Jamie began his professional career as multimedia designer at Southern Progress Corporation, a division of Time, Inc. His department launched the company’s first web site, ProgressiveFarmer.com, in 1995, and he designed version 1.0 of both SouthernLiving.com and CoastalLiving.com. Contrary to most multi-platform journalists in the late 1990s, Jamie moved from digital media to print media to become Senior Editor of The Progressive Farmer magazine, where he worked on all facets of the magazine’s repositioning from an agribusiness trade magazine to a rural lifestyle consumer publication. When Time, Inc. sold the publication in 2006, he was named Managing Editor of the magazine, and in 2006 and 2008 studied in Stanford University’s professional publishing courses while guiding the magazine’s print and digital efforts.
In 2009, Jamie left the magazine to join Advanced Content/Red Barn Media Group as its Creative Director. In the past five years, Red Barn’s publications have won numerous awards from the American Agricultural Editors Association (AAEA) and the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). AAEA named Jamie its Designer of the Year in 2012, and its Writer of the Year in both 2010 and 2013.
Jamie has received design awards from Folio, the American Society of Business Press Editors, and the National Agri-Marketing Association, along with writing and reporting honors from Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press and Southeastern Journalism Conference. Jamie has won more than three dozen awards from AAEA over 10 years of membership in every category—writing, design and photography—and received the Andy Markwart Horizon Award for young journalists in 2007. He also served on the AAEA board of directors.
Jamie graduated from Jacksonville State University in Alabama with a BS degree in Communication and a minor in English. He was the John C. Turner Outstanding Graduate in Communication, and served as president of the Jacksonville chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and as Editor in Chief of JSU’s award-winning student newspaper, The Chanticleer. He also taught interactive journalism courses at JSU. He received his master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Alabama, and also received the school’s Outstanding Graduate Student award. He teaches in the University of Alabama’s College of Communication and is a member of the school’s Institute for Communication and Information Research Board. He received the school’s Outstanding Research award in 2013. Recent research includes the first American academic work focused on credibility in brand journalism (published in the Spring 2014 issue of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly). He also received the Robert Lance Memorial Award from the American Journalism Historians Association for outstanding research in 2012.
Jamie lives in rural Shelby County, south of Birmingham, with his wife Charissa and son Sullivan Thomas.