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NP3 Participates in Annual Journalism Conference

More than 400 Northern California high schoolers attended the one-day conference.

By Maisha Mostafa 
Co-Editor | The Pacific Times 

PALO ALTO — Over fall break, The Pacific Times staff attended the annual NorCal Media Conference at Palo Alto High School.

NP3 students Chim Unanwa and Maisha Mostafa represented The Pacific Times.

About 400 student journalists from Northern Californian high schools attended the one-day conference held Sept. 28. The free event was sponsored by the Journalism Education Association of Northern California.

The theme of this year’s conference was “It’s Up to Us.” 2019 is the “Year of the Student Journalist” and students nationwide are covering important issues such as climate change and the upcoming 2020 election and the implications that these topics have for their future.

Representatives from local colleges and yearbook publishing companies such as San Jose State University and Walsworth held a resource fair at the conference.

The conference featured numerous sessions for both journalism and yearbook students. The sessions were led by student journalists, teacher advisers, and professional journalists who shared  their individual experiences as well as tips for aspiring journalists.

Sessions attended by The Pacific Times staff included topics such as “Designing a great logo,” “Webmaster roundtable,” “Crafting a Diverse Coverage,” “The Incubator,” “Reporting/Interviewing,” “Covering the Primaries,” “From EICs to Section Eds,”  and “Covering Feature Stories.”

The conference also held several on-site contests, where 62 students from 14 schools participated in. Some of the categories were Editorial, Writing, Features, Social Media, and Reporting.

If you are interested in attending the NorCal Media Conference in the future, consider joining The Pacific Times!

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