If you are interested in what DCAA did in 2011, please click on the link to download our annual report.
If you are interested in what DCAA did in 2011, please click on the link to download our annual report.
Snappy Cardinal by Natasha Soglin for DCAA
Over 200 Cardinal alums came to campus in Madison to revel, reune and remember.
Twenty-one Editors-in-Chief met the deadline and returned, from Robert Lewis in 1942 to incoming Editor Scott Girard (2012-13).
Photo by Peter Barraras
Back Row: Sam-Omar Hall, 2006-07; Andy Wallmeyer, 2000-01; Alex Balistreri, 2004-05; Evan Rytlewski, 2003-04; Emily Winter, 2005-06; Adam Lasker, 1998-99; Steven Reiner, 1969-70; Greg Graze, 1968-69; Cliff Behnke, 1965-66; Steve Kerch, 1977; Bill Swislow, 1976; Scott Girard, 2012-13
Front Row: Emma Roller, 2010-11; Kayla Johnson, 2011-12; Robert G. Lewis, 1941-42; Rachel Cohen, 1988; April Rockstead Barker, 1990; Gail Bensinger, 1964-65; Allison Sansone, 1994
Present but not in Photo: Joe Potente, 2002-03; David Newman, 1974-75
Photo by Paul Kornblueh
Photo by Paul Kornblueh
Photo by Paul Kornblueh
Photo by Paul Kornblueh
Photo by Jennifer Steele
Photo by Anthony Sansone
Photo by Neal Ulevich
The Opening Reception and Photo Exhibit was an overture to the three days, thanks to alum Ave Butensky who arranged for the members of the UW Band to pep up the crowd. By the time we all stood to sing “Varsity,” everyone was ready to party.
Christopher Guest curated the photography exhibit. He had been Wisconsin Photographer of the Year while on the Cardinal. There was a slide show of historic photos from the paper and a select few were on display. They were auctioned off Saturday night to raise money for DCAA scholarships. Over $1500 was raised.
The slideshow has now been uploaded cardinal photos
Christopher Guess; One of the photos at auction
Winning bidders were:
Alex Kusters (Bascom Hill crosses)
Dave Lee (students at the door of the Cardinal) + Joan Lebow (Nazi Party speaker addressing crowd) + Ave Butensky (Bucky Wagon) + Sarah Wieckert (students on Bascom Hill on a sunny day) + Jason Heiser (Blinko for President) + Vincent Filak (formation of planes over Capitol) +Jack Bell (1955 Bucky Badger) + Mary Jo Ross (Bascom Hill flamingos) + Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen (Badger Block at football game
Richard Schickel opened the formal presentations on Friday. A Cardinal alum, he is perhaps best known as the film critic at Time until 2009. He now reviews for the blog Truthdig.com.
Richard Schickel. Photo by Paul Kornblueh
Ave Butensky led the all-Cardinal alum Emmy and Peabody panel with Steve Reiner, Mark Saxenmeyer, Peter Greenberg and Chuck Salituro.
The Pultitzer Prize panel featured Cardinal alums Walt Bogdanich, Abigail Goldman, Dan Uemhofer, Neal Ulevich, Eric Newhouse and Naomi Patton as moderator.
Both events were open to the public and Journalism School faculty and students were encouraged to attend.
The speakers described their careers at the Cardinal and cited their experience on the paper, and the lessons learned there, as reasons for their later success. The audience peppered them with questions.
The best, without a doubt, came from Gene Wells who noted that none of the Pulitzer winners had been Editors-in-Chief. He pondered the significance of that fact—to the amusement of many, including attending editors-in-chief. Gene is in a good position to comment on all matters Cardinal; he has worked on the paper since 1964 and was Anthony Shadid’s copy editor in 1974. He continues to come to the office sporadically and is remembered fondly as a colleague by several generations of staff.
The Daily Cardinal staff pulled out all the stops (and munchies) for alums at their Open House. For four hours, everyone was a student again.
“Where’s my desk,” asked Jonathan Rubin, “I used to sit right here. They moved it.” Former photographers marveled that the long-unused darkroom still had an enlarger and a Senrac Rapid Roll Film Dryer in storage. The SRRFD was invented and manufactured by David Spradling, a Cardinal photographer and donated to the Cardinal in 1966.
