ABOUT ME

Welcome to my website of things that delight me.

I’m Destiny Jackson, a freelance journalist specializing in the crossroads of Blackness and pop culture.

I’ve created this space so that I could nerd-out about a myriad of things that catch my interest.

By a stroke of luck, and awesome editors, I have had the privilege of acquiring bylines at: The Hollywood Reporter, Collider, Script Magazine, CSUDH Bulletin, and Filmmaker Magazine to just name a few.

When I am not trying to chase down that New York Menace, Spider-Man, I can often be found over-drinking coffee, reading books, playing video games and watching too much damn television.

Educational notables: I have a degree in Journalism and Asian studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

[I can be reached at: destinyjacksonwrites@gmail.com ]

Work History & Resume

EXPERIENCE:

Freelance Work
(2020) – Present
Arts & Entertainment & Culture Writer/Editor: CSUDH Bulletin
Film & TV: Collider, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, Filmmaker Magazine, MovieMaker, Script Magazine

The Walt Disney Company, Anaheim, CA— VIP Tour Guide
2017 -2020 [Closed for COVID]
Constantly maintaining vast knowledge of Disney culture and history. Performing guided historical, family fun, private tours as a part of the Disneyland Resort team. Interacting with visiting guest celebrity talent and filmmakers.

The Walt Disney Company, Anaheim, CA—Guest Relations

2014 – 2020 [Closed for COVID]
Parkside communication coordinator between guests and company executives. Providing a safe and fun environment for those who come to the happiest place on earth. Daily strategizing to solve guest concerns or to improve their visit. Customer service liaison with visiting guests with disabilities and other hardships.

The Walt Disney Company, Anaheim, CA—Production Assistant

2013 – 2015
Worked closely with producers, directors, production crew, and talent on the making of Tomorrowland. Media coordination for celebration and festivities. Managed production books and schedules. Assisted talent, filmmakers, and press. Handling scripts and press kits for publicity relations.

EDUCATION:
California State University, Dominguez Hills Carson, CA— B.A. in journalism, minor in Asian studies
August 2017 – December 2020

Relevant coursework: multi-cultural & diversity relations, media industries studies, Film/TV analysis, news content creation, podcasting, editing, social media management
● Arts & Entertainment writer/editor at CSUDH Bulletin Newspaper (2021 – Present)
● Opinion/Perspectives writer/editor at CSUDH Bulletin Newspaper (2019-2021)

INTERNSHIPS:

The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles, CA—Editorial Assistant
2016
Acted as a liaison between editors and writer staff. Worked on long-form research and data collecting entries. Assisted staff with transcription. Pitched ideas. Demonstrated ability to work under high pressure with tight deadlines. Often sent to interview talent and cover award shows and movie premieres. Responsible for fact-checking, proofreading, and collecting stories from staff.

PBS SoCal, Costa Mesa, CA—Social Media Intern

2014 – 2015
Learning content strategy, utilizing tools such as TweetDeck and Owly to manage and schedule posts, analysis of fan feedback. Planning fan-based outings, giveaways, and events at local Orange County theaters. Used social media platforms to create DIY projects for parents and children.

The Wrap, Los Angeles, CA—Production & Editorial
2014
Supported staff by transcribing interviews. Created original story content by comparing celebrities to literary novels. Curated questions for interviews. Managed and coordinated with publicists and media talent. Received positive feedback from publicists about creative questions and industry knowledge.