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NJC a Success!

The Virginia Policy Review hosted yet another successful National Journal Conference this year, marking the one-year anniversary since the first conference. Attendance doubled from last year, as schools from across the nation met at the Batten School to tackle this year’s theme – Policy with a Purpose: Making your Journal Count.

On kick-off night, staff from publications at Cornell, Duke, University of Chicago, Georgetown University of Minnesota, Mills College, Pepperdine, and William & Mary gathered in the Dome Room of the Rotunda for opening remarks from Batten’s Dean Harry Harding. After dinner, Paul Kane, a congressional reporter for the Washington Post, shared his thoughts on how to write for a broad audience.

The second day of the conference featured William Antholis from the Brookings Institution speaking on defining the purpose of policy journals. The day also included Batten alum Annie Rorem from the Weldon Cooper Center showing how to incorporate and visualize data in a policy journal, and Sean Lowry from the Congressional Research Service, discussing how to make policy relevant and navigate the policy world in Washington. Georgetown, the University of Chicago, and VPR’s Co-Editor in Chief, Benjamin Lynch led workshops on best journal practices throughout the day.

The schools gathered on the last day of the conference to discuss creating a National Journal Consortium – a forum for discussion for journals of public policy. It was decided that the Consortium would be created with a joint-effort among staff leaders from a variety of journals. The last event featured an Editor in Chief Panel, during which schools shared experiences in overcoming modern day challenges of academic journals and how they continue to push for journal growth in an age of digital media.

The National Journal Conference received positive reviews from all attendees, and attendees hinted at being eager to see what the Virginia Policy Review will have in store for next year’s NJC.