1942 editor Robert Lewis seemed pleased with all the attention from the young staff. Bob had met the Cardinal founder William Wesley Young at the Cardinal’s 50th anniversary in 1942. Ave Butensky encouraged all to shake Bob’s hand and establish “two degrees of separation” from the founder.
Robert Lewis. Photo by Jean Sue Johnson Libkind
The old rim, or copydesk, was covered with back issues and bound volumes. It was a popular meeting place as generations mingled. The older ones described the days of linotypes and letterpresses to those who remembered tape and cold type. “Look at those hair styles,” was a frequent observation.
The couch in the darkroom brought back memories for many (no further comment is necessary). It appears to be aging quite well.
The finale and highlight was the Gala at the Orpheum Theater Saturday night. The old stage and movie house looked downright elegant in its candlelight and refurbished interior. A spectacular cake copied the front page of the Cardinal’s special 120th anniversary issue and 400 cupcakes enticed many alums into indulgence.
Jennie Sereno, president of the Daily Cardinal Media Corporation, the paper’s governing board, welcomed everyone to the event.
Kayla Johnson, outgoing Cardinal editor-in-chief, gave a stirring encapsulation of the paper’s history, its legends and camaraderie, its traditions and sense of self. One mystery was solved: Kayla noted the legend evolving behind the hole in the wall of the darkroom. Alum Mary B. Good (said her name tag) raised her hand and admitted to being the culprit. She later said she was “just so angry” over the treatment of women by society in general.
Outgoing editors Nico Savidge and Kayla Johnson
Michael Looby usurped the stage to give Allison Hantschel Sansone the gratitude of everyone who attended the highly successful three-day event she had arranged. A founding member of the DCAA board, Allison is taking a well-earned respite. An engraved crystal vase was presented to her on behalf of her colleagues on the board. Allison later posted a wonderful tribute to the Cardinal. Click here Allison
Anthony Sansone, founder and president of DCAA, was also honored for his vision, determination and hard work in building the organization which has donated $200,000 to the student staff over the past few years in education, travel and equipment expenses. A mentoring program and craft-specific workshops augment the experience of those working on the Cardinal.
Sharon Forsmo announced an ongoing scholarship in the name of her late husband, Jim Forsmo. It will benefit graphic artists and photographers on the staff. The first winner, Dylan Moriarty, accepted his award.
Christina Pretto introduced a moving video in memory of Cardinalista Anthony Shadid who died on assignment in Syria earlier this year. She represented the Shadid Brigade, Anthony’s colleagues on the paper who formed their group when the New York Times reporter was held captive in Libya a few years ago. A memorial fund has been set up. [Shadid Memorial]
For a video on Anthony Shadid please click Shadid video
Anthony Shadid, by Peter Barraras
EMC Corporation honored its employee Anthony Sansone for his years of service to the DCAA. He had asked that the check be made out to DCAA; further details on its use will be publicized later, but it will involve rewards for excellence by the paper’s staff.
An unexpected delight was the door prize, arranged by the current Cardinal staff, of an new iPod, courtesy of an advertiser, the UW DoIT Tech Store. It was won by Les Chappell.
Dancing concluded the evening, followed by beer and burgers at the Plaza.
The young Cardinalista-to-be, Colton Lasker, joined his great-grandfather Bob Lewis (Cardinal editor 1942) and his father Adam Lasker (Cardinal editor 1998-99) at the event.
Bob (1942) and Martha Lewis with Colton Lasker (2031?)
The Wisconsin Watchdog Awards dinner, hosted by Andy Hall of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, featured Cardinal alum Walt Bogdanich as its speaker. Walt gave an amusing and insightful account of his career in newspapers and television.
Cardinal staffers from the 1960s gathered at State Street Brats (known to them as “the Brat Haus”) to remember colleagues, the days of transition from letterpress to offset, from hot lead to cold type and the early days of “the revolution.” This is the generation that wasn’t on campus when the organic material hit the ventilating device but who were responsible for plugging in the fan.
The UW School of Journalism and Mass Communications dinner was attended by many Cardinal alums and honored two alums of the student newspaper, among others. “Our guys” were Jack Harned and Steve Paulson. Harned is a former daily newspaper reporter, Senator Proxmire’s first press secretary, a public relations manager at General Motors and cofounder of AutoCom Associates in Detroit. Paulson is interviewer and executive producer of To The Best Of Our Knowledge (TTBOOK) on NPR.
