Hello everyone, and welcome back to another blog post about the Washington Journalism and Media Conference! This time I will be covering day three and four in one, since I was exhausted from Mondays’ activities. Monday was the beginning of all of the craziness. At 7am we all woke up and traveled to the Newseum, which took us back in time to the beginning of journalism. It truly exposed us to how journalism reached the masses, from music, to scandals, to politics. It was also eye-opening to witness exhibits such as 9/11, and the map that showed freedom of the press in all parts of the world. Not only did the Newseum have samples of news stories throughout the ages, they also had pieces of the story with them. Panels from the Berlin Wall stood in one area, while the antenna from the World Trade Center lay in another. It truly brought the stories to life.
We then listened to Ron Meyer, who specialized in political journalism and is the operator of Red Alert Politics. He specifically talked about connecting politics with millennials, the next generation of voters, consumers, and innovators. Afterwards, we went on a twilight monument tour, which really gave a nice glow on the Washington Monument, WWII Monument, White House, and Lincoln Memorial.
Finally, we washed up and went to bed.
The speakers today were Michelle Marsh (ABC Anchor), Rene Marsh (Aviation Correspondent), David Culver (NBC4 Reporter), Jeff Ballou (National Press Club President), Brian Lamb (Chairman of C-SPAN), April Ryan (White House Correspondent), and Kevin McCarthy (Media Critic).
One of the things that resonated with me was Kevin McCarthy saying “Passion First, Money Later,” meaning that it’s better to enjoy what you’re doing than worry about the numbers that come with it. As for April Ryan, it was interesting hearing about what reporting from the White House is really like, and I even got her signature for her new book!
After, we had dinner and here I am, washed and ready for bed:)