The journalism and yearbook staff attended the 2014 journalism convention, toured the West Wing, and met Joe Biden during this year’s trip to Washington D.C. In total, more than 6.200 high school students attended the DC convention.

The convention offered seminars and workshops about different aspects of journalism, like reporting and interviewing in order to improve our school’s newspaper and yearbook.

“This year’s convention was really rewarding as it allowed senior members to continue to expand their knowledge on topics they were already familiar with, while also introducing the new members to the world of journalism and motivating them for the upcoming year,” said Chant Editor-in-Chief Chloé Durand.

We went to the convention hotel to listen to the keynote speaker, Bob Woodward, on the first day. Woodward is an investigative journalist famous for exposing the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.

On Friday, we woke up early to attend convention workshops. Some topics included editorial leadership, writing skills, student rights, and sports reporting in today’s world of journalism.

Group Photo with Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden and the TGS Journalism and Yearbook staff in Washington D.C. Official White House Photo by David Lienemann.

When Vice President Joe Biden stopped by our hotel, we took pictures with him and spoke to him about his experiences and plans for the future.

It was a dream come true. I still can’t believe that it actually happened.
— Sam Groskind, TGS Junior

That night, we visited the Lincoln, Vietnam, and WWII memorials on the National Mall.

Biden said he was delighted to meet us and glad that we were interested in journalism and politics. Junior Sam Groskind said, “It was a dream come true. I still can’t believe that it actually happened.” According to Groskind, it was the best day of his life.

TGS journalism and yearbook staff outside the West Wing of the White House.

TGS journalism and yearbook staff outside the West Wing of the White House.

TGS journalism and yearbook staff in the White House Press Briefing Room

TGS journalism and yearbook staff in the White House Press Briefing Room.

On Saturday, we toured the White House and the West Wing. We saw some of the most famous rooms inside the White House, but the West Wing tour was even better because it was such a rare experience.

In the afternoon, Biden’s assistant met us at the gates of the White House and took us in on a West Wing tour. We saw and sat in Vice President Biden’s office and even saw the Oval Office on our tour.

On our final day, we went to the Newseum, which is a museum dedicated to journalism. and flew back to Tucson.