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Amanda Jackson

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Ambition in the Newsroom

Amanda Jackson finds excitement in being present as news-breaking events unfold and delivering that information to others. This is what ultimately led to her internship at CNN iReport in Atlanta, Ga. Jackson, a senior who will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication-Media Studies and a minor in Public Relations, started her academic career at the Island University in 2013. She began applying for internships during the fall of 2014 and by December, she received word that that she had been selected. Jackson moved to Atlanta in January 2015 to accept an internship at CNN with the iReport team.

“I was just planning on getting my degree and working at a station locally until I heard a speech from Mike Henneberger,” said Jackson. “He was a fellow Islander who went to New York to intern at Comedy Central and ended up accepting a position there. After listening to him, it really opened my eyes to dream bigger. I was ecstatic once I received the call from CNN iReport that I was chosen to be their intern.”

Previously, Jackson worked at KRIS Communications in Corpus Christi, Texas. At her current CNN position, Jackson verifies user-generated material that is posted for authentication. She creates content for social media accounts off the material she authenticates. In addition, she searches Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites for newsworthy images and videos. Jackson’s department also writes trending stories for and stories based off the content provided by users on iReport.

“That’s my favorite part of the job—searching for trending content; it feels like I am on an Easter egg hunt and I’m searching for the golden egg,” said Jackson. “You also have to be a team player and understand what your strengths are and how they can help the team's mission: the business has to have one cohesive voice behind it.”

Jackson is fascinated by how people now consume news through social media. She is looking forward to learning and growing in the media industry. She will continue to work at CNN as a freelancer with both the social publishing and the discovery teams until July and is currently applying for permanent positions with CNN.

“I am 28 and had some difficult times in my life to get where I am today,” said Jackson. “I would like others to know if I can do this so can they; my motto is to dream big.”