Meet Our Editorial Staff


Vanessa Rodriguez, Editor-in-Chief

Vanessa Rodriguez is a senior studying journalism and electronic media. She hopes to be an entertainment journalist and work at E! Entertainment. Her interests include celebrities, travel, food and spending time with family. To get in touch with Vanessa, email her at


Kaitlin Flippo, Managing Editor

Kaitlin Flippo is a senior studying journalism and electronic media with a minor in political science. Kaitlin’s journalism career at began her freshman year. She hopes to be a political journalist after graduation. When not writing or editing, Kaitlin can be found watching Netflix, hanging out with friends and family or going to Cruze Farm with her best friend. You can reach out to Kaitlin by emailing

Jake Nichols, Sports Editor

Jake Nichols is a senior in journalism and electronic media. In his time at UT,  Jake has worked for several media outlets including Rocky Top Insider, WUTK Rock Solid Sports, VFL Films, SEC Network and the Tennessee Journalist. Jake serves as a play-by-play broadcaster for East Tennessee high school sports at Diamond Clear Media. He is excited to return to where his journalism career began. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends, girlfriend and family. Jake also enjoys building his photography portfolio. You can reach out to Jake by email at or on Twitter or Instagram using @jnichols_2121.


Lauren Claxton, Arts & Culture Editor

Lauren Claxton is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Originally an economics major, she quickly realized that journalism was the right fit for her. Majoring in journalism and electronic media and minoring in global studies, she hopes to one day write for “Nightly News with Lester Holt.” In addition, after interning with Bridge Refugee Services, Lauren aims to use her field to give underrepresented populations a voice in the media.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Lauren is a South Knoxville girl at heart. She lives and breathes for Tennessee basketball, is a “Game of Thrones” fanatic and is an unashamed Taylor Swift fan. This is her first year as a Resident Assistant in Hess Hall, and she loves being a resource to the 61 girls on her floor.


Grace Goodacre, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

Grace Goodacre is a freshman at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is majoring in journalism and electronic media with a minor in English. Grace hopes to become a book editor and work with publishers and writers on publications of works. She enjoys reading, listening to music and playing softball. You can reach out to Grace by emailing her at


Maddie Torres, News Editor

Madalyn Torres is a junior studying journalism and electronic media with a minor in political science. She hopes to one day work for the White House press corps. She enjoys makeup, cats and documentaries. To reach Maddie, email her at


Ciera Noe, Assistant News Editor

Ciera Noe is a junior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville majoring in journalism and electronic media.  Her hope is to become a well-rounded journalist. Born in Pensacola and raised in Chattanooga, Ciera has added Knoxville to her list of her favorite cities. Her interests include horseback riding, conspiracy theories, art, traveling, collecting antiques and going to museums. “The Da Vinci Code” trilogy is her favorite series. To contact Ciera, email her at

Feel free to reach out to any of these editors to join our staff. A person does not need to be a major in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media or taking journalism classes to be on the staff of the Tennessee Journalist.
The Tennessee Journalist is always interested in adding writers, editors, photographers and others interested in Web journalism to its staff.

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