Today was another great day in New York!
I went to a session on how to work under crises, particularly dealing with legal issues between the newspaper and the administration. I thought it was really helpful, and the speaker addressed how private schools could handle issues even without first amendment rights.
But the best part of the day came when Jackie and I went on our tour of the Associated Press! It started out awful, with the NYC12 tour leader leaving without half the group… and then once we got to AP, taking a tour during which students kept asking questions geared toward how they specifically could get a job. So, not getting much out of the tour, Jackie and I decided to do something about it. We saw that our speaker – the managing editor – was in his office, and we went in there! Best of all, he was thrilled that we had ditched our tour and come to talk to him, and sat down with us, talked about what it was like to be an editor, what it was like to work for a college paper, and gave us advice. Then we got a picture with him and The Beacon! He asked for our email addresses and said he would visit us when he went to Seattle. He even asked if he could keep The Beacon. So awesome! 🙂
I then went to a session about how to rule with an iron fist that was really good. It was lead by Mike, and he tossed cigars at people. But really, his main point was that as editors, we should be more inclined to be mean, than nice. “Because your generation likes mean”. I liked this, and it opened my eyes up to the fact that a lot of the time people need a strong reminder and an example. One of Mike’s points was “Set an example – fire a slacker”.
As a whole group, Nancy got her friend Steve to give us a tour of NBC! We saw the stage of SNL, and the sets of other news shows. It was really cool!
After two days of sessions, I feel like I have learned so much! I cannot wait for tomorrow.