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.”