Destiniee Jaram Joins Asheboro Newspaper as Business Journalist

Hi all of you! My name is Destiniee Jaram – pronounced Destiny (I get this question often). I’m the new business development and data reporter for the Courier-Tribune. I’m from “The Land” also known as Cleveland, Ohio.

I have spent the past five years reporting in the Appalachian Mountains of Ohio, where I discovered power and fell in love with local journalism. I have always been called upon to journalism in an intuitive way. Some would say that I am naturally a perfect candidate for journalism: a sympathetic, curious, compassionate, curious, detail-oriented, perfectionist.

As a teenager, I remember watching excessively media coverage of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old gunned down by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 for hours. I felt frustrated, bored, and confused as to why reporters, after 36 hours of coverage, seemed to ask the same five questions over and over again.

The questions focused only on what had happened or what was happening, something that the 24/7 news cycle had already established. I thirsted for depth and nuance, for the context of the communities in which these deaths occurred; I thought I had better questions to ask.

As the 15-year-old daughter of a working-class single mother, I didn’t realize I could ask the questions until later in my life.

It was towards the end of fall 2017 and my friends had started asking me, “Where are you going? I looked at them blankly and said, “On my next class?” I soon learned, to my dismay, that they had meant to say where I was going to college.

So I sat in my high school library every lunch break for a week and started applying. This, of course, meant I had to choose a major. Comically, and almost intended, I chose journalism for the simple fact that I didn’t want to do STEM, teaching, or writing fiction – so I chose journalism, the only rational choice that I found. remained.

I applied to EW Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

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Journalism is for me both a public service and a privilege. My job as a journalist is to inform the community about critical information that readers need to know. It is a platform to serve the community in which I report and protect communities by holding those in power to account.

It is also a tool for uplifting underserved communities through accurate and dynamic reporting that highlights the complexities and championships in a community. It is a privilege to be entrusted with the personal stories, information, concerns and accounts of our readers and sources, and I take this seriously.

My goal as a reporter is to serve the Randolph County community. I plan to explore how the community works, showcasing culture and addressing its challenges through my reporting to the Courier-Tribune.

I can’t wait to cover the Randolph County community and explore my new home in North Carolina. If you see me in town say hello. I love to talk and I love the tips for the stories and the area.

Destiniee Jaram is a journalist specializing in economic development and corporate data. She is always on the lookout for advice relevant to the Randolph County community. Contact Destined to [email protected], follow her on twitter @ DestinyJaram, or leave a message at (336) 626-6106.

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