Sportscenter airs on ESPN every morning, and every morning I wake up and turn the channel to ESPN to see what is going on in the world of sports. This has been my daily routine since sixth grade and has stayed with me until now. This is part of the reason I decided to come to Ithaca College and become a Television- Radio Major.
Now more than ever I will need to stay on the top of my game in order to keep up with all the new things media has to offer. While applying for jobs I will have to monitor my social media and make sure there is nothing on there that might take away from me and discourage someone from hiring me. To become an anchor most people start out as a reporter. If I am going to be reporting I will need to figure out how to incorporate all different styles such as pictures and media along with the written word. I will also have to be very open to everything going on around the world because the way people use media in other parts of the world is different from how we use it.
Getting a job in the broadcasting field is going to be a very difficult task for me when I graduate, especially if I want to specialize in sports. Many of the television stations across the country are cutting funding to their sports programs and cutting time from them due to the economic situation. However, sports will always be an essential part of society and will never be able to be fully cut from television stations due to the fact that it will never go away. I will be able to find jobs in different areas such as video blogs and reporting.
Here at IC I am actively involved in the sports section on the radio, where I have volunteered to do the pre game and half time show for a football game and plan to do more in the future. I am also involved in ICTV where I am a reporter for two shows and am putting together packages to be aired during broadcasts.
I am hoping to get at least two internships throughout my career at Ithaca College. I am mainly looking to get an internship at ESPN, which is where I would like to work in the future. However, I would also like to have an internship at a radio station to learn the differences between sports on television and radio.
The sport that I would like to concentrate on is soccer and not many television stations in the US focus on soccer or even show the highlights. I plan to study abroad in London and am hoping to get an internship with a local television station that broadcasts primarily soccer. Another part of sports media that interests me is photography. If I cannot get an internship with a television station I would like to get one with a newspapers photography section and learn how to take great still photos.
Learning about all the different aspects of media will allow me to have a leg up on others when I enter the world of communications. Hopefully someday I will fulfill my dream of being an anchor on Sportscenter.