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Student competes to become MTV's first 'TJ'

Annette M. Torres

Seminole State College student Annette M. Torres is atwitter with anticipation: On Friday, July 23, she’ll find out if she’s one of the final five contestants in a nationwide competition to become MTV’s first TJ (Twitter Jockey).

Right now, Torres, 21, is one of 20 finalists who’ve been completing challenges that include promoting a band and interviewing a celebrity. You can vote for her through Facebook.

Torres’ goal is a career in entertainment journalism, and she says her journalism class at Seminole State and her four semesters working on The Scribe, Seminole State's student newspaper, helped prepare her for the competition.

“Since I did have that background, I had a little bit of an upper hand,” Torres said in a phone interview from Englewood, N.J., where she just completed a magazine writing internship.

Her college experience has motivated Torres “to go after my dream as much as possible and to use whatever outlets I can to make my dream come true.”

MTV will announce the winner on Aug. 8, and Torres is prepared for whatever happens: If she’s the network’s first TJ, she’ll move to New York City and revel in the $100,000 a year job. If she isn’t selected, she’ll return to Seminole State to complete her A.A. and transfer to a four-year university to study magazine or broadcast journalism.

Read the Orlando Sentinel blog about Annette that was posted on July 20.

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