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

Student journalists get advice from Clooney

Written by Elizabeth Braden, CJE

The huge throng of student journalists who attended the JEA/NSPA keynote on Thursday night got to pocket journalist Nick Clooney’s advice: Be vigilant, be inquisitive, be thorough, be fair, be courageous and be wary of power, even any that you get.

Clooney talked about being open-minded and fair, quoting his grandfather: “It’s not what you don’t know that will hurt you, it’s what you know that ain’t so.”

Clooney was ever the Kentucky gentleman, courteous and respectful to his audience, humorous and still full of the fire of getting the story and getting it right, and wanting to pass on his love of reporting.

The festive opening keynote address was introduced by an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, who entered through the audience and spoke to the crowd about the convention’s theme of “Red, White and True.”

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Elizabeth Braden, CJE

Elizabeth Braden, CJE, is the former editor of Idea File magazine. Before retiring, she was a copywriter for Walsworth Yearbooks for more than 15 years, writing articles for various marketing materials, and proofreading copy for the Yearbook and Commercial divisions. Her career included reporting and editing for United Press International and editing for Knight-Ridder Financial News. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Media News from the University of Tulsa.