SCOM Students Gain Real-World Experience at the Orange Bowl

Two School of Communication (SCOM) students got the opportunity to attend the Capital One Orange Bowl on behalf of WVFS Tallahassee, the Florida State University radio station. Amanda Golson reported live game updates on Twitter for @V89Sports, the sports department at WVFS, as well as captured social media content, while Will McBroom participated in the press conferences and was tasked with writing a postgame article for V89.

Golson is the chief anchor of V89 and currently double majoring in Media/Communication Studies and Sport Management. She shoots and creates the social media content for the station as well as manages the department’s weekly shift operations.

Golson grew up going to the Orange Bowl in South Florida, so having an opportunity like this hit close to home. “Despite the circumstances of the game, I was honored to represent the station in the press box,” Golson said. “It was also a full-circle moment for my dad since he used to work in that press box for the Miami Dolphins and to see me following him while working on my passions was super special for both of us.”

McBroom is the chief reporter for V89 and is majoring in Media/Communication Studies. His responsibilities for the station include editing articles submitted to their website and handling credentials for all live events.

“I have constantly reminded myself how crazy of an opportunity it is, especially during football season when I was covering games from the press box and asking questions to people like Mike Norvell and Jordan Travis,” McBroom says.

When asked what their favorite part about the Orange Bowl was, both Golson and McBroom agreed they loved getting to attend the press conference and either ask Mike Norvell questions or get to listen to how much passion he has for the team.