Thursday, December 8, 2016

My Time at the UF J-School

The Center for Media Innovation and Research (CMIR) has a few memories for me. I have been there for club meetings, study sessions, and to talk with UF J-School alums on Skype with the video screen. The video calls were really fun and interesting because we, as a club or class, got to ask the alum questions. The alums were so great providing us with their insight, which was great because they were once in our shoes and in the TV business (where we want to be).
            The College of Journalism and Communications have been really great for many students and I. For me personally, I have had many learning experiences in the J-School. The J-School does a great job giving students the best real life experiences inside school. During classes TV1 and TV2, I got a rude awakening into the TV business. There’s a bad aspect of any job out there and I learned everything bad aspect of being a TV reporter. Specifically in TV2, it was tough, my partner and I face all types of challenges where people didn’t want to talk to us, or simply not making deadline. Those were real experiences many other students other schools do not get to have.
            Another thing I learned was to what it meant to wait my turn. I had to wait three years for me to get an opportunity in front of the camera. During those three years I saw friends and classmates get opportunities I wanted. I was constantly passed over for things on-air in both Radio and TV. This past summer, I finally got a chance to do a segment on our school news show. Going through those experiences of getting past over taught me two things: never give up on your dreams and TV/Radio is a cutthroat business. I have the confidence that I can succeed, but if it doesn’t work out I understand.

I understand the risk of the profession and how cruel it can be. I’m thankful and will always be thankful that I got a chance here to live out my TV dreams, even if it means I can barely compete for a job. Decades from now I can look back and be proud of myself for not giving up. I still don’t have any plans of quitting now. It’s still in my heart to be a sportscaster and I feel it when I working a ESPNGainesville at Weimar Hall. I’ll keep giving it my all then dealing the results of the outcome.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Book Review Number 2

The book The Tipping Point: How little things can make a big difference written Malcolm Gladwell offers great insight being creative and instantly coming up with what can be “game changing” ideas. The introduction in the book itself gives about the early days of Hush Puppies (a shoe brand) and how they branded themselves after their shoes were dropping in sales. The thing was they never made an effort to rebrand, the sales jumped on its own. The shoes suddenly became popular in clubs and later on they expanded their store. When they expended their stores Pee Wee Herman came to the store and asked about the shoes.
            I think we as writers and bloggers can learn a lot of things from just from those stories of Hush Puppies. Hush Puppies never changed their brand or marketing, it worked out for them. As blog writers, whatever we write or put on our blog is out there for people to see. Everyone who views the blog will have different views of whatever is posted. The content you post has to win over the majority of your audience. Their business started with selling Hush Puppies to kids in the East Village and Soho. As students, our blogs has to start somewhere just likes Hush Puppies.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

They're Three More

I have three more people and their blog you guys should know. Alex Puller and Caitlyn Burnitis are both girls I have the pleasure of knowing. If you hang around them long enough you'll sense their love for food. Both girls wrote a food blog: whether making it, eating it, and looking for a place that serves it. They both have the passion for food and appropriately should be writing a food blog.

Of course, there is my friend Morgan Frazier. She was a gymnast for the Gators for three years and is a double majoring in Telecommunications and Political Science. Morgan gives you great insight on being a student athlete. My younger brother is a student athlete and he can relate to the struggles.

Three Blog To Inquire

I have written a sports blog in the past, but I writing this sports blog for a class. I have classmates who deserve praise for the work. Kady Marlowe, Lucas Dolengowski, and Will Benner. All three os these people have a passion for sports and sports broadcasting.

Kady Marlowe is a natural on radio and TV. I did a radio show with her and she has a great voice and outgoing personality.

Lucas Dolengowski is involved in almost every sports aspect at the University of Florida. He had done lots of sports broadcast like hosting shows and giving updates on TV. He also is the biggest Gator fan I know.

Will Benner has excellent with both sports and news. He can talk sports like the best of them, but what makes him special is he can relate what's going on in the news to the latest in sports.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Job Hunt

For those who don't know, I've been on the job hunt lately. I graduate in December, but if I can't find employment then I'll stay an extra semester to finish my History minor.

I went to a job fair and did not get a job. The important  is I got my name out there. I just told them my name is Sidney St. Cyr and I want to be a sportscaster then gave them my resume.

I don't have a super impressive resume, but I think I can compete (just barely).

Let's see what happens with my journey to living out my sports TV/ Radio dreams.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dolphins stun the Steelers

The Miami Dolphins surprised all NFL fans when they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-15. The Steelers were huge favorites to easily beat the Dolphins.

The Dolphins had their offensive line healthy for the first time this season. It led running back Jay Ajayi having a breakout game and Ryan Tannehill not being sack once.

The offensive line was able to open holes for Ajayi, who ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Ajayi ended up being the AFC Offensive player of the week.

The defense had their moments too. They held Antonio Brown, arguably the best wide receiver in the game, to four catches for 39 yards.

Everything that went wrong for the first five games of the year went right. Let's see if we (Dolphins fans) fall back to Earth.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Cubs opponent for the NLCS

The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers will play a decisive game five to see who will face the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series.

The Cubs will be favored over either of the teams since many predict them to win to World Series.

Both the Nationals and the Dodgers have a recent history not getting past the first round. We will found out on Thursday night who celebrates with champagne and T-shirts.