Pinckney Student Attends Elite Conference


Grace Scott in front of the US Capitol

Grace Scott traveled five-hundred and forty-eight miles over the summer to attend the week long Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) as a National Youth Correspondent for Livingston County to strengthen her journalism and political skills. 

“Being able to attend this conference meant so much to me. New opportunities were around every corner and WJMC gave me the confidence to reach out and take them,” Scott said. 

The conference consisted of listening to speakers like Susan Goldberg, the Editor in Chief for National Geographic, Marisa Kwiatkowski, an investigative reporter who launched the Larry Nassar investigation in 2016, Patrick Davis, the manager of field operations at CNN, the four time Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Guzy, and many more influential journalists. The most thrilling part of the week long adventure according to Scott was being able to coordinate with her District Representative, Elissa Slotkin, to meet and discuss state and nationwide topics. 

“It was an honor to be selected to attend such a prestigious event and even just to be in D.C made me feel like I was in the room where it happens, the region where history is made,” Scott said.

WJMC helped Scott understand that a reporter’s job is to get the whole truth and both sides of stories, but more importantly not to interject her own opinion.

 “As a reporter, it’s my job to bring the truth to the public eye, it’s not about opinions… it’s about facts.”