Journalism, DJ and TV personality Melissa Forman once said, “Just keep moving forward, keep a smile on your face, put good out into the world, and wait until you see how it all comes together.”
Forman was the keynote speaker at the University of Illinois’ conference for yearbook and journalism students. The “Pirate Press” and Yearbook staff were some of the many students from sll over Illinois who attended a day of informational lectures about improving their techniques.
Junior Maddie Carroll said, “I learned that the little things can make a difference when putting your page together, from the pictures to the quotes, everything matters. It’s gonna help me a lot with my pages because I tend to not focus much on the little things, but it turns out they make your page so much better.”
“During the Friday Night Lights’ lecture, I learned to not just focus on the main people playing but get everyone involved in what I’m covering,” junior Kate Kaufman said about her time on the field trip.
This was the sixth year that our school has attended the seminar. Yearbook advisor Erin Byrd said, “The University of Illinois Journalism Conference is an amazing opportunity for our students. They get to go to classes on a prestigious college campus and even learn from some of the professors. This year’s speaker Melissa Forman was fantastic. She explained how she has reached success and focused on the importance of being in the right place at the right time and what students can do to make that happen for themselves,” Byrd said.
Students interested in yearbook can see Byrd in Room 911. Students interested in writing for the “Pirate Press” should sign up to take Journalism next year and can see Kerestes in Room 519 for more information.