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  • Tuesday (for early-birds): a trip to George Washinton’s Mt. Vernon Plantation.
  • Wednesday, day 1: Welcomes and discussions in the Stamp Student Union, Univ. of Maryland, College Park campus.
  • Thursday, day 2: Discussion and press conference at the U.S. Capitol; tour and programming at the Library of Congress.
  • Friday, day 3: Community Journalism Day at the Newseum; talks, tours and a catered Wolfgang Puck lunch.
  • Saturday, day 4: Critiques followed by the awards banquet.
  • Sunday: sadly saying goodbye.

Metro: Understanding the Maps and Signs

Update: After the ISWNE Winter board meeting, the decision was made to move away from the Metrocards to buses for our two main trips. We will not be issuing the metrocards. However, you may still find a need for one, either getting from the airport or getting around town on Friday evening, a dinner-on-your-own day. The following blog post is still applicable!

Look at the train map here. The train lines are color-coded, but they are directionally all over the place. Lines do not run north-south, east-west or even Virginia to Maryland and Maryland to D.C. The lines are U’s, and lower case r’s and a couple are sort of C-shaped and, generally, lumpy.

This sign is on the platform for the Red Line (RD) train toward the Glenmont Station.
This sign is on the platform for the Red Line (RD) train running toward the Glenmont Station.

They call it the “Hub and Spoke” system meaning that “spokes” zig-zag in from the ‘burbs to the downtown hub; it’s transportation that is meant to get people from the bedroom community to the hotbed of political power. But it can be a mess for first-time users.

Picking the right platform–and therefore taking the train heading in the right direction–can be a bit confusing. A quick four steps will help you:

  1. Look at the Metro map and find your current station.
  2. Look for your destination station.
  3. Follow the map from your current location, through your destination to the endpoint of that trainline.
  4. Look for the sign that is the right color and lists that final station.
    1. eg: The east-bound end of the Orange Line ends in New Carrollton, Md.; therefore, the sign reads Orange Line/New Carrollton (and if you can understand the PA system in the echo-chamber station, the messag will say, “Orange Line train, New Carrollton.”).
    2. Signs on the outside of the trains indicate the “color” of that particular train (since some trains share a track–don’t get on the blue train when you want orange).

[See an example of this method and directions from the various airports and bus stations after the jump:] Continue reading “Metro: Understanding the Maps and Signs”

SmarTrip Cards: Your Ticket to Ride (Updated)

Update: After the ISWNE Winter board meeting, the decision was made to move away from the Metrocards to buses for our two main trips. We will not be issuing the metrocards. However, you may still find a need for one, either getting from the airport or getting around town on Friday evening, a dinner-on-your-own day.

ISWNE Conferees will get SmarTrip cards with their conference registrations at ISWNE DC 2017 (it’s about a $60 value, so you’ll want to keep it safe once you get it). As we move from place to place, we’ll have people ready to help out-of-towners stay with the pack, but you might find yourself going off without us (on purpose, I hope) at some point.

Metro personnel tell us that the card works for a week starting with the first day that it is used. We’ll use it on Thursday June 29 to go to the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress, so the pass should be good through Wednesday July 5. You can use it to get downtown for the July 4 fireworks, if you stay in DC for that.

[Dual-Sidebar: 1: We will stay at the University of Maryland, College Park campus, but they cannot allow people to stay after our Sunday July 2 departure. If you plan to stay in DC for the big holiday, book that hotel now! 2: Metro is undergoing some changes, so there is a chance the card and what it gets us will change somewhat. I’ll keep you informed. –Steve Thurston]

You might want to take the train from the airport to College Park, and if so, you might need your own SmarTrip card. Purchasing kiosks are confusing, so you might want to look at this video from the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (WMATA). It’s cute and lasts a couple minutes. It shows you how to buy and refill a card. If you stay long enough, you might have to refill the card from us!

[Final Sidebar: Metro used paper “Farecards” for years. If you have used them in the past, remember that fondly, if you wish, but I’m sorry that they have been phased-out.]

 

Waltner Returns to Run Critiques

I just got word from ISWNE renowned retiree Tim Waltner that he will be back to help with the critique sessions! That is huge, big, good news for me. (Thanks, Tim!)

With luck, things will run swimmingly as they have in the past. I look forward to working with Tim and to making sure we get what we need where we need it.

Next week at some point I will be in touch with the University of Maryland, College Park, about where, exactly, we’ll be meeting. There are two options, but more on that later.

Check back here, as always, to see the latest.

–Steve Thurston, host of #iswne2017

Publisher-Editor Assumes Role of Golden Dozen Judge!

Golden Dozen, Golden Quill Award 2017So that you don’t feel the urge to send $20 in small, unmarked bills to the 2017 Golden Dozen judge, I’m not revealing her name just yet.

Trust me, though, she:

  • is a community journalist with tons (that’s “tonnes” to my British friends) of experience.
  • publishes a chain of papers, edits, writes, and is politically active in the press association.
  • participated in the front-page-blitz
  • supports the notion that community papers should be strong voices in their communities.

This is gonna be good!

–Steve Thurston, conference coordinator.

PS: You like the G12-GQuill logo? Spiffy, eh?

 

2017 is the year for ISWNE DC

View of the Newseum atrium and helicopter. Photo by Don McCullough (Flickr: Don McCullough, Creative Commons).
View of the Newseum atrium and helicopter. Photo by Don McCullough (Flickr: Don McCullough, Creative Commons).

Block your calendar, you won’t want to miss ISWNE DC 2017! Wednesday June 28 through Sunday July 2, 2017!

We are still working on the details of all the days, but the outline has taken shape nicely:

Wednesday (June 28): Welcomes and Hellos at the University of Maryland, Merrill School of Journalism. (A huge thank you for their support so far!)

Thursday (June 29): We’re off to Capitol Hill!

  • Capitol tours in the morning.
  • Library of Congress in the afternoon.

Friday (June 30): The Newseum

  • Virtual Reality and the News
  • Live-feed of our events out to the world!

Saturday (July 1): Editorial Critiques

  • Editorial Critiques and Banquet

July 2 Sunday: So Longs and Farewells!

Keep coming back, more details to follow.