Day 2 of WJMC

Today, Monday, July 18, 2016 was my second day as a National Youth Correspondent at the Washington Journalism and Media Conference. The day was full of exciting places, sites, and lessons.

After waking up from an extremely cold night in the dorm, I ate a surprisingly good breakfast. My advisors warned us to make sure we eat enough because the day would be tiring and long. They weren’t wrong; today was long on my feet and mind. However, it was extremely eye-opening.

We started our day in DC at the Newseum. The Newseum is a museum dedicated to the First Amendment and protecting all that it entails, as well as showcasing journalism and media, which is fitting for this conference. I have visited the Newseum several times, seeing that I am an intern there, but it was so cool to see my fellow youth correspondents experience it for the first time.

Following the Newseum we went to the National Press Club for a politics panel and a keynote speaker. The politics panel included 3 political journalists: Catarina Camia, Sylvan Lane, James Ronsen, and our keynote speaker was Terry Andersen. It was incredible to hear their stories and advice from experiences.

After all of the exhausted correspondents loaded the buses, we headed back to campus for dinner and a color group meeting.

Here I am now, I’ve made some friends from all over the country and it’s only day 2. Of course, I’m finding every opportunity to listen to Hamilton including now. I can’t wait for what day 3 brings! We have some very exciting things taking place tomorrow, but let’s hope I can get a good night’s rest!

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Author: Gabby Moghtadaie

college student with ambition and a love for politics and disney​.

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