In the latest episode of Volta Insider, Rachel Greenberg interviewed several prominent attendees of the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch. This year’s Garden Brunch was dedicated to honoring military veterans and their families and celebrating a free press.
Greenberg provides insight into the themes of the Garden Brunch talking to elected officials, media titans, and some of the leading champions for military veterans.
Senator Mark Warner had a message for young people saying, “I think it’s more important than ever for young people to be involved. Because if young people tune out, all you do is turn the keys over to the political extremes on the left or the right. And for a nation that’s about 20 trillion in debt, to leave that kind of debt to the millenials, to our kids would be a disaster. That is why your voices need to be heard.”
Rep. Darrell Issa had creative advice for those interested in pursuing a career in politics, “My advice [to young, aspiring journalists or politicians] … is to do something else first. Really, the breadth of talent of people that go straight into politics, straight into journalism, there’s plenty of them. The outliers — the people that make a difference — are the people that come with something to offer. And so particularly in the case for politics, life experience, real understanding. Whether it’s working in soup kitchens or working on wall street, try to make sure you bring something other than a desire to vote.
Greenberg also spoke with CNN’s Brian Stelter on the new administration’s galvanizing effect on young journalism students, “There are so many problems in media right now, there are so many attempts to tear down the press, to delegitimize the press. But it also makes it a more interesting time to be part of the solution. And I see a lot of students nowawayds more motivated to be a part of it.”
Other interviews include Graham Moore, Academy Award winning screenwriter and author, Art Bilger, founder of the non-profit WorkingNation, and Meghan Ogilvie, CEO of Dog Tag Inc.
Check out the latest episode of Volta Insider here: