University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Mascot: Joe Bruin

Persuasive Essay

         Since I was a young girl, I held a passion for two things: talking and people. There is nothing I enjoy more than speaking to people, whether it is one person, or an audience of hundreds. This has led me to take great interest in the field of broadcast and communication, a curriculum that has been widely emphasized in UCLA. With no doubt in my mind do I wish to attend the University of California in Los Angeles. I would make a great contribution to your school by bringing forward great leadership skills that can get a message across to people.

          Acquiring leadership skills and effective communication has helped me throughout my entire life. Being able to present myself in a professional manner has led me to several amazing opportunities in furthering my broadcast journalism experience. I have reported for SISD News on Channel Six, presenting information needed by parents and students for upcoming events. On top of that, I was given the task of anchoring and reporting for my Arts and AV Technology class throughout all of high school. Without my passion for talking, this would not have been possible.

          Obtaining the love for speaking and leading is not a skill I take lightly. It has not only given me the confidence to report on camera, but has given me the will to spread God’s love as well. For the past five years, I have been part of the Del Sol Church Outreach Team. I, along with several other youth members and adults, go out into the community to teach others who God is. My leadership and speaking skills aid me in bringing others to know God, as I share the gospel with children, teenagers, and adults all around the world. One instance where my communication skills took charge is when we visited Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home. Here I talked to several of the orphans and provided them with scripture. I had the opportunity to pray over many kids my age, all whom ended up accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. If I didn’t have the courage or words to talk to the kids, they may have gone their whole life without God. I made a difference in someone’s life through words, which brings me great joy.

           Becoming a UCLA Bruin would not only be a dream come true for me, but the university would benefit from having me as a student as well. I plan on contributing to UCLA’s new accomplishments, as well as obtaining a career as a News Anchor. If accepted to UCLA, I would enter as an amateur, and leave as a professional reporter, anchoring for ABC World News.

Letter of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern:

It is without any doubt that I write this letter of recommendation for Cheryl Gutierrez as a candidate for a scholarship to University of California Los Angeles. As a previous educator to Ms. Gutierrez, she has projected to be a well-organized and educated young woman capable of accomplishing tasks that may or may not be handed to her.

I have known Ms. Gutierrez for nearly five years in my capacity as a teacher at Pebble Hills High School. Cheryl has taken my English I, II, III, and IV, and has dedicated herself to studies as she wishes to major in Broadcasting and Communication. She is truly phenomenal as she has proven her ability to communicate with fellow students and teach simple and more advanced concepts. Her qualifications to write and verbally communicate, is extremely organized and reliable. Cheryl has proven that through hard work, follow though, and team work, she can accomplish tasks in a courteous and timely manner.

Ms. Gutierrez is more than qualified to attend the University of California Los Angeles. I strongly endorse you to allow Ceryl Gutierrez to attend your university. If you wish to discuss Ms. Gutierrez further, please contact me at (915)258-5542 or via email


Laila Contreras

English Department Chair

AP/IB English Teacher

Pebble Hills High School

El Paso, TX 79938

Tel: (915)258-5542



UCLA opened in 1919 as "Southern Branch". It wasn't until 1927 that they adopted the name, "University of California at Los Angeles".

In 1981, UCLA Medical Center reported the world's first case of AIDS.

In 2007, UCLA won its 100th NCAA national championship.

In 2008, the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center opens.

In 2010, UCLA exceeded $1 billion in competitively awarded research grants and contracts in a single year.

Admission Requirements

  • The minimum GPA required is 3.0. and 3.4 for nonresidents.
  • SAT Scores:

-SAT Reasoning Test- Critical Reading section: Lowest- 520 admittance rate 4.69%

-SAT Reasoning Test - Math section: Lowest- 560 admittance rate 5.06%

-SAT Reasoning Test - Writing section: Lowest- 530 admittance rate 4.41%

-SAT Reasoning Test - Composite (all together) : Lowest- 1490 admittance rate 4.16%

  • ACT Scores: 20-34

Student Life

UCLA Bonfire and Rally: Students celebrate after football games, with a bonfire and pep rallies. The cheerleaders perform,the band plays their famous fight song, and everyone creates posters in celebration of UCLA's continuous victories.


Degree Plan


Although it is not necessarily required, most if not all reporters obtain a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast and/or Communication. More than anything, a student pursuing this career needs experience in the field.


