Student writers take on Boston

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Ten staffers from Yearbook, Literary Magazine and Newspaper traveled to Boston Nov. 1-6 to attend the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) convention. 

Throughout the duration of the trip, journalists took part in daily workshops where they learned how to improve their craft. Some workshops focused on photoshop skills while others taught witty headline writing. 

“My favorite workshop was the ‘Better, Smarter Alternative Copy one,’” senior newsmagazine Co-Editor-in-Chief Anya Pinto said. “[It] opened my mind up to embracing different kinds of graphics that are both appealing to the eye, holds readers’ attention and propels the article’s story forward.”

Others took a liking to writing-related workshops. At the “Write so solid your editor can’t touch this” workshop, sophomore and literary magazine Editor-in-Chief Nina Goncalves Vieira learned some tricks for headline writing. “By creating a word bank and limiting the word count, writing headlines actually becomes simpler to do and they turn out ‘catchier,’” she said. 

Aside from constructive seminars, the talented ten roamed through the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where they ogled at ancient jewelry and Renaissance paintings. They also visited four top universities: Boston University, Northeastern University, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while being led by previous Patriot-journalist alumni. 

After the second day of workshops, all ten students headed to the Mass. Museum of Fine Arts. “My favorite exhibit was definitely the ancient Romans’,” senior and yearbook Co-Editor-in-Chief Ishaa Khosla said. “It’s so impressive – the precision and accuracy the Romans used to create their sculptures. The history behind each of them is fascinating.” (Photo/Diana Adams)

While at the “Photoshop Workflow” workshop, senior and newspaper Features Editor Shreya Shanmugam learned how to fix common problems such as red eyes in flash pictures. “I really enjoy design, but I’m not that experienced,” she said. “The workshop was really helpful for altering color and effective cropping.”

This is Lauren’s second year on the staff. She enjoys playing Papa’s Sushiria, taking naps and writing whatever’s on her mind. She’s excited to make this year the best one yet and have an awesome entertainment section.