Emily Bloch

It’s pronounced block.

I’m Emily Bloch — a Florida-based multimedia journalist focusing on youth and internet culture and its intersections with diversity and politics. I’m The Florida Times-Union‘s education reporter, covering Jacksonville schools, politics and local government. My coverage has included the monumental renaming of six local schools with Confederate ties. Along with writing, I double as a social media engagement specialist for my newspaper, leading the organization’s Instagram campaigns and a Subreddit page devoted to local news that I built from the ground up. I contribute regularly to publications including Teen VogueCosmopolitan and USA TODAY. Recently, I wrote about the inequities women in the craft beer industry face for The Washington Post’s The Lily.

I’m a Director at-large with the Society of Professional Journalists national board and a past president of the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter. While president, my chapter received back-to-back Large Chapter of the Year honors (2020 and 2021). Through the organization, I lead a chapter known for organizing  grant-funded programs for journalists across the state as well as media literacy training for non-journalists (more on that here). Work under my leadership includes the now national Race & Gender Hotline.

I previously served as the associate editor for Flamingo Magazine, a statewide lifestyle magazine and regularly contribute to other luxury magazines. Before that, I worked as a community news reporter for the Sun Sentinel — a top 50 daily newspaper — covering Broward County. Along with the rest of the Sentinel staff, I contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

I’ve contributed to publications like Teen Vogue and Cosmopolitan. See my work.

I have been interviewed for various radio and TV segments as well as podcasts. Watch and listen.

Did you hear me speak at a college media convention? Grab a copy of my slides.