The Hope International Tribune Participates in National Convention and Competition

Model UN Team

Members of The Hope International Tribune, the student newspaper of Hope International University, are heading to Seattle, Washington for the 28th Annual Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) National College Journalism Convention. Beginning March 1 and finishing on March 4, the ACP convention hosts publications students and advisors from over 100 schools nationwide.

“ACP is such a great opportunity for our staff to be around others with the same passion and interests,” Editor-in-Chief, Beatrice Krause said. “It helps us to re-ignite our passion, allows us to bounce ideas off of other publications members, and lets us realize that there are others who undergo the experiences as us. We have three staff members attending for the first time, so it will surely be a very positive experience.”

Accompanying Krause is Sports Editor, Marla Afuang; Assistant Section Editor, Connor McClain; Staff Writer, Chris Gibson; and Advisor, Beth Lee. In addition to networking with other students and advisors, the group is looking forward to developing themselves personally and professionally by attending workshops, lectures, and critiques. They will also submit an issue of the Tribune to the Best of Show competition where last year the paper won its first national award. As Lee pointed out, competition is only one part of the ACP experience.

“First and foremost we are always striving to learn how we can better serve our community and grow as professionals within our fields,” Lee said. “We would of course love to walk away with another award and intend to try our hardest at accomplishing just that, but our priority is always serving our readers at HIU.  The team has done an excellent job considering what workshops and panels they will attend in an effort to challenge themselves on a personal level, but also grow them as participants within our program and leaders on campus.” 

Krause echoed this sentiment saying that the staff would love to win another award this year but, win or lose, the Tribune staff is proud of their accomplishments this year.  She went on to say the group is focusing on more than just the outcome of the competition. “We are hoping to be inspired, to learn more about how we can most effectively impact our community, and to have some fun as a staff,” Krause said. “It is not often that our staff is able to spend time together, away from work and deadline, so discussing possibilities for the future of our paper while enjoying each others’ company will definitely motivate us to finish the semester strong.”

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