My name is Gene Crunk, and I am the student Network Director for Madison Central High School's Jaguar News Network. Originally, I didn't plan to be part of a journalism program at my high school. In fact, the thought had never even crossed my mind. However, that all changed when I met my sophomore English teacher, Mr. Josh Stanford. Throughout the year, he pestered me to join his Broadcast Journalism class. He told me that he was trying to reshape our struggling program, then known as MCTV, and make it into something successful and well recognized by our students. Eventually, he was able to convince me, and I joined the program.
The saying "time flies when you're having fun" really holds meaning here. The last two years have flown by almost with the blink of an eye. As I approach graduation, I realize that getting into journalism was one of the best decisions of my high school years. Not only did it allow me something to work hard on and something to focus my busybody energy on, but it also taught me to look deeper into things. Sometimes, things are not as they appear on the surface, and it ends up being really enjoyable when you delve deeper and find all of the facts. Entering college next year, I am planning to major in Integrated Marketing & Communications at the University of Mississippi as part of the School of Journalism and New Media. I really feel like my time working with the Jaguar News Network has taught me what it takes to be successful in this field, and I probably would have never chosen it to begin with if it wasn't for the experiences that JNN has allowed me to be a part of.
I'm lucky to be surrounded by individuals that have the same passion for what they're doing as I do. Not only do I have to thank Mr. Stanford for getting me interested in this field in the first place, but I also have to be appreciative of the hard work of the Jaguar News Network's dedicated staff. Every member of the team is important, and they all teach me amazing things every day. Everything that I've done during my time with JNN has been to help our network grow, improve, and become something that can be sustained long after I'm involved with it. Because of the many people that commit themselves to our program, I believe that they'll be able to take what I've helped create and make it even stronger.
Please visit the page on this website titled "My Work" to view some of my contributions to the Jaguar News Network and our school's journalism program. I hope you'll enjoy seeing what I've done to try and help my fellow journalists on the JNN team. Thank you for considering me.
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Madison Central High School