1 Down, 1 To Go

Wow!  I can’t believe the semester is pretty much over.  We just finished our last day of classes which means after I submit this blog post I will be one paper away from freedom and winter break.  That means that I officially have 1 semester left until I graduate from The University of Florida .  I’m so proud to be graduating from the UF’s College of Journalism and Communications especially since it is a program that is one of the top in the nation!  My experience would have been outstanding either way, but I feel so fortunate and glad to have been here with the first year of the Center for Media and Innovation Research.  It provided a great state of the art news world for me to go to brainstorm story ideas.  I had access to top of the line technology to edit and produce my pieces, and I also enjoyed working in the new newsroom as an anchor.  I think that the 21st century newsroom laboratory is really a great place that any student in the college should take advantage of.  Having radio, sports, and tv news all combined in one place keeps everything news-driven, helps to motivate people, and I think seeing everyone else hard at work, pushed me to work harder.  It also provided a very professional atmosphere, like that of a real newsroom.  Having a nice professional space improved the quality of our work and gave us more opportunities when producing the 5:00 newscast.

Although I consider myself one of the most indecisive in the world, I chose telecommunications as my major at Preview my Freshman year, and I never looked back.  It’s because being a journalist is what I love to do, and I think that really says a lot.  Although this major is very different from others, I don’t spend hours studying finance or organic chemistry, I think that I have learned and grown a lot in the past four years.  I truly believe that all of my experiences as a telecommunications student will be beneficial for my future.  I have learned how to write and communicate well.  I have developed great people skills with all of the interviewing I have done.  I have become a more creative person (thanks to all the story producing).   I have also learned to manage my time well, work under pressure, problem solve, and think outside the box.  All of my work has prepared me for the “one man band” type of reporting that is becoming more and more prevalent today.

With one more class to take (and pass) before I receive a diploma, I’m looking forward to graduation. Looking back, I don’t have any  regrets.  I have learned a lot from my peers, and even more from my teachers.  Without them, there is no way I would have made it through.  Now before signing off, I want to leave you with one of my pieces that I reported, edited, and produced this year for my investigative reporting class.  This just gives you a glimpse in to some of my work which hopefully you will be seeing more of in the future…

 

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The Tipping Point

I loved reading The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell!  The book is all about sociological behaviors, actions, changes and developments and how they occur and affect our everyday lives.  The book focuses on the “three rules of epidemics” which are what cause change in the tipping points of epidemics.  What I found particularly interesting was Gladwell’s idea of The Law of the Few which he goes on to say is the fact that 80% of the work done in our world is done by only 20% of the people, meaning that only a small portion of people are working extremely hard to accumulate all of human kind’s achievements.  More importantly, what really struck me was Gladwell’s idea of Connectors, Mavens, and Salesmen which make up the 20% of the people that do the work. 

     I tried to read the book through the eyes of a journalist and couldn’t help but notice that while Gladwell separates these personalities, successful journalists have the challenge of being all three.  Connectors know lots of people in one place and are good at meeting people.  The know all different kinds of people and are good and bringing different people together.  It is easy to see how journalists play this role.  The stories that we investigate, produce, write, and present serve to connect people and bring people who may not have ever known each other otherwise, together.  He describes connectors as having “curiosity, self confidence and energy” which I think are qualities that any great journalist should posess.  Mavens help to provide information to people by accumulating knowledge and sharing it.  Clearly this describes what is it to be a journalist.  No matter what the subject matter or format, as journalists it is our responsibility to share information and start “word-of –mouth epidemics”, like Mavens while using our knowledge, social and communication skills.  And finally, Salesman are “persuaders” who use their charisma to negotiate with others and make others agree with them.  It is this type of personality that as journalists makes us reliable and credible sources.  If people don’t believe our stories than why on earth are we writing them?  Having people follow the news we report on and sharing information to somehow or another impact the lives of others is what helps make a great journalist, and furthermore, give the job a purpose.  In fact, the importance for a journalist to be a Salesman is highlighted in the book, as Gladwell uses news anchor Peter Jennings as an example of a Salesman. 

