Dave Jorgenson

Dave Jorgenson is an American video producer. He is best known as the face of The Washington Post's TikTok account.[1][2][3][4][5][6] As of October 2020, the account has 740,000 followers and 27.8 million likes.[7]

Dave Jorgenson
NationalityUnited States
Alma materDePauw University (BA)
OccupationJournalist
Years active2014–present
EmployerIndependent Journal Review
The Washington Post
Known forTikToks

Early lifeEdit

Dave Jorgenson was born to Mary and Mark Jorgenson.[8] He graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kansas in 2009.[8] He was the sports editor for the school's yearbook, and member of the Pep Club, drumline, theater and basketball.[8] Jorgenson attended the University of Tulsa[8] and graduated from DePauw University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing.[9][10][11] Jorgenson was an Eagle Scout.[11][12]

CareerEdit

Jorgenson interned at The Colbert Report during the 2012 election.[8][11] From 2014 to 2017, he produced videos for the Independent Journal Review.[1] In May 2017, he joined The Washington Post as a creative video producer, where he wrote and produced their "Department of Satire" series.[12][1] He launched the newspaper's TikTok account in May 2019, after which it quickly went viral.[6]

The account's videos focus largely on newsroom operations, making use of nerd humor.[6] As of October 2020, it has 740,000 followers and its videos have garnered 27.8 million likes.[7] The Atlantic described the account as "self-aware, slapstick, and slightly cringey—a parade of pets, stunts, and workplace humor, often set to blaring pop music and shot through with a winking sense of humor about the very fact that a 142-year-old newspaper is even on here in the first place".[1]

Jorgenson has drawn attention for his project's success in connecting with Generation Z,[1] a task that many other mainstream newspapers have struggled with.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Nover, Scott (December 4, 2019). "How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?". The Atlantic. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  2. ^ Mahadevan, Alex (October 2, 2019). "How The Washington Post's TikTok guy Dave Jorgenson gets millions of views by being uncool". Poynter. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  3. ^ Tenbarge, Kat (June 23, 2019). "Meet the man behind TikTok's most surprising breakout success". Insider. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  4. ^ Beaujon, Andrew (June 19, 2019). "There Is, in Fact, a Plan Behind the Washington Post's Gloriously Weird TikTok". Washingtonian. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Green, Daniel (April 7, 2020). "Washington Post uses TikTok to engage quarantined Gen Z audience". Journalism.co.uk. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Pellico, Katie. "How the Washington Post uses TikTok to engage with its audience". CNN. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "@washingtonpost". TikTok. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c d e Miesner, Anna (October 28, 2020). "Meet North Alumnus Dave Jorgenson – A Washington Post video producer, TikTok creator and author". The Mission. Shawnee Mission North High School. Archived from the original on August 23, 2021.
  9. ^ "Dave Jorgenson". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  10. ^ "Dave Jorgenson '13 Joins the Washington Post". DePauw University. June 23, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  11. ^ a b c "Alumni Talks: Dave Jorgenson '13". DePauw University. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Dave Jorgenson". LinkedIn. Retrieved October 17, 2020.

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