Today marked the first official day us students as National Youth Correspondents trudged the streets of D.C in our professional attire and heels (it is a FACT that beauty hurts); visiting the Newseum and the National Press Club. Let me first start off by saying how intrigued I am that there is an entire museum that is solely dedicated to my aspiring career; what better way to view the evolution and historical significance of journalism than by visiting the museum itself? The spiraling staircases in the building captured heaps of visual and audial information, showing the progression and timeline of the layout of newspapers as it applied to tragedies and historical dates that are attached to America today. I loved the opportunity of visiting the Newseum entirely, and it almost made me feel content with the fact that my feet were horribly sore. Notice I said almost.
When we arrived to the National Press Club, I can admit now that I was hesitant about the whole experience, for it seemed very professional and toned-down. Once we arrived in the auditorium and were introduced to the Politics Panel, I definitely felt much more acquainted and comfortable. As the three distinguished journalists were thrown recent issues by the Moderator, they were very careful to provide diverse perspectives and provide plenty of journalistic vocabulary. After the Panel, my fellow correspondents and I were introduced to Terry Anderson, a former Middle-Eastern journalist, and I must say he was one of a kind.
Mr. Anderson was very careful in the way that he delivered his ideas unto us; for more emotional moments he paused appropriately and provided mass examples of imagery. What I liked most about him was that he really went in-depth about why journalism is so imperative to have as a career, and to plainly explain that not everyone is fit for the job. If you are not able to the risks and provide truthful evidence whether it hurts or not, we were informed that perhaps this isn’t our future after all. While Mr. Anderson would sometimes walk us through dark pasts of his life with journalism, he led us into the light by explaining that the hardships are ultimately worth the rollercoaster. I appreciate his raw and uncut version of journalism, because he wants us to understand that this occupation involves risks, patience, and dedication. The descriptive words and emotion behind his experiences is something I shall remember taking away from this conference.
P.S- In the featured picture, not only am I smiling for the incredible view on a beautiful day, but also because I get to rest my feet from walking around in heels all-day. Yes, today I did experience the raw and uncut version of a future female journalist walking in D.C.