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Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Archive

Review: “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell

For one of my classes, I had the opportunity to read “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell. I can assure you, this book will make you think, question, and understand ideas and thoughts that you may not normally have or think of. Gladwell starts the reader off with two stories. One of which is about Hushpuppies, an old shoe line, and how they became one of the most popular trends in a matter of just two years. He then goes on to talk about the declining crime rate in New York City. The reason for mentioning these two stories was to explain that things and ideas can spread like epidemics. Glad well goes on to explain The Three Rules of Epidemics, which is ultimately what “The Tipping Point” is centered around.

The Three Rules of Epidemics

Good ideas can eventually spread and turn into epidemics. However, not all ideas can do so, and thats what Gladwell questioned. Not just how the ideas spread, but why they spread. And thats where The Three Rules of Epidemics come in.

The first one mentioned isThe Law of the Few. The Law of Few highlights that when working in a group environment, about 80 percent of the work will end up being done by three people, while the remaining 20 gets split among the rest. I definitely have seen that trend throughout my years in college, and its never fun having to do the majority of the work. However, it can be very rewarding in the end. According to The Law of the Few. these three people are generally known as the Connectors, Maven, and Salespeople.

Connectors

These are the people who know everyone. There is one in every group to. The guy or girl who knows everyone when you go out, or the person who knows all the right people to contact when you need help with something you can’t do.

Maven

Maven are essentially the people who connectors may try to get in contact with. Maven can be compared to teachers, in the way that teachers tend to know more than the average person and they are always willing to help.

Salespeople

Lastly, Gladwell speaks of the salespeople. The salespeople are exactly how they sound, they are the persuaders of the group. Gladwell describes Salespeople as the classic sales person. Someone who who throughly enjoys or loves what they are trying to sell. The fact that they are invested in what they are selling makes the product more desirable by the public.

The Stickiness Factor

The second rule of epidemics is described as the stickiness factor. The greatest way to explain the stickiness factor is by comparing it to Sesame Street. The classic show we all watched as children did not get off to a great start, but some minor changes allowed Sesame Street to expand into one of the most influential shows in history. The idea of having celebrity guests is just one of the things, along with the shows educational value, that gave Sesame Street that “sticky” factor that draws in such a big audience.

The Power Context

Lastly, Gladwell speaks of The Power Context. Basically, this means that human behavior correlates to the environment they live in. The people you grow up around and the area you live in have an influence how one behaves. It’s not always a bad thing though, it just depends on the situation.

All in all, “The Tipping Point” was a very informative, but enjoyable read. I can see some of the things I do in my work and how they correlate with Gladwell’s analysis of epidemics. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the idea of knowing how and why ideas spread to become bigger and better things.

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Archive

Blogs To Read Pt. 2

It’s hard to pick from the amount of talented people I have met during my time as a Telecommunications Major here at UF. I see so much potential and success in the near future for many of these inspiring multimedia journalists.

Alex Puller

Alex and I have had the opportunity to work together a lot this semester. She is my Sports in 60 partner and she has made each shift enjoyable and she was a tremendous help when I was just learning the ropes. She has chosen to blog about food, and who can blame her? I’m always tired of going to the same basic franchised restaurants, so getting to read about new places to eat is always a joy. Check out one of her posts here!

Sidney St. Cyr

I had the pleasure of meeting Sidney last semester during our Investigative Reporting class. Sidney also has a passion for sports broadcasting, and has been doing Sports in 60 updates as well. When we first met, he was sctrictly focused on perfecting his radio craft, but is now comfortable in front of the camera. For those who don’t know, it really isn’t easy being in front of the camera, so I give Sidney a lot of credit. He has chosen to focus his blog posts around Miami professional sports team. Check out this game recap of the Dolphins vs. Steelers game a few weeks ago.

Britnee McCoy

I met Britnee as an intern at TV20 here in Gainesville. She was a huge help when it came to giving me advice on shooting high school football, script writing, and editing tips. Not only that, but she was just simply a joy to be around. Having a big personality is huge, especially for the industry we are in. Britnee has chosen to blog about how the natural hairstyle and broadcasting correlate. Luckily for me, I don’t have much to worry about when it comes to styling my hair, but you can see what Britnee has to say about it here.

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Archive

Blogs to Read

No, the Gators don’t have ANOTHER bye week. However, I am going to take the time to share some of my fellow colleagues blogs. Networking is a huge part of this industry, so taking the time to share other peoples work can only benefit yourself in the future. So with that being said, here are some blogs you should check out.

Stephaine Byrne

Stephanie is one of the most talented multimedia journalists at the University of Florida. She is the president of the JCA and Anchor’s WUFT News’ First at Five Broadcast. And just when I thought she was all about the news, she even gives people a taste of her sports knowledge in this post. No matter where she ends up, you can guarantee much success in her future.

Christian Endrigian

Christian and I were on the same news track from Spring of 2015 until this past Spring. We both had similar aspirations of being ESPN reporters, but he has since realized he prefers the management side of the sports world. We did not get to work together often, but he always had a strong work ethic when we had those few chances. To learn more about Christian, check out his bio!

