Publication Students Attend Conference in Los Angeles

Publication Students Attend Conference in Los Angeles


Publication students from Woodgrove traveled to Los Angeles, California to attend the National High School Journalism Convention from April 12-16. Hundreds of classes sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association provided students with the opportunity to learn from top journalists and professors in their field.


Workshops and lectures varied from topics ranging from ethics to business to photography and reporting. Students and advisers were encouraged to attend as many sessions as they wished. Sophomore Diana Henriquez specifically attended workshops catered to photography.


“I learned about the different angles and types of lenses you need to have on your camera to take great photos and also how important it is to show up an hour before each event to get the full before and after pictures,” said Henriquez.


Between attending workshops and keynote speakers, students had the opportunity to explore Los Angeles and make new friends with around four-thousand students from all over the country.


Several of Woodgroves photojournalism students experienced a tour of the Associated Press Headquarters in California, while newspaper students experienced a special tour and informative meeting of the Los Angeles Times. The editor of the High School Insider segment of the LA Times, Kyle Finck, met one on one with students, encouraging them to write articles that matter to themselves and in communities.


“Visiting the LA Times building was awe-inspiring. As an aspiring journalist, it was an incredible experience to see a real live newsroom in action. I learned so much on this trip, from professional interview tips to creative design tricks, that I can’t wait to use to further improve the Woodgrove Outlander next year,” said junior Sarah Snare.


Other activities include watching the Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks game, strolling down Rodeo drive and spotting celebrities in Beverly Hills, such as Caitlyn Jenner.


Yearbook adviser Mrs.Tammy Pyle and newspaper advisor Mrs.Lea Longerbeam had worked to organized Woodgroves’ attendance to this event since the beginning of the school year.


“We had a group of 26 total, 19 were students, and it was great to see so many students interested in journalism at the conference. I began planning in November, and it was hard to figure everything out, but it’s important to be flexible and give the kids options to experience the most,” said Pyle.