First day at the convention and I have already learned so much! Today consisted of five workshops and the keynote speaker today here in Phoenix. Each session gave me a different perspective on journalism and what it means to be a journalist in today’s society.
One of my workshops was the Introduction to covering tragedy and trauma which was put on by the Dart Center. The Dart Center, which is out of Washington state, focuses on helping journalists work with and interview victims of traumatic events. The session reminded me of a psychology course because we learned of the different responses that a victim will have emotionally and physically to an event. A journalist must be able to understand these signs of trauma and be able to adapt to them.
The speakers also touched on the fact that interviewing a victim might help them work though their experience in a positive way. This reminded me of experience of interviewing Rachel for the Haiti article. After the interview, I received an email from Rachel in which she told me that it was "more than just an interview" and that it was very cathartic for her. This was one of the best moments I have had yet on The Beacon.
The rest of the day was also very interesting. The rest of my sessions ranged from an ethics debate with a prof from ASU to an open records policies course to a non-verbal communication lesson. My notebook is filled with notes and random stories told by the speakers which will hopefully help me in the future.
My favorite session of the day was a panel on reporting on a private college. It was interesting to get a different perspective from other small universities from around the country and the struggles that have had within their communities and their administrations. I attended this session with Rosemary, Hannah and Nancy and we all had a very good discussion afterwards about The Beacon and the limitations we could face by being a publication from a private university. I have really enjoyed being able to attend these sessions and then applying them to by own experience working on The Beacon.
Phoenix has been wonderful so far and so have my lovely roommates! (SHOUT OUT TO HANNAH AND ROSEMARY).
Here’s to another day tomorrow at the journalism convention!
peace, love & newspapers,