Last Wednesday on the 22nd , our class got to listen to a guest speaker named Valentí Sanjuan. He mostly talked to our class about all of the different careers he has had throughout the years and how through all of his different career paths he has made a living though digital journalism. He first asks our class what defines journalism. In the simplest terms he says, journalism is when you have a story to tell. He tells our class that he is infact his own boss as of now but has many other careers throughout the years. Valentí tells us he started his career doing mainstream journalism at a radio station titled “Vist i no vist” where he worked in the newsroom. This radio station had other ideas for the future so Valentí did not renew his contract and found another way of living.
Vantí decied to start a show which by live streaming which as not a very popular way for using technology at this time. He was supposed by beer brands, (a promoter) which was another type of boss he had to work for besides himself. The beer brands would give away free beers which helped gather a larger audience for the new show. His audience was a very relaxed crowd who drank beer and talked about the internet while Valentí was talking on the radio to the audience.
Valentí became so successful after his first few jobs because he took a normal show via the internet instead of the radio. He then got to the point because of its popularity to mix the show with a television show. This was more of a comedy television show and he had to be more interactive with the audience. The show did not do well at first so he came up with another idea and came up with another show called Visto Lo Visto and this was almost a spanish stand up comedy show. This show had comedians, interviews with famous youtubers and musicians. This was different then his first original plan which was just himself and one camera where he did his own photo journalism.
Valentí also stated a personal Youtube account that has a big fan following. He is a very successful Ironman competitor and goes around the world with the intention of doing difficult sport competitions in each city he goes to. His youtube account has videos of his Ironman successes which has a huge following because he films himself overcoming hard obstacles which represents some of the hard moments he has faced in his lifetime. The iron man videos show him dealing with the pain and overcoming his obstacles though perseverance.
After hearing Valentí speak I found him very inspiring when it comes to choosing a career path. He is a very successful man but he had to explore different areas of work involving digital journalism before he found out what he truly loves to do for a profession. Valentí told us that journalism is a way of story telling and he uses his life journey as a way of expressing meaning to his viewers and this is how he gets such a large following. Overall he has sucessful been a influencer for many people because he takes advantage of social media and reach out to individuals and created a large fan base for whatever he is promoting.