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Why these teens want to be journalists

Why these teens want to be journalists
Students from South East High School in South Gate joined more than 200 student journalists for a conference on Saturday. (Daniela Gerson)

Get up at dawn on a Saturday morning? As a teenager? About 200 high school students did just that on Saturday to hone their journalism skills.

Students from 37 schools congregated at Cal State Northridge on Saturday morning for a high school journalism conference. They came from all over Southern California: South Los Angeles from Compton to West Adams, the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys, Orange County and Ventura.

To hone their journalism skills, students participated in reporting contests and workshops on such topics as covering sports, education, data and Spanish-language reporting. The Los Angeles Times’ High School Insider co-sponsored the conference, along with CSUN, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Southern California Journalism Education Assn.

Why train to be a journalist at a time of uncertainty for the industry? Here is what the students had to say:

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