Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Kathleen McPherson from Kittery in the U.S. Capitol. Kathleen, a rising junior at Traip Academy, was in Washington, D.C., this week as a National Youth Correspondent at the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC).
“Kathleen is a hardworking and highly motivated student, and I am delighted she was given this unique opportunity to learn about American journalism,” said Senator Collins. “I enjoyed hearing about her experience at the Washington Journalism Media Conference as well as her plans for her future career path. Kathleen has a bright future ahead of her, and I wish her all the best in the years to come.”
George Mason University in Northern Virginia hosts the WJMC each summer for high-achieving students who aspire to be journalists and leaders. To be selected as a Correspondent, students must be nominated by a high school educator. During the week-long program, students take part in hands-on, experiential learning through decision-making simulations that challenge them to solve problems and explore the creative, practical, and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media.