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Degree Class of 2012
B.F.A. in Photography

Travis Jones

News Content Specialist WJCL-TV

In 2013, Armstrong photography grad Travis Jones walked into Savannah television station WJCL, hoping to fill a production assistant position. Today, he serves as an assignment editor, producing and managing editorial decisions for the local news source.

“I had every intention of working my way up the ladder,” Travis says. “My degree at Armstrong helped to get me that opportunity. After all, in the news industry, a local with a related degree from a major college also in the area is an attractive prospect.”

Raised in Savannah, Armstrong was a natural choice for Travis, as he was eager to enroll in a solid photography program, minus the high cost often associated with his preferred area of study in private university settings.

“I knew I could go to Armstrong, get a good education and not be buried up to my ears in student loan debt,” Travis notes. “Furthermore, the campus seemed more open and welcome. I had been looking at other schools, but Armstrong seemed to embrace its new students with a warmer reception.”

Armstrong’s Fine Arts department cushions its students with small classes and regional opportunities for internships, as well as exhibitions and outreach with other student artists. He enjoyed taking core classes in tandem with visual art foundations like design, painting, drawing and art history. For Travis, the university’s professors created lasting impressions.

“Many of the professors I had at Armstrong left an indelible mark on the man I've become today,” he notes. “I think the simplest, most relevant takeaway is that they taught me how to be an adult.”

His experiences as a student at Armstrong provided solid framework for his role today at WJCL.

“As an art major, you've got to find creative ways to use the tools you're given, no matter how limited your resources,” he says. “You have to develop a product that will captivate your audience and leave them both satisfied and wanting more.”