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MTA Lions Visit Columbia’s Den

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Yeshiva University High School for Boys’ (MTA) Academy News editors-in-chief and yearbook staff traveled four miles south to Columbia University for the 76th annual Scholastic Press Association Fall Conference. Upon arrival, the students were supplied with a schedule of sessions to choose from, each of which would aid them through the process of composing their publication. These sessions covered the entire spectrum of journalism, from cryptography to humor, each with their respective goals. During these sessions, the MTA students worked hands-on with New York City’s best professors, journalists, and editors, some of which have written for the New York Times and similar publications. After the first two sessions, the students took a lunch break to eat, explore the University’s campus, and mingle with some of the brightest high school students in the nation that shared similar interests with them.

Following the break, everyone congregated back in the various classrooms, auditoriums and lecture halls across campus for more lessons that would both intrigue and educate them. One class that was of particular interest to the students was the editors’ meeting, in which MTA’s yearbook and newspaper editors joined the ranks of some of the greatest in the nation, and examined award winning papers and yearbooks from which to derive ideas. After the fifth and final session, all the students returned to the main auditorium for closing remarks and information on the next conference. The trip served to improve this year’s, and all the following years’, Academy News and yearbooks, and succeeded in doing so while the students enjoyed themselves.

Mrs. Hadassah Siegfried, organized and accompanied the students on the trip.

By Shimmy Mandelbaum (‘16)

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