Journalism convention inspires students


Junior Hannah Nguyen and senior Liza Fortozo check social media during dinner at Rock Bottom on Saturday, Nov. 12. The convention attendees went to multiple sessions on the convention, followed by a sponsored student dance. Photo by Madi Calvert.

Madi Calvert, Editor-in-Chief

Over 4,000 yearbook, newspaper and broadcast students and advisers gathered in Indianapolis for the annual fall Journalism Education Association (JEA)/National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) convention. It ran from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13 and offered breakout sessions, one-on-one meetings and other activities to help keep journalism students engaged.

“I went to a yearbook tips session, a photojournalist one and then a lighting one where it showed you different techniques for natural and artificial light,” senior Hayley Burris said. “My favorite part was telling everyone my joke of the day info and getting 80 followers on Remind.”

On the opening night of the convention, attendees listened to keynote speaker reporter Kevin Rader of Channel 13 Eyewitness News discuss his career in journalism.

Journalism students also had the chance to see a protest downtown, and were encouraged to take pictures of it.

“Whether you are a supporter or not, coming from a convention based on sharing news and pictures about current events made it seem like a totally different experience,” Burris said.

FHS students won six write-off awards, which involved students submitting their writing or photographs. Seniors Madi Calvert, Emma Russell, Morgen Stevens and junior Megan Jessup won honorable mentions, while junior Hannah Nguyen and sophomore Sarah Peterson won Excellent awards.

For more information on future JEA/NSPA conventions, click here.