Kady Marlowe

Kady is someone I have had the chance to work with during our days in Radio 1, to our shifts with ESPN Gainesville. Like me, she prefers the sports side of the meida. Living in Gainesville, I have found that high school football is huge around the area. Kady has chosen to blog about various high school football teams in the area, which gives the local audience more of a reason to check out what she has to say; you should too!

 

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Archive

Looking Ahead for the Gators

Looking Ahead for the Gators

The 15th ranked Florida Gators have their scheduled bye week this week, so this post will will look ahead to their remaining opponents, but also recap the first half of the season. 

The Recap

The Gators started the season 3-0 and their defense looked as dominate as ever. The defense has lived up to expectation and then some, ranking in the top five in the country. Coming into the season Florida had a quarterback battle between Luke Del Rio and Austin Appleby. Del Rio won the starting job, but Appleby has played in two games due to a Del Rio injury. Appleby went 1-1 in his two starts, losing on the road to Tennessee and winning at Vanderbilt. Del Rio has yet to lose a game as a starter this season. 

Florida also had a home game against LSU rescheduled to a later date at LSU, due to Hurricane Matthew. The Gators will no longer play Presbyterian at home on November 19th, but will travel to Baton Rouge to face the Tigers.

Florida has had to deal with injuries on both sides of the ball this season, but the Gators keep finding ways to win. However, the harder part of their schedule is approaching. The Gators play Georgia in Jacksonville next week, then on the road at Arkansas and Florida state, both of which are ranked in the AP Top 25.

Looking Ahead

If the Gators win out the rest of their games, they will repeat as SEC East champions, and will go on to likely face either Alabama or Texas A&M. If the Gators lose one of the remaining games, then Tennessee would clinch the SEC East if they win out. With the way the defense has been playing for the Gators, they should be able to hold teams in check. It’s a matter of if the offense can generate enough points to surpass their opponent.

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Archive

The Gators Dominate Missouri in Homecoming Game

The Florida Gators put on a show in the Swamp this weekend, defeating the Missouri Tigers 40-14. Jalon ‘Teez’ Tabor and Quincy Wilson returned an interceptions for a touchdowns, Jordan Scarlett and Lamical Perine rushed for over 100 yards, and Luke Del Rio was back under center for the orange and blue.

A Rough Day for Quarterbacks

It wasn’t a great day for Missouri to say the least. Drew Lock, who was second in the SEC in passing, had one of those days any quarterback would like to forget. Lock finished the first half with just seven passing yards and two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Lock finished the game just four of 18, throwing for 39 yards and those two interceptions.

Luke Del Rio didn’t have a great game either, but that shouldn’t surprise too many people. Del Rio hasn’t played since week 3 against the North Texas Mean Green. He finished the game 18 for 31 with 236 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Del Rio looked rusty, but he still made some bad decisions. Head Coach Jim McElwain had his own comments about his quarterback’s performance.

There’s Always a Bright Side

The Gators were able to get the run game on track last weekend. The team combined for 287 yards rushing and had two players rush for over 100. The Gators have struggled running the ball this season in part that they have so many running backs. Scarlett, Perine, Mark Thompson, and Jordan Cronkrite have all showed flashes of good potential throughout the year, but there is no clear cut number one in this rotation. Scarlett has scored in the past five games, so he may be emerging as the favorite, but only time will tell in that one.

Even Missouri had a good day rushing the ball. The Gators have one of the best defense’s in the country, and their secondary proved that last weekend. However they struggled to stop the rushing attack of Isb Witter and Damarea Crockett.

Missouri Rushing Statistics

  • Ish Witter: 15 rushes for 82 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Damarea Crockett: 14 rushes for 145 yards
  • Marvin Zanders:  8 rushes for 31 yards

Missouri’s secondary played also played well this past weekend. The Tigers allowed just one touchdown pass and forced three turnovers against the Gators. Missouri will look to keep the same defensive intensity against Middle Tennessee this weekend. It’s also hard to imagine Drew Lock performs this poorly two straight weeks.

The Gators are on a bye week, and are preparing to face SEC East Rival Georgia next weekend in Jacksonville.

 

 

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Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Archive

Sports in 60

This is one of my Sports in 60 updates. It’s pretty self explanatory. For 60 seconds, I talk about what is going on in the sports world at that time. I do these updates every Wednesday morning, so I will end up covering sporting events going later that day, and also highlight what happened the night before.

The main goal is to let our viewers know what Gator sports are taking that place. Since our viewing audience is mostly North-Central Florida, the Gators mean a lot to the people who view the show. In this installment of Sports in 60, I talk about Gator Volleyball and the MLB wildcard races.

However we cover more than just the University of Florida. We also cover most professional teams in Florida, as well as covering breaking news.

I have a plethora of news stories that I have worked on and published videos of, but my passion is sports. I plan on being apart of the sports media after graduation, so I want to focus all of my time this semester perfecting my craft. It’s very important to be well rounded in anything people do, so being able to do both sports and news should help me find work in many different markets.

 

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