On September 5th, Denisse Flores, ANS Alumni of 2017 and current journalism student at the University of Florida (UF), met up with the Eye of the Tiger staff to share about her experience studying communications. She is currently part of Noticias WUFT, a Hispanic student-led news program founded in the College of Journalism and Communications at UF. Additionally, she is the Social Media Manager of the National Association of Hispanic Journalist (NAHJ), a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the advancement of Hispanic journalists in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Denisse mentioned that her inspiration for becoming a reporter originated from being a big fangirl. Ever since she was little, she was always excited to meet new celebrities. Although she felt she wasn’t a skilled writer initially, that didn’t stop her from following her passion—one that makes her eyes shine every time she speaks about it.
Her great passion for journalism led to her recruitment to participate in the Telemundo Academy this Fall 2020, thanks to her outstanding efforts. According to the University of Florida, “students participating in ‘Telemundo University’ receive one-on-one practical training from NBC and Telemundo station journalists including news directors, executive producers, anchors, and investigative reporters.” The program was made by Telemundo in partnership with UF and the University of Texas at Arlington to “help shape the next generation of bilingual broadcast and digital journalists.” Denisse, among 5 other students, was picked out of her class to participate this semester.
Flores expressed how she strives to show a different side of celebrities, as the media often portray them as idols to the public, but very little as humans. She “makes a story [by] bringing the human side out of celebrities and using her platform for good.”
As of now, she has met or interviewed celebrities like Ian Somerhalder from The Vampire Diaries, and Latin singers like Lunay, Sech, and CNCO, among others.
Denisse inspired many students through her experience and helpful tips. It was a valuable learning opportunity for the journalism class, as she is a great role model to follow.
“You have to go ahead and make the decision that scared you the most because it will be the one that brings the most growth out of you. You have to challenge yourself and not be scared of failure. Whenever a choice scares you, go for it [because], it will push you to learn more and become a professional.”
You can check out Denisse Flores’ Instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/didiflores25/