Stephanie Morales Macedo
Stephanie Morales Macedo is a sophomore double-majoring in Journalism with an emphasis on News and Information and Film with an emphasis on production. She is from Gardner, Kansas, and is using her passion for film to work as the director of the show The Playmakers through Media Crossroads. She also has her own international sports new segment. She has previously directed for KUJH. In addition to her work with Media Crossroads, she works for Rock Chalk Video through Kansas Athletics.
I am a first-generation American and first-generation college student. I am interested in sports broadcasting and directing. I also didn’t learn English until I was in elementary school.
My biggest success has been being the first in my family to go to college. I try my best to be a good example for my whole family, especially the young ones, because I want them to see that anything is possible.
I admire my mom and dad the most. I am a proud daughter of immigrants and I am grateful every single day that my parents decided to leave everything behind in Mexico to come to the United States. My parents are always supporting me with everything that I do because they came to this country so that I could succeed.
My passion for broadcasting came from when I was in middle school. I remember that when I was younger, my teacher told me that I had to make a promotion video for the school. She gave me my first camera and told me to make something special. Ever since then, I have not been able to put a camera down. I actually became my middle school’s morning anchor and when I got to high school, I did broadcast all four years. By the time I was a senior, I had become a producer. I knew deep down in my heart that I was meant to be a journalist, specifically a broadcaster.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of the J-school is the amazing people. The professors at KU are some of the greatest people that I have ever met. Additionally, the students at the J-school are so diverse because not everyone wants to do the same thing. Students want to be anchors, reporters, magazine writers, copy editors, directors, producers and the list goes on and on. I love getting to hear what my peers want to do.
My most memorable J-school professor is Cal Butcher. I would consider Cal to be a mentor. He is always there for me whenever I need help, or I just want to have a conversation with someone that I trust. He is always sending me links to scholarship opportunities, internship openings and opportunities that he thinks would be beneficial to me. Cal is such a supportive professor.
My favorite J-school class has been Jour 534. I really enjoyed learning about diversity in the media and I think that it is a class that everyone should take.
If I could give my freshman year self advice I would say to bring an inhaler everywhere you go on campus. It sounds silly and dumb, but I have really bad asthma and the hills on campus make me want to cry sometimes. I have shown up to some classes not being able to breathe and it is so embarrassing. I now carry multiple inhalers in my backpack because you never know.
[My greatest source of joy is] watching movies. I am also a film major, which means that I am very passionate about movies. I love to over-examine movies on my free times and learn a new thing or two.
Everything happens for a reason. I feel that those words are 100% true and I basically live by that saying.
When I graduate I will always remember broadcasting at KU. I have been directing for Media Crossroads since my first semester as a freshman. I also got hired at Rock Chalk Video my first day at KU. I love the people at Media Crossroads and Rock Chalk Video. The people at Rock Chalk Video are like my second family and I love spending time with them.