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.

WJCT NEWS

Mayoral candidate Anna Brosche has hired a top Democratic strategist in the Jacksonville mayor’s race as she seeks to build a bipartisan coalition to unseat incumbent Lenny Curry.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

A new effort dedicated to enriching the city’s young people and reducing high crime rates is underway.

Ryan Stanton/Flickr

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced plans to eliminate the Gardiner program waitlist of nearly 2,000 students. 

JACKSONVILLE SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Earlier this week police announced the arrests of six people in “Operation Rap Up.” 

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Earlier this week police announced the arrest of six people accused of illegal firearm possession. At least five were seen in locally-produced music videos holding weapons and glorifying gang violence. But our Florida Times-Union news partner reports the main expert police relied on to get arrest warrants for the five can’t say for sure the people in the videos were holding real weapons. 

The Times-Union also reported it wasn't clear how the sixth suspect arrested was connected to the video, based on the arrest warrant.

STOPit

Next week the Glynn County, Georgia, School System plans to launch STOPit, a technology platform aimed at helping schools stay on top of bullying and cyber abuse, as well of threats of violence, self-harm, and other inappropriate behaviors.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Earlier this week, JEA announced a list of potential sites for its new downtown headquarters.

Lembagai KITA / Wikimedia Commons

According to the Human trafficking Hotline, Florida ranks third in U.S. in human trafficking cases reported by states, behind only California and Texas.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, which is designed to increase public awareness of the estimated 21 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. According to the Human Trafficking Hotline, Florida ranks third in the US in human trafficking cases reported by state, behind only California and Texas.

The Civil Rights Museum in St. Augustine is located in Dr. Hayling's old office
Frank Murry via St. Augustine Government

City Hall and local civil rights groups are in disagreement over who is hosting Jacksonville's premiere Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast, leaving the city torn between the  events.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville’s March 19 unitary election mayoral race between current Mayor Lenny Curry, City Councilwoman Anna Lopez Brosche and some lesser known candidates is drawing alot of attention.

Ability Housing

It's getting harder for working families who earn $25,000 to $50,000 per year to find an affordable place to live in Florida. A growing population, stagnant wages and deep federal cuts have made the problem more prevalent.

It's getting harder to find an affordable place to live in Florida. A growing population, stagnant wages and deep federal cuts have made the problem all the more acute.

A new study shows Jacksonville is one of the worst offenders when it comes to landlords discriminating against low-income people. And right now, the partial government shutdown is making things worse.

Downtown Jacksonville
Ryan Ketterman for Visit Jacksonville

More tourists are choosing the First Coast for their vacations. 

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