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Alum Empowers Young Journalists with RateMyStation Website

By Raiyana Malone

Valeria Sistrunk

Have you ever wanted to freely learn about prospective news stations? Well, SJGC alumna Valeria Sistrunk sure did, and now she’s making headlines for her website “RateMyStation.”

While attending FAMU, Sistrunk graced the living rooms of many in Tallahassee as a FAMU TV-20 anchor, all while fine-tuning her skills as an intern at WTXL and WCTV.

Shortly after graduation, Sistrunk jumped right into the world of TV reporting. After enduring several unpleasant encounters, Sistrunk said she realized that being a multi-media journalist just wasn’t the career that she envisioned for herself. Sistrunk then took some time to reflect on her time in college where students would use “RateMyProfessor” as a guide for selecting classes.

This sparked the idea for her next venture: “RateMyStation,” which allows people to post anonymous reviews of stations that currently or formerly employed them to help the next generation of reporters. According to Sistrunk, the site pulls in 60,000 visitors a month.

Sistrunk says that she graduated from the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication with many valuable life lessons.

“The most important lesson I took with me from J-School is to always remain teachable,” Sistrunk said. “There will always be new lessons to learn in life, and it’s important to give others the opportunity to teach them to you.”

Dean Michelle Ferrier is a fan of Sistrunk’s idea and supports transparency for journalists and their respective newsrooms.

“I love the idea of shining a light on abuses and building a whisper network that serves all journalists,” Ferrier said. “The #MeToo movement has definitely forced media organizations to curb harassment in the newsroom and in the workplace.”

Recently, Sistrunk was also featured in the Columbia Journalism Review, where she goes into detail about what she’s learned from her time in the TV news industry. You can find the link to her feature here.