Throughout my childhood,my family has always told me that I could be whatever I wanted to be. Their words of encouragement inspired me to be confident in the future decisions that I would have to make in whatever profession that I choose. Throughout my life I have constantly changed my career decisions. I’ve wanted to be teacher because I wanted to be able to touch many students’ lives by helping with their education. I’ve also wanted to be a psychologist so that I would able to help resolve social problems. Although my career decisions have changed throughout my life,they all have one element in common. That is the betterment of people.
My love for people has led me to choose a profession that works for them. And what is a better way to work for people than by giving them the power to be heard and vital information that they may need through the power of journalism. As a journalist my main focus is to give a voice to the voiceless,provide the public with well-balanced and accurate stories that may be vital to them,and serve as an advocate for seeking the truth in every story idea within my given community.
Before I became a student journalist at Hampton University,I worked with numerous community service organizations in Fayetteville,N.C. While in Fayetteville,I served as the vice president of North Carolina DECA-An Association of Marketing Students,Student Government Parliamentarian,College Heights Presbyterian Youth Council President,President of Fayetteville NAACP Youth Council,Forensics Original Oratory Competitor,AKA Sorority Inc. Community Service Chec Club President,E.E. Smith High newspaper staff writer,and a WCCG 104.5 intern. Being involved in these numerous organizations during high school fueled my desire to work for my community.
I really enjoyed working at my high school newspaper and the local radio station in my area. I enjoyed these jobs so much that I later decided to make journalism my field of study in college and later my career. I am currently a student at Hampton University majoring in mass media arts with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. The Hampton University mass media program helped me fine tune my burning desire to be a journalist by concentrating on writing skills,newsgathering and reporting,and editing. Upon graduation I plan to work for a newscast in a small market as reporter.
Stories by Nichole Florence - Spring 2002
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