Journalism and Yearbook students attend Chicago convention

The NPHS Prowler and Pawprint staffs attended the National High School Journalism Convention held in Chicago from Nov. 1-3.

Held biannually, the National High School Journalism Convention attracts high school journalists, yearbook makers and advisers from around the country. On average, over 4,000 schools attend the convention, making it the largest gathering of such students in the country. Students are able to participate in workshops focusing on topics ranging from design to writing skills.

Sally Lee, senior, is the co-editor-in-chief of the Pawprint and attended the convention with her staff. Through the convention, she was able to gain knowledge in a variety of topics. “We got to learn more about designing, photography and implementation of theme, basically how to improve our yearbook,” Lee said.

Stephen Johnson, history teacher, is a large supporter of the NPHS journalism program and attended the convention as a chaperone. “(The convention) seemed like a really nice opportunity to go explore a city and accompany the staff and see what they do,” Johnson said.

Michael Godfrey, assistant principal and athletics director, also accompanied the students on the trip as an administrator. Having visited Chicago before, Godfrey was excited to return to the city with students that he normally does not interact with. “(The trip) was a unique experience for me and one that I really enjoyed,” Godfrey said. After attending the convention with the staffs, Godfrey states that he has a greater appreciation for the work that they do. “Just all the things that you guys have to go through, deadlines and information… It gave me a greater appreciation for what you guys do,” Godfrey said.

Overall, Lee attributes the convention to a more improved and inspired staff. “I think a lot of them came back from that trip with a lot more drive and motivation and passion,” Lee said.