Alumna Rebecca Jones turned her Appalachian degrees into a position with filmmaker Ken Burns

Alumna Rebecca Jones graduated from Appalachian State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication - Electronic Media/Broadcasting degree. After graduating, she stayed to earn a master’s degree in Appalachian studies in 2011.

She is now an apprentice editor with filmmaker Ken Burns at Florentine Films, where she organizes footage and music for editors to work with. She is currently working on the filmmaker’s country music project.

“I love exploring stories I find interesting and sharing them visually with others. I believe sharing stories in any medium is a powerful practice that allows us to gain understanding that will hopefully lead to positive change for our communities,” Jones said.

Her involvement in the research, videography and editing of “After Coal,” a documentary that draws parallels between coal mining towns in Wales and Appalachia, helped her get the job, she said. The feature-length film was created through the university’s Center for Appalachian Studies.

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