I feel energized and smarter today, and thanks for that goes to the high school student journalists of Hawaii. I look forward to joining them each year at the Hawaii Publishers Association luncheon honoring them.
This year the HPA mixed students and advisors instead of having them at specific tables by schools. That was a great idea, since part of being a journalist is meeting new people and picking their brains, and anyone who wants to succeed as a reporter must overcome being shy.
I enjoyed getting to know the people at my table: Isa Hastings (Mid-Pacific), Dylan Godsey (Kamehameha), Greg Kamisato (Waialua advisor), Jamielynn Quisano (Campbell advisor), Samantha Feyen (Lahainaluna), Mehana Salvani (Kamehameha/Kapalama) and Jacob Kaneakua (Hawaiian Mission).
More and more of the school papers are developing web sites, but not at the expense of their printed editions; the print editions are splashier than in the past and emphasizing color. The schools have adjusted well to the new world of media, using online resources to break news and augment the print edition.
Keynote speaker Sara Lin of Honolulu Civil Beat noted you never run out of space online. She also gave some great advice on networking and making the most of opportunities, and emphasized how journalism remains a great career while it is ever-changing.
One thing that remains the same is that you can learn a lot as a student or professional in this field — every day.
As Dylan Godsey said, “You get inspired because you learn that it’s more than just yourself out there.”
Wise words from a high school student.