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Jane Hammond

Journalist

Hampton Roads, Va.

Jane Hammond

Education reporter at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. Recent graduate of Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism in Macon, Ga.

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Peninsula schools differ in how they restrain, isolate students

School divisions across the Peninsula vary in how they handle disruptive or emotional children in potentially confrontational situations. Some school systems follow a policy on restraint and seclusion as approved by their school boards, while other systems train security officers in what they determine are "best practices."
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Newport News school's play tackles sensitive issue of hate crimes

Woodside High School is putting on "The Laramie Project", a play about Matthew Shepard, a gay student murdered at the University of Wyoming. Woodside High School's fall play about a university student who was murdered for being gay might be considered controversial in other schools, but teachers and students say the topic is too important to ignore.
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Hampton's, Newport News' low graduation rates reflect common challenge: poverty

Students in Hampton and Newport News graduate at a lower rate than the state and surrounding area, and experts and educators in Virginia point to one main contributing factor: poverty. For the 2014-15 school year, 90.5 percent of all Virginia seniors graduated four years after entering high school.
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Poverty, intoxication, roads that favor drivers prove a dangerous mix

Macon-Bibb County has a lot of the two things that are most strongly correlated with pedestrian deaths nationwide: vehicle-centric infrastructure and poverty. Likewise, a 2009 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that, nationwide, pedestrian-friendly infrastructure is much more prevalent in higher-income neighborhoods.
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Expense allowances for commissioners come with no strings attached

Over the past six years, commissioners in Clayton, Cobb and DeKalb counties collectively received about $465,000 in supplemental expense allowances with little accounting of how the money was used, a Georgia News Lab and Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation has found. The allowances, paid directly to commissioners, range from $3,000 to $7,200 a year and are intended to cover job-related expenses.
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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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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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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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Hampton graduates recount Woolworth's sit-in, civil rights movement

Participants in the Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in in Hampton discuss thier experiences in the Civil Right's movement of the '60's. Thursday night, Hampton Institute graduates recalled when they left the safety of campus and sat down at the lunch counter of F.W. Woolworth's in downtown Hampton nearly 56 years ago.
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Two Hampton schools denied accreditation by state board

Two Hampton schools were denied accreditation by the Virginia Board of Education Thursday, while four other Hampton and Newport News schools were granted partial accreditation. The board voted that Bassette Elementary School and Hunter B. Andrews PreK-8 School have not demonstrated enough plans for improvement to be considered "Partially Accredited-Reconstituted Schools."
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Salary a piece of the puzzle for where Peninsula teachers want to be

Teachers thinking about working in the Peninsula area might want to take a look at York County. The York County School Division pays its teachers, on average, the best out of all eight local school divisions, according to a study released in December. There's a fourth category in the study, maximum salary regardless of experience.
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School-owned WHRO benefits Hampton Roads students, teachers

WHRO's educational influence on Peninsula area children doesn't end with reruns of Sesame Street. The Norfolk-based public media station is co-owned by 19 school divisions in the greater Hampton Roads area — an ownership model WHRO says is the only one of its kind in the country. In return, students in those divisions — which include Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Mathews, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg-James City County and York — reap the benefits of having access to WHRO's educational resources.
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About

Jane Hammond

I'm an education reporter covering Newport News Public Schools and Hampton University at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va.

I'm a recent graduate of the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University. I freelanced at The Telegraph during my last two years in school, covering high school basketball, football, soccer and other topics.

I spent summer 2015 as an investigative reporting intern at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, helping the team with ongoing investigations while closing out work I did with the Georgia News Lab in the spring.

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.