Two '60s Cardinalistas used their presence in Madison to rekindle another tradition -- attending a political demonstration on the grounds of the state Capitol. Braving the rain and cold, they joined a few hundred women (and men), young and old, in protesting the "war on women" being waged by Republican Gov. Scott Walker—repealing the state's equal-pay law, attacking the nurses and teachers unions (but not police or firefighters), cutting back on access to Medicaid for low-income women and children, and more. Just like old times, agreed Gail Bensinger and Nancy Olesen.
Annual Fund Campaign
You should have just received your request for a donation to The Daily Cardinal Alumni Association Annual Fund. We know this comes right after the invitations to the 120th anniversary and reunion and, yes, it is a bit awkward but these are separate causes.
DCAA relies on Cardinal alums to support its Annual Fund that provides programs, from planning reunions to student staff mentoring, training and support. In the past ten+ years, we've provided the newspaper with almost $200,000 for workshops, equipment, scholarships, and travel funds.
In 2011, we raised $11,878, or 23% more than the previous year. This total does not include the funds raised for the Forsmo Scholarship nor the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's partial underwriting of expenses for the upcoming reunion.
Looking forward in 2012, we are budgeting for another increase; the year is going to be particularly busy and the students hope to repeat their attendance at the Democratic and Republican conventions.
Please help DCAA and the Cardinal.
Donations can be made via Paypal or by mailing a check. [Checks are preferred; credit cards or PayPal get no percentage.]
Mail your check to DCAA, 159 N Marion St #182, Oak Park, IL 60301-1032.
How the DCAA Spends Your Annual Donations
DCAA 2012 Budget
The DCAA will seek to raise at least $16,000 in 2012 to cover the stated expenses.
Michael Looby is head of fundraising for DCAA. Mike has a long history with the Cardinal. He was Campus Reporter for five semesters, a Day Editor, a Night Editor for two semesters, and the Business Manager for a year. He was also active on the governing body of The Daily Cardinal, including Secretary/Treasurer, and later President, of the Daily Cardinal Corporation. Mike is currently Director of Planned, Major Giving and Corporate Relations at Carmel Catholic High School. He owned his own printing broker business, Diversified Graphics. The production and writing skills learned at the DC and University Typography Lab were invaluable. In his spare time, he plays a lot of tennis and enjoys wallpapering and painting.
Naomi R. Patton is Press Secretary to City of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Prior to joining the Bing administration, Patton was an enterprise and general assignment reporter for the Detroit Free Press. She covered Detroit City Hall at the height of the text message scandal that forced former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to resign, and was part of the team that earned the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. She was previously night general assignment reporter, covering police, city government, and features at the Wisconsin State Journal. She began her newspaper career at the Milwaukee Community Journal, Wisconsin's largest African-American newspaper. Naomi joined The Daily Cardinal staff in November of 1990. Her first article -- and front page story -- assigned by City Editor Greg Larson was on the United Nations Security Council resolution authorizing force to remove Iraqi forces from Kuwait if they didn't meet a January deadline. (She still has that clip.)
Adam Lasker, treasurer of DCAA, is now a Contributing Writer at the llinois State Bar Association.
Tom Griffin '73, '77, left his position as editor of the University of Washington alumni magazine three years ago to start working for travel guru Rick Steves. Tom edits guidebooks, helps put together Rick's newspaper column, and does occasional guidebook research. Last year he was in Norway and Sweden, and two years ago he did research in Greece. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. And, if you are interested in the outdoors, tales of adventure, or just good essay writing, we'll recommend a new book, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, from Mountaineers Press. Volume 2 includes an account of a rainy trip through the Goat Rocks Wilderness written by Griffin. If you buy this book, all proceeds go to the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
Pamela Redmond (Baumgard when she was arts and summer editor of the Cardinal in 1975 and now Satran) is the author of the new novel The Possibility of You, published by Simon & Schuster. This is Redmond Satran's sixth novel; her other books include the New York Times bestselling humor book How Not To Act Old. She is also a creator of the million-visitor website Nameberry.com, based on the ten baby name books she coauthored, and a columnist for Glamour. She writes frequently for such publications as The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast.
