In less than three years, journalism student Malik Gayle ’18 went from curious freshman to seasoned radio reporter and host, interviewing national acts like X Ambassadors and OK Go for UC's WPNR. “At UC, you’re getting thrown directly into it,” he says.
Why UC: In high school, I was always drawn to journalism, so I was looking for colleges with solid journalism programs. I got accepted to a smaller private school, but when I looked at the financial aid package, it was just not enough for me. I learned more about UC, and I was really excited to visit. On the campus tour, the radio station struck me. I’m a huge music nerd, so I loved the idea of having a chance to work at WPNR. I talked to some students there and got really excited. That solidified my decision to come to Utica College.
Jumping In: At UC, you’re getting thrown directly into it. In journalism classes, we actually do real journalism. I interviewed social workers and counselors for a story about mental health issues in millenials, and it was published in the Utica Observer-Dispatch. That’s something I never thought would have been possible. Jumping in as a freshman, you think your education will be contained to the college, but professors want you to get out there and get the experience.
Now Hear This: The radio station has been huge for me. I developed my own radio show about music news. I’ve interviewed artists like X Ambassadors, OK Go, and My Chemical Romance, who I’ve been obsessed with since I was 13. I never thought a college kid would have that kind of platform. It’s been amazing.
"When I do my radio show, there’s no grade or deadline. I want it to be the best it can be because it represents who I am."
Audible Proof: When I do my radio show, there’s no grade or deadline. I want it to be the best it can be because it represents who I am. I’m creating a portfolio of my best interviews on Soundcloud, and that will be invaluable when I apply for jobs in radio. Employers will see what I’m capable of. It’s more than a resume where I list my skills—my work speaks for itself.
Learn more about WPNR and UC's Communication and Media program here.