Journalist Who Outed Melania Trump's Plagiarism Lands Freelance Job Covering the DNC
Jarrett Hill is in Philadelphia this week covering politics for 'Blue Nation Review,' talking to Democrats about their convention experiences while weighing his options for a full-time job: "We will see."
It's Tuesday afternoon and Jarrett Hill now has a job.
The 31-year-old, who became a media sensation last week after he was the first to notice that Melania Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention contained plagiarized text from Michelle Obama's 2008 address at the Democratic National Convention, has been hired as a special correspondent for progressive news website Blue Nation Review.
Hill is working for BNR on a freelance basis during the DNC — happening now in Philadelphia — and for a few weeks after. Speaking on his cell phone from the floor of Wells Fargo Arena during the nominating roll call (minutes before Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nomination for president, making history as the first woman to lead a major U.S. party), Hill seemed stoked about his new gig, if not a bit shocked that it came together so quickly. He tweeted the passages of Trump's speech on Monday night in a Culver City Starbucks, by Tuesday he was making the rounds speaking about his discovery for national and international media outlets, and by the weekend he had his BNR gig lined up.
"I definitely love what they're doing," he said of BNR's work. "And they believed in me. We are here covering the DNC, talking to people about their convention experience, about America, why they are Democrats and what moves them about the party."
The formerly unemployed L.A. journalist and fledgling interior designer seemed pretty moved about being able to witness the DNC's opening night, which featured speeches from Bernie Sanders, Demi Lovato, Eva Longoria and Obama. It's obviously the latter who left him (nearly) speechless.
"Sitting here last night, listening to her speech, was an amazing moment," he explained. "Michelle's speech eight years ago is what got me this attention. Almost a week ago to the minute of tweeting that, I was sitting in this room, watching her come out and address the nation. It's remarkable, and was a full circle moment for me. I can't really describe it beyond that. I never imagined something like that would've happened for me."
SNL's Colin Jost & Michael Che.— Jarrett Hill (@JarrettHill) July 26, 2016
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