Student attends National Press Foundation conference
WILMORE, KY—Heidi Heater, a sophomore from Vancleve, Ky., was one of 15 college students selected nationwide to attend a four-day National Press Foundation “Introduction to Washington for College Journalists” conference in Washington D.C.
Chosen from more than 130 applicants, the double major in English and journalism was the only sophomore and only student from Kentucky invited to the conference. Other students represented institutions such as Harvard, UCLA, University of California-Berkeley and Vanderbilt.
The college journalists toured the Pentagon, White House, Supreme Court, the House and Senate Press Galleries and CBS Studios. The students had opportunities to discuss politics, government, ethics and responsible journalism with Washington journalists and press agents. They met with representatives from Washington news agencies including CNN, ABC and The Wall Street Journal, among others. They also watched “Face the Nation” live from the control room.
Heater said touring the Pentagon was one of the most interesting parts of her trip. “It was neat to see where our nation’s national defense is located and to have a
representative from public affairs answer our questions.”
Now that she’s back on campus, Heater is looking forward to applying for internships and getting involved with the College newspaper. She’s also going to be paying more attention to national news. “I realize I need to know what’s going on in the world. I need to read the newspaper more.”
Heater is a student assistant in the public relations office on campus and a volunteer firefighter in her hometown. She is the daughter of Raymond and Rachael Heater.