Event

Pulitzer Center at National High School Journalism Convention

Dominic Bracco speaks at an assembly at Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts. Image by Meghan Dhaliwal. Washington, DC, 2013.

Thursday, November 06, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, November 08, 2014 (All day)

The National High School Journalism Convention is a semi-annual gathering of high school journalists and advisers sponsored by National Scholastic Press Association and its partner, the Journalism Education Association. - National Scholastic Press Association website

Some 6,000 high-school journalism students from across the United States converge on the nation's capital Thursday, November 6-Sunday, November 9 for a series of keynotes, breakout sessions, media tours, workshops and documentary screenings.

The Pulitzer Center, partnering with the JEA/NSPA, will provide a number of talks and resources over the course of the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, DC.

On Thursday, November 6, two groups of convention participants will tour the Pulitzer Center's Massachusetts Avenue offices as part of the "Media Tours" segment of the weekend. Education Coordinator Amanda Ottaway will speak with the students about their own reporting, the nonprofit journalism model, and about the importance of being responsible producers and consumers of news.

Pulitzer Center Education Director Mark Schulte addresses students and educators at 10:00 am on Friday, November 7. Using featured projects sponsored by the Pulitzer Center, Schulte will explore why global news matters, how good reporting can bridge cultural and physical divides, and what student journalists can do to address big global topics.

At 5:30 pm on Friday, November 7, at the Pulitzer Center offices, please join us for a Talks @ Pulitzer featuring five young filmmakers from Philadelphia. In summer 2014, these students worked with the Philadelphia's Scribe Video Center, Pulitzer Center Managing Director Nathalie Applewhite, and two international photojournalists, Carlos Javier Ortiz and Dominic Bracco II, to produce a short documentary film about identity and the media. Learn more about this evening event, which is open to the public. Please reserve your seat today: rsvp@pulitzercenter.org—specify in subject line: "November 7 Talks @ Pulitzer"

Saturday, November 8, from 11:00-11:50 am, Bracco will discuss his childhood on the Texas-Mexico border, where he developed a passion for documenting the untold story. Through Bracco's reporting, students will follow young gang members through Mexico’s drug war, observe the perils migrants face on their journey north and connect with his latest work on environmental issues. Bracco will be introduced by Clare Berke, an English teacher at Benjamin Banneker High School and one of the Pulitzer Center's education partners in Washington, DC.

From 1:00-2:20 pm on Saturday, November 8, the Scribe filmmakers will join their mentor Bracco at the microphone to discuss the process of making their documentary, "Not Your Mama's Drama."

Except as noted above, JEA/NSPA 2014 sessions associated with the Pulitzer Center are held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and the full convention program is available for further reference.

Remember: The convention events are by registration only and generally not open to the public. If you are interested in hearing more about the Pulitzer Center's education work, please attend the Talks @ Pulitzer on Friday, November 7.