Last Friday, October 28, 2016, a group of budding journalists and newsteam members from Northern High School paid a visit to Bloomberg BNA. This visit was an opportunity for the students to learn about the inner workings of a news organization and explore career possibilities. VP and General Manager, Tax & Accounting Lisa Fitzpatrick and Bureau Chief Paul Albergo organized the event – the first of its kind at Bloomberg BNA.
The young journalists and members of the NHS News Team listened to a panel of senior reporters Cheryl Bolen, Stephanie Beasley, Ken Doyle, Nancy Ognanovich, Lydia Beyoud, Kimberly Robinson, Dean Scott and Aaron Lorenzo and Chief Correspondent Paul Connolly who discussed their career paths and the favorite parts of their jobs. The students eagerly asked questions, such as how to overcome writer’s block or find stories. “Don’t lock yourself in for life,” advised Cheryl after a student said that she likes writing about science, but isn’t sure if she should make a career out of it. Aaron spoke about being aggressive, and shared stories about chasing after senators at the Capitol. Stephanie told the group to be adaptable in the ever-changing world of news.
Newer hires Laura Davison, Patricio Chile, Michaela Ross, Madi Alexander, Allyson Versprille, Brandon Lee and Colleen Murphy then took the stage to talk about transitioning from high school to college, which was especially useful to the group of seniors. Using your interests to pick a major was a popular topic, as well as the importance of getting involved in student-run media clubs in college. According to Daily Tax Report Reporter Allyson Versprille, "College and career decisions can be daunting and I always appreciated events like today when I was making those decisions. Also, I learned so much about improving my social media game!"
The students thanked the panelists and were treated to lunch by Panera, courtesy of Bloomberg BNA. Following lunch, the group had a guided tour of the Newseum which highlights media milestones throughout history. The Newseum, headquartered in Washington, D.C., promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Since opening in 2008, more than six million have visited its modern building located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue between the United States Capitol and the White House.
The Newseum’s seven levels of interactive exhibits include 15 galleries and 15 theaters. Among the most memorable exhibits are the 9/11 Gallery sponsored by Comcast featuring the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center, the Berlin Wall Gallery whose eight concrete sections are one of the largest pieces of the original wall outside Germany, and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery which features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942. In 2016, TripAdvisor users rated the Newseum as a “Traveler’s Choice Top 25 Museum in the U.S.”
by Lauren Lumpkin/Bloomberg BNA and Y. Michelle Harman
Photo Credit: Gregg Rummel/Bloomberg BNA
Special thanks to GCPS for support of this educational trip and coordinators/chaperones Mrs. Cindy Garlitz, Mrs. Jennifer Virts, Mrs. Karen Brewer, and Ms. Y. Michelle Harman.
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