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Media Matters Conference 2009


By Eliza Monty

     On Friday, November 6, five kids from Yearbook and five kids from Newspaper went to the Media Matters Conference at UMass Boston. The Media Matters Conference is an event for middle school and high school students from all over New England who like to write and tell you the news.

     We got up around 5:30 in the morning to get ready and get to the train station in Middleboro by 7:00. It was worth the wait, though, because, once we arrived, we were greeted by the college’s students and handed nametags and bags filled with supplies such as magazines, newspapers, pens, notebooks, and even a chocolate bar! Breakfast was prepared for us: fruit, juice, and pastries, and then we set off to the seminars on the back of our nametags.

Each person got a different seminar, and the seminars were all about different aspects of news reporting.

     Some of the seminars were Aliens Travel to Earth for Chinese Takeout” – Forays into Tabloid writing, a workshop about Tabloid writing, where the students read  ‘police records’ and ‘Bigfoot reviews’ and wrote their own articles and, Investigative Reporting: From Documents to Door Knocks, a workshop about police files and writing from them, and Political Cartooning: Illustrating Your Point of View, a workshop run by Dan Wasserman, the cartoonist from The Boston Globe where students got to draw their own comics and learn about ‘Illustrating Your Point of View. After our two-hour morning seminars, we had an early lunch at 10:15 or so, and went off to another seminar. Sadly, we had to leave around 1:30 to catch the train back.

     At the Media Matters Conference, we had a lot of fun and learned a lot, too.