The Washington Journalism and Media Conference

THIS IS WJMC

The Washington Journalism and Media Conference is an interactive program that provides high-achieving high school students with an interest in journalism, media, and related fields with a unique experience exploring careers in these areas.

Our National Youth Correspondents get access to exclusive field visits and sessions with journalists, media experts, directors, and program staff. Student Correspondents are led in small groups by faculty advisors who are high school teachers in journalism and yearbook.

THIS IS WJMC

The Washington Journalism and Media Conference is an interactive program that provides high-achieving high school students with an interest in journalism, media, and related fields with a unique experience exploring careers in these areas.

Our National Youth Correspondents get access to exclusive field visits and sessions with journalists, media experts, directors, and program staff. Student Correspondents are led in small groups by faculty advisors who are high school teachers in journalism and yearbook.

HEAR FROM OUR COMMUNITY

Each year, students, parents, and educators help shape the WJMC program and work with our staff to provide the students the best experience possible. Hear from past participants about how their experience with WJMC impacted them!

HEAR FROM OUR COMMUNITY

Each year, students, parents, and educators help shape the WJMC program and work with our staff to provide the students the best experience possible. Hear from past participants about how their experience with WJMC impacted them!

GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM

The staff at WJMC work year-round to provide a quality, safe, unforgettable program for students. Each year, we welcome summer staff with a passion for sharing their knowledge and engaging young people in journalism and media. Our entire team is committed to students and their families to provide an unparalleled experience and ensure students learn and grow during the week they are with us.

GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM

The staff at WJMC work year-round to provide a quality, safe, unforgettable program for students. Each year, we welcome summer staff with a passion for sharing their knowledge and engaging young people in journalism and media. Our entire team is committed to students and their families to provide an unparalleled experience and ensure students learn and grow during the week they are with us.

WJMC LEADERSHIP

ELENA JOHNSON, M.ED

DIRECTOR, WASHINGTON SCHOLARS PROGRAM

ALI DODSON

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, WASHINGTON SCHOLARS PROGRAM

RACHEL CLEAVER

SENIOR ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, K-12 PARTNERSHIPS

MELISSA MOORE

DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS

SYDNEY KIRWAN

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, WASHINGTON SCHOLARS PROGRAM

LAUREN JACKMAN

SPEAKER LEAD

DAWN APONTE

ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST, WASHINGTON SCHOLARS PROGRAM

WJMC SUMMER STAFF

Each summer, WJMC recruits award-winning faculty and junior faculty from across the country to lead groups of 25 students throughout the week of conference activities. Our faculty are creative, innovative and experienced educators from around the country. Our junior faculty are WJMC alumni currently pursuing journalism and communication degrees. In addition, our advance team is responsible for implementing all logistics during WJMC. 

ADVISORY BOARDS

HONORARY ADVISORY BOARD

From renowned journalists to producers, entrepreneurs, and media experts, the Advisory Board exemplifies the hard working leaders in journalism and media. The board helps guide the work of WJMC by ensuring we remain current in the ever-changing landscape of current events.

YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) assists the WJMC leadership team with future conferences and initiatives. The YAB fulfills an important part of the WJMC team and participates in virtual meetings and calls to provide feedback and guidance for the summer conference planning process.