Faculty Profile for Jillian Lynn Ament

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Jillian Lynn Ament
Lecturer of Practice — School of Jrnlism & Mass Comm
Trinity Trinity 110
phone: (512) 245-2656

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Jill Ament was born and raised in Central Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in electronic media from Texas State University in 2012. For the past decade, her professional broadcast journalism career kept her in the Central Texas area. Jill was a newscast producer at KCEN-TV in Waco and a reporter and host for the Baylor University NPR affiliate, 103.3 KWBU. She later started producing for Spectrum News in Austin, eventually coordinating their nightly political program, Capital Tonight. She spearheaded live, on-site coverage of the 2016 presidential election including the station’s coverage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Jill then went on to work at UT-Austin’s NPR affiliate, KUT 90.5. She specifically was a producer and reporter for the statewide public radio program, the Texas Standard. Her individual reporting with the Texas Standard has garnered her a first place National Headliner Award, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, a first place Associated Press Broadcasters Award, and first and second place awards with the Public Media Journalists Association. Jill is currently working on finishing up her master’s with the University of Texas in Austin’s School of Journalism and Media.

Teaching Interests

Writing for broadcast journalism and media
Long-form audio storytelling and podcasting
Audio and video documentary storytelling

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Ament, J. L. (2023, September). Slideshow: Mermaids Float Through Downtown San Marcos. Reporting Texas. Retrieved from https://www.reportingtexas.com/under-the-sea-mermaids-float-through-downtown-san-marcos/
  • Host and Producer, State's Up. September 2022 - May 2023.
  • Ament, J. L. (2022). Texas has been facing unusually early hot weather — and there’s more heat ahead. Washington, D.C.: National Public Radio. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/2022/06/16/1105633382/texas-has-been-facing-unusually-early-hot-weather-and-theres-more-heat-ahead
  • Ament, J. L. (2022). Carthage: East Texas town looks to pandemic homecomers to stem population loss. Austin, Texas: KUT 90.5/Texas Standard. Retrieved from https://www.texasstandard.org/carthage/
  • Ament, J. L. (2021). Advocates say electric cooperatives adopting ‘unfriendly’ solar policies. Austin, Texas. Retrieved from https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/advocates-say-electric-cooperatives-adopting-unfriendly-solar-policies/

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Bess Whitehead Scott Scribes Scholar, The Headliners Foundation. October 2023 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Ann Arnold Scholarship, Texas Broadcasters Education Fund. 2022 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Second Place, Use of Sound, Public Media Journalists Association. 2022 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: First Place, News Feature, Public Media Journalists Association. 2020 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: First Place, Radio News Series, National Headliners Foundation. 2020 - Present

Selected Service Activities

Texas State Student Media Arts Exhibition
April 2024-April 2024
KTSW Alumni Reunion and Awards Ceremony
August 2022-October 2022
Texas Intercollegiate Press Assocation
April 2024-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Texas Intercollegiate Press Association
April 2024-Present
Texas Interscholastic League Press Conference
April 22, 2024-April 22, 2024