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FREE SPIRIT DAY 5: Machinations, Graduations, and Congratulations

FREE SPIRIT DAY 5: Machinations, Graduations, and Congratulations

June 23, 2016

Well, this is it. The end. The time for people to begin leaving with tears in their eyes and fond recollections of the Free Spirit experience. It hearkens back to a certain APPSE ...

FREE SPIRIT DAY 4: Rights, Courts, and Sports

FREE SPIRIT DAY 4: Rights, Courts, and Sports

June 22, 2016

It seems like only yesterday that we were just getting to know each other and laughing over our mediocre Newsmania abilities. Now it's Day 4, and we only have one more full da...

FREE SPIRIT DAY 3: News Pros, the Future, and a Little Bit of Politics

June 21, 2016

BOOM! Day 3 already! This conference is going by faster than a free eagle flies majestically into the sunset.  Today was chop full of good stuff, so I'll try to keep it brief. We begin our narrative on Floor 7 of the Newseum. Our first presentation was with 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Sara Ganim. She told us her story: how she came to cover the infamous Sandusky story in her mid twenties, as we...

FREE SPIRIT DAY 2: News, Neuharth, and Never Stopping

FREE SPIRIT DAY 2: News, Neuharth, and Never Stopping

June 20, 2016

Day 2 began early, with a hotel breakfast and a 7:30 departure for NBC studios. We were off to Meet the Press. Everyone was excited for the interviews with Paul Ryan and Loret...

FREE SPIRIT DAY 1: Introductions and Newsmania

FREE SPIRIT DAY 1: Introductions and Newsmania

June 18, 2016

It's Free Spirit time! I arrived today in DC with high hopes and an even higher level of nervous. When one loses one's itinerary before the trip, it's difficult for one to know wha...

Students Rally In the Aftermath of Controversial Comments

Students Rally In the Aftermath of Controversial Comments

April 25, 2016

Controversial racial comments made by West Principal, Frank Calarco last week Friday April 22nd, lead to a student demonstration held earlier today in the West Learning Center. ...

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