Life as a Gator Journalist


As I’m about to enter my final semester as a Telecommunications student here at the University of Florida, I can’t help but feel nostalgic. I’ve been lucky to have gained such a wealth of invaluable knowledge from the College of Journalism and Communications. Through my work as a radio student to my on-air stories as a reporter, photographer, and anchor for WUFT, I feel confident in saying that I am ready for whatever the biz has to throw my way! 


Since 2010 when my freshmen self entered the halls of Weimer, a lot has changed. I’m proud to say I am one of the very first students (a pioneer if you will) to have worked in UF’s very own Innovation News Center. This facility is state-of-the-art giving each and every journalism student an opportunity to experience the fast paced culture of a newsroom. I’m also proud to say that the journalism school is home to the CMIR – Center for Media Innovation + Research. We are all so creative and talented, and it is truly great to learn in an environment that’s constantly teaching us to explore that creativity. 



Although I continuously am pushing the thought of graduation out of my mind, I know that my experiences here have truly inspired me to be the best that I can be. That as well as my internship at The Weather Channel this summer have given me the skills necessary to conquer the quick-paced, growing world of news and I couldn’t be more excited to jump right in! I hope you’ll follow me as I close one chapter and open another. 



Holiday Movie Madness

It’s that time of year! When school starts to dwindle down, and you find you have a lot more free time than you are use to. Don’t be a humbug, go check out the long list of highly anticipated holiday flicks in a theater near you.

The Tipping Point

         The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell opened me up to a completely new way to look at the world. I’ve always been aware of trends in fashion, in technology, and even the more recently “what’s trending” on twitter. The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. However, in this book, we learned that for something to truly catch on like wildfire, it has to cross over “the tipping point.” Trends in the novel are described as epidemics and are compared to real epidemics like the flu. As the book states, “epidemics (such as viruses) are strongly influenced by their situation – by the circumstances and conditions and particulars of the environments in which they operate.” This too can be said about global epidemics of ideas, products, behaviors, messages, trends, and much more. Gladwell does an excellent job through out the novel of explaining this theory by using real world examples and referencing their point of tipping into popularity.

            Gladwell says there are three basic rules of epidemics. These include the Law of Few, the Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context.

            The Law of Few says that the success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts. Gladwell uses the example of Paul Revere’s famous ride in Boston warning the Patriots that “the British are coming.” This word-of-mouth warning is a direct example of an epidemic spreading like wildfire. In fact, Gladwell goes on to make the point that word-of-mouth is “the most important form of human communication” even in our age of cell phones, social media, and mass communication at our fingertips. In this example, Revere acts as the connector of the information to the people of Boston. His message spread because of the importance of his message as well as the nature of himself as the messenger.

            The Stickiness Factor basically says that whatever your trend, is it memorable enough to never be forgotten? You want it to stand out so that your point comes across easily and with the right amount of emphasis. An example of this is the advertising theory that an ad must be seen at least six times before anyone will remember it. Gladwell uses Nike and Coca-Cola in the book as examples of companies who use lots of advertisements daily on television, magazines, etc. to spread their product and make them household names.

            The Power of Context says that humans are much more sensitive to their situation or environment surrounding them than they seem to be. In turn, epidemics are also sensitive to the environments they come about in, whether it is time or place. Gladwell says that to get people to change their behaviors and start acting in a different manner than their usual, some changes need to be made within the smallest details of their environment rather than the largest ones.

            Overall, I found this novel quite interesting and will definitely be recommending it to my friends. It’s nice to have a different perspective after reading it, and it also gives it’s audience a lot to ponder on how by just crossing over The Tipping Point a trend can impact the world in an enormous manner. 


Surround yourself with those that lift you higher

Being a student at the College of Journalism and Communications, I am so lucky to be surrounded by people who not only share the same interests and passions as I do, but also are quite talented and have so much to teach me. Every single one of my classmates has a story, and I love seeing where everyone has come from and where everyone is going. It’s truly inspiring to see friends following their dreams. Below are a few of my brilliant friends, click on their names to find out even more about how hard they are working to pursue their career goals: 


Lisa Greenberg: Lisa is an aspiring reporter who hopes to one day become an anchor. She is currently anchoring the Monday newscasts for WUFT, here at the University of Florida. 

