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.
After 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.