FAIRFAX, VA – Taylor McKinnie, a junior at Elkins High School, has been selected to represent Elkins, West Virginia as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2019 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.
McKinnie joins a select group of students from all over the country for an intensive study of journalism and media. McKinnie was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies. She is the daughter of Kevin and Shelly McKinnie of Elkins.
National Youth Correspondents participate in hands-on, experiential learning through decision-making simulations that challenge them to solve problems and explore the creative, practical, and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media. The experiential portion of the program is complemented by speakers who are well-known leaders in the media community. Presenters include prominent journalists, CEOs of major media outlets, researchers, and recent college graduates successfully entering the field. Past speakers have included Hoda Kotb from NBC, Brian Lamb from C-SPAN, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Carol Guzy, and Sonya Ross from the Associated Press.
With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Journalism and Media Conference offers aspiring journalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The week-long program, held at George Mason University’s state-of-the-art campus, will encourage and inspire young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.
The Washington Journalism and Media Conference will be held July 14 to 19, 2019.