Rachel Stern: Rachel is a fellow Senior Telecommunications Major who hopes to one day be an Entertainment Correspondent. She is currently hosting the Entertainment segment on Friday’s for WUFT

Nick Swain: After working as Editor-In-Chief for his high school’s newspaper, Nick decided to pursue a career in Journalism. He hopes to one day be an anchor and is also quite involved with online music-news publication.  


Food for Thought

The only thing that can make a “movie night in” better is a delicious meal to accompany your flick. Not sure what to make? Look no further than some of my favorite blogs from some of my talented classmates at the University of Florida. From healthy choices to quick meals with fantastic flavors, these blogs are a great source for your perfect dinner & a movie date night! 


Amanda Di Lella is a fellow Telecom-News student who shares the same passion for reporting as I do. We also work together at WUFT, where she tells me all about At Home Healthy Habits for cooking. Once I took a peak at her blog, I was hooked! Check out some of my personal favorites like replacing white rice with cous cous or why skipping breakfast isn’t necessarily a bad idea. 

Talia Medina also is a Telecommunications student who will be graduating this spring as well. Like me, she plans on moving to a big city post graduation to continue to pursue her goals. Since things in a city move rather quickly, Talia has created a blog dedicated to Fresh Food, Fast! A great option for your movie night in would be her post about an easy pasta recipe that takes less than five minutes! Yup, you read that right.

Looking for some Fantastic Food and Flavors? Look no further than classmate Ashlyn Robinson‘s blog full of fun restaurants in Gainesville for you and your date to visit before or after your movie showing! From Emiliano’s Latin cuisine to Bistro 1245‘s homey feel, this blog will have your mouth watering and ready to reserve a table at our areas most delicious hot spots. Ashlyn is also a Senior Telcommunications student, but plans on attending law school after graduation. 

Jillian Brynne Zoomed In


I’m Jillian Brynne de Montluzin, and I’m a Senior Telecommunications-News Student at the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a reporter. I watched 60 minutes every sunday and woke up early on weekdays to watch Katie Couric and Matt Lauer on the Today Show. These reporters were my role models and I wanted to follow in each of their footsteps.

My journey began in high school. I joined the Television & Film Magnet, where I was able to anchor the schools afternoon newscast for 3 years. At that moment it was clear that this was what I wanted to do with my life. I then was fortunate to get accepted into the University of Florida, & pursue my Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications. I’ve always known UF to have such an incredible Journalism School, so I was more than thrilled to get to Gainesville and begin my Freshmen year.

I started my preprofessional journalism career as a radio reporter for WUFT-FM. This experience gave me the opportunity to practice my writing skills and enhance my interviewing techniques. The next semester, I continued reporting but instead for television with WUFT. I learned the differences between writing for television versus radio, how to shoot television packages, how to work a camera, and how to edit using Final Cut Pro.

This summer I got the biggest and best opportunity of my life thus far. I spent the entire summer interning at The Weather Channel in Atlanta.


There I got to meet and shadow prominent meteorologists like Jim Cantore, Stephanie Abrams, and my favorite Al Roker.


After graduation, I plan on pursuing my Masters Degree in Management. I hope that both my degrees will help me to eventually achieve my goal of being a reporter for a major news network. I have always had a love for television and movies, and it would be an absolute dream come true if I could report about the things I am passionate about. I’m really proud that my blog, “The Movie Manic,” shows that passion and I hope by continuing it, it can help me land my dream job.

Resume: Jillian de Montluzin Resume

It’s Kind of a Big Deal

Fans of Anchorman are anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Will Ferrell and his crew have been working hard to promote the flick in every way possible. From promos to trailers to … an ice cream flavor? 


Yes, you read correctly! Ben & Jerry’s launched a new, very special ice cream flavor called “Scotchy Scotch Scotch” to commemorate the release of the comedies sequel. The flavor is a limited edition and is available nationwide for the next few weeks. It’s flavoring is a combination of butterscotch ice cream with ribbons of butterscotch swirls.


Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hits theaters December 20th. According to IMDB, the sequel will focus on Ron Burgundy and his mission to take on New York’s first 24-hour news channel. I can not wait for this movie, and I absolutely love that Ben & Jerry’s signed on to help promote the flick in a quite clever way. I’ll be keeping my eye out for the ice cream so I can get a taste for myself! 

ABC News: Ben & Jerry’s Launch New Anchorman Flavor

Fox News: Anchorman 2 Get’s It’s Own Ice Cream

E! Online: Anchorman Themed Ice Cream