing play-by-play and color commentary for WUCR 107.9 FM, better known as Union County Radio. Since joining WUCR, I’ve had the chance to cover the Union County High School’s softball team and their run to the state championship. I’ve also covered the UCHS boy’s basketball team and a multitude of Tigers volleyball games.

My time with UF’s independent student newspaper — the Florida Alligator —  also spans back to my first semester as a Gator. I’ve covered four different sports as a beat writer and reporter since joining the publication. At the paper, I’ve improved my writing skills drastically while also learning to interact with athletes, coaches and media members from a professional standpoint. I was also gifted the chance to lead the multimedia side of the alligatorSports department this semester. So far, the paper has started a weekly podcast series and a continuation of weekly videos about the state of Gator athletics.

In addition to WUCR and The Alligator, I work multiple days for WUFT News, the station at the University of Florida. This semester, I am a sports anchor for the daily newscast – First at Five – on alternating Wednesdays. These jobs, and many others I can credit to my growth, are why I am here today, hoping they will expand my chances of excelling in the media world.

 

ALBUM REVIEW: Lil Yachty/Nuthin’ 2 Prove

 

REVIEW:

  1. Gimmie My Respect: Just wasn’t it. The flow of the song was off and sounded too demonic for me.
  2. Get Dripped (ft. Playboi Carti): Much better than the intro. Carti kills his part, very good at coming on for a feature. Yachty was solid and I’m adding this one to my playlist.
  3. Riley From The Boondocks: I found my head bobbing to this one. I thought the beat was nice and Yachty put some nice lyrics to pair. 7/10
  4. I’m The Mac: This just isn’t it Chief.
  5. Yacht Club (ft. Juice WRLD): This song is just funny. Melody got a little slow considering the fast start. But it picked back up to where it needed to be.
  6. SaintLaurentYSL (ft. Lil Baby): Not gonna lie, didn’t pay attention. Nothing stuck out about it though.
  7. We Outta Here! (ft. Young Nudy): Again, not paying attention. Nothing stood out though to pull me away.
  8. Who Want The Smoke? (ft. Cardi B & Offset): That intro beat started out rough. But Tay Kieth comes in and kills it. Solid flow from Yachty. Cardi B? Damn okay. OFFSET? Lmao this Atlanta’s stars. Solid song.
  9. Worth It: Nah.
  10. Everything Good, Everything Right: Reminds me of a mellow “Good Day” from the first Lil Boat album. I really like this song. So far, this album is surprising me.
  11. Next Up: Not a fan.
  12. Forever World (ft. Trippie Redd): I’m most excited for this song. Eh. So far it’s tough. As the song goes on, I still feel the same way. For a few seconds it’ll be chill, but then you hear Trippie make sounds. Yachty saving this song. Second Half of song much better.
  13. Nolia (ft. Kevin Gates): Kevin Gates and Yachty??? Good start to the joint. Waiting to hear Gates. This is another surprising song. Very much recommend.
  14. Fallin’ In Luv (ft. Gunna): As much as I love Gunna, album should’ve ended after 13 tracks. This song is good, wish it was earlier in the album. Think it would have fit better a little higher. Gunna cool in this one.
  15. Stoney: Yeah, definitely should’ve ended after 13 tracks. This song is too long, but even with those flaws this song is nice. Ends the album and puts a bow on top.

OVERALL: 7/10

Not great, but certainly not bad. Exceeds my expectations and gets the passing grade.

BEST SONG: Nolia (ft. Kevin Gates)

Caught me offguard, which may have made it better. Kevin Gates thoroughly surprised me.

ALBUM REVIEW: Future/Juice WRLD

It had been a few months since we’ve heard any new Juice WRLD music.

Apart from the tracks “Legends” and “Rich and Blind” that came out after XXXTentacion’s death this year, new music has been missing from the Chicago native.

But that changed.

A week ago, he and Future dropped their first collaboration tape together with “WRLD ON DRUGS.”

The 16-song joint had features from a few familiar faces, including Atlanta rappers Young Thug and Gunna.

It’s the second time Future has dropped a collection of songs this year after he released BEASTMODE 2 and took the lead on the SUPERFLY movie soundtrack.

With the high-caliber names and hype surrounding it despite minimum promotion, would the project deliver, or would it fall flat on its face?

 

 

REVIEW:

  1. Jet Lag (ft. Young Scooter): Banger. Nothing else.
  2. Astronauts: Love this song. I think it’s a great start for Future and Juice. Their chemistry seems to flow really well.
  3. Fine China: Very poppy. The feel of the song sounded like it belonged on radio. Not my favorite song off the album.
  4. Red Bentley (ft. Young Thug): Good song, Young Thug solid on this track. Not so bad of an album so far.
  5. Make it Back: This song reminds me of Juice from GBGR. Love this one. Might be my favorite to this point in the album.
  6. Oxy (ft. Lil Wayne): Another noise from Future? LMAOOO. Wayne is solid but those noises are funny as hell. OXY, OXYCOTIN
  7. 7 AM Freestyle: Damn. This one is good too! Really feeling this collaboration.
  8. Different (ft. Yung Bans): Lost track of listening to the album. Came back and was enjoying the song. Cool track.
  9. Shorty: Didn’t expect the beat drop at the beginning of the song. Changed the whole feel/flow. Dope track once again.
  10. Realer N Realer: Not feeling it. Tough opening for me, skippable.
  11. No Issue: Nah.
  12. WRLD on Drugs: Eh, just a tough three-song stretch. Seem more like filler tracks than anything else.
  13. Afterlife: Again, Nah.
  14. Ain’t Livin Right (ft. Gunna): Very repeated at the beginning. But Gunna delivers.
  15. Transformer (ft. Nicki Minaj): Best Nicki verse I’ve heard in a minute. Solid addition to the album.
  16. Hard Work Pays Off: Got a good outdo vibe. Like Yachty’s album, the song puts a bow on top.

OVERALL: 7.75/10

Lots of great songs anchored down by not so great songs. A handful of skippable, but the listenable ones are very good.

BEST SONG: 7 AM Freestyle

I don’t know why, but that song just gets through to me. Make it Back is a very close second, however. But 7 AM Freestyle is the jam.

Where will JuiceWRLDs album land on the charts?

It’s only a matter of hours before Future and JuiceWRLD’s collab tape is available to the public. A joint project from these two artists came quicker than expected. Last year, Juice tweeted out his desire to work with the popular rap artist.

Now, 367 days later, we are eagerly awaiting the drop as teases and messages of the new release all over social media. Many people’s question: How will this compare to other Future projects?

It isn’t farfetched to say that fans have eagerly been waiting on new music from both artists. But some people are worried about the project. And the cautiousness of the hip-hop community make some valid points.

Will this album feature too much autotune? Do these two have the right chemistry? Mumbling or rapping?

Personally, despite my love for JuiceWRLD’s debut project, I’m a little skeptical about it. A solid amount of my worry was gone, though, after hearing their single for the album, Fine China.

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When I heard the single for the first time, I found myself head bobbing in my car. I thought it was a look into what we’ll see from the collection.

And if that’s the case, then the excitement will only grow by the minute. New music is usually fun to experience the first time, and this tape should do no different.

Prediction: Peaks in top-10 on Billboard 200, possible top-5

There are plenty of skeptics, and there are plenty of reasons to be. But the polarizing electricity behind the release of this tape, and these two popular artists, should propel it to the top part of the chart.