By CHELO GRUBB
and DAVID MENDEZ
Last issue, we were eagerly awaiting the final weekend of March.
That weekend, the two of us, our assistant photo editor Larry Gaurano and our faculty adviser Cynthia Lancaster headed to Los Angles to attend a conference and see where our paper ranked in 2011.
Going in, we knew that we were in the top three in two categories.
In the end, we didn’t lose! The Society of Professional Journalists awarded Aztec Press second place regionally for all-around general excellence for a non-daily, two-year college paper. That counts for something, right?
But it wasn’t silver medals all around. Larry’s soccer photo won first place for sports photography, and will advance to the national competition. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that he’ll rank in the top three, and can attend the national conference in September.
Because the conference was set in LA, we weren’t surprised that most workshop speakers were broadcast journalists.
And it won’t surprise you, as we all work for the Aztec Press, that we’re print people.
Despite the under-representation of print writers, we still came away with a lot. The speakers encouraged us to be well rounded in our studies, to become slaves to social media and to not get too discouraged if our first job assigns us the “dead body beat.”
When we weren’t having our spirits lowered by our speakers, we explored LA.
Our hotel was a mere five-minute walk from the Universal City Walk.
During the few free hours we had during our first afternoon, we spent an hour or so seeing what the walk had to offer. Let us tell you, it has both cupcake-flavored popcorn and Slytherin socks.
After the conference finished on Saturday evening, we sped off to Santa Monica Pier.
By the time we got to the pier, it had started to rain. Which was a good thing, really.
Larry got to show off his rain-resistant shirt, while Cynthia bundled up in a jacket. David and Chelo, meanwhile, fought an uphill battle to keep their glasses dry enough to be useful.
Proper journalism experience all around.