rachelleblake

Journalist at the University of Tennessee and the work I've done


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The future of Journalism and my new goal

A very informative, and thought-provoking article:

Why Small Local Sites *Must* Have Multiple Revenue Streams by Tom Grubisich

Jake Batsell, the main voice in the article, is speaking to my JEM 499 class today. I’m excited. Being a journalist in today’s fast-paced society is both empowering and terrifying. There are so many options. Since I’m graduating in May, my future career is weighing heavily on my mind.

Mr. Batsell’s ideas propelled me to create a goal for myself.

Every Friday I’ll publish an article. Starting this week.

The story will be something that benefits society to consume. Whether it be a hard news story or entertainment, advice or observation. I need a challenge.

Idea you’d like to see a story on? Tweet me. Message me. Email, if that’s your thing.

rachelleanneblake@gmail.com

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Worth It

I found out this morning that I was not selected for the USA Today program. Am I disappointed? A little. Overall, though, I think it was a valuable experience. Think of all good things that came out of it:

-Made this nifty little blog. Now I can post my assignments all in one place, and I haven’t done that before. 

-Learned more about our LGBT community at UT. And as an extra bonus I got  to hang out with Joel Kramer for an hour or so. 

-Did my first same-day journalism project. MY FIRST. Seriously, that’s a step in the right direction if nothing else. 

So the next time you’re down in the dumps because something didn’t go your way, take a moment. Maybe that wasn’t the right direction for you anyway. Embrace change and make the best of your new situation. 


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Power T TV (Broadcast-Producer, 2012)

Power T TV was a side project that a few of my journalism friends and I worked on. Although we only produced three segments as a team, it was my first taste of producing, and I fell in love with it.

Power T TV: April 5, 2012 (Plainclothes Tracy, Brock Ward, and Top Stories)

Power T TV: April 19, 2012 (The Female Orgasm, Orange & White Game, and Top Stories)

Power T TV: May 8, 2012 (End of School, Smokey’s Shenanigans, and Top Stories)


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…And who are you?

Hello! My name is Rachelle (sounds like ‘Rachel’) Blake (sounds like ‘Blake’) and I’m a senior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. 

I created this blog to showcase some of my work. I’m an aspiring journalist. I’ve been working toward my goal for over a decade now. 

USA Today offers an amazing College Correspondence program for journalists in the visual and writing fields. Although I have many pieces of work I’ve done scattered all over the web, it’s not centralized. 

This blog will act as my portfolio so that I may apply for the visual position in the program. Regardless if I’m accepted, I’d still like to continuously update this for my own enjoyment. 

If you have a story idea or a concern that you’d like me to look into, then please shoot me an email at rblake5@vols.utk.edu

The whole reason I want to be a journalist is so that I may give a voice to those who are unable to speak and therefore may subsequently be able to change the world in some manner, no matter how small. 

In high school I worked at my school newspaper (The Dragon Spirit) for two years. First year as a reporter, second year as Business Manager and I had the honor of writing my own column monthly. For three years I acted as publicity chair of our theatre program. One year I was publicity chair for choir, as well. Then finally, senior year, I had the privilege of anchoring our morning TV station several times a week.

Since I’ve been to UT I’ve seen exponential growth in my work and definitely improvement. I spent three years at our campus radio station. Two of those years I consistently deejayed for three hours a week. The last two years at that job I also worked in the office writing liners, giveaways, web stories. I also scheduled deejays, took care of anyone coming in to claim a prize, organized an employee gathering (“Family Lunch”), and could run the station by myself if the actual staff members were out for the day.

I’m currently interning at WBIR-Channel 10 and have been since the beginning of the summer. I’ve shadowed and worked with directors, producers, reporters, photographers, and production assistants. I would love to continue to gain experience by being accepted to the USA Today College Correspondence program. But if not, we will see where life takes me next!