“It was an opportunity of a lifetime,” says Caroline McKellar. This summer has been an exciting summer for both Caroline McKellar and Allison Hudson. They were among the nations select students to attend The Washington Journalism and Media Conference, as National Youth Correspondents. The week long program hosted by George Mason University, in Virginia, hosted 275 incoming high school juniors and seniors representing 40 states, who plan to pursue a career in the media. McKellar and Hudson had the chance to meet with journalism leaders and CEO’s along with national media figures. MSNBC Chuck Todd, world-renowned photographer Neil Leifer, creator of C-SPAN Brian Lamb, and Today Show’s Hoda Kotb, are just a few of the media leaders that were guest speakers at the WJMC. The National Youth Correspondents participated in small groups, led by faculty advisers who have extensive experience in teaching journalism and media. They also attended events planned at the National Press Club and the Newseum in Washington D.C. At the end of the week McKellar and Hudson got to visit the U.S. Capitol where they met with Alabama Senator, Jeff Sessions. “He was in the middle of voting but took the time out to see us”, said Hudson. They both felt very lucky to have this opportunity. McKellar said, “I wish the week would have lasted longer!” Both girls are now a part of the 2012 WJMC alumni.
WHS Students Attend the Washington Journalism and Media Conference