My Resume

Jaylon Thompson

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The University of Georgia – Athens, GA                                                                                                                 August 2013-May 2017

A.B.J. in Digital Broadcast Journalism 

Minor: Sociology and Sports Media

­Cumulative GPA: 3.79/4.0

Journalism Experience

United States Olympic Committee   Rio, Brazil                                                                                                 August 2016
Student Assistant

  • Traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to write features and profiles on Team USA athletes.
  • Wrote minimum 2 articles (gamers, profiles, etc) a day for the entire Olympics and covered with esteemed journalists.
  • Published features on U.S. Olympians Christian Taylor, Travis Stevens and Christian Taylor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and

Atlanta Journal-Constitution      Atlanta, GA                                                                                                  May 2016-July 2016

Sports Intern

  • Reported on the Atlanta Braves beat and Atlanta Falcons beat to create content that included features, gamers, and post-game interviews.
  • Conducted interviews and wrote articles on 1992 Olympic gold medalist Joe Jacobi.
  • Traveled on business trips to Knoxville, TN to cover the 1996 women’s basketball team at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Worked 40 hour weeks at this internship and wrote 5-7 articles per week.

Houston Chronicle Newspaper    Houston, TX                                                                                                May 2015-July 2015

Sports Intern

  • Gained experience as an intern creating feature stories and the Houston Astros, Houston Texans, Houston Dash and Houston Dynamo.
  • Reported on deadline for the Women’s World Cup and several Houston related news stories.
  • Supervised under the instruction of editors Jay Lee, Reid Laymance, Randy Harvey and Dan Cunningham.
  • Wrote 3-4 articles per week for the Houston Chronicle.

Sports Journalism Institute   Columbia, MO

Student                                                                                                                                                                                     May 2015

  • Attained skills learning the fundamentals of sports news reporting and writing.
  • Learned under the instruction of Greg Lee, Director of Editorial at, Leon Carter, VP and Editorial Director of an upcoming ESPN site and Sandra Rosenbush, Event News Editor at ESPN.
  • Reported in a professional press box for the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game.
  • Contributed to a website blog for the Sports Journalism Institute that included a feature stories on the Omaha-World Herald newspaper and beat writer Dirk Chatelain.

University of Georgia Grady Newsource   Athens, GA                                                                               August 2013 – Present

Volunteer of Telecommunications

  • Volunteered for the UGA news station in production as a floor director and a keynote editor.
  • Established live shot skills by assisting reporters on location with camera shots, angles and lighting.
  • Worked for 3 hours per week for Grady Newsource.

Red and Black Newspaper Athens, GA                                                                                                       August 2013-January 2016

Sports Writer

  • Attained a position as a beat writer for the Red and Black reporting on UGA softball and soccer.
  • Developed and approached athletes for features, gamers, and profile previews.
  • Created a website using WordPress software where many of my articles are stored.
  • Wrote 2-3 articles per week for the Red and Black Newspaper.

Grady Sports Journalism  Athens, GA                                                                                                                         Present

Student Journalist 

  • Taken classes and worked under the instruction of Professor Daryl Ledbetter, Atlanta Falcons beat writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
  • Covered and interviewed Atlanta Hawks personnel at Phillips Arena on deadline.
  • Established a new understanding for social media in a class with Professor Welch Suggs at the University of Georgia.
  • Learned how to utilize new social media applications like Slack, Trello, and Hootsuite.


Computer Skills: Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel and Powerpoint), WordPress, Adobe Premire Pro.

Organizational Skills: Supervised 50 residents as a Residential Assistant for UGA Housing and created programs that promoted diversity.

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