I have to admit, I was a bit nervous about making friends in the weeks leading up to the Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. In just two days, I’ve already learned that making friends was nothing to be afraid of. I loved every second of Monday, our first complete day at WJMC, and today I’m recapping it for you all! If you didn’t read my recap of WJMC day one, be sure to check it out here! Enjoy!
I woke up around 6:00 a.m. to get ready for the day ahead before meeting my color group in the courtyard and walking to breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Breakfast didn’t look all too appetizing, so I just stuck with the cereal offerings (you can’t go wrong with Fruit Loops!). After breakfast, we got onto the bus and rode into Washington D.C. to visit the Newseum.
In all honesty, I wasn’t sure about just how much I’d love the Newseum (find their website here). As interested as I am in journalism, I don’t adore the political side, which I thought would be plastered all around the museum. In the Newseum, we had the opportunity to see dozens of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs and read about them (definitely my favorite part), read old news stories about a few terrorists and major criminals, learn more about the coverage of 9/11, read about the connections between music, politics, and journalism, see a piece of the Berlin Wall, and take pictures from the balcony with the beautiful capitol building sitting in the background. We also ate lunch at the Newseum using $15 vouchers. While we were at the Newseum, I think we sort of unofficially established our own little friend groups within our color group. My new close friends, Sara, Kate, and Taylor, are shown in a picture below (the guy in red is our Junior Faculty Advisor, Hunter). We left the Newseum around 3:00 p.m. to head to GMU’s Arlington campus for Ron Meyer’s presentation.
Ron Meyer is the editor of Red Alert Politics (R.A.P.), an online political news business that focuses on younger and millennial readers and has a very large viewing, appears on Fox News, Fox Business, and radio shows nationwide, and is on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (he’s Northern Virginia’s youngest elected official). Meyer gave us tips and pointers about how genuineness makes us credible to our readers and more appealing to those above us in the journalism world whom we might be seeking help or mentoring from. Meyer was really cool for us to hear from because he’s had a lot of success at a fairly young age, which is pretty rare in the journalism world.
After Meyer’s speech, we got back on the buses and headed to dinner at Gordon Biersch. I sat with a fun group of people in my color group and when our food finally arrived it was pretty good, so the long wait for the food didn’t seem that bad. When we finished dinner around 7:00 p.m., we went straight to the White House to take a few pictures before leaving for the National Mall.
When we got to the National Mall, we started with the World War II Memorial. The last time I saw this memorial it was super dark out, so seeing it again in the light was a completely different experience. Everything, the memorial itself, the fountains, the sky, and the other monuments, looked gorgeous as the sun was beginning to set. After spending half an hour or so at the World War II Memorial, we went to the Lincoln Memorial. Around 10:00 p.m., we left the National Mall and returned to GMU.
Upon arrival at GMU around 10:30 p.m., my suitemates and I quickly took turns showering then went to bed to rest up for another exciting day ahead.
Thanks for reading! Be sure to come back tomorrow morning for my WJMC day three recap and follow me on Instagram @apocketfuloffaith here so you can see pictures from my day as it unfolds via posts and my story!