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Senior Cayla Cade has been asked to sit on the Washington Journalism and Media Conference Youth Advisory Board hosted by George Mason University. Cayla was nominated for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference by her Bishop McNamara English teacher in 2017, and was thrilled to attend the conference this summer 2018 at George Mason as a National Youth Correspondent. Her attendance at the WJMC qualified her to apply to the WJMC Youth Advisory Board which gives her the opportunity to assist the leadership team with future conferences and new initiatives. The Youth Advisory Board fulfills an important part of the WJMC team and participates in providing feedback and guidance for the 2019 summer conference development and planning process. In addition, Cayla has received a paid internship at George Mason University for next year.
Cayla attended the first session of the Conference early in July, staying in suites on campus which she shared with a suitemates from South Carolina, Virginia and Puerto Rico. Armed with her press badge, Cayla says "we spent time (taking pictures) at the White House, Newseum, and National Press Club, and enjoying speakers such as Meghan ATB Reese, Brian Lamb, Carol Guzy and Susan Goldberg. There was also a semi-formal gala at a hotel towards the end of the conference."
When the conference was over, Cayla received a certificate, one full college credit, and a waived fee for her application to George Mason University. The experience also qualified her to be eligible for a paid internship for next year.
More About WJMC (from https://wjmc.gmu.edu/)
The Washington Journalism and Media Conference, under the leadership of Program Director Elena Johnson and Executive Director Amy Takayam-Perez, is developed by GMU Faculty members and endeavors to suit the needs and potential of the nation's most talented future leaders in the field. The conference curriculum includes hands-on learning with industry leaders from the Mason faculty as well as international media outlets and Washington insiders. National Youth Correspondents experience an integrated and forward-thinking approach to journalism and media, while acquiring valuable "in-the-trenches" knowledge.
GMU welcomes high school student leaders every summer from all over the country to join the Mason community including students and faculty from all over the world. The largest public university in Virginia and one of the most culturally diverse universities in the nation, Mason is proud of the fact that they "attract proven and innovative leaders in communications, media research, new media, and electronic journalism".
There are two sessions each summer. The deadline to apply for the conference is mid-December each year and you have to be nominated by a faculty member to receive this opportunity. Nomination deadlines are mid-October. There are some costs associated with this conference.
For more information, contact their site or talk to your counselor in the Counseling Center.