I woke up at 3:30a to get ready for my trip to NYC. I kissed my husband and kids goodbye, before my dad picked me up at 4:15. We headed to get Melissa and then went to the airport. We arrived in NYC a little before 10. After the shuttle brought us to the hotel, we checked in, left our luggage in the rooms, and grabbed a quick lunch.
We got our Subway passes and headed to the Wall Street Journal. I had this tour set up months ago, through a friend who is a reporter there. Once everything happened at my school, the tour took on a different importance to us and to them. We were given a tour of the newsroom, got to speak with two editors, as well as the education editor. Once that was finished, we went to their studio; three of our editors (one from yearbook and two from newspaper) were interviewed about tomorrow’s walkout. The recorded interviews were uploaded to the WSJ Instagram page.
After the Wall Street Journal, we went to Rockefeller Center to take cheesy tourist pictures, and then I had to get shirts for my husband and son at the NHL Store. The running joke is always that if I don’t get them something from there while in NYC, the locks will be changed when I get home.
We walked to the offices of The Guardian next, and met with reporters, editors and managing editors. They wanted to hear us, our stories. Melissa’s newspaper staff has a partnership with them for the march in Washington, DC. We broke into small groups to discuss how to best cultivate this partnership… what they would do and what they would want us to do. While talking, a reporter names Lois was very taken with the story of what my staff and I are doing to create our yearbook. She proposed writing a piece on the process of finishing the book during this unique set of circumstances. I was so flattered that another publication is so interested in what we’re doing.
From The Guardian, we went to dinner near the hotel. We ate at Big Daddy’s, which is one of my favorite places in NYC. After dinner, we went to the hotel for the night. We had a big day ahead of us.