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May 3, 2016

Journalism Student Jessica Winans Lands Cover Story for Albany Newspaper

by Joshua King, M.F.A. ’16
Albany Times Union James Charles Dickinson

James Charles Dickinson has become an Instagram celebrity for his provocative looks. Adelphi student Jessica Winans published her story on him in the “Albany Times Union.”

Jessica Winans, an Adelphi student majoring in communications, has had a news story of hers featured on the cover of Albany’s Times Union newspaper. The piece, written for an assignment in Associate Professor Mark Grabowski’s, class, features James Charles Dickinson, a 16-year-old Bethlehem Central High School student and emerging Instagram celebrity.

Winans, who also serves as the editor for stories submitted by Adelphi students to The Odyssey Online, attended Bethlehem Central and had been following Dickinson on Instagram. When she saw his following jump, she got the idea for an article, which Grabowski helped her pitch to the Albany Times Union

Dickinson has started to become something of an Internet phenomenon after his selfies of him wearing bold and provocative make-up earned him nearly 200, 000 Instagram followers. He has been sponsored to attend beauty conventions all across the county, including New York Fashion Week, and has made agreements with some of the biggest cosmetic brands in the world.

John Drew, an assistant professor specializing in social media at Adelphi, is quoted in the article saying, “This young man’s career is just beginning. What strikes me as particularly captivating or worth noting about James Charles is in fact his innate awareness of who he is becoming.”

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