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Jane Hammond

Student Journalist

Macon, Ga.

Jane Hammond

Journalism major at Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism in Macon, Ga.

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Youth Football Clinics Try A New Angle To Prevent Concussions

On a windy day in in Macon, Ga., dozens of second-graders are standing on a university football field, crowded around Atlanta Falcons rookie Terren Jones. Jones is helping to lead a Heads Up Football clinic, one of hundreds held across the country this spring by the nonprofit USA Football. Primarily funded by the NFL, these clinics teach parents about proper helmet and shoulder-pad fitting, and kids as young as 6 learn how to avoid concussions from pros like Jones.
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Elation Segues To Disappointment As Mercer Basketball Falls To Tennessee Following Duke Upset

MACON, Ga. — Mercer University basketball fans are back down to earth after the Bears lost to the University Tennessee by 20 points Sunday night. Just 48 hours earlier Mercer, was the talk of the sports world after upsetting Duke University in the NCAA tournament. Macon native Missy Davis watched Mercer's unlikely March Madness experience on a Jumbotron in Mercer Village.
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Mercer beats Duke, NPR Newscast, 3-21-2014

Mercer University student reporter Jane Hammond files for NPR on Mercer's stunning NCAA tournament upset over Duke University.
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FPD's Samuel signs with North Carolina

Dressed in a baby blue shirt and a North Carolina tie, Caleb Samuel showed no signs of a last-minute National Signing Day surprise. The FPD senior made his April 10 commitment official and signed his national letter-of-intent for North Carolina on Wednesday morning. Samuel had several offers from other major-conference programs, including Boston College, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Mississippi and Temple, but ultimately North Carolina won out.
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NPR: Braves Fans Shocked By Team's Plans To Move

Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves say they're planning to build a new stadium in the suburbs. Georgia Public Broadcasting's Jane Hammond repor...
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Sims’ hard work pays off with state title

Lauren Sims calmly braced herself at the Morgan County Aquatic Center on Jan. 31. Feeling intense determination, the Covenant junior prepared to dive into the water and prove herself at the GICAA swimming championship. She did just that as she raced to her best finishes of her career. She claimed the girls 100-yard butterfly and helped win the medley relay team, freestyle relay team and overall state champion team titles for Covenant.
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Hard work pays off for Howard’s Slaughter

Danny Slaughter whirled the mower across the infield of Husky Field, motor humming as he tended to his grounds a few days before the regular season began. The Howard baseball head coach spends a lot of his time on the field, a place he calls symbolic of the success of his teams through the years. Slaughter is about to begin his seventh season as the head coach of the Huskies, the first six of which his team reached the GHSA playoffs.
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Jones County’s Finney wins state wrestling title

Torrez Finney might be undersized on the football field at his position of defensive tackle, but he fit right in on the wrestling mat at the 195-pound GHSA Class AAAAA championship. The junior defeated Aaron Galegor of Camden 10-8 in overtime Saturday at the Macon Coliseum, capturing Jones County’s first individual title since 2002.
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Evans steps up to lead Central

Andre Taylor’s team needed a leader Thursday afternoon, and Derrick Evans was happy to step up for his head coach. The Central point guard scored 29 points, including 17 in the third quarter, to lead the Chargers to a 79-62 win over Peach County in the GHSA Region 2-AAA semifinals. “We’ve made it to the region championship for the second year in a row,” Evans said.
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Tattnall Square’s Ward joins brother at Mercer

Tattnall Square’s Jonathan Ward clutched his brother Tyler’s orange and black, bear-clad helmet Wednesday afternoon. After signing his national letter-of-intent to play for Mercer, Ward made it known he was relieved and happy to commit to the Bears on National Signing Day and have his own orange and black to wear alongside his brother.
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Stratford trio inks commitments on National Signing Day

Stratford soccer teammates Luke Joyner and Jonathan Dean joined tennis player Kenji Yoshida in signing their letters of intent on National Signing Day Wednesday morning. Joyner will play for Georgia State, citing teammates who have played for the Panthers as a deciding factor to go there. Dean, who took his junior year off to home school and focus on achieving his dream of signing a letter on Signing Day, signed with Wofford, a campus environment similar to one he enjoys at Stratford.
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Prestwood brothers key John Milledge team

Basketball players often refer to their teams as families, a group they can trust and count on no matter what. Few can say that with more accuracy than Amos, Andrew, Jacob and Jared Prestwood. The senior, junior and twin eighth-graders make up four of John Milledge’s starters. And they’re not just playing together -- they’re winning together.
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About

Jane Hammond

I'm a senior journalism student at the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University. I freelance at The Telegraph, covering high school basketball, football, soccer and other topics.

I interned with iHeartMedia, Inc. in fall 2014, co-hosting the two-hour Mercer Tailgate Show on local sports radio station. I also interned at AL.com and The Huntsville Times in summer 2014, where I covered local sports and headed AL.com’s World Cup coverage, utilizing SEO-friendly techniques on posts that helped Huntsville hub reach traffic goals by 103 percent. In fall 2013 I interned with Georgia Public Broadcasting, having GPB's first sports-only beat of Mercer's first football team in 72 years.

I worked for Vox Media from July 2013-May 2015, where I managed SB Nation blog TalkingChop.com and served as the copy and news editor of PeachtreeHoops.com.