Amanda Brannon

WJCT NEWS INTERN SPRING 2019

Amanda Brannon is a senior at University of North Florida.

Originally from South East Florida she moved to Jacksonville to pursue a Bachelor degree in Multimedia Production.

Amanda has a passion for current events both domestic and international. 

Unrelated to work, Amanda loves finding any excuse to be outside and to spend time with her dogs.

She is excited to intern for WJCT.

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The City of Palatka is changing its grant programs to encourage people to invest in the city’s downtown through various incentives.

The city sold the Riverfront Square property to Riverfront Development Group LLC. 

There have been major investments recently in Palatka from Continental Building Products, Florida Power & Light, Georgia Pacific and others in Putnam County.

Solitary Confinement Hall
HENRY HAGNÄS

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s new report on the practice of solitary confinement, the Florida Department of Corrections holds approximately 10,000 people – more than 10 percent of its population – in solitary on any given day. To put that number in perspective, the nationwide average was 4.5 percent in 2018.

Solitary Confinement Hall
Henry Hagnäs

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s new report on the practice of solitary confinement, the Florida Department of Corrections holds approximately 10,000 people – more than 10 percent of its population – in solitary confinement on any given day. To put that number in perspective, the nationwide average was 4.5 percent in 2018.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT

Current Group 3 City Councilman Democrat Hazouri Tommy Hazouri is a former mayor, state representative, and  Duval County school board member, and says he has the support to advance up the Council leadership chain should he win the runoff election in May.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

Tuesday morning was the second in a series of candidate profiles  in the Jacksonville City Council At-Large runoff races this spring. 

Greg Rachal, the Republican Candidate for Jacksonville City Council At Large Group 3 joined us in Studio 5.

His opponent, Democrat Tommy Hazouri, is scheduled to appear on Thursday.

Heather Schatz / WJCT NEWS

More than a quarter of the 19 seats on Jacksonville City Council will be decided in runoff elections on May 14. WJCT News has invited the four candidates for at-large, countywide seats to appear on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross. Democrat Lisa King was first to accept that invitation.

HEATHER SCHATZ
WJCT NEWS

Several local races are headed to a runoff election in May.

We are profiling the Jacksonville City Council At-Large races this spring as we host the candidates asking for your vote in that runoff.

Wednesday we spoke with City Council At-Large Group1 candidate and former local Democratic leader Lisa King. We have also invited her opponent, Republican incumbent Councilman Terrance Freeman to join us on a future episode.

JERICHO / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

April is Equal Pay Day. Discrepancies in salaries can be difficult to detect. If people aren’t aware of who’s making what, it’s hard to know when someone is being shortchanged.

Jericho / Wikimedia Commons

April 2 is Equal Pay Day. Discrepancies in salaries can be difficult to detect. If people aren’t aware of who’s making what, it’s hard to know when someone—a woman, for example—is being shortchanged.

Children's Movement via FaceBook

David Lawrence Junior, the former publisher of the Miami Herald, started the Children’s Movement here in Florida.

He has recently released an inspirational memoir about service and the importance of journalism as a bastion of democracy. It’s called A Dedicated Life.

Andrew Moore / National Geographic

National Geographic Magazine has dedicated the entire April 2019 issue to exploring the future of Cities.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

TakeEmDownEverywhere is an inclusive coalition of organizers committed to the removal of all symbols of white supremacy from the public landscape.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Activists from around the country are coming to town this Saturday for the TakeEmDownJax rally

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

For the first time since regaining the right to vote after Amendment 4 was passed last November, Jacksonville’s returning citizens have the opportunity to make their voices heard in Tuesday’s mayoral election, the race for sheriff, City Council races, and more.

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