Derby journalists to travel to JEA convention

Emma Kleinschmidt

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The Journalism Education Association co-sponsors a semi-annual convention for young journalists. The National High School Journalism Convention is the largest gathering of youth studying journalism in the country.

Derby High’s journalism program is just one of the hundreds of schools that get to attend.

The convention is a great opportunity for gathering new ideas, meeting new people, showing your own creations, and so much more. There is also competition and even if you don’t place, just competing is an awesome accomplishment. The competition categories vary and there is a contest for just about every part of journalism.

“My favorite part about attending JEA  was the memories you get to make,” senior Regina Waugh said. “It’s not every day you get to travel to a different side of the country and be around people with the same fun, carefree mindset as you.”

The convention is three days and there is so much to do. Between running around at the convention and even doing a little sightseeing, the trip is full of both fun and education.

This month, 11 Derby students will attend with journalism adviser Joanna Chadwick and broadcast teacher Kenneth Linn.

“My experience at JEA was really cool, getting to go somewhere I’d never been and learn as well as attend a critique,” senior Amaya DeCarlo said.