Day Three and Four at WJMC

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.

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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:)

Until Tomorrow!




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Hello! My name is Emma, and I am pleased to welcome you to my blog, established in June of 2016 (which was a journey in itself). This blog has been the product of creativity, love, and countless hours designing and redesigning. A little about me: I am a graduated senior, coming from my community college's Early College Program, which entailed me receiving my AA degree after I graduated high school! In my high school career, I had been Captain for four years on the girl's JV and varsity volleyball team, became Vice President of our chapter of Technology Student Association, Historian of both the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society, and received Gold and Silver Keys for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for my photography. Outside of school, I was involved in my local youth groups for seven years (four mission trips down!), had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC to attend the Washington Journalism and Media conference, and work at an independent living elderly home. In February 2019, I got accepted to the University of Florida (Go Gators!), and look forward to spending my next four years learning about business and journalism. I play guitar, write, and take/edit pictures in my free time, and absolutely love spending quality time with my friends and family. This is a place where I can talk about a variety of topics, from lifestyle, to faith, fashion, and personal subjects. What's in a name? That, my friends, is an easy answer. I have always been quite observant, and in recent years, especially within myself. Introspective means to be "inward-looking," and for me, that's just the simple truth. For this blog, it allows you a glimpse into everything and anything I come across, whether it be about life, fashion, or travel! This is the place to feel included. Caio! -Em

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