Journalism students from Littleton High School got down to the basics at the National High School Journalism Conference this weekend, April 16 through April 19. With the conference being held in Denver at the Sheraton hotel this year, both the LHS yearbook and newspaper decided to make an appearance at the event, in order to learn how to improve the publications and get some refreshers on the basics of journalism.
“I think the perks about having it in Denver were that it was more cost effective for our staff, so more people could come and enjoy the experience and learn from it,” said sophomore Bradley Iroine.
The convention included a keynote speaker Thursday night, sessions and keynote speakers on Friday and Saturday, followed by award ceremonies on Sunday. A few LHS students went to the keynote speaker Thursday night, but the majority of the staffers attended the sessions and events held on Friday. While students unfortunately had to miss a day of school, it was definitely worth it, as it allowed for next year’s new staffers to get a better grasp on the logistics of journalism and learn some basic skills.
“I hope that people got information and got different types of information, and I like that a bunch of new staff members for next year got to come and were able to get their feet wet, so they won’t come in totally unaware of what’s happening,” said newspaper adviser Kristin Kron.
The convention did not only help the new staffers however, as it was a great way for next year’s returning staffers to get new ideas for their publications and learn some important new skills.
“It was really great to go as somebody who has been in yearbook for a few years, because I understand a lot more what the professional advisors are saying. I was able to learn how to incorporate different design elements, because every year, the yearbook design changes, and now we are deciding what to do with the theme and design for next year, so it was very helpful at this point,” said junior Magda van Leeuwen.
Although the publications of LHS are often times described by many as “exceptional”, there is always room for improvement. The convention was a great way for the both the newspaper and yearbook staffs to find different ways to improve on both the writing and design elements of the publications.
“It was a unique experience in the way that we got to learn a little bit extra about not just the things that we do in journalism, but about how to improve them,” said Iroine.
Beyond the educational aspects of the experience, the conference also was a great way for the yearbook and newspaper students to grow closer. Many things allowed for the students to bond, between going to the various sessions together and hitting up 16th street mall for lunch.
“I think they learned skills involving themes, design, caption by captions, photography and I think we were really just able to bond as a team,” said yearbook adviser Tiffany Fischer.
The conference was agreed to be fun even though not all the sessions were great, and it allowed for the staffers to both learn new information and meet new people. Overall, the conference was a success and hopefully the knowledge learned will help improve the publications.