Everything is bigger in Texas, right?
Nearly 5,000 student journalists from 44 states are present for this year’s fall National High School Journalism Conference.
Thursday’s travel was quick and painless. John and I arrived in Texas in time for a late breakfast. Since the opening ceremonies didn’t start until 7:30 p.m., we spent the day exploring. Feeling the sun and warmth on my face left me feeling calm despite my nerves for the rest of the weekend.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I registered to take the CJE (Certified Journalism Exam), which is simply a recognized accreditation among journalism educators. It doesn’t earn me any licensure credit. It’s simply a way to test myself as an educator to make sure I am knowledgeable in my content area and teaching what I should to my students. The areas on the test included: Scholastic Media Law, The First Amendment, Censorship, Functions and Limitations, Writing Styles and Angles, Multimedia Design, Photography and Photojournalism, Hard News and Soft News, Staff Management, Web Managment, and Basic Elements of Design, just to name a few.
Thirty educators took the exam in one packed room, and we had three hours to complete the test. I finished in 2.5 hours, and my brain was going to explode. I will receive my score in 4-6 weeks.
The rest of my Friday night was spent judging yearbook captions and copy with other advisers. We had over 50 submissions to judge and rate in categories of Superior, Excellent, Honorable Mention, and No Award. Students will be honored on Sunday if they received an award. Although I was a judge, I learned a lot about improvements I need to bring back to my own classroom.
This weekend is flying by and I’m looking forward to some downtime soon. For now, I’m off to present!