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April 27, 2018

Meet Dylan deJongh

As a Senior Production Coordinator, On-Air Promotions, Dylan deJongh edits many of the marathon and talent promos for Create TV, as well as the channel’s monthly Image spots. “I also work with Associate Director Daena McBride on other projects, and have edited some spots for Children’s & Educational Media, Development, and other departments at WNET,” Dylan says. Read on to learn about the path that led Dylan to WNET, the book that will get her vote for The Great American Read, and more.

Dylan deJongh

What is your background, and how did you land at WNET?

I taught myself to edit in middle school, and then studied film production at CUNY Brooklyn College. From there, I started working at Barnes & Noble. While I was there, a family friend told me to send my resume to WNET, and I started volunteering for Daena in On-Air Promotions. After about a month of volunteering, I was hired as a freelancer, and in January became an official WNET staff member.

Are there any current or upcoming projects you’re particularly excited about?

I’m curious about The Great American Read and what the outcome of the voting will be. As for my projects, I like exploring the Create Channel’s programs while making the Image spots. For example, they’re airing a new reality series called Make48, a really cool show about a 48-hour inventor competition.

For our Media with Impact campaign, we’ve been asking viewers to share stories describing how THIRTEEN has influenced their life. How has THIRTEEN (or the PBS station of your childhood) inspired you?

I remember watching both WLIW21 and THIRTEEN throughout my childhood. I remember watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Barney & Friends, Sesame Street, Zoom, Reading Rainbow, and many others. Also, my younger sister and I would watch Cyberchase together and I’d help her with her math.

Which three shows airing on our stations this month are you most likely to watch, stream, or record?

I’m curious about Jamestown, a new addition to the THIRTEEN Passport collection. I want to see what that’s about. And I’ve been streaming The Great British Baking Show. Also, my Dad and I have been watching Doc Martin.

Where do you live, and what are some of your favorite places in your neighborhood?

I live in Flatbush/Midwood, Brooklyn. Mostly I’m in the city, usually by Union Square where a close friend of mine lives. We end up there all the time.

What book are you currently reading? And can you tell us which book will get your vote for The Great American Read?

I’ve been reading the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. I finished the main trilogy last month and recently picked up the second book in the next series, Shadows of Self. Highly recommended if you like fantasy books. My vote for The Great American Read is the Harry Potter series. It was a big series throughout my adolescent and young adult life. My grandmother would order our copies with hers, and we’d all shared our love of reading through them. My sister and I would read the later ones in less than 24 hours, just devouring them. And even re-reading them, I feel they stand up, beyond being kids books.

Do you have a special interest or hobby outside of work? If so, tell us about it!

I have a bunch of hobbies that I jump between. I like dancing in hip-hop classes. I was taking American Sign Language and want to get back into that. I also love going to conventions and making costumes to wear for them.

 

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