Last weekend, three members of our staff traveled to Washington D.C. for the annual Associated Collegiate Press Conference. Executive editor Colton Williams (C’21), features editor Luke Gair (C’21), and I spent three days attending seminars and critiques in order to improve our work at The Purple.
Among the sessions we visited, our favorites included techniques on how to better teach students to write in AP Style, how to create a successful newspaper with a small staff, and using social media as an effective platform for journalism. Without an official journalism program at the University, the Associated Collegiate Press conference provides the staff with invaluable well of information for the continuation of the paper.
Though it was disappointing to miss the festivities of 50 Years of Co-Education, our writers back in Sewanee were busy covering and attending events. Executive staff writers Claire Crow (C’21) and Vanessa Moss (C’20) wrote a wonderful piece about this historic Sewanee milestone. Additionally, junior editor Klarke Stricken (C’22) acted as a tribute speaker for the 50 Years of Women Gala. I’m proud of the hard work and tenacity of our reporters.
In a critique with a professional journalist at the conference, we learned that though The Purple has many ways in which we can improve, that we focus and cover local issues well, especially for students without any formal training.