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Farmersville student gets press pass to Washington

Farmersville student gets press pass to Washington

Farmersville High School junior Danielle Renteria has been nominated to represent California as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2013 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Renteria has been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of journalism and media. Renteria was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

“Coming from a small town it means a lot to me,” said Renteria. “Most people do not get out of Farmersville, and I am looking to do more with my life.”

Renteria says journalism is something she could see herself doing as a career. She said making the move from small town life in Farmersville to the bright lights of New York would be a great opportunity to work for a major magazine.

The National Youth Correspondents participate in hands-on, experimental learning through decision-making simulations that challenge them to solve problems and explore the creative, practical, and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media. The experimental portion of the program is complemented by speakers who are well-known leaders in the media community.

Presenters include prominent journalists, CEO’s of major media outlets, researchers, and recent college graduates successfully entering the field. Last year’s conference included Hoda Kotb, Chuck Todd, Brian Lamb and Neil Leifer.

“I will be looking forward to meeting new people and learning new cultures,” said Renteria about her adventure to the Big Apple.

With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Journalism and Media Conference offers aspiring journalists an unparalleled experience.

The week-long program, held at George Mason University’s state-of-the-art campus, encourages and inspires young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.

“I think I will be fine being away from home for just a week,” said Renteria “If it was longer, like close to a month I may get home sick.”

The Washington Journalism and Media Conference will be held July 7-July 12, 2013.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university. Its dynamic culture and innovative academic programs prepare Mason’s hard-working students for 21st century careers.

Its commitment to teaching excellence combines with cutting-edge research that enriches the academic experience and is literally changing the world. Mason is affordable, yet offers high value. Ideally located in the National Capital region, students enjoy terrific cultural experiences and access to the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.

The Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) is a unique student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the changing face of media in the 21st century. The Advisory Board, Chaired by Newseum senior vice president, Susan Bennett, includes CEO’s of media, distinguished journalists and renowned authors and university faculty. For more information visit


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