RJ Media visits the State Capitol for the CSMA Press Conference

Photo Essay by Olivia Ary ’18 & Jose Orenday ’21

STAYING CURRENT. Editorial writer from The Denver Post, Megan Schrader, addresses students attending the Capitol Hill Press Conference on February 26. Schrader was the first speaker of the day; others in attendance included Dr. Kathy Anthes, Representative McLachlan, and Representative Wilson. Schrader touched on how difficult it can be to maintain a schedule, stating “it is really hard. The news will always change.” Her advice for young journalists is to choose topics that aren’t directly affiliated with any news events.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A JOURNALIST. Student journalists from across Colorado gathered at the Capitol Hill Press Conference on February 26. Speakers from the day included The Denver Post editorial writer Megan Schrader, who shared her experience being a modern day journalist, and gave students tips on asking questions, staying organized as a staff, and more. “Most of the work you will do as a journalist will not be like the press conferences you see on television,” Schrader says. Many of the students in attendance are multifaceted journalists, working with both photography and writing.

SETTING THE STAGE. Colorado Student Media Association Executive Director Jack Kennedy introduces Representative Barbara McLachlan and Representative James Wilson to answer student questions ranging from gun control to mental health in schools. McLachlan was previously a journalism teacher. She says “if you know how to write and think, you will be successful, and there is a place out there for you as thinkers and as doers.” This unique experience gave students a chance to hear and ask questions regarding is going on in legislation that affects their generation.

THE ROAD TO CHANGE. Representative Barbara McLachlan speaks to student journalists at the Capitol Hill Press Conference on February 26. Throughout the day, students were given the opportunity to conduct a press conference with guests including an editorial writer from The Denver Post, the Colorado Commissioner of Education and members of the House Education Committee. One of the major discussion topics of the day revolved around school safety and gun violence. McLaughlin stated that “we need to do something. I don’t know what that something is, but something has to be done.” Other discussion topics included mental health and anti-bullying bills that are currently in legislation.

WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. Representative James Wilson addresses student journalists from across Colorado who gathered on February 26 for the Capitol Hill Press Conference. Throughout the day, attendees posed questions regarding mental health, school safety, and gun violence to an editorial writer from The Denver Post, the Colorado Commissioner of Education and members of the House Education Committee. When asked about mental health and its relationship to bullying, Wilson stated that “we have to start valuing ourselves, and picking ourselves up, and stop putting each other down.” Wilson spoke about not tolerating or being a part of bullying, as did his counterpart Representative Barbara McLachlan.

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