About a half dozen students from Linn-Benton Community College ventured to the SPJ conference -- "Building a Better Journalist" -- last weekend at the University of Oregon.
What did they think? In addition to picking up various tips from the pros on reporting, interviewing and writing, they were inspired to do better journalism.
As they discovered, despite some recent media woes, this is an exciting time to be a journalist with opportunities opening up all around them, especially on the Internet.
But don't just take my word for it. Check out blogs by Lydia Elliott and Max Brown. To find out what other young journalists are thinking, take a look at their newspaper, The Commuter, and its lively blog list. Finally, students in LBCC's news reporting class have been experimenting this term with some blogs of their own.
All of them reflect the enthusiasm that's motivating our next generation of journalists.