The tragic kidnapping and murder of American photojournalist James Foley in Iraq this week highlights the danger and importance of the journalistic profession. Journalists face persecution in countries less fortunate than ours, and even here they face retaliation for publishing unfavorable stories of private businesses and politicians and career harm from the newspapers and other media outlets that employ them. Young and aspiring high school journalists should look up to the brave members of the profession as they seek to blaze a trail through the profession.
(image courtesy of studentpress.org)
This season, the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association host the 2014 National High school Journalism Convention at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park on November 6th – 9th. The convention center is just a fifteen minute walk north of our Washington DC Inn. The convention will cover the spectrum from print media to broadcast media, including television and radio. It will consist of a variety of pedagogical sessions, student panels, and keynote presentations. Students who attend will gain insight about the profession, how higher learning can facilitate the transition to professional journalism, and barriers to entry in the field.
Students pursuing journalism would do well to attend the event. The convention will help honor Foley’s name by encouraging students to enter a noble profession with high ethical standards. We hope to meet some attendees for breakfast during the conference.
Marcos, Innkeeper at American Guest House, a Washington, DC Bed and Breakfast