I’ve arrived in Austin and I’m pumped to get started with this year’s conference and my new role within it.
But before getting to work, I met up with an old colleague who has brought his considerable talents to the Texas government. He took time to show me around the growing city and to a delicious Texas BBQ joint!
Brian and I talked a bit about the “good old days,” but also shared passionate stories about our new roles. It was great to hear him talk about using his media skills to make a difference for the people of his adopted state.
After an early morning wake up for travel, the protein infusion and lively conversation recharged my batteries — along with the sugar in some very sweet, sweet tea.
With that upgraded energy, I paid an early visit to the student newsroom. There I met several of the team leaders and sat in on a discussion about the various categories of stories we will use for the students work. I was excited to see room set aside for many of the serious industry reports but also for the fun events that punctuate the conference.
Earlier, I briefly met two of 20 students, who were boarding the same flight at Logan Airport. They were chatting about people they knew who were involved and I couldn’t help but introduce myself.
I guess I am excited too. This newsroom mentoring promises to change entirely my view of this annual conference. We the topics of past years have sometimes blended together, I am certain now that this one will be even more potent experience for me. I plan to lean in to my shifts with the students and embrace the opportunity to teach them what I know but also learn how to best reach them.
As usual, I’ll increase my blog activity during this conference as I log my notes and activities. This year I don’t have a separate blog with teammates for notes from sessions — instead the proof of my efforts will be here and in the students’ content.