The annual Puffin/Nation Student Journalism Conference convenes speakers from the most dynamic and innovative media outfits nationwide to talk to student journalists about the history, role and craft of journalism as well as best practices for covering social movements through workshops, discussions, seminars and breakout sessions.
Past speakers have included Nation stalwarts Katrina vanden Heuvel, Dave Zirin, and Elie Mystal along with a disparate range of award-winning journalists including Melissa Harris-Perry, Ari Berman, Sarah Stillman, Kai Wright, Liliana Segura, Jane Mayer and Chris Hayes. Featuring panel discussions, small-group seminars, break-out sessions, film screenings, and social events, the annual conference is a transformative opportunity for learning, exchanging ideas, and networking, as well as a chance to connect with editors and writers from The Nation.
The day-long conference has been hosted in-person by The New School in New York City—a first-of-its-kind experience for many young writers in attendance, with expenses fully covered by The Nation Fund for Independent Journalism. The conference is open to matriculating undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities across the country as well as college-age writers not currently enrolled in an academic program. This past October we staged our first virtual conference with 100 student writers and editors convening from coast to coast along with student journalists from Nepal, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Japan and Canada!