RHS student selected as National Youth Correspondent for prestigious conference at George Mason University

Student leader to travel to Washington, D.C. for highly selective journalism forum

Gina Kimball of Belmont, a student at Rockford High School, has been nominated to represent Michigan as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.

Kimball has been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive weeklong study of journalism and media. Kimball was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

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. Last year’s conference included Hoda Kotb, Chuck Todd, Ann Kornblut and Jessica Yellin.

With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Journalism and Media Conference offers aspiring journalists an unparalleled experience. The program encourages and inspires 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 8–13, 2012.

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia minutes from Washington, D.C., Mason provides access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. In addition to environmental science and policy, Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.

The Washington Journalism and Media Conference is a unique student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the changing face of media in the 21st century. The advisory board, chaired by Newseum senior vice president, Susan Bennett, includes CEOs of media, distinguished journalists and renowned authors and university faculty. For more information, visit wjmc.gmu.edu.

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