Whitney Jones attended WJC in Fall 2010. She now works for WKMS, an NPR affiliate station in Murray, KY.
Whitney Jones is a WJC alum from Fall 2010, currently living in Murray, Kentucky and working at a NPR radio station. We recently called her to get some advice and an update on her life after WJC!
To start off, tell us a little about your path from WJC to the workplace.
Well, originally I thought I wanted to work at a newspaper. But I started to really enjoy radio—I already listened to NPR in my car more than I listened to music. My last semester of college was when I really decided I wanted to go into radio.
It took some time. In March of my senior year I contacted the local NPR station and asked if I could visit. I sent an email straight to the news director—which I was really, really nervous about—but I told her my whole situation and how I really wanted to go into radio but had no training. She spent two and a half hours with me and showed me around the whole station—it was amazing. She really confirmed for me that this is what I want to do.
So fast forward. I graduated and contacted a station in Louisville, Kentucky, but I learned that their internships are more designed for college students. So I spent my summer at Baptist Press in Nashville after I graduated, just writing. I had interned with them the summer before my senior year and right after I got back from D.C. I interned at Baptist Press, which God really provided because they gave me a temp job this summer. I knew that’s not where I was supposed to be long-term, but the people I worked with were more than wonderful. So I did posting for the most part this summer.
Meanwhile, I watched all the small local NPR station websites like a hawk.