The Sumter Item launches video services with new positions

By Kayla Robins
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 12/17/17

The Sumter Item has brought two new positions to its team in its pioneer vision for the paper to launch a digital news and video services department.

Ty Cornett joins the newsroom as director of video production, and Rose Jarrett marks an …

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The Sumter Item has brought two new positions to its team in its pioneer vision for the paper to launch a digital news and video services department.

Ty Cornett joins the newsroom as director of video production, and Rose Jarrett marks an expansion in the advertising department's reach in her role as digital sales representative.

Cornett, who studied graphic design at Radford University in Virginia, will bring The Sumter Item into the multimedia realm by offering readers an array of video products, from daily news shows and documentary-style features posted and promoted on theitem.com to company profiles businesses can commission the paper to create for their personal use and distribution.

"I am excited to be a part of The Sumter Item and hope to create intriguing content that will give Sumter a unique digital presence," Cornett said.

Hailing originally from Austin, Texas, Jarrett will promote and expand those video products, giving companies the opportunity to put their name on new, innovative digital storytelling formats that shed a positive light on the community in a way never done before in the area.

Jarrett received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and, most recently, taught English composition at The Art Institute of Austin before moving to Sumter with her husband, their hedgehog, two cats and two hens.

She is working on connecting interested businesses to an upcoming online daily news show called Studio Sumter that is expected to launch in early 2018. Follow the paper for more details as the launch approaches.

"Studio Sumter is going to add another dimension to how this community is represented, and I'm blessed to help start it up," Jarrett said. "As a military wife new to the area, the opportunity to meet so many residents and business owners is extremely exciting to me. The team is amazing, and I know we'll accomplish great things together."

Both Cornett and Jarrett will work closely with Publisher Vince Johnson, Chief Digital Officer Micah Green and the rest of the newsroom and advertising department to give readers the fastest, most accurate and most accessible experience in local news in Sumter and the surrounding area.

"We've been able to attract tremendous talent to Sumter, and Ty and Rose bring even more added dimensions to our exceptional staff," Johnson said. "Sumter has incredible potential for world-class digital and video content, and we're about ready to start rolling it out. It's a good time to be in Sumter."