On October 27, eight members of the Snowdrift news team, along with Snowdrift adviser Sandra Cox, travelled to Austin, Texas for an annual College Media Convention.
This was the second year that the Snowdrift staff attended the yearly convention that is hosted by the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association. Four students attended the 2014 convention in Philadelphia, PA. Because of the success from the previous year, the Snowdrift was able to send twice the amount of students in 2015.
The four-day convention allowed students to attend advisory sessions in their area of expertise in order to improve their work. Speakers at the convention consisted of many media professionals in areas such as writing, broadcasting, and photography. Members of the Snowdrift were able to hear from specialists who have received distinguished awards in journalism, including multiple Pulitzer Prize winners.
One of the Snowdrift writers to attend the convention was Frederik Petersen, an international student from Denmark, who is attending Snow College this semester. Petersen, who is looking to become a professional journalist, commented, “The conference in Texas was awesome… I’ve learned so many new things that I can put into perspective writing articles from now on.”
The Snowdrift staff was also able to have fun outside of the sessions as they toured historic Sixth Street in downtown Austin, explored the campus of the University of Texas, and ate world-renowned barbecue. Some members were also able to participate in activities such as mechanical bull riding, walking through haunted houses, and experiencing the annual Halloween party on Sixth Street.
The students returned with many new ideas, critiques, and strategies that can be put toward producing a quality newspaper.