November 11, 2009 / 2009 Fall JEA/NSPA / Walsworth Live

Welcome to D.C.!

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Let the fun begin – hundreds of publications staffs from all over the country began to arrive in Washington D.C. today for this week’s JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention.

Speaking of fun, try a 6 a.m. flight into the Nation’s Capital! That’s what myself and my Walsworth co-workers had this morning, and we shared that flight with some aspiring young journalists very excited to be on their way to the convention.

Included in that mix was a hearty 23-person contingent from Liberty High School in Liberty, Mo., made up of yearbook, newspaper and broadcast students.

The historical attractions of D.C. appear likely to be a big draw this week. The lobby at the sprawling Wardman Park Marriott was already filled with convention goers by early in the afternoon. By tonight, it will likely be wall to wall. Stay tuned!

  • Susan Wuckowitsch

    I was on that 6 a.m. flight! Super early, but I was super glad to be in D.C. early enough to enjoy some delicious lunch (are battered French fries a “D.C.” thing?) and then set up the Walsworth booth to get ready to rock and roll for Thursday and Friday. Though my feet are aching from running the Whamboozal game, I always enjoy playing the game with the students. WHAMBOOZAL ROCKS!!

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.