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Youth Takes a Major Turn on AASA’s Conference Daily Online

The staff producing the daily coverage at AASA’s national conference in Los Angeles skewed decidedly young this year.

With four talented high school journalists and a couple of collegiate journalists handling most of the reporting and videography assignments, the next generation of communicators played a major role producing AASA’s Conference Daily Online over the past several days.

This is not to say that some veteran hands weren’t available to guide Conference Daily Online.

The editor-in-chief of AASA’s multimedia publication was the grizzled veteran Jay P. Goldman, who normally serves as editor of School Administrator magazine. This marks the 30th consecutive year he has worked on AASA’s daily conference publication, the first 20 as a print newspaper.

The managing editor and senior editor in Los Angeles were Juli Valentine and Liz Griffin, respectively, both members of the AASA magazine’s editorial staff the rest of the year. Jimmy Minichello, director of communications for AASA, managed video production for the conference news vehicle.

But the reporting and videography staff lent the real firepower. The AASA staff employs student journalists in each conference city, and this year’s group of scholastic staff members was an especially talented lot.

Reporters for Conference Daily Online were the following:
• Sarah Aie, junior at Walnut HS and copy editor-in-chief of The Hoofprint;
• Christian Balderas, a senior communication major at UCLA;
• Emily Gersema, associate director of communications at USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences;
• Madison Hoiby, junior at Temple City HS and social media editor of The Rampage;
• Cindy Liu, senior at Diamond Bar HS and feature editor of The Bull’s Eye;
• Amy Lo, senior at Walnut HS and editor-in-chief of Cayuse;
• David Mustonen, director of communications and marketing with Dearborn, Mich., Public Schools;
• Yingjie Wang, graduate student in journalism at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Photography in Conference Daily Online was handled by Lifetouch staff members Heather Dehn, Sada Miernicki and Kimberly Lyddane.

Rasheed Anthony, Los Angeles-based consultant, assisted with web postings each evening.

The four official bloggers at the conference were Theresa (Terry) Alban, superintendent, Frederick County, Md.; Jeanne Collins, superintendent, Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, Brandon, Vt.; Sue Givens, superintendent, El Dorado Unified School District, El Dorado, Kan.; and Kirk Koennecke, superintendent, Graham Local Schools, Saint Paris, Ohio.

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