An E-Media education sparked an Emmy award-winning career for editor Jennifer Honn.
Jennifer graduated from CCM in 1992. Her original aspiration was to become a producer, but stepping in for an absent editor lead to a new love.
“I told my boss that I wanted to switch to editing and I've never looked back,” she said.
During her junior year, Jennifer received the Procter & Gamble Award from the E-Media (then “broadcasting”) faculty. The award sent Jennifer to New York where she worked on the soap opera Guiding Light during the summer of ‘91.
After graduating, Jennifer moved to New York to return to the set of the soap opera. A connection she made through work lead to a job as a production assistant for a documentary production company.
Jennifer has been working happily in documentary production ever since.
She said the highlight of her career came in the summer of 2011. She worked on the documentary Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero, for which Steven Spielberg was executive producer.
“It was the hardest I've ever worked on a show but I'm very proud of the finished project,” she said.
In 2007, Jennifer received a Primetime Emmy Award for her editing work on the show Rome: Engineering an Empire.
“That was a thrill,” she said, but Jennifer isn’t in it for the awards, “I do it because it's what I love to do.”
To this day, Jennifer still gets “flashes” of her time at CCM/E-Media. “Had you told me at the time that I'd actually use the info I learned in college I might have not believed you,” she said.
Jennifer is extremely satisfied with her career as an editor. When asked where she’d like to go with her work, Jennifer said, “I only wish to continue to work on interesting and varying projects.”
“I feel very fortunate to have had the career I've had,” Jennifer said, “ and it was all kick-started by the E-Media program.”
Jennifer said that her advice to E-Media students is to be willing to help and to learn.
“Please take it from me,” she said, “hard work, passion and ambition will get you there for sure.”
Jennifer was recently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for her work on the documentary To Russia With Love.
Produced for the EPIX premium cable and satellite television network, the film follows several athletes and activists – including figure skater and commentator Johnny Weir, tennis legend and official US Olympic delegate Billie Jean King, speedskater Anastasia Bucsis and Russian LGBT Sport Federation co-chair Konstantin Yablotskiy – as they prepare for the Sochi Olympic Games, hoping to inspire LGBT Russians.
First held in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.
To Russia With Love was one of five films nominated in the category of Best Documentary this year. You can learn more about all of this year's nominees by visiting www.glaad.org/mediaawards. The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were held in LA on March 21 and in New York City on May 9, 2015.
Written by Ellen Brock, Posted February 24, 2012. Updated June, 2015.