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Friday Media Roundtable; JME DJ Session

Linda Sue Park (front left) is the author of Nya’s Long Walk. Her book was pulled for review before being distributed to classrooms in October.
Claire Heddles
Jacksonville Today
Linda Sue Park, front left, is the author of "Nya’s Long Walk." Her book was pulled for review before being distributed to classrooms in October.

The Jacksonville city elections are just a few months away and as the new year begins, the battle over the city’s redistricting plan continues — and it looks like it could go right up to the brink of candidate qualifying, which starts Monday.

Local book ‘bannings’

Also making headlines this week: Duval County Public Schools says it will keep dozens of books focused on diversity and inclusion out of classrooms.

Among the rejected titles are a book about Martin Luther King Jr. for fourth graders, a biography of Rosa Parks for second grade classrooms, a first grade Berenstain Bears book about God and multiple titles inducing LGBTQ+ characters and families.

District staffers are sending the rejected books back to the distributor, Perfection Learning, for exchange.

This all comes after the Florida Legislature passed limits on what teachers can say about race, gender and sexual orientation in classrooms and set new rules for purchasing classroom materials.

Happy Teal Day!

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a lot of headlines this week thanks to their primetime shot at the playoffs and an announcement regarding their “stadium of the future.”

JME DJ Session

2022 was a big year for the Jacksonville Music Experience, WJCT’s music platform, which covers all the latest music news from artists far and wide.

From the launch of JME’s interactive local live music calendar on, to the launch of JME’s music discovery station The Independent 89.9 HD4, the music here in Northeast Florida was well documented all year round.

And the national spotlight shined brighter than ever on our local music scene as JME debuted its NPR Live Sessions page, making WJCT just one of 24 stations across the country that contribute live musical performance videos to NPR Music.

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Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.