The Florida Times-Union

I became a freelance photojournalist for The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville's daily newspaper in April. I started as their photojournalism intern in mid-May. 

I mostly covered events related to the coronavirus pandemic and protests based around George Floyd.  

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Participants lead the way for Jacksonville's 40th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade honoring the civil rights leader's life and legacy. Monday's parade featured floats, live performances, decorated vehicles and dozens of local businesses and organizations.

A prehistoric pandemic experience

Jurassic Quest is showcasing up to 100 animatronic life-sized dinosaur replicas from the very small, to the gigantic and to those found under the sea in a drive-thru event outside TIAA Bank Field through Jan. 24 (although closed Monday and Tuesday).

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Mayor Curry host school athletics roundtable at UNF

For the second time this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Jacksonville for a roundtable regarding the coronavirus. But this time, the discussion focused largely on football. 

Story by Emily Bloch, photos  by Emily Felts

Historic Jacksonville sites are identified as endangered by Florida preservation group

As Northeast Florida continues rapidly to urbanize, historically significant sites often are left to deteriorate or be approved for demolition. In Duval County the trust identified the community of Cosmo/Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and historic downtown as threatened sites. 

Photos: Scenes from Jacksonville Beach during Tropical Storm Isaias

Photos by Emily Felts, Bob Self and Will Dickey 

Photos: 40th Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament

Hundreds of boats took to the water for the two-day Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, which held its 40th edition at Jim King Park and Boat Ramp July 16 and 17, 2020. 

Zach Crabtree wins Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament with 50-pound fish

With a fish he didn’t expect to win, Zach Crabtree landed a 50.53-pound kingfish to take first place in Friday’s 40th annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament.

Story by Clayton Freeman, photos by Emily Felts

43-pounder leads after first round of Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament

The fishing started fast for year 40 of the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, which began Thursday with several big fish in the early going.

Story by Jake Klausner, photos by Emily Felts

Edward Waters College to become a university following budget windfall

Following a $3.5 million increase in funding, the historically Black college in Jacksonville plans on adding undergraduate programs as well as its first master’s program. State and university officials have praised the decision, saying that the funding offers expanded opportunities for students.

Story by Anna Savo-Mathews, photo by Emily Felts

Photos: Scenes from the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s Annual Independence Day celebration

Fireworks scenes from the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration at 121 Financial Ballpark held in Jacksonville, Fla.,on July 3, 2020. 


Riverside Parks Task Force set to revitalize local parks

Riverside Avondale Preservation will be using a permanent parks committee to keep its 26 area parks maintained through community activism.

Story by Chris Ortega, photos by Emily Felts. 

Jacksonville Beaches bars, restaurants reopen after coronavirus concerns

Many businesses had their facilities deep cleaned and sanitized and required employees to be tested for the novel coronavirus.

Story by Beth Reese Cravey, photos by Emily Felts. 

Photos: Saturday protest in Jacksonville

Marchers protested against police brutality at the Downtown Court House in Jacksonville on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Photos: Protest held at the Seawalk Pavilion Thursday

Hundreds of people attended a protest held at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach starting at 6 p.m. on June 4, where 13 speakers talked about racial injustice in the United States.

Coronavirus: Jacksonville airport steadies for a return to the skies

JIA and all airports have seen a staggering decline in passengers but are taking the appropriate measures in anticipation of more people not being afraid to fly.

Story by Anna Mathews, photos by Emily Felts

Photos: Riverside Arts Market reopens

After being closed for 10 weeks due to the corona virus, the Riverside Arts Market opened on May 23, 2020 for essential businesses. This included farmers, pre-packaged food sellers, food trucks and bath and body products. All vendors were asked to wear masks and regularly disinfect their booth. 

Reopening Jacksonville: Cowford Chophouse and egg company donate 300,000 chicken eggs

Jacksonville’s Feeding Northeast Florida was given more than 300,000 eggs Friday, all bound for agencies that are helping feed the needy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Pop-up food pantry opens to serve struggling Jacksonville families

Catholic Charities Jacksonville has fed the community’s hungry through a traditional food pantry for 20 years. Through June 10, the nonprofit will also distribute free food to struggling families in a more modern venue — a drive-thru pop-up pantry.

The temporary location was a direct response to increased need stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, with support from the Jessie Ball dupont Fund and Farm Share, said Regional Director Lauren Weedon Hopkins.

Coronavirus: Pop-up food pantry opens to serve struggling Jacksonville families

Catholic Charities Jacksonville has fed the community’s hungry through a traditional food pantry for 20 years. Through June 10, the nonprofit will also distribute free food to struggling families in a more modern venue — a drive-thru pop-up pantry.

The temporary location was a direct response to increased need stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, with support from the Jessie Ball dupont Fund and Farm Share, said Regional Director Lauren Weedon Hopkins.

Photos: Blue Angels’ America Strong tour comes to Jacksonville

The Blue Angels flew over Jacksonville Friday as part of the America Strong tour. See the Times-Union’s photos from the event.

Photos: Jacksonville prepares for COVID-19 reopening

Residents in Jacksonville and at the Beaches prepare over the weekend for Phase One of the reopening plan from the coronavirus pandemic.

Photos: Scenes from Jacksonville beaches reopening this weekend

There were many people on the streets and the sand in Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beaches Friday and Saturday evenings, the first weekend the beaches reopened for exercise. While many practiced social distancing and abided by the restrictions, others did not.

Photos: Scenes from St. Augustine during COVID-19

Downtown St. Augustine was unusually quiet Saturday night, except for locals riding bikes or walking their dogs.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Jacksonville’s Town Center a ghost town

Any other day, the St. Johns Town Center and surrounding areas are packed with shoppers and diners and their cars. But with stores closed due to social distancing mandates, that’s not the case any longer. Here’s a look at the area on Wednesday.

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