Mackenzie Guiry

WJCT News 2021 summer intern

Mackenzie Guiry is a senior multimedia journalism major at the University of North Florida. She spent her first two years of college at Florida Atlantic University.

At Florida Atlantic University, she wrote for the school paper, The University Press, where she covered campus events and did long-form feature stories. She also completed a copywriting and public relations study abroad program in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

After graduation, she hopes to move to New York to pursue a career in radio and podcasting with a focus on covering film, pop culture and current events.

This screengrab from video shows a past Orange Crush festival event.
Orange Crush / Via Facebook

This weekend's upcoming Orange Crush Festival is generating some controversy among the Beaches community.

Nikki Fried, Democratic candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, speaks during a campaign rally, in Miami on Nov. 2, 2019.

Agricultural Commissioner and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried joined us to discuss her campaign, during which she has been highly critical of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Some Businesses Are Struggling To Find People To Fill Positions

More jobs are returning to Florida as the pandemic-induced recession - which put thousands out of work - comes to an end. However, many companies say that they are having a hard time finding people to fill them.

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

On today's Friday Media Roundtable we covered these stories from the First Coast:

this rendering illustrates the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences the Jaguars are proposing to build.
Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be holding town hall-style meetings called Community Huddles to promote their new plan for the Shipyards and sports complex area of Jacksonville, which is dubbed 1st Downtown Jacksonville. 

Sean Shaw is the founder of People Over Profit
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Three new ballot initiatives that will help make it easier for Floridians to vote have been proposed. The initiatives are being led by former State Representative and founder of People Over ProfitsSean Shaw


Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried, who announced her run for governor this week, joined us.

Rendering of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences.
Jacksonville Jaguars

On this week's Friday media roundtable we covered a variety of top stories from the week, including:

The names of six Jacksonville schools will be changed.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

After a community-wide vote, and a recommendation from the superintendent, the names of six local schools will be changed.

Ryan Stanton / Flickr

Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing for a new civics curriculum that would prevent critical race theory from being taught in the classroom.

A student wearing a mask in the classroom
LM Otero / Associated Press

The Duval County Public Schools district will no longer require masks for the upcoming school year. The school board surveyed 28,685 parents, students, and community members, and says that its decision came down to a combination of CDC input, survey results, and guidance from local health officials. 

A teacher was suspended from her role for refusing to remove a Black Lives Matter flag from her classroom
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

High School teacher Amy Donofrio was suspended  from her job at Robert E. Lee high school when she refused to take down her Black Lives Matter flag. Donofrio is now claiming that the school has discriminatory practices, and took issue with her support towards her Black students. 

The CDC says fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in most cases.
ALVARO BARRIENTOS / Associated Press

The Centers for Disease Control recently announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks. 

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Several controversial new laws passed this year in Florida have already been hit with lawsuits. 

Masks are no longer necessary for fully vaccinated people according to the CDC
WJCT News / Jessica Palombo

This week’s Friday Media Roundtable covered these top stories in Northeast Florida:

Covid-19 Vaccine Being Administered
Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Young people aged 12-15 have been approved to receive the Pfizer vaccine, but some parents are skeptical about its safety. 

Jacksonville protesters gather outside of the Duval County Courthouse on Saturday, May 30.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The conviction of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has led many to call for police reform. A  bill passed by the Florida Legislature proposes changes to law enforcement practices.