This summer I will be attending WJMC at George Mason University. I am beyond excited and I can't wait to see what opportunities this camp brings me. I will be meeting with my congressional representatives, hearing from many guest speakers, and overall learning a better understanding of journalism and media in our world today.
Below is my press release:
Grace Hensley Will Travel to Washington, D.C. for Prestigious Journalism Conference
News from George Mason University's Washington Journalism and Media Conference
For more information contact: Elena Johnson, Director of the Washington Journalism and Media Conference, firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIRFAX, VA (02/01/2019)--
Grace Hensley, a student at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been selected to represent St. Louis, Missouri as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2019 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.
Hensley joins a select group of students from all over the country for an intensive study of journalism and media. Hensley was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.
National Youth Correspondents participate in hands-on, experiential learning through decision-making simulations that challenge them to solve problems and explore the creative, practical, and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media. The experiential portion of the program is complemented by speakers who are well-known leaders in the media community. Presenters include prominent journalists, CEOs of major media outlets, researchers, and recent college graduates successfully entering the field. Past speakers have included Hoda Kotb from NBC, Brian Lamb from C-SPAN, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Carol Guzy, and Sonya Ross from the Associated Press.
With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Journalism and Media Conference offers aspiring journalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The week long program, held at George Mason University’s state-of-the-art campus, will encourage and inspire young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.
The Washington Journalism and Media Conference will be held July 7 to 12, 2019.
About George Mason University
George Mason University is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university. Its dynamic culture and innovative academic programs prepare Mason’s hard-working students for 21st century careers. Its commitment to teaching excellence combines with cutting-edge research that enriches the academic experience and is literally changing the world. Mason is affordable, yet offers high value. Ideally located in the National Capital region, students enjoy terrific cultural experiences and access to the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.
About the 2019 Washington Journalism and Media Conference
The Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) is a unique student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the changing face of media in the 21st century. The Advisory Board includes CEOs of media outlets, distinguished journalists and renowned authors and university faculty. For more information visit us online at wjmc.gmu.edu.
The Washington Journalism and Media Conference | 4400 University Drive | MSN 3A4 | Fairfax, VA 22030
As the semester comes to a close, we are wrapping up 2018 with filming the first episode of Ladue View since last December. Ladue View is a student run broadcast program at Ladue High School. Make sure to check out the images attached to this blog post to see some behind the senses pictures. This year I was an anchor on the show and it was such a fun experience. Overall this semester, I really enjoyed learning more about broadcast journalism. I enjoyed creating my website so that I could keep all of my media in one place. One thing that was hard in this class was trying to organize interviews. I found that it was difficult to coordinate interviews during this class period. My favorite project was filming Ladue view. It was so cool to help plan and produce a production. Looking back on the entire semester I wish that I would have created more content. I really love producing videos and creating content. I feel that even if I create a video that isn't my best work I can learn from it and create an even better video the next time. I wish that I would have signed up to take broadcast technology next semester because I really enjoy this class, I will definitely make sure that I am taking this class all year next semester.
In honor of Veteran's day on November 11th, I thought it would be a good idea to interview a Veteran. One who came to mind was my neighbor, Mr. John Boley. I called Mr. Boley and set up an interview. I ended up also interview his wife of 52 years as well, Mrs. Margarette Boley. It was very entertaining to hear about his time serving in the navy specifically as a part of the submarine force. Mr. Boley played many roles on the submarines he helped with during his service. Additionally, hearing from Margarette, John's wife, was a very intriguing perspective. She talked about how they met, their wedding, and how being on her own was definitely a new experience for her. During this project I learned many new techniques; I learned some new interview technique, one of which being that I need to look up at the person I am interviewing (I still need to work on this). I also learned more about how to make my interview have more "flow" when editing. If you haven't seen my video yet you can find it under the videos tab on my website or you can click the link here.
Throughout the process of creating my Sparkle video I learned a lot. I not only increased my editing skills significantly, but I learned some new tricks on the broadcast camera. Up until this year, I had always used iMovie to edit my videos. However, this year I switched and started using Final Cut Pro (Pictured). It has definitely been an adjustment, despite the fact that the two programs are very similar. To add on, I learned how to use a broadcast camera. Not only that, I also learned how to use microphones to greatly increase the sound quality. Little did I know that using a microphone was not only super easy but it made the sound very clear- despite any background noise. In conclusion, I have learned so much from just one project. I will continue these tips and tricks from this point forward. Stay tuned for new projects coming up!
I recently created a video and published it to school tube all about the Ladue Sparkle effect. If you want to watch my video and find out more information about what Ladue sparkle effect is checkout my video page on my website. The reason I made the video about Sparkle effect was because HEC-TV hosted their October show and it was dedicated to "making a difference." The sparkle effect fit perfectly under this theme. It was so cool to have my video featured on a professional show. I had a lot of help filming and editing with this project. It was a bit challenging when I was editing but with some help, I figured it out. I can't wait to move forward from here and continue to grow!