Tyson Aldridge



My initial expectations of my beat were that it was going to be difficult to find stories that would match up to the beat. I was nervous that I wasn’t going to be able to get interesting stories because honestly I was kind of blind to the subject. My expectations definitely changed throughout the semester. By the time we had to pitch our story ideas for outside story three, I had numerous story ideas to choose from. It seemed that after our first guest speaker came to our class and spoke, the story ideas came more easily and made it so I could pick an interesting story that I was excited to write about.

My beat has taught me so much, mainly that the Latinx community is full of hard-working, interesting people who really try to make a difference in their community. Whether it is through politics, sports, or just by working hard, the Hispanic/Latino (a) (x) beat is full of interesting stories and people.

A few epiphanies that I have had about a career in journalism is that it is not easy, and you really have to work to make your story a readable interesting story. Writing has always come easy to me, so when I was struggling with my initial story I was kind of taken aback, but through perseverance and applying feedback that I received, my stories improved. I was sort of surprised by how persistent you have to be with certain sources. There were a few sources whom I had to reach out to multiple times to get a quote from. And at times it was more work to try to get them as a source. But being persistent helped in the end and I was able to get some solid quotes. I also learned that I can persevere through tough times and tough stories. This class has actually made me work my tail off to achieve the success that I want, and in doing so it showed me that even when times are tough and it seems that your story is going nowhere, to stick with it and in the end it will be worth it.

Beat reporting has helped my professional development by making me think outside the box. In most of my journalism classes up to this point, I chose stories that appealed to me and I didn’t really care if it appealed to other people. Our beat made it so I couldn’t just have my go-to stories. Rather, it made me think of ideas that I would have never thought of otherwise. This will help me as I move forward in my career and as a writer. The most difficult part of being a professional communicator is trying to give the person you are writing about a proper voice that represents them fully. At times it is nerve-racking, but as I got to my third story and was interviewing my sources, I felt extremely confident in giving them a voice that I feel they would appreciate.


Tyson Aldridge is a multimedia journalist with aspirations to be a radio journalist. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Tyson has always had a passion for storytelling. Whether it was captivating his family by telling them made-up stories at the dinner table, or sharing sports news that he heard on ESPN, he has always loved getting people’s attention through storytelling.

In 2015, Tyson started at the University of Utah with a vision of making it into the radio industry one day. He majored in communication with an emphasis in journalism, and his radio passion grew even deeper after taking a radio journalism class.

Recently, Tyson landed in internship with ESPN 700 in downtown Salt Lake City, for the “Gunther and Ben” show on weekday afternoons. He hopes that this internship turns into a full-time position to get his foot in the door of the radio industry.

Tyson graduated from the University of Utah in May 2019, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication.

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