Pamela will be attending the reunion and she will be reading from her latest novel on Sunday April 30, at 2 pm that weekend at Rainbow Book Cooperative. There is some good historical content about women dealing with issues of contraception from the Sanger raid through the present.
Mark Pitsch, a 1989 UW-Madison graduate and former Daily Cardinal writer and editor, will represent the Cardinal and DCAA on a UW Foundation committee that will discuss how best to use a fund created to honor Anthony Shadid. Shadid graduated from UW in 1990 with degrees in journalism and political science along with dedicated service to the Daily Cardinal campus newspaper. He went on to win two Pulitzer prizes for his work covering the Middle East. Shadid passed away on Feb. 16 from an apparent asthma attack. For more information on the Anthony Shadid Memorial Fund, or to make a gift, please contact Jennifer Karlson at the UW Foundation (+1 608 262 7225) or to make a gift online, please visit the Shadid Fund.
Photo by Peter Barreras
Anthony Shadid, Senior Middle East correspondent for the New York Times has died in Syria. Tony was a alum of The Daily Cardinal. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, The Times has nominated him and his colleagues for a third as part of their Arab Spring reporting team this year.
Anthony Sansone, president of The Daily Cardinal Alumni Association, issued the following statement:
Anthony Shadid was what we wanted to be; what we want journalists to be: resourceful in getting the story and dedicated to seeking the truth. Anthony was a gifted writer and an incredibly resourceful reporter.
When honored for the second time at the DCAA's 2005 Awards Dinner for his first Pulitzer Prize, he said that working at the Daily Cardinal was the hardest job he ever had. This was after being shot in Rumullah and covering the Iraq War.
He always made time for the Cardinal and its staff whenever he could, whenever he was in town or whenever he could take a call or reply to an email. He loved talking to the students. He loved journalism. He loved the Cardinal.
Looking to the Cardinal's 120th Anniversary in April, he wrote to the DCAA: "I can't believe I'm missing the 120th anniversary. I'll have to make sure to be there for the 125th. Good luck. I'll be with you all in spirit."
Yes, he will.
He is one of us. He was the best of us. We loved him. And we will miss him.
Fellow Cardinal alum Paul Norton posted:
Here's an Anthony comment we can all treasure: "The Cardinal days seem like so long ago, but they really were the place we all became who we are."
Tony's new book will be out next month, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East. According to the book’s blurb:
“Last spring, when Tony—one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya as the region erupted—was freed, he went home. Not to Boston, Beirut, or Oklahoma where he was raised by his Lebanese-American family, but to an ancient estate built by his great-grandfather, a place filled with memories of a lost era when the Middle East was a world of grace, grandeur, and unexpected departures.
"For two years previous, Shadid had worked to reconstruct the house and restore his spirit after both had weathered war. Now the author of the award-winning Night Draws Near (National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize) tells the story of the house’s re-creation, revealing its mysteries and recovering the lives that have passed through it. Shadid juxtaposes past and present as he traces the house’s renewal along with his family’s flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America.
"House of Stone is an unforgettable memoir of the world’s most volatile landscape and the universal yearning for home.”
The DCAA and the University of Wisconsin Foundation will be making an announcement about a scholarship in Anthony Shadid's memory in the next few weeks.
Allison Hantschel Sansone is organizing the 120th anniversary gala for Cardinal alums. One of the original board members of DCAA, she has experience organizing previous reunions but she’s really outdone herself with plans for 2012. Allison was Cardinal Editor-in-Chief in the fall of 1994 and Arts Editor in 1995-96, after the shutdown. She worked steadfastly on payables and receivables while the paper was not publishing. She is a ten-year veteran of the newspaper business. She publishes First Draft, a journalism and politics blog, with her partners Adrastos, Jude and Scout. She is the author of It Doesn’t End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal (2008, Heritage Books) and Chicago’s Historic Irish Pubs (with Mike Danahey) (2011, Arcadia Books). She also edited the anthology Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith and the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War (2005, William, James & Co.). Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Daily Southtown, Sirens Magazine, and Alternet. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three pet ferrets, and approximately 60 tons of books.
