November 12, 2009 / 2009 Fall JEA/NSPA / Walsworth Live

Student journalism alive and well in D.C.

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Even with cold, wet rain soaking the host city, the first day of the Fall National High School Journalism Convention got off to a rousing start on Thursday.

Walsworth booth first dayAfter many staffs spent the rain-soaked morning taking in the historical sites around Washington D.C., the exhibit floor opened on Thursday afternoon and was greeted with a throng of traffic thanks to what JEA/NSPA are calling the largest convention crowd in the event’s history at more than 6,300 attendees.

The Walsworth booth was a popular spot, and dozens of groups came through to play the hit trivia game Whamboozal.

The educational sessions and write-off contests get started tomorrow, along with another full day of exhibits. Thursday night was capped off by the Nick Clooney keynote session. One fun sidenote – while the crowd waited for the night session to begin, music played and a slideshow of images scrolled across the huge screens on stage, showing how many delegates were attending the convention from each state, and even a few foreign countries. And each mention was greeted with cheers from the huge audience, just like a political convention roll-call.

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.