Hillcrest Highlighter Awarded at LIU Journalism conference
BY Rashell vasquez, '18
Conference after conference, the Hillcrest Highlighter continues to be awarded for its outstanding work. On Friday, March 24th, Hillcrest High School’s Journalism class was invited to the LIU Post Department of Communications and Film Best of High School Journalism Awards. Representing the Hillcrest Journalism class, Editor-in-Chief, Karen Sacta, and Junior Writer, Aziaun Scott, embarked on a journey to the LIU campus, in hopes of acquiring new information and possibly coming back home with an award in hand.
The trip to LIU Post served as a learning experience for the Journalism representatives, allowing them to bring back the newly acquired knowledge to the classroom. New techniques on how to approach fake news, analyzing the bias in articles, and conducting intriguing posts to help manage and benefit a celebrity's career, were all major focal points of this conference. Students were able to visit the school's radio station, broadcast room, seminar hall, and were able to not only interact with the environment, but were able to receive guidance from staff as well as the university students.
When speaking to Aziaun Scott about her experience, she said, “being able to express my interests to someone actively working in my fields of interest was especially exciting, because I developed a deeper understanding on what exactly my courses entailed.” In addition to that, Karen added, “my partner and I enjoyed participating in the award ceremony as well as the small workshops that exposed us to other aspects of communication such as broadcasting, public relations, TV stations, and identifying fake news.” Aside from the adventurous day of activities, they also had the chance to roam around the entire communications department of the university, allowing them to truly understand the everyday life of an aspiring Journalist. To quote Aziaun again, she exclaims “this opportunity truly allowed my peers and I to prepare for the future and meet many others who can possibly benefit our careers in several ways.”
Beyond the learning experience, Beatriz Gomez De Castro and Karen Sacta’s story, Hillcrest Gentrified, was nominated for ‘Best Feature Story’. Unfortunately, Beatriz was unable to attend the LIU Journalism conference and instead, Aziaun went in place for her. When asking Karen how she felt when accepting the award for ‘Best Feature Story’ she said “ walking on stage to receive an award at LIU Post for Best Feature Story was nerve wrecking, but overall it was a great and informative experience. It was wonderful having to meet other young journalists that aspired to pursue a journalism career.”
Overall, the trip to LIU Post was a success, the Journalism team would also like to thank Ms.Boghosian for supporting us every step of the way and allowing students from our class to participate in wonderful conferences, like this one. Ms.Boghosian continuously pushes the team to strive for the stars.