Kayla Torgerson was a reporter, photographer and marketing specialist at the Cardinal from 2009-2011. She is currently an American marketing specialist for an in-bound travel agency based in a suburb of New Delhi, India. The company, Discovery Journeys India, focuses on unique and personalized travel experiences. We do everything from spiritual journeys to active adventure holidays. She reports: “I've been in India for just over two months and so far it has been absolutely incredible! I'm traveling for the company almost every other weekend, and when I'm not traveling I have the opportunity to explore Delhi and my suburb, Gurgaon. I love exploring old markets, meeting new people, wandering into temples, and sampling the wide array of street food. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work abroad and travel at the same time. India is an amazing country - the colors, the people, the sounds, and the smells are all overwhelming, but wonderful. India has tested my patience and strength in many ways, but those challenges have helped me learn many things about myself and about the world around me. Right now I can't imagine being anywhere else.”
Todd Stevens was on the Cardinal from 2008-2011 as a film reviewer, co-editor of opinion, managing editor and arts editor. He is currently in AmeriCorps with the Community Technology Empowerment Project in the Twin Cities, teaching computer classes for the program at community centers in Saint Paul Public Housing sites. “I am working on applications for law school, and providing a quality institution is kind and/or foolish enough to accept me I will be enrolling next fall. I am also working on a blog about television criticism with follow Cardinal alum (and former 2009 arts editor) Kevin Slane. dvroverflow.tumblr.com.
Michael Clarence Chatt was on the Cardinal forty years ago and has spent his career making the world better for children. A retired social worker, he specialized in older special-needs children; about 100 children were adopted as a result of his efforts in writing social histories and court reports. That is specialty journalism with a great cause. Earlier, he was a VISTA volunteer in Harlem, teaching children.
Marcie Harrison was Assistant Managing Editor on the Cardinal in the mid-1960s and is a DCAA board member. She owns The Harrison Group, a Chicago public relations agency with a strong concentration in healthcare, food service and small business development. Marcie writes: “I learned something while working on the Cardinal that has stayed with me and that is a respect for deadlines. This is a life skill that has served me well. When I have projects due for clients, they are always delivered on time. And I have seen how much clients appreciate that.”
October 31 saw the debut of the refinement of the new Cardinal design. November 1 saw the debut of the refined, new website design. www.dailycardinal.com
Jenny Sereno has been named the chair of the Daily Cardinal Media Corporation (DCMC) Board, the overseers of the student newspaper. She was a campus and city reporter at the Cardinal from 1982-84. She is currently a Senior Editor at WARF. Jenny has worked with the DCMC for several years and, as such, has also served ex officio on the DCAA board.
The DCAA is entering its age-of-majority with a strong board and definite goals. You can renew friendships and meet other Cardinal people by serving on the DCAA Board. Under new guidelines for board members, potential members are asked to serve on a task force or committee first. Find one of interest and contact the chair. It’s a good way to get involved and discover the Cardinal joie de vivre / angst again.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
WELCOME RECEPTION AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
7 pm – 9 pm. Join us as we kick off the Cardinal's 120th anniversary with a welcome reception at Madison's Overture Center, featuring an exhibition of the best in the Cardinal's rich visual tradition, past and present. Exhibits will include work by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers, and prints on display will be auctioned Saturday night to benefit the Cardinal's scholarship funds.
Friday, April 27, 2012
JOURNALISM PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Fluno Center's Howard Auditorium
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Daily Cardinal's journalists went on to have incredible success not only in newspapers but in television news as well. Join Emmy- and Peabody-winning journalists as they talk about how their Cardinal and UW experiences influenced their work.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Cardinal counts among its graduates numerous winners of print journalism's highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize. Discuss newspapering with half a dozen of those winners, including David Umhoefer, Neal Ulevich, Eric Newhouse, Walt Bogdanich, and Abigail Goldman.
Satuday, April 28, 2012
CARDINAL OFFICE OPEN HOUSE
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Relive your Cardinal days and meet today's staff in their natural habitat -- the Cardinal's Vilas Hall offices. The equipment may have changed somewhat, but the atmosphere is still the Cardinal you remember: young journalists fearlessly sifting and winnowing to find the truth.
7:30 - 11 p.m. at The Orpheum Theater
Wish the Cardinal a happy birthday with drinks and dancing at one of Madison's most unique venues, the Orpheum! There will be a silent auction of art and photography to benefit the Cardinal's scholarship funds. Meet old friends and raise a toast to the Cardinal's next 120 years.
There are other events planned on campus to coincide with the anniversary. More details on those will follow.
