St. Joe junior selected for D.C. conference

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017
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St. Joe junior selected to attend journalism conference, receive $1,000 scholarship

MADISON, Miss. (Monday, April 10, 2017) – St. Joe junior Michael Corkern III is one of 51 students – one from each state and the District of Columbia – selected to attend a June conference on journalism in Washington.

Corkern will attend the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference, an all-expense-paid six-day journalism conference June 17-22 at the Newseum – the national journalism museum in Washington that celebrates the importance of the First Amendment.

“This an amazing opportunity for one of our students to explore journalism in-depth,” Principal Dena Kinsey said. “Michael is a vital part of St. Joe’s weekly newscasts and sports radio programming. We are proud he will represent us and our state at this conference.”

The Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference is an academic and scholarship program designed to inspire and equip some of the nation’s best and brightest students to pursue journalism and media careers.

Rising high school seniors who attend the conference are chosen from among hundreds of applicants nationwide. They will attend the conference for free and will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.

Through presentations, meetings and experiences in Washington, students will study the First Amendment and the role of a free, independent and responsible press. Among the speakers who have participated in the past: PBS’ Judy Woodruff and NBC’s Chuck Todd.

The program began in 1999 to honor Al Neuharth, the founder of USA Today, the Newseum and the Freedom Forum.  

St. Joseph Catholic School provides students in Grades 7-12 a rigorous college preparatory education grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church. The Sisters of Mercy founded St. Joe in 1870; the school is accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education and AdvancED. 

Students in St. Joe’s award-winning journalism program publish a newspaper, The Bear Facts; publish a yearbook, The Shield; produce a weekly video newscast, Bruin News Now; and produce live coverage of varsity football and basketball games on the Internet and WJXC Jackson, Mississippi Catholic Radio.

Corkern, the son of Michael and Emily Corkern of Jackson, serves as chief editor of Bruin News Now. Corkern also produces and serves as an expert analyst on Bruin Sports Radio’s live weekly football and basketball broadcasts. 

Corkern plans to study broadcast journalism in college.

“Michael is a dedicated, hard-working high school journalist who believes in what he does who strives to do his best in everything,” Kinsey said. “We are so proud of his accomplishments. We look forward to having him share what he learns when he returns to school in August.”


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