Jeanie Smith is the first-ever social discovery manager at 5 On Your Side, finding breaking news and enterprise stories using social media.
Born and raised in Lincoln County, Missouri, Jeanie is a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She earned her degree in mass communication in 2012 and joined 5 On Your Side that same year as an intern.
After her internship concluded, Jeanie worked as an assignment editor before finding her calling as a digital journalist in 2017. Her title of social discovery manager is a fancy way of saying she uses social media to find stories and work with the assignment desk and show producers to better connect 5 On Your Side’s online presence and traditional broadcast news.
Jeanie uses social listening daily to find and vet stories, confirming information for both digital and broadcast. She also assigns and dispatches crews to stories, and works with the digital team to manage all of 5 On Your Side’s social accounts. Yes, Jeanie is the crazy lady who slept in a coffin at Six Flags and used the hashtag #JeanieInACoffin.
When she's not at work, you can find Jeanie spending time with her family, boating or riding motorcycles.