Discovery Education STEM Day: Meet Jennifer Cortner

#CelebratewithDE and join us as we tour Discovery Communication’s world headquarters and meet the men and women behind the world’s #1 nonfiction media company.

With five live-streamed career spotlights and accompanying hands-on STEM activities, your students will be immersed in the STEM skills needed to succeed in a variety of creative and technical fields.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Broadcasts at 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, and 2 PM ET


polaroid_jennifer_cortner-15.jpgJennifer Cortner

Discovery Communications Vice President Partnerships

Career: Business Leader

The poster for a show. The trailer for an upcoming television event. The graphics that tell you what’s airing next. Who makes these dynamic, compelling visuals that tell the stories of what’s to come and why you should watch?

Jennifer Cortner is the Vice President of Partnerships for Discovery Communications’ in-house advertising agency. She defines and builds meaningful relationships with media, corporate, and nonprofit partners. Jennifer also leads a group of production artists who use technology every day to produce effective digital and print ads. A big part of her role is staying on top of technology trends, making business decisions about whether Discovery can engage and be successful at it, and explaining those technology benefits and trends to our clients and our senior level executives.

As media consumption rapidly shifts and evolves from watching programs on a TV at a specific time to an on-demand, multiplatform world, Jennifer helps Discovery keep up, communicate with our consumers completely differently, react to data and analytics, and develop creative that will resonate with audiences.

Fun facts: Jennifer earned her college degree in International Affairs and thought she would work for the State Department or the CIA. She also studied for a minor in computer science, knowing that it would be a helpful skill for me to learn. While she didn’t excel as a programmer, the experience helped her develop a fundamental understanding of technology that helps her communicate in a technology-driven role.

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Discovery Education Related Resources

Media Literacy: Understanding and Analyzing Advertising

Grades 3-5

Evaluates the many ways in which media and advertisements affect the way people make decisions when making a purchase. The program defines media and analyzes advertisements.

Advertising on the Web

Grades 6-12

Yahoo! became the first Internet company to post advertising on its Web site. Many Web pioneers felt the Internet should be a free source of information and resisted Yahoo!’s banner ads.


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