Announcement from Editorial Video Director Micah Gelman, Breaking News Senior Producer Nicki DeMarco and Supervising Video Producer Sarah Parnass:
We are delighted to announce that Jackson Barton is joining the Video Department as a breaking news editor for mornings, starting his days bright and early at 6 a.m. Eastern. In this crucial role, Jackson will coordinate with the Universal Desk on live streams, source key videos for developing stories and edit breaking news packages for on- and off-site.
Jackson spent this summer interning with different parts of the Video Department, impressing us all during his breaking news rotation. He sourced and edited video during the massive flooding at Yellowstone, produced an explainer on coronavirus vaccines for young children and created a vertical video on a potential prisoner swap for Brittney Griner. He also contributed to our Jan. 6 hearing coverage, both as a live editor for the Politics team and a videographer and producer on Capitol Hill during a primetime show.
Most notably, Jackson worked on the hub on Independence Day weekend, when a gunman fatally shot seven people during a parade in Highland Park, Ill. He worked quickly to stream updates from police and publish witness videos, demonstrating his sharp news judgment only three weeks into his internship.
Jackson graduated this spring from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He was a multimedia fellow at the Texas Tribune and interned at Austin‘s KXAN, covering the state Capitol, the 2021 power grid failure and the pandemic’s impact on live music.
Originally from Lawrence, Kan., Jackson is officially moving to Washington, D.C., to begin his new job on Aug. 15. He is excited to continue to bike everywhere, explore different rooftop bars and connect with the local queer community. Please join us in congratulating Jackson.