Next stop, National Convention


Keynote speaker Eric Deggans gives advice to over 6,000 journalists during the National High School Journalism Convention. Deggans focused primarily on racism throughout his speech.

Olivia Oster, Author

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Publications and LCTV went on a five-day trip to the National Journalism Convention in Orlando, Fla., to learn more about writing, photography and broadcasting.

“At the National High School Journalism Convention, I learned how to make social media more student involved and how to make it more fun. I also learned new ways to incorporate competitions and contests into social media. It really helped me. I am going to incorporate all the stuff I learned into my job in Publications,” Jenna Crawford (12) said.

There were thousands of journalists from all over the world who attended the event.  

“It was overwhelming because there was over 6,000 other journalists there. [However] it was a very cool feeling being a part of something so big,” Eva Kimberly (12) said.

According to the National Scholastic Press Association, a total of 6,021 students attended the second largest convention in the organization’s history.

Talented journalists volunteered to share their knowledge with future journalists.

“I think it’s really cool going to a national convention because you get to hear from really seasoned journalists from all around the country, so you really get more of an experience than just going down state or somewhere. I like seeing different perspectives on things,” Nicole Milaszewski (11) said.

Honorable Mentions:

Ruth Chen (11) in News Writing

Candace Jarzombek (11) in Feature Writing

Nicole Milaszewski (11) in Sports Writing

Mia Brann (10) in Review Writing

Gianna Mills (12)  in Yearbook Copy/Captions Clubs

Tabitha Pappas (11)  in Literary Magazine Photography

Sofia Hay (11) in Newspaper Sports Photography

Camryn Wallace (11) in Portrait Photography

Excellent Rankings:

Abby Hines (11) in Yearbook Cover and Endsheets

Maddie Hirschfield (12) in Yearbook Sports Photograph

Caleb Beasley (11) for Broadcast News Story

Superior Ranking:

Rachel Front (11) in First Year Photo