Chips Quinn Reunion: New Memories and Friends in D.C.

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

The Chipsters and I

The Chipsters and I.

Me and our cute D.C. tour guide, Carol, at the FDR Memorial.

Me and my friend Meghan in front of the Capitol. Windy day.

Thought I’d share a couple of photos from my trip this past weekend in Washington, D.C. I was fortunate enough to attend the Chips Quinn 2008 training program and reunion held at the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. What a spectacle. For three days, I sat in a room with the Capitol building as the backdrop as I listened to former Chips Quinn scholars who are now reporters and editors at news organizations across the country. They offered advice about how to deal with the Debbie Downers in newsrooms, how to manage family life with life as a journalist, and how to confront issues of race and ethnicity when reporting. You can read the Chipsters’ blog entries here.

The training program would have been fulfilling in and of itself, but the fact that it took place in D.C. made the trip that much more entertaining. Having not been to D.C. before, I crammed in as much as I could with the help of a tour guide named Carol and my friend Meghan, who lives just outside of the city. Carol took me and the Chipsters on a three-hour bus tour, enlightening us with historical trivia about the city’s monuments and memorials.

Sleep is calling my name, but more to come this week on the trip/the Newseum.