Jamie Doolittle

Intern, Spring 2019

Jamie Doolittle recently graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Multimedia Journalism

She fell in love with writing and storytelling at an early age. She's also passionate about social justice and the environment. She found her calling to be a journalist while working on a story surrounding human trafficking in South Florida in 2018. It was in this moment she knew she wanted to be a journalist and tell the stories of others for the rest of her life.

Jamie is an avid lover of NPR and is excited to be interning with WLRN. She plans to pursue a long time career in public media. 

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The City of Miami Beach is attempting to change people's perspectives of Memorial Day weekend by hosting its very first arts and cultural festival, called ReFrame.

Local artists will showcase works of art that spark crucial conversations about inclusion, blackness and relationships.

Octavia Yearwood, one of the festival's curators, says the media has historically portrayed visitors, particularly people of color, in a way that makes residents feel they should flee for the weekend. She hopes ReFrame can reshape the weekend's past "energy and vibe."

Eric Gay / AP

Before the end of the month, the federal government plans to send hundreds of migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border plans to Broward and Palm Beach counties, according to South Florida leaders.

Officials in both counties say they are concerned the Trump administration’s plan puts a burden on their already strapped resources. Broward and Palm Beach  are preparing to receive up to 135 migrants twice a week in each county, beginning in two weeks.

LILY OPPENHEIMER / WLRN

The Broward County Supervisor of Elections held a conference call Thursday to talk about the voter registration list maintenance process. The process takes place every two years and is designed to protect the integrity of elections. It began in March and will continue through the year.

The process comes on the heels of multiple issues with ballot counting in the county during the November 2018 elections. Then Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes was accused by former Gov. Rick Scott of fraud and incompetence. 

Couresty of Adriano Ficarelli

A new art exhibit inspired by the daily barrage of news headlines is open at the FAT Village Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale. The ‘Ripped From the Headlines’ art exhibit features work by 19 artists.

A massive white brick wall stops visitors at the entrance. This wall is nearly 24 feet long and stands eight feet tall, made of some 200 bricks, each one containing a tweet from President Donald Trump.

The backside of the wall is covered with multicolor sticky notes, on which visitors are welcome to tell their own 'Me Too' stories. 

Jamie Doolittle / WLRN News

Parkland officials announced Friday they have decided to keep the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) as its law enforcement provider. This decision was made despite the heavy criticism the sheriff's office  faced after the Stoneman Douglas massacre.

The city of Parkland hired the Center for Public Safety to conduct a review of the city's policing options. The options included  the city establishing its own police department, partnering with another municipality or continuing its current relationship with BSO.

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Under the banner of "One House, Two Families," two major congregations in Miami have decided to take a stand against divisiveness during this Passover and Easter weekend.  

On Sunday, Unity on the Bay, a non-denominational church, will hold its Easter Sunday Service at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, just hours after the celebration of the second night of Passover. 

WLRN was recognized with four National Headliner Awards for its 2018 news coverage.

The National Headliner Awards was founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City and it's one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic excellence in the United States.

WLRN's work competed with news organizations of diverse sizes from around the country and it was recognized in the following categories: 

Maria Alejandra Cardona / The Miami Herald

Miami Beach City Commission is cracking down on events regulations during what they refer to as "high impact events", such as Spring Break and Memorial Day weekend, alleging these times stretch city resources to regulate traffic, parking and policing.

The proposed ordinance, with regulations aimend primarily toward businesses and promoters, passed the first vote on Wednesday. It'll go through revisions before a final vote that's scheduled for April 24th.