Jessica Sooknanan

Location: WSB-TV, Atlanta
What you do: Digital Journalist
Favorite Task at Work: Writing stories.  I love the fast pace of the newsroom and seeing all pieces of the story come together.
College Attended: University of Georgia
Favorite Internship: IRTS Fellowship in New York City.  As a Fellow interned at WCBS-TV and networked with leaders from some of the top media companies… all while living in the Big Apple!  Hands down, it was the opportunity of a lifetime!
Favorite Past Time: Dancing!  Either on stage or on the dance floor!
Digital Project you are the most proud: Developing an exercise app from scratch with a team of three students.  This capstone project taught me all the glories and frustrations that come with product development.  The experience of creating this app convinced me to pursue a career in the digital space.

Tony Atkins

Location: Austin American-Statesman, Austin
What you do: Austin360 Entertainment App project/Digital Journalist
Favorite Task at Work: Doing what started it all: Reporting and writing stories.
College Attended: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Favorite Internship: TODAY’S TMJ4 (Milwaukee’s NBC affiliate)
Favorite Past Time: Playing sports and being outdoors
Digital Project you are the most proud: Producing a series of aired news stories highlighting local high school football teams

Geoffrey A. Cooper

Location: Cox Radio, San Antonio
What you do: I am a Digital Media Associate/Strategy Specialist at Cox Radio-San Antonio.
Favorite Task at Work: Learning about different web analytics tools; helping clients maximize their online advertising potential.
College Attended: N.C. Central University and Virginia Commonwealth University
Favorite Internship: Interning as a news reporter with The New York Times Student Journalism Institute.
Favorite Past Time: Reading news from all over the world; spending time with close friends and family; expanding my vintage sneaker collection.
Digital Project you are the most proud: Creating my personal website (; putting together an online news package that featured an in-depth interview with former North Carolina governor, Beverly Perdue.

Sydney Bennett

Location: Valpak, St. Petersburg, FL
What you do: Digital Media Associate with the Strategic Partnerships Team
Favorite Task at Work: Helping foster a culture of innovation through a special project I’m working on!
College Attended: Saint Xavier University
Favorite Internship: Creative Services Intern at Comcast Spotlight
Favorite Past Time: “Instagramming” and blogging about current inspirations and thrifting!
Digital Project you are the most proud: An interactive website I designed in college to help millennials with personal branding and online presence.