The University of Kentucky has given me so many opportunities, but by far one of the most beneficial and for me the most fun is being able to get up in front of a camera and broadcast. I am currently a sophomore and a broadcast journalism major with sports emphasis.
This school year I got involved with Wildcat Student TV (WSTV) and their sports program Kentucky Sports Zone. It has allowed me many opportunities students anywhere, especially sophomores don’t tend to get. Through Sports Zone I have covered two home football games and the post game press conferences as well as a basketball press conference and a home basketball game and post-game.
Being courtside/on the sideline is an awesome feeling, I am getting to do exactly what I want to do; thrown into the mix with journalists who have been at it for years. The experience is so valuable for someone who hasn’t even had an official broadcast class yet.
Probably my favorite part of covering UK athletics is listening to John Calipari’s press conferences. I really enjoy hearing what he is saying about the young team and how he is pushing them and playing with lineups and such. Being able to break stories like that is a pretty incredible feeling. I really like getting the feel of the teams during the game from the sidelines, its an intense feeling when you
can hear the coaches yelling across at the players and not only watching the game but hearing how they interact.
I like the student sections but I love being next to the action, it’s a good feeling. Balancing writing for WBN, HerCampus UK, and working for WSTV in addition to my sorority is a lot to take on, but at the end of the day it is 100% worth it. It doesn’t feel like work because UK athletics are my passion.