The Waycross Journal-Herald is privileged once again to a have a youthful newcomer among the staff in the newsroom as employees here have embraced Ware County High School graduate and Valdosta State University rising sophomore Julie Jernigan as a summer newsroom intern.
A 2014 graduate of WCHS, Jernigan was among the top 30 in her class. She was an active member in the Golden Gator band for four years, and was drum major her senior year. She attends VSU’s College of Arts and Sciences where she continues to march in the Blazin’ Brigade. She plans to graduate among the class of 2018.
Here at the Journal-Herald, she engages in the daily publication of the paper, handling general assignment reporting duties, including news and feature writing, photography, proofreading and other aspects of the newsroom trade.
Her first personal opinion column appears in today’s issue.
After graduation, she is unsure which facets of writing will draw her interest.
“I am exploring every option imaginable whether it’s in magazine writing or book publishing,” the 5-foot-1 blonde said. “I have always had a passion for English, so it wasn’t hard for me to pick a major. There was never a time I was without a book as a kid, and I just knew I wanted to be a part of something like this.”
Her studies have an emphasis on creative writing and a minor in journalism. When she returns to school, she plans to join The Spectator, VSU’s student newspaper.
Jernigan was born and raised right here in Waycross alongside older brother, Matt, who now resides in Monticello, Ga.
She is the daughter of Tim and Sherry Jernigan, of Waycross, and the granddaughter of late Jimmy Jernigan and Jeanette Jernigan, of Waycross, and the late B.J. and Audrey Dryden, of Waycross.
“Julie is doing a good job for us,” said Gary Griffin, managing editor. “It’s plain that she is a natural writer. It is always good for old-timers like us to be exposed to the fresh perspective of a collegian!”