Penning their passion

Imprint members on moving walkwayImprint sends seven students to national journalism conference

Seven University of Waterloo students recently returned from Edmonton with a new outlook on journalism. Megan Nourse, Nolan Finkelstein, Joanna Cortalea, Juil Yoon, Matt Lawes, Vanessa Sale and Andrew Koo are all volunteers at Imprint, uWaterloo’s campus newspaper. Last term, they started fundraising to attend the Canadian University Press National Conference (CUPnash), a conference for student journalists all over Canada.

The dedicated Imprinters held weekly bake sales, and approached corporate sponsors to raise money for their four-day trip. They worked together to raise just over $3000, and made their way to the conference last week. Each student had different reasons for attending the conference, but they all had one thing in common – a passion for journalism.

The uWaterloo students attended Interviewing 101 sessions, workshops on how to pitch a story, and witnessed passionate student journalists debate with Ezra Levant at his keynote. “I learned a lot about freelancing,” said Nolan, a third year Arts student who is planning for a career in journalism.

CUPnash didn’t just benefit the students attending though; each Imprinter is a member of Imprint’s Editorial Board and they all have different plans to integrate what they learned into the school paper.

“My goals with this are to help train new writers at Imprint,” said Joanna, Imprint’s News Editor. Many of the students who attended CUPnash are planning to hold workshops on what they learned at the conference to improve Imprint, and also to make journalism more accessible to interested students.

“I wanted to go because I’d become more involved in Imprint in the last year and had heard about the great things you can learn there,” said Megan, Imprint’s Head Reporter. “For my own future, it seemed like the greatest thing ever.” With these devoted student journalists at the helm, Imprint certainly has a bright future.

You can attend a workshop or get involved at Imprint today.

 
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