After fulfilling the required courses for acquiring a Bachelor's degree in the field, students must take additional classes geared towards the specific field of study.

  • Television Operations
  • Radio and Television Reporting
  • Editing and Layout
  • Online News
  • Photojournalism


During junior or senior year, students must complete one internship in Broadcast Journalism. Students may work for smaller newspaper or television stations that provide them experience in order to move into larger media venues.

Workshops/ Seminars

UCLA is known for its emphasis on writing, media, and television production. This university works with the Society of Professional Journalists to provide a unique course of informational conventions. Special conferences are held with students, where guest speakers supply students with information not provided in typical journalism courses. Training labs, fellowship opportunities, career advice, an employment directory, and training aids and tools is all provided through this special course.

Reporter: Job Description

Television News Salaries

Current Demand

Due to the vast increase in the use of internet, written word is in high demand. Not only do reporters have to communicate well verbally, but must also obtain advanced writing skills with proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.


  • Reporter: News reporters are responsible forgather information, develop factual stories and produce articles or multimedia for broadcast.
  • TV Anchor: These are the on-air people that deliver news stories to the broadcasting station's audience. Usually a TV anchor works their way up to the job, after being a reporter, news writer, or correspondent.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Broadcast, Journalism, or Communication
  • Prior experience in publication and broadcasting
  • Internship fulfillment

The world's next Dian Sawyer, making $12 million a year.

The world's next Matt Laher, making $22-$25 million a year.

Cover Letter

David Westin

ABC News

147 Columbus Ave.

New York, NY 10023

May 20, 2015

Dear Mr. Westin,

I am applying for the anchoring position of ABC World News in response to our meeting in the career center office at the ABC News Headquarters.

As I mentioned before, I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. It is due to UCLA’s unique broadcasting course, where I have been greatly educated and trained by the Society of Professional Journalists, that I have a high level of experience in broadcasting. I have obtained firsthand experience in my field of study, allowing me to further develop the techniques of a great reporter. In taking this course, I have been given the opportunity to weekly develop interesting news stories in a creative way, as well as inform students of UCLA on important upcoming events. This class opened doors to several anchoring internships for me as well. By applying the skills and knowledge I accumulated over the years, I reported for CBS News. This was an amazing experience, where I actually had the opportunity to be a news correspondent, announcing important information from 2018 to 2020.

I have paid close attention to ABC World News, taking notice of each report given and learning from it. With my accumulated experience in broadcast and communication, I believe I make an absolutely great candidate for the anchoring position currently available. Given the opportunity, this job would expose me to a higher understanding of what it takes to be an outstanding anchor, and allow me to pursue my passion in life.

Thank you in advance for considering me for this position.


Cheryl Gutierrez

4501 Adams Boulevard

555-555-555 (h)

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Cheryl Gutierrez

4501 Adams Boulevard, El Paso, TX 79938

Phone: (555) 555-5555 Fax: (555) 545-5645 Email:


I plan on becoming a professional news anchor, news reporter, and journalist. I will use my communication skills to effectively do my job, and provide citizens with any and all information. By conducting research I will find interesting news stories to do reports on.


High school 2014-2018

  • Anchor, otherwise known as the host, for Spartan Times.
  • Reporter for Spartan Times: Research and create interesting news stories to share among the students and teachers of Pebble Hills.
  • Script Writer for Spartan Times: Create script for all anchors and reporters.

After High school 2018-2020

  • Internship as a CBS News Reporter: Research and create interesting news stories and report live.
  • Internship as a CBS News Correspondent: Reply back to reporter on the job.


Pebble Hills High School 2014-2018

  • I attended all four years and cquired my High school Diploma.

University of California in Los Angeles 2018-Current

  • I am currently enrolled at UCLA, where I am pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. My courses emphasize on communication, and working directly with professional reporters to obtain new skills.


  • I carry the ability to communicate information to others very effectively. In my voice I carry inflection and speak loudly, thus creating a very efficient reporter. I research my own news stories to put together in order to give a report on it in a creative and interesting way. Writing my own scripts is a task I complete effectively, as well as writing news reports for print or media use. My grammar, punctuation, and spelling are exemplary, creating a neat and professional published news report. Editing and revising is another skill I obtain, allowing me to remove any mistakes made in the news reports.

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