     While Gladwell may not have been trying to specifically aim his book at journalists, I think that the connection is quite clear and lead me to an even bigger idea.  Journalism and the news play a huge role in the sociological changes that mark everyday life.  It connects us with people, ideas, and information.  As journalists, although we might not always realize it, we play a huge role in the “Tipping Point” and with the direction in which the media is heading where virtually any information is  just a keystroke away at any moment and with the exponential growth of the use of social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook as a news source, journalism will continue to play a role in all of our lives and we will all become a journalist in some way or another, publishing our  photos, our ideas, and whatever we deem important. 

     Last but not least, I would like to point out for the general reader, that I interpreted Gladwell’s ideas this way because I aspire to be a journalist one day.  That doesn’t mean it can’t apply to any and all other people.  This book can change the way that anyone thinks about the world around them, the people they know, and the information they receive.  So stop and take a break from my blog for a minute (I know you don’t want to, but really)…go read The Tipping Point…now!

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Blogs on Blogs

Like I said before, the world of blogging has endless possibilities!  I have continued to look at more of my classmates blogs and I think you should too!!

Alexa Padilla’s blog is really great…just don’t look at it if your hungry!  Just kidding, but really she has some amazing recipes on their like guacamole, chicken wings, cookies, and even parmesan tilapia!!  Reading her blog really made me want to try all of the food she has been preparing, and it also really made me wish I could cook!  Maybe if I study up on her blog a little more, I will be able to one day and stay slim at the same time!! 🙂

Ever had the TV remote in your hand and not known where to turn to??  Then you should check out Katerina Sardi’s blog!  I don’t have a whole lot of time to watch TV, but with the guidance in Katerina’s blog, you don’t have to.  She lets you know the best things that are on TV and when so that you won’t miss the good stuff!  Plus, I can tell she’s a reliable source because she has posts all about Modern Family, Community, and The Office…some of my favorite shows! 

Last but definitely not least, you will want to take a look at Janny Rodriguez’s blog.  It’s all about “delicious recipes with a Latin twist.”  Just the pictures of the food she makes like the “Perfect Gatorbait” home made pizza and the best home made hot chocolate are enough to make your mouth water!!

After seeing all my classmate’s blogs, I truly am inspired.  Blogging is such a great way to show your personality and style and share a little piece of your life and what’s important to you with others!  Make sure you check out all the great blogs that I have already given you a little sneak peak of, and, hey-maybe even start your own!!!

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I’m Not the Only One…

All of my classmates have been blogging too and I decided to check out some of their blogs.  They’re really awesome and creative!! Plus they have shown me the endless possibilities there are when it comes to the world of blogging. 

One of my good friends (and co-anchor on WUFT), Lysette Portales, has a really awesome blog that is all about traveling!  She helps give you all the important travel tips you need before you start jet setting away whether its to Key West to lay in the sand all day or try something crazy while abroad like canyoning and bungee jumping!  I love to travel, but haven’t done anything nearly as cool as the stuff on her blog!!

Another great Blog is Shannon McCarthy’s!  I really enjoyed looking at her blog because I love to exercise and above all else run!  She makes it fun and doesn’t just talk about running.  From running shoes to a great stadium workout to healthy recipes she makes goal setting and staying fit super fun!

Also any fashionista…aka any girl period has to check out Tondrea Haddly and her blog!  It’s all about the latest fashions and trends.  I love to shop and love clothes but I know from time to time I’m need of some inspiration for a cute outfit.  Now that I know about Tondrea’s blog though, I will be set.  From wardrobe ideas to suggestions for online shopping, she has a great style!

Now, don’t let me keep you, you’ve heard enough from me and seen my own blog enough.  Go check out these super sweet blogs out NOW!

