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Q&A with Six Loyola Alumni Working at CNN

 

Shaneika DabneyShaneika Dabney ’00
Producer, Morning Express with Robin Meade

Q: How long have you worked for CNN?
A: 2 years

Q: What are your job duties?
A: Line producing, field producing for special projects, long term planning and creating new production elements for the show. I also work as a fill-in senior producer on the weekends, overseeing story selection and show content.

Q: What do you like best about working for CNN?
A: Producing news for a global audience has really helped to put into perspective the importance of responsible and balanced journalism.It was my dream as a student at Loyola to work at CNN and it's been a phenomenal experience to see that dream realized.

Jackie Wilneff D'AmicoJackie (Wilneff) Damico ’01
Assignment Editor/CNN National Desk

Q: How long have you worked for CNN?
A: I started January 2007… so 5 years

Q: What are your job duties?
A: I am at the front line of news gathering. I work with CNN affiliate stations to bring in stories (video/sound/reporting) and flag them to the network as the next big story. I bring in breaking news live video and breaking information to make sure CNN is the first on the air with the best pictures and most current information. I work with local officials to confirm breaking news. I also coordinate live shots and newsgathering with our CNN reporters out in the field and our bureaus in the Northeast.

Q: What do you like best about working for CNN?
A: I have an amazing opportunity to shape the face of our coverage. I get to pursue stories and champion stories that I feel are being under-covered and help highlight angles to stories that no other network may have.

Jessica DunneJessica Dunne ’08
Associate Producer

Q: How long have you worked for CNN?
A: Since July 2010

Q: What are your job duties?
A: I write segments, choose video and sound for air, discuss the look of segments with anchors/reporters, and verify accuracy of information coming into CNN. I’ve also field produced packages for air, and I am one of the heads of the Better B-Roll project. Our goal is to produce high quality, hi-def video for use on all of our networks.

Q: What do you like best about working for CNN?
A: I love the flexibility of my work. I never do the same thing two days in a row, and I’m constantly being challenged. Plus, because CNN covers so many bases—politics, international news, science, health news, sports, etc…I’m provided with so many ways to channel creativity on a daily basis. I’m proud to be part of a team of passionate journalists who strive for excellence.

Belinda HernandezBelinda Hernandez ’88
Senior Director, CNN Newsource Sales and Affiliate Relations

Q: How long have you worked for CNN?
A: 6 ½ years

Q: What are your job duties?
A: I oversee the delivery of news services to more than 100 CNN affiliates across the country. I am responsible for selling CNN Newsource content, products and services, and maintaining affiliate relations with local television stations, cable news channels, and other local news clients.

Q: What do you like best about working for CNN?
A: The people. I work with some of the brightest people I have ever met—on both the journalism side and the business side of CNN. Before assuming my current role, I worked as the assignment manager in our Gulf Coast Bureau in New Orleans for a couple of years after Hurricane Katrina. I was fortunate to work very closely with some of CNN’s top correspondents, producers, and photojournalists. Now that I am on the executive track, I feel very lucky to be exposed to some of the key decision makers within Turner Broadcasting. CNN has become an incredible journey and has lots of opportunity for growth and advancement.

Jordan HultineJordan Hultine ’08
Media Producer

Q: How long have you worked for CNN?
A: Since graduating in May 2008

Q: What are your job duties?
A: My primary job is to monitor the vast amount of video coming into the newsroom and to make sure the most compelling video doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. We work with our national and international assignment desks, field crews, and correspondents to produce and oversee the edit of video PKGs or stories for all the CNN networks. Currently I’m on a rotation where I produce video for CNN.com’s international edition and make sure the best of CNN TV is available online.

Q: What do you like best about working for CNN?
A: No two days are alike. When I walk in the door each day there is a sense of excitement in not knowing exactly what stories we’ll be covering and where the news cycle will take us. As a nerdy news and politics junkie, it’s also great to be around people who get excited about presidential debates and G20 summits.

Andreas PreussAndreas A. Preuss ’87
Executive Producer/Supervising Producer CNN Weekend Prime with Don Lemon

Q: How long have you worked for CNN?
A: 16 years in April

Q: What are your job duties?
A: As executive producer, I am responsible for all newscast content and staff on weekend evenings. I work with show teams to develop news coverage rundowns that are executed in the control room and sent to your TV. I work with the show anchor, writers, producers, associate producers, and technical staff. Our team produces the CNN Newsroom Weekend PM shows—Saturday 5/7/10 p.m. and Sunday 6/7/10 p.m. I am also responsible for script approval as well as making sure out output adheres to CNN legalities, standards, and practices. I am the senior manager on the weekend evening shift.

Q: What do you like best about working for CNN?
A: Our weekend team delivered breaking news on some of the biggest stories of 2011—the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, the death of Osama Bin Laden, Hurricane Irene landfall, Joplin, Mo., tornado, the Arab Spring, Fall of Tripoli. During these events, you are at the center of history. That is powerful. I have been involved in some of the biggest news stories in the past 15 years. The most powerful? 911 and Hurricane Katrina. They were both quite emotional for me and as American and as a New Orleanian, I am proud of our coverage. Every day is different and you never know where the next big story will come from. CNN has vast resources around the globe—including bureaus, staff, and the most talented professionals, so as a true journalist, CNN is an amazing place to work.

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This makes me very proud to be an incoming freshman at Loyola University New Orleans. Just about every place I go, I find a successful Loyola Alumni. You all give me hope for a better tomorrow, yet a successful today. Your hardwork and dedication leaves me with no choice but to make Loyola an even more proud University. With that being said, thanks for being an example!

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