Todas was unexpected. We started off by going to National Geographic to listen to Susan Goldberg (1st female editor and chief) speak, and things instantly lit up for me. Initially, I didn’t think I would enjoy it because when I think of the infamous yellow rectangle, the first thing that comes to mind is my little sister cutting the photos out of the pages and making collages. Come to find out that there’s actually so much that goes on behind the scenes, and I fell in love with everything that the magazine is and stands for.
Susan Goldberg : NatGeo
Maroon Typhoon at NatGeo
The day went on and the next thing I knew, we were in the National Press Club. While listening to the roaring opinions of teenagers and Brian Lamb (founder of CSPAN), I realized that being in that press room was one of the coolest feelings ever. Between listening to the politics panel, and the opinions of the whole crowd, journalism won my heart over, and I’m so glad that it did.
I’ll go ahead and say what every correspondent must be thinking, I’M EXHAUSTED. Today was amazing, but I don’t remember a time when I was ever this tired. On the bus rides, I could barely keep my eyes open, and almost fell onto my seat mate multiple times (sorry Grace). But nonetheless, I had a great time. The museums and monuments that we saw today were beautiful, and it was obvious that there were all kinds of emotions amongst our group (being tired may or may not have played a part in that). Anyways, for your sake and mine, I won’t go into much detail, but pictures count for thousands of words right?
“I know of no human being who has a better time than an eager and energetic young reporter.” -H.L. Mencken (Newseum)
Wall of 9/11 headlines
Civil Rights Wall (Newseum)
Maroon Typhoon color group at the Newseum
Welcome to George Mason University, home of The Hub, colorful benches and sculpted shoes containing copious amounts of good fortune. In all honesty, I came to this campus nervous and unsure of what to expect, I quickly got over those feelings and now I’m so excited for what the week has to offer (special thanks to our super enthusiastic tour guide, Derek LastNameICan’tPronounce).
Today’s schedule went as followed:
- Maroon Platoon no more! Say hello to a proud member of the Maroon Typhoon color group!
- Dinner, followed by the consumption of an unhealthy amount of sugary fruit punch to help me stay awake (Jetlag is no fun).
- I won the award for farthest traveled! Maybe not officially, but I think it’s pretty clear.
- Tina Rosenberg, and the Solutions Journalism Network.
- Color group meeting comprised of tired, off-key singing teenagers with bleeding feet.
Sounds fun doesn’t it? Well, despite all the physical pain, I have to say I’m actually having a great time, and can already tell that this program and these experiences will shape me not only as a writer, but as a person as well.
Nerdy Journalist Lesson of the Day:
“Access can be, in some ways, the enemy of good reporting.” –Tina Rosenberg