COM/JRN '16, CJ Gates

Where do you currently work and could you describe what you do?

I currently work at Pegula Sports and Entertainment as a video editor. I’m one of six editors that we have that produce most of the video content for any entity owned by PSE (Bills, Sabres, Bandits, Rochester Americans, AdPro Sports, HarborCenter, Impact Sports, 716, Black River Entertainment, etc) as well as a handful of outside clients that we have begun to work with (New Era Cap, Martin Group, University at Buffalo amongst others).

What are your favorite memories of Canisius?

My favorite memories of Canisius are definitely the clubs that I was in and the friends that I made. I really enjoyed being able to part of GriffTV and The Griffin. Going out and covering all the big stories and sporting events that were happening on campus and working my way up to Editor-in-Chief of The Griffin and Technical Director of GriffTV were two of my prouder moments. And of course, being able to make friends along the way made those clubs even better. 

What advice do you have for current students?

The best advice I can give is to always give 100 percent effort to everything you do, while making sure to not spread yourself too thin. Whether it’s clubs at Canisius or your internships or eventual jobs, that hard work is noticed by your supervisors whether you think it is or not and the willingness to do whatever task they assign you will almost always be rewarded whether it’s with a promotion or glowing recommendation.

Were you involved in any clubs or internships at Canisius?

Yes! As part of The Griffin I worked my way up from sports reporter to Assistant Sports Editor to Sports Editor to Editor-in-Chief and in GriffTV I worked in a handful of roles, usually behind the camera for all four of my years at Canisius. As far as internships go, I started off with the Buffalo Bisons (where I still work as a freelancer doing live video production) in the summer between my sophomore and junior year. Junior year I was the first intern brought on by the newly formed Pegula Sports and Entertainment and in my senior year I interned behind-the-scenes at WBBZ-TV in the fall and in the spring I returned to PSE as a part-time seasonal employee.

How do you think Canisius prepared you for the real world?

Canisius gave me the opportunities that led me to where I am now. Without Canisius, I never would have interned at the Bisons which led to my internship at PSE which led to my current job. I learned how to use a camera and edit shooting soccer and volleyball games for GriffTV and Professor Shanks’ Multimedia Storytelling class. I learned how to craft stories writing in The Griffin every week and taking Professor Kaiser’s Journalism classes, so without Canisius I would not be where I am today.