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NJC a Success!

The Virginia Policy Review hosted yet another successful National Journal Conference this year, our third annual event. Schools from across the nation met at the Batten School to tackle this year’s theme – “Analysis in Action.”

To get the conference started this past Friday night, staff from publications at Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Pepperdine University, George Washington University, Delaware University, American University, the College of William & Mary gathered at the Omni Hotel Charlottesville for opening remarks from Batten’s Dean Allan Stam. Following Dean Stam’s remarks, Christopher M. Brown, Legislative Affairs Director at PolicyLink, shared his thoughts on how to reach out to professionals in the policy realm.

The second day of the conference featured former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Jeffrey Bergner, speaking about the disparity between theory and practice within policy journals. The day also included wonderful presentations from Richard Gard, Editor and Publisher at Missouri Lawyers Media, and Anita Kumar, the White House Correspondent at McClatchy News. Policy review staff members from William & Mary, Georgetown, and Chicago also led workshops on best journal practices throughout the day.

The schools gathered on the last day of the conference to discuss models for staff growth and retaining institutional memory during a workshop led by American University. To round up the conference events, editors-in-chief from George Washington, Pepperdine, and Georgetown participated in a panel discussion, 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.

Overall, NJC received very 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.

Staff members shared some of their thoughts on Twitter throughout the weekend. Please visit #NJC2015 for a history of our live-tweeting.

Additionally, a livestream of NJC in its entirety is available here.