Mason to Host Journalism and Media Conference for High School Students

Posted: May 21, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason will host the 2009 Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) for high school students from Sunday, July 12, through Friday, July 17.

Students from all over the country are expected to attend. Mason will be the primary base for the conference, and events are planned at the National Press Club, the Newseum, the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Capitol.

Helen Thomas, currently a syndicated columnist for Hearst Newspapers and former White House correspondent for United Press International for 57 years, is the honorary chair.

Several Mason experts will make presentations at the conference.

  • T. Mills Kelly, associate director of the Center for History and New Media, will discuss “The Greatest Media Hoaxes in History.”
  • Robert Lichter, director of the Center for Media and Public Affairs, will present “Understanding Bias in the Media.”
  • Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions and associate vice president for enrollment development, as well as a columnist for, will present “The College Admissions Maze, Planning for Success.”

Stephen J. Farnsworth, assistant professor of communication, and Steve Klein, instructor in communication and coordinator of the electronic journalism minor, are also on the conference honorary advisory board.

Distinguished speakers include Chuck Todd, chief White House correspondent for NBC; Hugh Fink, producer of CNN’s “D. L. Hughley Breaks the News” and former staff writer for “Saturday Night Live”; Brian Lamb, president and CEO of C-SPAN; and Vaughn Ververs, editor of

The conference is supported by FastWeb, an online scholarship database.

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