2023 Specializations

2023 Specializations

Anchoring and Hosting

Improve your on-air performance skills. From anchoring newscasts and going live in the field, students will learn new techniques and get to practice and improve their presence and performance. They will also learn the finer points of shooting standups for TV news stories.

Broadcast Meteorology (NEW in 2023)

Calling all aspiring meteorologists! This is an opportunity to jump into UF’s state of the art weather center. Students get to work alongside UF’s team of broadcast meteorologists. You will make your own forecasts and then deliver it from the green screen. Students will also practice anchoring during a severe weather scenario.

Broadcast Reporting

With basic training with cameras, editing and scriptwriting, students will cover assigned news stories in the field and generate news packages for presentation. Teams of students will cover an assignment, with each student getting to write and edit his or her own version of the story as a video news package. Each student will shoot a stand-up for their story and create voiceovers.

Communicating for the Greater Good (NEW in 2023)

Do you want to help the public understand important issues that you care about? UF’s Center for Public Interest Communications helps movements, foundations, and organizations build communication strategies for the common good. You will work on an issue that you’re passionate about. Students will design a campaign and strategy that will raise awareness and bring about positive change.

Feature and News Writing 

At the core of journalism is the story. In this advanced course you will take your writing skills to a new level. Learn about fact finding, the inverted pyramid, how to conduct interviews and more. Sharpen your words to paint an incredible story and shine a spotlight on your community.

Filmmaking: The Reel Narrative 

This will be a hands-on workshop for aspiring documentary filmmakers looking to expand their audio-visual storytelling skills. The workshop will focus on filming a compelling character through interviews and b-roll and basic editing, all toward creating a polished short story.

Photojournalism 

We will take a detailed look at the importance of still images telling a story. Special emphasis on capturing moments and various elements of composition. We’ll take a look at prize-winning pictures, artistic material posted to Instagram and photos published by globetrotting UF alumni from London to Beijing. You will develop a new set of eyes to look at the world through your camera. Photos for your publications and personal images will get noticed.

Social Media: Influencing and Storytelling 

It takes more than a funny video or catchy trend for a brand to build relationships and trust with its audiences on social media. Engaging content must put your audience first, provide value and tell stories that make people care. In this specialization, you’ll learn to think strategically about a brand’s social media, listen to what your audience is saying online and create content for a variety of platforms, such as TikTok, Instagram and Twitter. Together we’ll build the hands-on social media skills you need as a communicator in today’s digital world.

Sports Reporting

Follow in the footsteps of notable UF alumni, practicing your sports reporting skills just like the pros. Students will create digital and video sports stories. Students will also have a chance to create other sports-themed content and practice their play-by-play skills. We will also discuss what it takes to make it in the sports journalism industry. It will be a fun, action-packed week for young sportscasters.