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A Special Thank You...

As the semester is coming to a close (my last fall semester I might add *cue tears*), I want to extend a special thank you... to whom you might ask? To the one place on campus that I call my second home and have probably have spent as much time there as I have my own apartment. The College of Journalism and Communications.

This building has so much character, has amazing faculty members and has fantastic resources for students to use. Being a journalism student can be difficult. People can be mean, in part to what is currently happening in our world regarding fake news as well as the distrust and hatred directed at news outlets, and trying to balance being a student and a reporter can be trying at times. But, no matter what I can count on the CJC and faculty members to encourage and lift my spirits when times get hard.

Of course, my life is primarily spent in the Innovation News Center or newsroom within the CJC building but another great space in the building is the Center for Media Innovation and Research. I have gone here numerous times to just hang out, participate in research opportunities through SONA as well as sit in on numerous workshops.

The Center for Media Innovation and Research is a space dedicated to bettering and enhancing the journalism and communication forms we will use tomorrow. They want to find new and interesting ways to tell stories, develop new ways to disseminate information and research how we can be effective in our communication strategies. Students are able to gain real-world experience in this space and are encouraged to think about the future of our industry. The CMIR is a huge supporter of innovation and collaboration which is incredibly important in our industry, which allows students to gain important first-hand experiences before every leaving college. Some of the areas of research the CMIR participates in includes online journalism, online advertising, political communication, social-change messaging and public-health education.

Whether I am in the newsroom or hanging out on the couches in the CMIR Aha! Lab, I am so grateful to have these spaces in my life and during my time as a student at UF.

 

Although I will be graduating in just five months (OMG), some of the best memories, lessons and experiences have come out of the College of Journalism and Communications building and I will remember that no matter where I end up. So, thank you CJC for a great four years together!

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