Longtime journalist and media professional John Beaudoin will serve as the keynote speaker for more than 1,500 high school journalists at the annual Missouri Interscholastic Press Association J-Day event at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia.
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Beaudoin will discuss politics and journalism at the annual MIPA J-Day workshop Wednesday, March 29. Beaudoin's keynote, "Politics or Journalism - Because you can't do both" will touch on his personal experiences as a young sports writer and the critical practices of journalists keeping distance between themselves and political circles.
J-Day is an annual workshop and state high school journalism awards event that features more than 40 sessions taught by University of Missouri professors, professional journalists journalism instructors from across the state. Last year, a record 1,500 high school journalists attended J-Day and the MIPA now serves 163 publications across 55 schools.
Beaudoin will also conduct two breakout sessions at the event. "36 hours in Ferguson" will be a look at how young journalists can and should approach covering volatile or potentially dangerous situations, from protests and riots to a house fire or car accident and include his own experiences while in Ferguson, Missouri during the unrest; "Print the news and raise hell" will be a session which will allow young journalists to hear about the ins and outs of writing local columns and editorials and how those opinion pieces can help shape strong editorial pages.
The high school journalists will also be able to participate in a write-off based on the keynote speech.
Beaudoin is a media professional with more than two decades of experience in print, broadcast, radio, online and public relations/marketing work. Currently, Beaudoin is the owner of KC Communications & Media Matters and worked for 22 years in journalism, starting as a sports clerk, sports writer, advertising sales rep and special projects manager, working his way through the ranks to editor and publisher at newspapers in Independence, Blue Springs, Lee's Summit, Cass County and in Iowa. A staunch advocate of journalism education, Beaudoin received the Kenneth Stratton Award for distinguished service to high school journalism education for the state of Iowa in 2008. Beaudoin has earned local, state and national awards for his writing and photographs and is a graduate of the American Press Institute’s Executive Development Program, past-president of the Show-Me Press Association and an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Kansas City Press Club.