National Youth Correspondents in their own words:
"I learned that journalism is something you have to practice to become good at—you can’t learn it out of a book or in a classroom."
"I loved the fact that all the speakers gave their honest opinions about everything."
The Washington Journalism and Media Conference
George Mason University is the host of the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) and each summer welcomes high school student leaders from all over the country as National Youth Correspondents. National Youth Correspondents join the Mason community which includes students and faculty from all over the world. Mason is both the largest public university in Virginia and one of the most culturally diverse universities in the nation. This summer's conference will take place July 7-12, 2013.
Mason attracts proven and innovative leaders in communications, media research, new media, and electronic journalism. Faculty members have developed the WJMC curriculum to suit the needs and potential of the nation’s most talented future leaders in the field. The conference curriculum includes hands-on learning with industry leaders from the Mason faculty as well as international media outlets and Washington insiders. National Youth Correspondents will experience an integrated and forward-thinking approach to journalism and media, while acquiring valuable "in-the-trenches" knowledge.
Located in Fairfax VA, Mason's beautiful campus is just minutes from Washington D.C. The unique learning opportunities in and around the Nation’s Capital are only part of the reason why George Mason University is ranked the #1 “School to Watch” by US News and World Report. Nationally, Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s rank Mason among the 50 best values in higher education. Mason is the only school in the D.C. area to receive these distinctions. Prospective students can explore Mason's interactive site at http://www.masonmetro.com.
"The WJMC was an amazing week filled with both educational and life-enhancing experiences and activities. I learned so much from every person who spoke, attended, and put on the conference."
~Grace Knight, National Youth Correspondent representing Rhode Island
"Interning for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference is an experience I recommend to every individual passionate about enhancing the future of the conference. As an intern, I had an exclusive opportunity to engage with prominent journalists and media personalities individually. When not coordinating activities with the speakers and students, we had the opportunity explore the vibrancy of DC and the George Mason Campus. The conference offered a means to hone my own professional skills while working with the wonderful team at one of the premier journalism conferences in the country. The friendships and skills gained during the conference made WJMC the highlight of my summer."