Vanessa Deggins is a multimedia reporter and videographer in Louisiana. Along with covering law enforcement and public safety for a 40,000 circulation newspaper, she has worked as a part-time radio reporter and anchor.

Vanessa joined The American Press in October 2007. Along with covering public safety, she regularly wrote features and human interest articles, took her own photos for about 50 percent of her articles, helped manage the newspaper’s wordpress blogs and shot and edited video. She added radio to her resume in September of 2009 when she joined Cumulus Broadcasting as a general assignment reporter for KYKZ and KOAK 1400. During her shift, she produced hourly reports for KYKZ and KAOK and posted news and updates to the station’s web site via Triton CMS.

Most of Vanessa’s multimedia skills were self-taught or through training fellowships. She has attended workshops at the National Association of Black Journalists conventions on shooting and editing video and back pack journalism. She is also a Berkeley Knight Digital Media Fellow. This experience allowed her to spearhead the American Press’ social and new media initiatives for the web site http://www.americanpress.com

With the multimedia training she has received at these workshops, Vanessa has taught two photographers to make photo slideshows with audio and taught two reporters how to shoot video and edit it using Final Cut Express. Away from work, Vanessa has been a trainer at multimedia workshops hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Vanessa holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.

Currently, Vanessa is a freelance reporter and photographer. Vanessa can be reached at degginspensword@gmail.com


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