WJMC Day 2

If there is one thing I have learned today it is the importance of portable chargers. I also learned about staying true to yourself as a journalist and how journalism has changed throughout history, but portable chargers really takes the cake. 

Today we started with Hoda’s presentation. She described her experiences and progress as a journalist through a series of ridiculously funny anecdotes. Despite not being able to see Hoda for very long, it was an awesome experience to see such a prominent journalist go through the same struggles every journalist faces. 

Then I sat on the burning hot concrete to eat my lunch and I gotta say I think it was my favorite part of the day. My scorched legs hobbled to the bus and we were off to Newseum.

I’ve been to D.C. multiple times but had never been to Newseum, so I was super excited. It was probably one of my favorite museums I’ve been too. Everything was really powerful and I liked seeing how journalism was reflected through different eras.

Another thing I liked about the Newseum was seeing how journalism reacts to times of distress and the Newseum really reflected that through exhibits like the Vietnam War and 9/11.

Dinner was pretty uneventful, except for the extreme heat (shoutout to the people handing out water, you are my heroes). 

After dinner, we did a midnight tour of all the monuments on the National Mall. Even though I’ve seen most of them before, it’s always awesome to go back. It was even more beautiful to experience at sunset. 

I’m on the way back to GMU at the moment and I’m hoping it’s a fairly early night (a.k.a 11:30). 

So while this blog post was pretty short, y’all are getting two tonight! Yes, so exciting.

Until next time!

Gabby

WJMC Day 1

Imagine going to a place you’ve never been to before, surrounded by people you’ve never met. Most people most people automatically feel some sort of apprehension not only going into this event, but even after it’s started. No matter who you are, new things are always overwhelming.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m totally overwhelmed. The Washington Journalism and Media Conference is the most immersing program I’ve done and I have only been here for 8 hours.

But Gabby, what could possibly be so overwhelming? Well let me tell y’all, it’s literally everything. It started early with just getting on the train by myself. I have never traveled alone before, so this was a completely new experience. That was probably the easiest part of my day but I didn’t realize it then. I finally found a seat after hitting 7+ people with my giant backpack (sorry y’all) and settled myself in for the ride to D.C.

When I got to Union Station I started to feel the excitement set in. I had been waiting months for this and it was finally here! After walking around in circles trying to find where my sister was parked, we headed to lunch and then to GMU!

But that’s when things got difficult. Honestly, that difficulty mostly comes from my own stupidity and inability to actually read directions. After getting off the bus, me and my sister headed the complete opposite direction of where we were supposed to and ended up getting lost. After my sister explained her frustration in a few colorful words, we finally just called and got ourselves figured out. At least I got an extra mile of walking in!

Sweaty and gross, I arrived to my dorm. I met Sky, whom I share a room with and who is super sweet, and my two other roommates. I got myself situated and headed down to meet my advisors. Melissa and Brooke were so welcoming and helped me feel a little more comfortable.

After meeting the rest of my pink group (PINKIES FOR LIFE DUDES). The pink posse has such a diverse group of kids with different personalities and I’m excited to get to know them better this week.

Dinner was awesome and Tina Rosenberg was amazing! She was absolutely hilarious and totally honest with how she felt, especially with the questions she was asked. Tina mostly focused on something called solution journalism which provides examples of communities that have solved a problem and reporting on how this solution could apply to other communities.

To be honest, I had never even heard the words “solution journalism” before today. But as Tina explained how it worked, I realized it was something I would be really interested in, especially with social justice issues. It really shows how much I have left to learn from this conference and life in general.

Eventually I will go into more detail about my amazing pinkies but at the moment I am #dead.

Until next time!

Gabby

About Me (kind of)

You know, there’s got to be a reason it took me 3 solid months to actually make this blog, whether it was the general fear of looking like an idiot or just plain laziness…

But that’s in the past! Let’s live in the now and get this show on the road.

I never actually thought I would type out a blog post that wasn’t “OMGMGMG THAT NEW PIC OF HARRY STYLES IS SO NICE”, which is honestly all my personal blog consists of. But now that I’m actually writing out a post, I don’t know why it took me this long to get a blog started, it mostly feels like writing in a diary, which I guess is kind of the point.

So Dear Diary,

I had a terrible experience today. I made a blog. Yuck.

Love, Gabby

See, super easy!

The main reason I made this blog was to enhance my experience at the Washington Journalism and Media Conference. This conference is allowing me to visit places in D.C. that I would have never gotten the opportunity to (a.k.a. the National Geographic Headquarters, seriously, I’m gonna cry) and experience what it is like to be a journalist.

My love for journalism has definitely been a new development. Over the past couple years, my interests in careers has ranged from an astronomer to a history teacher, so the decision to become a journalist was odd and met with some opposition. (“A journalist? Isn’t that the second worst paying job on the planet?”)

Despite this, journalism is where my heart is set. Running through the streets looking for interviews and chugging out an article in an hour is my dream, for whatever reason.

Another growing interest I have is government. This mostly comes from a program called Youth and Government that really changed my life and that I hope to write a blog post about eventually. Covering a presidential campaign or exposing corruption in the government, from my point of view, sounds like a blast.

Now that we’ve moved past the useless information, let’s list off the actually important information.

  • I excessively use commas and parentheses (like, seriously, Gabby, stop, using, commas)
  • I’m a Taurus
  • I have 3 cats

Well those are the facts folks!

I hope this post showed you who I am as a person and didn’t hurt your eyes too much to read.

Until next time!

Gabby