Please consider organizing an informal gathering for your colleagues on Saturday afternoon at the bar or venue of your choice.
All events will be held in Madison Wisconsin
Where will you be on these dates? Plan to be in Madison for the 120th anniversary of the Cardinal. Find out what happened to the annoying freshman reporter, the stumble-bum photographer, and that girl (you know you always wondered what happened to her). Whether you stayed in journalism or not, we want to see YOU. Room blocks have been reserved under "Daily Cardinal" at the Doubletree Hotel near campus and the Lowell Center on Langdon Street.
Next month: full details on pictures, panels and parties.
Welcome to DCAA! Harry Williams was editor of the Cardinal in 1942-43.
John Campbell was drama critic and columnist for the Cardinal in 1976-79. After stints at Cliff's Notes, Simon & Schuster, and Random House, he has established his own literary agency in NYC and LA, handling authors' book deals, movie & TV deals, and digital rights deals.
Dan Vebber, Cardinal graphics editor in early '90s, has won an Emmy award for his work on Futurama.
Adam McCalvy (late ‘90s) is the beat reporter covering the Milwaukee Brewers for MLB.com. He recently outran all others in his class to win the Sausage Race 5K. No word on whether he prefers bratwurst or hot dogs.
FACULTY FRIEND Katy Culver of the J-School is among the recipients of the UW System’s 2011 Alliant Energy Underkofler Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Culver teaches Journalism 202, the point of entry to the school for journalism majors. Over the years, she has been a good friend to the DCAA.
Rocco Landesman is the tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Prior to his appointment, he was a Broadway theater producer. Rocco is a Daily Cardinal alum. From the NEA website: “At one time or another, he owned three minor league baseball teams, various racehorses, and a collection of Roger Miller long-playing records.”
Steven Kerch, DCAA Vice-President, is Assistant Managing Editor at MarketWatch, published by Dow Jones & Co. Steve was an award-winning real estate editor at the Chicago Tribune and has added personal finance editor to his real estate responsibilities at MW. Less than a year after their debut under Steve, MarketWatch’s real estate Web pages were named the best in the nation in The National Association of Real Estate Editors 2002 journalism awards and Steve himself won first place in the Best Internet Report category. The Web site was again named best in the country in 2003 and 2006. At the Cardinal, he was Managing Editor, 1976 and Editor-in-Chief, 1977. Steve is the c oach for his five-year-old son’s soccer team.
Judy Massuda is DCAA’s Social Media Coordinator and keeps busy with Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. She is a Business Intelligence Manager for Social Media at Sears Holdings Corporation focusing on social media analytics and improving the user experience for all aspects of reviews, including developing and managing campaigns to generate more reviews. After graduating from Madison, she got her law degree at Marquette University. Judy was Cardinal Photography Editor, 1998-99. She's living in Chicago, with her husband, two whiny cats and the most lovable pug you'd ever meet.
A survey in September 2010 cited a real preference for the paper-and-ink editions.
SAMY MOSKOL, State Editor
Being a new news editor for the Cardinal this year, I decided attending the ACP conference in Minneapolis this past summer would help me be more prepared for daily production. During the three day conference, which I attended with this years Campus Editor Alex DiTullio, I chose six different classes to attend led by journalism professors from colleges across the country.
In one, I learned more about how to take advantage of resources that used to be unfamiliar, like FOIA requests and the Student Press Law Center. I also attended a period on Interviewing, a skill area where I needed more confidence. Since I didn't have much of a background in photography, I attended a class about how to choose the right photo stories, which proved helpful and engaging. I also benefited from a class about media law.
In addition to attending lectures, we got the opportunity to tour the Minnesota Daily's office, which was quite overwhelming. (The editor in chief gets paid 30,000 a year I believe.)
But the most rewarding part of the conference was meeting other editors at student newspapers from upstate New York, Texas, Alaska, from all over the country. Hearing their experiences at their own school papers made me realize how much we could relate.
ALEXANDER DITULLIO, Campus Editor
ACP was both informative and thought provoking. It honestly made me feel proud to say I am a journalism major by emphasizing the importance of journalists in the world. The instructors had great insight on important ethical considerations of being a journalist in the future as well as good tips to make the news room a more welcoming environment. I'm really looking forward to applying some of the tips I learned at the conference to the Daily Cardinal.