Tuesday marked my third day in Washington D.C. for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) held at George Mason University (GMU). I’m having a great time touring Washington D.C. and learning about journalism from the experienced speakers at the conference. Today I’m sharing everything we did on Tuesday. If you haven’t read my posts on the rest of the conference thus far, be sure to check them out here and here. Enjoy!
I woke up at 6:20 a.m. and got ready for another long day. At 7:00 a.m. I met up with a couple friends from my color group in the courtyard and we went to breakfast together. Just like Monday, the food didn’t look too great so I just had a bowl of cereal. Our color group finished up breakfast and met up in front of the buses at 7:45 a.m. to go to FHI 360.
At FHI 360 we heard presentations from sisters Michelle and Rene Marsh around 9:45 a.m. and David Culver around 11:00 a.m. Rene Marsh is CNN’s aviation and government regulation correspondent and Michelle Marsh anchors the 4:00 p.m. newscast for WJLA/ABC 7 and the Late Night Report at 10:00PM for NewsChannel 8. From their speech, I took away that showing enthusiasm and passion in your internships can pave the way for your career in journalism. David Culver works as a reporter with News 4’s Northern Virginia Bureau. A few of the biggest points from David Culver’s speech included the fact that you should be present in the moment and that there’s room for everyone to succeed in the field, so there’s no reason not to help others.
After Culver’s presentation, we walked to Buca Di Beppo for an Italian lunch. During lunch, my table shared a ton of laughs and we all got to know each other better while waiting for our food. After we finished lunch, we got back in the buses and rode to the National Press Club.
It was so cool having the opportunity to be in the actual National Press Club! In the National Press Club, we sat through presentations from Brian Lamb and April Ryan. Brian Lamb is the CEO of C-SPAN Networks. Lamb’s speech was different from any of the others we’ve heard so far. He asked us what our families’ stories were and for about an hour he listened to our responses and questioned us about them. It was absolutely crazy to hear all of the notable history among the correspondents’ ancestors. One of my new friends had a grandparent who worked on the flagpole that now holds the U.S.A. flag on the moon. Another girl’s uncle was in one of the planes that crashed on 9/11. How neat are those stories? It was also cool to see the way Brian Lamb reacted to each story, he’s such a great interviewer. April Ryan has been the White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January of 1997. You might recognize her as the reporter that was told by Sean Spicer to stop shaking her head or as the writer of The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Four Presidents and Race in America (shop the book here). Out of April Ryan’s speech, I learned that as a journalist you have to treat whoever you’re interviewing with respect, despite your own beliefs, that you aren’t who they say you are, but what you answer to, and that you have to ask simple questions to get around limits on questioning. After Ryan’s presentation, she signed some of the correspondents’ books, including my own! Shortly after the end of her speech we got back on the bus and rode back to GMU.
As soon as we got back on campus we went to the dining hall for dinner. I personally liked dinner in the dining hall a lot better than breakfast there. I had a grilled cheese, a lot of pineapple, Alfredo macaroni, kettle cooked chips, and a cup of chocolate ice cream.
After dinner, we walked to the with our color groups to Dewberry Hall for Kevin McCarthy’s presentation. Kevin McCarthy is a renowned film critic and Fox 5 entertainment reporter. As you already know, I’m very interested in fashion journalism, and even though fashion and movies aren’t really the same thing, this speech resonated with me a lot more than any of the political speeches beforehand. In his presentation, the points McCarthy made the most loud and clear were “do what you love, money will follow,” and that your audience will become interested when you genuinely are too.
After taking pictures with Kevin McCarthy, we split into color groups again and had another group meeting. In this meeting, we talked about what we had learned that day, especially regarding bias. We debated a bit until we were each assigned a short article to read and find bias in and classify as left, center, or right. When the meeting ended at 10:30 p.m., I returned to my suite, showered, and got ready for bed.
Thanks for reading! Come back tomorrow morning for my WJMC day four recap and follow me on Instagram @apocketfuloffaith here so you can see pictures from my day in real time via posts and my story!