Student travels to the capitol to capitalize on journalism and media conference


By: Lucas Leibold

Loy Norrix rising senior Sarah Sherman has been nominated to attend the annual Washington Journalism and Media Conference in the nations Capitol, Washington D.C.

This will be Sherman’s first trip to Washington D.C. and she is excited to say the least. She will attend lectures, workshops and question & answer seminars from some of the leading names of the media industry today like Chuck Todd (MSNBC) and Nicole Quiroga, the general manger of Telemundo.

A member of the community who has a connection to the conference anonymously nominated Sherman. Sherman was required to write an essay about why attending the conference would be beneficial to her. This is a final screening for admittance to the conference.

Sarah has not had very much experience with journalism in the past but says she’s interested in to star reporting soon. She plans on taking the Advanced Journalism class here at Loy Norrix, where students take a journalistic approach to writing for the school and publish their work in the school newspaper and website.

Sherman has had many experiences in media and said that she enjoys photojournalism. She likes to “analyze (through photography) why people act the way they do, and what prompts their decisions,” said Sherman.

The conference is located at George Mason University and goes from July 10-15.  Sarah did receive a scholarship to attend; however, it is very expensive, nearly two thousand dollars, and she is working hard to write letters to organizations for help with fundraising.

For attending this conference Sherman is required to blog about her experience and said she is “very excited to network with other teens that will share my experience.”