Speer, Hixenbaugh among speakers for High School Journalism Day

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High school journalism day

By Logan Lilly

Edinboro University hosted the annual High School Journalism day with noted Edinboro alumni speakers on April 10.

High School Journalism Day is an event hosted by the journalism and public relations department that brings high school students from around Pennsylvania to campus for a journalism competition as well as several speeches and panels all revolving around journalism.

Kicking off the event was a keynote speech from Jamison Hixenbaugh, an anchor, reporter and producer for the Lilly Broadcasting television stations in Erie.

Hixenbaugh stressed in his speech and his panel the importance of being a multimedia journalist in modern society.

Jack Speer (bottom left), a newscaster for National Public Radio (NPR) as well as an Edinboro University alumni was the keynote speaker during the luncheon for those in attendance.

During Speer’s speech he discussed the future of journalism and how technology such as Twitter has changed the face of what journalism is today. Speer also took time answers questions from the students as well as their advisors.

Schools from around the area, including Seagertown, McDowell and General McLane and several other high schools all entered the competition in several different categories in print and broadcast journalism.

One of the big winners of this year’s competition was Jacob Perrett (bottom right) from Seagertown, who took home several awards in various categories, including Best In Show, which nets him a $1,000 scholarship to Edinboro University if he chooses to attend.

Logan Lilly is the editor in chief for the Spectator. He can be reached by eupnews.spectator@gmail.com