Fresh ideas for the Chieftain are now flying around in the heads of its staff after coming back from the Illinois Community College Journalism Conference that took place on April 9th and 10th. While staying at the Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Utica, IL, the staff spread out to listen to reporters talk about their experiences on the job and learn ways to become better reporters.
Multiple sessions were offered during the conference on different subjects. Some of the subjects were lead writing, sports writing, photography, and investigative reporting. Some sessions were more Q&A, while others really brought out the rich aspects of working in the journalism field.
The environment was great with everyone eagerly asking questions and speakers just as eagerly coming up with full and thorough replies. It is definitely true that reporters are great storytellers.
Additionally, we got to compare our paper with those of other colleges. Apparently, our paper did not do so badly with three awards going to articles written by our staff from 2014.
In addition, after seeing which articles and papers won the awards, we now have more examples of ways to improve the Chieftain’s content and the presentation of our paper from emphasizing pictures to writing articles more geared towards the students. Hopefully, we will now be able to implement these changes and keep finding ways to make the Chieftain that much better.