I’m not looking to necessarily toot my own horn or anything, but my resume did get a good bit beefier these last couple of days.
Today was the 2018 Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 11 Conference. Technically it started yesterday but that was pretty much just for regional directors, so I’m considering this the starting point.
Members of the Daily Titan staff were nominated for a number of awards by our advisor, and those of us who were finalists (alongside general members of SPJ) got to come up to sunny Universal City and spend the afternoon at the Hilton near Universal Studios.
It really does feel like I was just up here… But that’s beside the point.
Even though we didn’t win, just being finalists in this kind of competition is a great honor given that we made it far enough to get to the luncheon (which, sorry CSUF, was much tastier than the Comm Awards. Though points off for lack of Del Taco).
The keynote speaker at the luncheon was Stephen Galloway, the executive featured editor at The Hollywood Reporter who frankly did inspire me a bit to go finally finish this profile I’ve been sitting on for a long time.
However, what he didn’t help with was meal etiquette:
Seriously I wasn’t expecting this thing to be quite as fancy as it turned out to be and many of us were lost trying to figure out which silverware to use when.
My formal training has failed me in that regard, apparently.
But hey, who needs a formal training in old time-y meal etiquette when you can get jelly beans?
That’s right, we got jelly beans in a cool silver tin that I promise I haven’t been sponsored by.
I just really dig it, okay?
Anyway though, if you feel at all bad for us not winning in our category, there’s no need to fret for two reasons.
For one… Well, nobody from the Titan won in our categories. Just being nominated was cool yes, but in the face of defeat at least we could all be losers together.
Secondly, there was a bit of a skewed power dynamic to the whole event. Just about every award went to USC, UCLA or the Walter Cronkite school.
They’re pretty much the heavy hitters you would expect to win everything, so the fact that we got nominated as much as we did next to them is a great achievement in its own right.
However, even beyond that, the truly nice thing about this event wasn’t the awards, naturally. It was getting to spend time with friends at a fancy event.
Especially considering many of the people who came are graduating in the next few weeks, that made this an especially bittersweet time.
Not pictured above: Pretty much everyone else that was there in the big group shot.
I really do work with the best team in the world, and I’m not sure how we’re going to carry on with so many heavy losses next semester.
Okay I mean I do know how we’re going to carry on. Because that’s just how life works.
But you all understand my sentiment.
Though now, with this quick life update out-of-the-way, I’m off to go work on some end-of-semester stories and projects I still have to get done.
Luckily I’ve got a nice venue to do it in today.
Oh and P.S. – For those of you wondering about the featured image, it’s a picture of the ceiling in the ballroom where the awards luncheon was. I thought it was artsy and cool so… Yeah.