Convention Draws Thousands of High School Journalists to Kansas City

By: E&P Staff

Alan Bavley | The Kansas City Star

Hard times for journalism? Don’t tell that to the 4,500 high school students from across the nation who are at Bartle Hall this weekend.

That’s about 1,200 more young journalists than the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association had anticipated when they were planning their annual convention here.

Despite the financial turmoil shaking the media, journalism still offers many attractions to high school students, said Kathy Hill Habiger, a journalism teacher at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee and local co-chairwoman of the convention.

Sure, the technology is changing, and quickly. The term is “convergence” – using a variety of media to tell a story and report the news.

“You’ll have multiple ways to communicate with people, and you’ll have to be able to use all of them,” Habiger said. “But no one’s ready to get rid of print.”

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