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J-Day East generates buzz on Whitworth campus

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Keynote speaker Melissa Segura shares her knowledge and insight after spending time working for Sports Illustrated and most recently BuzzFeed News. Segura earned recognition in 2013 for her story about a teenage boy who killed a referee during a recreational soccer match; a story which earned her recognition in The Best American Sportswriting.

Keynote speaker Melissa Segura shares her knowledge and insight after spending time working for Sports Illustrated and most recently BuzzFeed News. Segura earned recognition in 2013 for her story about a teenage boy who killed a referee during a recreational soccer match; a story which earned her recognition in The Best American Sportswriting.

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Keynote speaker Melissa Segura shares her knowledge and insight after spending time working for Sports Illustrated and most recently BuzzFeed News. Segura earned recognition in 2013 for her story about a teenage boy who killed a referee during a recreational soccer match; a story which earned her recognition in The Best American Sportswriting.

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More than 125 students and their advisers attended J-Day East Oct. 30 on the Whitworth University campus in Spokane, WA.

Keynote speaker, Melissa Segura, an investigative reporter with BuzzFeed News, shared her top tips for journalism (and life) during the afternoon’s session.

“Don’t compare your first draft to everyone else’s final draft,” Segura told the auditorium full of students via a pre-recorded video.

Segura could not make the trip in person because she was covering a story in Chicago, IL regarding a police detective who allegedly framed at least 51 people. Segura was available via Skype for a Q&A session after the attendees watched the video.

Segura offered many pieces of advice from “follow your curiosity, not your passion” to investigating “where is the harm” and “who has been harmed” as ways of finding stories and following journalism.

In terms of job advice, Segura suggested finding a mentor as means to figure out where to go.

“Look at the biography of the person who has the job you want,” Segura said.

Segura was a staff writer for Sports Illustrated before moving on to BuzzFeed.

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Assistant Professor of Communication Studies for Whitworth University Joy A. York presents a session at J-Day East, Oct. 30. More than 125 students and advisers attended the one-day journalism conference.

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A representative from Walsworth yearbook company shares information with student and adviser attendees at Journalism Day East at Whitworthy University, Oct. 30.

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Keynote speaker Melissa Segura shares her knowledge and insight after spending time working for Sports Illustrated and most recently BuzzFeed News. Segura earned recognition in 2013 for her story about a teenage boy who killed a referee during a recreational soccer match; a story which earned her recognition in The Best American Sportswriting.

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Students and their advisers begin arriving at J-Day East, Oct. 30 on the Whitworth University campus in Spokane.

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More than 125 students and advisers attended J-Day East, a one-day conference in Spokane.

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Tim Benton, a service representative for Herff Jones Yearbooks presents a session at J-Day East. Benton has been working with yearbook staffs for 15 years. He says he loves serving his advisers and staffs each day.

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