Journalism students hone craft, learn from professionals.

This past week marked the end to the creation process of the Grand Center Arts Academy yearbook, the Expression, created by the students of journalism. This was the first yearbook for GCAA, and with it came challenges and successes. To better the yearbook production process for next year, the 13 journalism students attended the Sponsors of School Publications of Greater St. Louis (SSP) Spring Journalism Conference at Webster University on March 10th. The students attended this diverse workshop (among other reasons) in order to help them be well-rounded journalists. journalism group for website article Sophomore Photo Editor, JuJu Vieth, said, “I think the workshops will help journalism be better next year because it’s giving us real-life examples of things that we’ve only read about.” Not only will the workshop help students be better journalists next year, but better leaders in life. “They help you not only learn more about what a great journalist is, but also how to get there...They taught us what kind of actions a leader portrays when in their workspace,” stated sophomore Copy and Section Editor, Brianna Ford. While at the workshop, investigative reporter Elliott Davis, from Fox 2 news, delivered a speech. Reflecting on the speech, Vieth said, “It was cool to meet a person who had actually been successful in the journalism and reporting field.” The journalism workshops helped show these students that journalism doesn’t have to just be a class, but a career and a passion. The SSP is a professional organization of local journalism advisers, including Expression adviser, Travis Armknecht. The spring conference is one of several events hosted by the organization. Guest speakers at this year’s conference included several award-winning advisers from the St. Louis region, journalism professors from area universities and media professionals, such as Davis, Casey Nolen from KSDK and several others from organizations such as KMOX, St. Louis Public Radio, ESPN Radio and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This year the conference had a record attendance, with over 800 students from Missouri and Illinois attending. This article by GCAA sophomore, Ivy Bechenholdt.