Farryn James

News Intern

Farryn James is a senior at the University of North Florida majoring in communications with a concentration in multimedia journalism. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Farryn returned to school after five years working in the Jacksonville Public Library system.

In her free time, she enjoys reading and composing stories, poems and songs. 

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Jacksonville’s crowd funding festival is back today under a new name and new terms.

Spark Walk is a combination of One Spark and the monthly downtown Art Walk.

Business Brief: One Spark Grows Up

Apr 4, 2016
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The annual One Spark crowdfunding festival is returning to downtown Jacksonville Wednesday.

However, this year’s event will feature only one day of partying instead of five. A workshop dedicated to the inventors will be held Thursday.

John Burr

Editor's note: This article has been updated from its original version.

Fans of live music, comedy and theater might have noticed the bulk of acts come through Northeast Florida toward the beginning of the year.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr explains to News Director Jessica Palombo what’s behind the top-heavy schedule.


In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women

Geraldine Laybourne used her passion for youth education to forge a career in children's television with the Nickelodeon and Disney networks. She is also a creator of the women's network Oxygen.

Generation W

In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women. 

Melinda Wolfe is the Chief Human Resources Officer at education company Pearson. A Harvard University graduate, she has worked for elite companies including American Express and Bloomberg.


Duval County school administrators and law enforcement will meet with the Terry Parker High School community to talk about proactive safety measures Thursday after recent gun-related incidents.

Students are feeling unsafe after two teenagers were arrested last week for a shooting near a school-bus stop.

Farryn James

Jacksonville crowdfunding event One Spark has been shortened from a week-long event to two days. On Monday, officials announced that this year’s One Spark event will be April 6 and 7. This announcement comes after months of speculation about the fate of One Spark, after numerous changes within the organization.

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Jacksonville’s One Spark crowdfunding festival is scaling back from a week-long event to possibly one day in April.

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Jacksonville clergy spoke out in favor of expanding Jacksonville’s anti-discrimination ordinance to protect LGBT residents on Monday. 

Jacksonville Baptist Rev. Torin Dailey is one of more than 100 religious leaders who support a bill that will be introduced Tuesday in City Council

Dailey says his support for the bill comes from his religion.

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The University of North Florida is banning hoverboards inside and near student housing.  

The university sent an email to student-residents this week outlining safety concerns over the two-wheeled, motorized gadgets.

UNF joins other universities that have banned hoverboards after reports their batteries can overheat and catch fire.

The mode of transportation, which is similar to a Segway without a handle, is still allowed on campus— just not in residence halls.

I Am Genie Foundation

New York Times best-selling author and frequent CNN contributor Deepak Chopra is coming to Jacksonville.

Chopra is scheduled to speak at the University of North Florida on March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

His speech is hosted by the nonprofit I Am Genie Foundation. All profits from the event will go toward granting wishes to people in need.

Chopra is slated to discuss the latest findings in mainstream and alternative medicine.