CJC offers students one of the most extensive, hands-on sports experiences. Students can write articles for our online and broadcast properties, work behind the scenes producing UF sports events, and do play-by-play announcing at one of the premier athletic programs in the country. Immersion opportunities include:
The Innovation News Center is the home of the College’s news, weather and sports operations. The two-story, 14,000-square-foot space provides nearly 100 seats for reporters, producers and editors working together to report the news for the College’s many distribution channels, including WUFT-TV and ESPN 98.1/850 WRUF.
WRUF serves 13 counties as ESPN 98.1/850 WRUF with four hours of locally-hosted sports talk shows. The top-rated sports station in the market, ESPN Gainesville also features Gator sports. CJC offers an assortment of different immersion experiences that incorporate our ESPN Gainesville 98.1 and 850 AM WRUF platforms. See the different experiences listed below and watch the video for further explanation.
Intro to ESPN Gainesville
Students will get the opportunity to cover and report on local high school sports for our WRUF.com website. Students will be trained in posting content to the website and be given the tools to cover high school sports in a team environment. This immersion experience is an introductory pathway to other experiences within the Innovation News Center.
Students learn the basics of multi-platform sports reporting in our state-of-the-art facilities while covering one of the nation’s leading athletic programs and within a short drive to many top professional organizations. This immersion experience focuses students on the basics of digital content production and radio on-air experience.
ESPN Gainesville 2
Students will continue to practice the basics of multi-platform sports reporting in our state-of-the-art facilities while covering one of the nation’s leading athletic programs within a short drive to many top professional organizations. This immersion experience focuses students on the basics of beat reporting as well as digital and social media content creation. Students in this immersion experience are also eligible to anchor the Sports in :60 segment for WRUF-TV.
WRUF Social Content Producer
Students will begin to learn about the basics of producing a sports radio show, network producing and creating social media content for a radio station and digital platforms while covering one of the nation’s leading athletic programs. Students in this immersion experience are also eligible to anchor the Sports in :60 segment for WRUF-TV.
ESPN Gainesville Features
Students will utilize skills learned in the classroom and immersion experiences in creating feature content for various audio, video and digital platforms throughout the Innovation News Center. Students in this immersion experience are also eligible to anchor the sports segment for the WUFT First at Five Newscast.
ESPN Gainesville 3
Students will utilized skills learned in the classroom and immersion experiences in covering the Gators football team, Gators basketball teams and professional teams for various platforms throughout the Innovation News Center. Students in this immersion experience are also eligible to anchor the sports segment for the WUFT First at Five Newscast.
Below is a video that explains all of the ESPN Gainesville Immersion Experiences.
Other Sports Immersion Experiences
Live Gator Sports Play-by-Play
ESPN WRUF, in conjunction with UAA and Learfield are offering a student experience focused on training in the art of live sports broadcasting from play-by-play to color commentary and the production of high quality content for mass audiences. This experience is for students who have apassion for play-by-play and color commentary. No prior experience isnecessary, but is preferred. Students are required to register for credit for this experience.
The student-produced WUFT-TV5 news program provides students interested in sports the opportunity to produce and anchor the sports segment in a program that airs weekdays.
Housed inside the College, GatorVision, the video production arm of the University Athletic Association, provides students the opportunity to be a part of in-house video board productions as well as SEC Network productions for many of the home Gator sporting events. From cameras, graphics, audio, and many more, students will get opportunities to prepare them for a career in live-event sports production. Contact Eric Esterline if you wish to get involved.
Sports Multiplatform Studio
Students are be able to work side-by-side with professional talent, professors and fellow students in this state of the art facility that promotes collaboration and communication between all of the sports multimedia platforms within the Innovation News Center.
Our Sports and Media program provides students with exceptional internship opportunities to complement their education. We have partnered with a number of sports news organizations, sports teams, and agencies, and work with our extensive Gator alumni network in helping find our students the right fit for their internship experiences.