Going to New York from October 16 to October 18, 2005, was an awesome and interesting experience (interesting especially because of the hotel Amanda and I stayed at), but going to New York for a conference/lecture for the New York Times was an even better experience. As a journalism major, I felt that I have learned so much from this New York Times Student News Editors Workshop. If I wanted to make journalism my career, this was definitely a tool that would help me in my future.
At the beginning of this Knowledge Network assembly, there was a copyediting and headline workshop. It was a hands-on workshop, and I have to admit, I was nervous. I mean, this was the New York Times, and I didnít want to feel like my work wasnít good enough. The people of the New York Times made me feel more comfortable by telling us that we did not need to put our names on anything, so I felt a little better. After the copyediting and headline workshop was complete, I found that I should have more confidence in myself. This is because, in the one article we copyedited, we had to find a fatal flaw. Well, I actually found it! This was very exciting for me because I felt more comfortable in my copyediting skills.
There was also a lecture from the reporters on the series that appeared in the New York Times called Class Matters. This was one of the most informative lectures I have ever received on journalism skills and knowing how to approach your source to get the information you need. One of the reporters, Tamar, stated that sometimes you have to do things that go against the journalism instinct, such as listening to the person and just letting them talk to get out their feelings; you also need to make judgments and decisions about how a person feels, and this is something that is hard to do and a reporter would need to make sure this is correct information from the person who was talking.
Suzanne, the editor of the Class Matters project, stated the reporters would not know how long it would take people to get comfortable, which is why this was a hard project to take on. I give these reporters a lot of credit for finding out this information about many peopleís lives and being able to share it with the public. It was like the truth about social class finally comes out, and in the most perfect way. These reporters were certainly an inspiration to me as a journalism major.
The last section of the presentation was about advertising. Lee Hawkins, the New York Times director of advertising acceptability, asked us what ads we would not accept for our school newspaper, and I raised my hand to say alcohol ads (because our school is a dry campus) and birth control ads (because of our Catholic identity). Participating in this lecture was awesome. We got to look at many ads that the New York Times rejected and find the reasons why they were rejected.
Overall, the trip to New York was an eye-opening experience. I learned so much about myself and about my major. If I were going to make journalism my career, then because of this trip, I will have more knowledge and feel more comfortable with my work. I was amazed at how the New York Times presented all of this information to the group and how informative it truly was. I learned so much, and I would like to pass on this knowledge to others. I would also like to personally thank Seton Hill University for giving me this opportunity to learn outside the classroom.
Thank you Seton Hill!