The Wingspan and The Chosun bring back the gold
USAG YONGSAN – Nine students came back from the Far East Journalism Conference held in Yokota, Japan, with numerous awards and honors in yearbook, broadcasting, and newspaper writing. The newspaper and the yearbook also earned the gold standard, the top award in the category. SAHS also placed second for the Director’s Award, which is given to the school that has accumulated the most awards earned from the conference.
Students were put into a journalistic environment where they were given the tasks to create either a 3-4 page newspaper, a six-page yearbook spread, or a 4-5 minute news broadcast. Students were split into different teams with specific jobs and were required to find stories to write about by going on “FAST trips” (Find A Story Time) around the local Fussa area.
“Far East Journalism was a great learning experience,” said junior Samuel Broach. “Attending FEJC made me experience what it was actually like to work in the field of broadcast, which is extremely stressful.” Broach won the Best Broadcast Graphics Gold Award, Best Broadcast Editor Gold Award, and the Best Overall Broadcast Gold Team Award, the only person at the whole conference who won three gold medals.
Senior Jasmine Ruiz, a yearbook representative, won silver for her Senior Ad Page and gold for her team’s overall yearbook spread. “Far East Journalism was a great experience where I could learn and meet new people. I had an amazing time with different people from different areas of the Pacific,” said Ruiz. “My favorite part was always being on the go and not being confined to a chair.”
Although students who attend FEJC undergo a stressful four days of hard work, the results are worth it when they receive their well-deserved medals.