Covering the Golden Globes

By SrA Jose Gonzalez,
Defense Media Activity

If you had told me when I enlisted in the Air Force that I would represent the Department of Defense at the 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards, I would have never believed you.

Air Force Senior Airman Jose Gonzalez, who works as a social media specialist for the DoD, awaits the media at a Golden Globes press conference. DoD photo by Yolanda Arrington

As a broadcast journalist, I have a rather unique job in the military. We represent and communicate the interests of the Air Force. We do this through television, radio and even social media. Throughout your career you can go from being a radio DJ in Ramstein, Germany, to working with senior military leaders at the Pentagon. You will learn how to professionally capture video, edit and produce multimedia content, conduct live radio interviews and serve as on-air talent.

During my time as a broadcast journalist, I’ve had a few interesting opportunities come my way, like serving as an announcer for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration parade and interviewing the Army’s Chief of Staff.

The Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard all have career fields similar to that of an Air Force broadcast journalist. My current unit consists of service members from the Army, Navy and Marines, and each service brings their own culture and strengths to the table.

Our primary mission revolves around telling the military story and amplifying it through the Department of Defense’s social media platforms. With an audience of more than 6 million people across all of the platforms, the content we produce has quite a large scope. In order to reach, engage and grow our audience, our team has taken to the road to give them an inside look into a variety of events, such as the Army-Navy football game and, in my case, the Golden Globes.

The event was interesting, to say the least. I was never familiar with the who’s-who of Hollywood, but it was cool to see the actors and actresses from some of my favorite TV shows and movies.

During the award show, we were headquartered in the press room and were in good position to take photos, ask questions and show what happened behind the scenes.

Getting selected to ask a question through the myriad of others reporters was tough, but I was able to get a question to Sam Rockwell, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture.

Overall, our coverage for the event was successful and, on a personal note, it was quite fun.

If you are interested in TV, radio, videography or just being creative, this is the career field for you. It has been great so far, and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.

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