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Before heading back to Arizona, I had a chance to visit the White House because my flight was delayed.

SRPMIC Teen Contributes in Journalism Camp at Washington D.C.

By Kaily Toney
Au-Authm Action News

The Asian American Journalists Association sponsored its JCamp (Journalism Camp) at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., June 21-26. This year, the association felt the need to incorporate other diverse youth from around the country, making it a multicultural learning experience.

I was one of 40 youth selected to participate in this year’s life-changing JCamp. While there, I was able to meet many people from across the county, from Florida, California, Oregon, New Jersey, New York and many other places.
There were 40 youth from around the world who took this opportunity and time out of their summers to learn from experts in the journalism field.

As each day went by and we all experienced different speakers and newsroom tours, I became very motivated to pursue photojournalism as a career. I am open to new experiences to help me further explore other possibilities for my future.

The 40 students were divided into sections: photography, broadcasting and print. I was selected to be in photography with our instructor, Kyndell Harkness, a photographer with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She offered advice on how to improve your photography skills, and I’m excited to practice these tips.

I was very excited to have been able to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. I am so used to being around my people that this opportunity opened my eyes to another world. There are so many people out there in the media world who can help you go towards your future. I have learned that networking and keeping in touch with people will help you when you need an internship or other help.

The Asian American Journalists Association sponsored its JCamp (Journalism Camp) at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., June 21-26. This year, the association felt the need to incorporate other diverse youth from around the country, making it a multicultural learning experience.

I was one of 40 youth selected to participate in this year’s life-changing JCamp. While there, I was able to meet many people from across the county, from Florida, California, Oregon, New Jersey, New York and many other places.
There were 40 youth from around the world who took this opportunity and time out of their summers to learn from experts in the journalism field.

As each day went by and we all experienced different speakers and newsroom tours, I became very motivated to pursue photojournalism as a career. I am open to new experiences to help me further explore other possibilities for my future. The 40 students were divided into sections: photography, broadcasting and print. I was selected to be in photography with our instructor, Kyndell Harkness, a photographer with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She offered advice on how to improve your photography skills, and I’m excited to practice these tips.

I was very excited to have been able to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. I am so used to being around my people that this opportunity opened my eyes to another world. There are so many people out there in the media world who can help you go towards your future. I have learned that networking and keeping in touch with people will help you when you need an internship or other help.

Considering that this was an all-expense paid trip, I hope that other students within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will take advantage of this opportunity. This will give others the chance to participate and contribute to the changing industry of journalism. I am very honored to have attended this camp.
The following are a few of my photos and some of the many experiences I enjoyed at JCamp.



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