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J-Crusing in NYC

April 7, 2016

From March 15 to March 19, the OTHS publications staff flew to New York City to attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and experience the streets and sights of New York up close.

The highlight of this trip was the Journalistic Convention that was taking place at Columbia University. Just like college students, the staff was able to select a number of different sessions to attend where they were able to enrich their knowledge from qualified instructors, advisers and retired journalists. The expertise lessons were accommodated to all aspects of journalism, from yearbook editing, broadcast journalism, magazine and newspaper.

“I think that the conference at Columbia gave me a lot of experience and a lot of tips on how to improve as a journalist and as a photographer. I think it was an amazing opportunity to learn from professionals and to be in an environment where everyone in there has the same passion as you,” junior Giulia Campos said. “The knowledge I received there was not just for my newspaper class, but for my entire life.”

With its traditional Greek architecture, the main library proudly stands in the center of the campus.
Sandra Sadek
With its traditional Greek architecture, the main library proudly stands in the center of the campus.

Apart from enriching their knowledge of publications, the J-Crew took the opportunity to sight-see the best touristic attractions of the Big City that never sleeps. The dramatic performance of the broadway sensation, The Phantom of the Opera, the blinding lights of Times Square blew away the publications crew. A breathtaking view of the top of the Rockefeller Observatory and a pleasantly relaxing picnic in Central Park, only enhanced the New Yorker experience. The crew also made sure to pay their tribute to the 9/11 victims by visiting the memorial.
“Honestly, seeing everything that is famous was really cool. However, the subway is where we bonded the most and had the time of our lives,” senior Gracie Long said.

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The Times Square Plaza never goes to sleep as its lights constantly illuminate the visitors.
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The Times Square Plaza never goes to sleep as its lights constantly illuminate the visitors. Photo by Sandra Sadek

 

The Majestic Theatre welcomes its audience with bright posters.
Sandra Sadek.
The Majestic Theatre welcomes its audience with bright posters.

 

While in New York, the J-Crew visited the set of the Today Show, where they were exposed to live broadcasting, followed by a participation in the St-Patrick’s Day parade. Irish dancing, traditional Irish family recipes and games were the highlight of the show, with enthusiastic crowds cheering for more. This was a perfect insight into the world of broadcast journalism and the importance of technology in today’s society.

The set of the TODAY show was packed with enthusiastic locals, awaiting their turn to show off their St. Patrick Spirit.
Sandra Sadek
Top: The set of the TODAY show was packed with enthusiastic locals, awaiting their turn to show off their St. Patrick Spirit.

“It was a really fun experience. I really enjoyed watching all the people in the city being alive so early in the morning,” junior Yazmin Luna said.

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The NBC News studio was the background of the scene, where the hosts were in the middle of filming.

 

During their stay, the J-Crew explored the Rockefeller Observatory and the Wall Street Plaza. Atop the tower, the staff used their photography skills to capture the view. The visit of Wall Street impressed the crew with grand buildings that demonstrated the economic power of the United States.

The center of the Wall Street Plaza
Sandra Sadek
The center of the Wall Street Plaza

“It was fun and I feel like we did a lot of stuff. Grace and I took a lot of classes together and we learned a lot of things to improve our magazine,” senior Briana Edwards said.

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