Today was a busy day filled with some wonderful, insightful keynote speakers. We discussed mostly politics, which I have to say is not my favorite journalism topic; however, it is a very prominent focus point in today's society. Some speakers were interactive with the audience, which was nice, but my favorite speakers were the ones who kept their bias out of the speech.
A great example of a speaker not using bias, but rather discussing the important matters at hand and getting to the truth and science behind our issues was when Susan Goldberg, the Editor in Chief of National Geographic talked about the magazine. She brought an important factor of journalism, and that is the global outreach to specific audiences. National Geographic has always caught my eye, and I think that it would be sensational to have the opportunity to be a NatGeo photographer. With that responsibility, a person should come to the realization that aiming their pitches at each unique group of people is so incredibly important for gaining viewers. National Geographic alters their stories ever so slightly in order to reach out to people through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, monthly magazine subscriptions of course, and the very popularized by the younger generations media source- Snapchat. Mrs. Goldberg brought up some excellent points on how to be an effective storyteller and how to report the truth even if it loses you 8,000 subscribers (this is referring to the January 2017 edition covering the Gender Revolution). It was wonderful to hear from her.
Another speaker that really stood out to me was Michael Shear, a White House correspondent for The New York Times. It was interesting to watch how the audience interacted with him, and if/when things got out of hand, he was quick to reel everyone back in and keep the conversation going in a calm manner. He was open to every single opinion shared, and he acknowledged the value of the question before answering it. Shear demonstrated patience and sincere interest in the National Youth Correspondents of the Washington Media and Journalism Conference, and he allowed us to share our commentary, then he replied with a very respectful remark. I am so grateful I had the chance to listen to him discuss the world of journalism.
The speakers that visited us today were all very well prepared, and I appreciate them taking the time out of their day to discuss journalism with the WJMC Youth Correspondents. If the beginning of the week has already been this beneficial, then I cannot wait to see what the rest of the week holds. It has been a long day, and now it's time to get some rest. Goodnight everyone.
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