Updated: Journalism students attend spring conference

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Ashli Wagner
Business/Ads Manager

Over 700 area journalism students attended the Journalism STL Spring conference Monday March 7, at Webster University.

The keynote speaker was Frank Lomonte,  Student Press Law Center executive director. He spoke about the need for passing the proposed Walter Cronkite New Voices Act .

There were also over 40 breakout session offerings at the conference. Two of theses sessions included Webster alumni, Mark Schierbecker, who spoke about “Photography and the Law,” and Aerin Johnson, who participated on the college panel and spoke with three other people about what to expect in college for those choosing a career in journalism.

The print version of the ECHO won an excellent rating and the Online version won a superior rating.

Nine ECHO staff and journalism students won individual awards awards .

Three students won superior awards, sophomore Riley Mullgardt for her news photo, and juniors Caleb Bolin and Bennett Durando for their sports feature copy.

Three students earned excellent awards, senior Julia Karsteter and sophomore Page Kimzey for their video on Veterans Day, and junior Andy Kimball for sports feature.

Also five students earned honorable mentions, sophomore Jake Collins for his sports photo, junior Andy Kimball for his sports photo, senior Jack Killeen for his sports feature copy and for his feature photo, and sophomore Ashli Wagner for her news photo.

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