Role: Associate Producer, WAMU's 1A

1.   How do you describe yourself, Jonquilyn?

I’m 26 years old, and originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I attended Howard University and graduated from there with a degree in journalism in 2013.

I’m an Associate Producer for 1A. I started with the show in November. I applied in the days of the show’s infancy – when it was known as “Project X” and no host had been announced yet.

2.   What's your experience at WAMU been like so far?

WAMU has been absolutely amazing. The station is full of creative and innovative people, and the 1A is so warm and inviting. I’ve really enjoyed being part of the groundwork of a new show and introducing our listeners to new and fresh boundaries.

3.  How have you leveraged experiences you’ve had and connections you’ve made at the NABJ/NAHJ conferences?

It was actually through NABJ that I made the contacts that led to my job at 1A; I made sure to send follow up emails after I met with representatives from WAMU, and contacted them after I applied for the job.

4.   What tips do you have for attendees at AAJA, NABJ, and EIJ this year?

My best advice is to be open and follow up with the people you meet – you never know who you will meet or what doors will open up for.

5.   Why is Think. Public. Media. an important message?

I’ve always been drawn to public media. It’s a special platform – one that is especially held accountable by its audience. In a time where the news cycle changes more than ever, it has been the job of those who work in public media to provide smart and responsible coverage.

6.   What's a memorable moment of your time in public media?

My most memorable moment would have to be the first interview with an author I produced. It was with Timothy Tyson, the author of The Blood of Emmett Till. It was such great opportunity to delve into history and update people with new findings.

7.   What does your unique voice and identity add to your media organization?

The intersection of my identities – being a young black woman – definitely adds to my role here at WAMU. Our growth among black listeners has grown quite a bit, and a lot of that is due in part to WAMU hiring people that are from the demographics they hope to reach. 1A’s diverse staff means we have a diversity of thought and a diversity of ideas that pulls more listeners in.

Follow Jonquilyn: @jonquilynhill