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My life story

So I’ve been keeping you updated on the recent events in my life such as moving into MOTL house, celebrating all the recent Gator football victories, traveling to Nashville for the gator game, and even showing you my accomplishments in the past four years with my resume.  Now I thought I would give you a little more information all about my background starting from the very beginning…January 29, 1991 should be a national holiday…because its the day that I was born!  I was born to Mike and Kim Deegan in Fort Worth Texas.  Within the first few months of my life the three of us picked up and moved to Corpus Christi (which is basically Mexico…super south Texas right on the Gulf of Mexico) and which is also where I lived until I was five.  By that time I already had two little brothers, Drew and Matt  and we were in an adorable phase in which my mom dressed us in all coordinating and embarrassing outfits…thanks for that Mom.  Our family of five moved to Jacksonville, FL and more specifically Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.  I couldn’t have asked for a better small beach community that’s part of a great bigger city to grow up in.  Not to mention the entire side of my dad’s family (yes, all about 40 Deegans give or take) moved there within the same couple years that we moved.  This means that my memories of growing up in PV are filled with many holidays spent at my grandparents house running around the yard playing tag with my 16 cousins, spending weekends at the beach with the whole Deegan gang, having Christmas carols, pumpkin carvings, and every Deegan birthday celebrated together.  I went to a small private Catholic school and then transferred to the local public school when it came time to start high school.  I did the IB program and worked hard in school, refusing to get a “B” and constantly obsessing over every test and paper.  But I also had fun.  I made a great group of friends that I’m still close with today.  My big hobby my whole life was dance.  I danced on traveling performing teams, competitive teams, and I did about every type of dance you could think of.  In high school I danced on the school team for four years and served as captain for the last two….Wow, sorry I got so caught up in myself that I forgot to mention a couple minor details…by the time I was a sophomore in High School, my family was a family of seven.  When I was in first grade, my mom had a baby boy, my brother Luke, and then when I was 16 and thought my family was pretty set in stone, she had a baby girl, Ava (who’s now 5 years old and just about the cutest, most precious, and wonderful blessing that could ever happen to my family).  With my family’s love, support, and encouragement, I had a wonderful first 18 years of my life.  Life became just a bit sweeter when I got my acceptance to the University of Florida, and I dont’ think that there’s any question about whether I have enjoyed my time here.  As I’m watching my second to last semester fly by, I’ve become a little more nostalgic.  I really look around when I’m on campus, I appreciate the small things (like the fact that 9 out of 10 people on a chilly autumn day are in a gator sweatshirt, I listen to century tower chime, and nothing beats a football game in the swamp).  More importantly, at the end of the day, I know that I’m the person that I am today because of what my life consisted of before this–where I came from and what I learned.  And I know that wherever I am in a year from now, although it won’t be UF, I’ll always be a gator, a Ponte Vedra girl, the oldest of five, a hard worker, a happy person, a good friend, and I’ll be okay.

 

…Sorry I got a little sentimental at the end.  It happens when your a senior

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Me, Me, Me!

So just in case you feel like you haven’t gotten to know enough about me, I’ve included my resume to show you a little more of what I’ve kept myself busy with throughout my 4 years at UF.  From leadership experiences to part time work and internships, I’ve been lucky to have so many opportunities that have helped me to learn and grow.  I’m always looking to try something new…enjoy!

Kamryn Deegan’s Resume

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College Football Rankings

Go ahead… check the College Football Rankings.  After shutting out Vanderbilt Commodores and the South Carolina Gamecocks the past two weeks, the Gators are continuing their undefeated season and ranked second in the BCS ranking!!  This upcoming weekend we have the Florida/Georgia game to look forward to!  A victory in this game will pretty much earn us a spot in the SEC championship.  The Florida/ Georgia game also known as “the largest cocktail party in the world” is a huge holiday in the gator nation and you can be sure that any real gator fan will be there cheering on their team.  So of course, I’m going.  Almost embarrassed to say that I didn’t get a ticket, but that’s okay…I made up for it and just bought one today.  It’s always a nice perk that I’m from Jax too which means not only do I have a place to stay but I know the area.  I’ll be bringing a bunch of friends with me and it’s sure to be a good time.  Here’s some lessons that I’ve learned over the years at Florida/Georgia: leave Gainesville early on Friday to avoid traffic, split your time evenly between down town Jacksonville and Jax Beach (trust me, getting stranded down town is no fun), get plenty of rest Friday night because Saturday is a long day, go to the game (a  bunch of people hold out on buying tickets, but that’s lame), have a buddy system because you will get lost in the huge stadium parking lot, and Go Gators!

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