Jenn Bernstein, a FOX61 anchor and political reporter, addresses high school students at the 33rd annual High School Journalism Day at Southern Connecticut State University on Oct. 21, 2016. | Vern Williams photo.

Journalism is a career of passion, according to Jenn Bernstein, a FOX61 anchor and political reporter.

Bernstein spoke about her own path to her passion during the keynote address at High School Journalism Day at Southern Connecticut State University Oct. 21.

More than 450 high school students and teachers attended the event, in its 33rd year, at the Michael J. Adanti Student Center. Hosted by the Journalism Department, the event included 18 workshops and a live drone demonstration in addition to the keynote address.

Bernstein’s career started with gigs in the Buffalo and Albany television markets, before she transitioned to broadcast outlets in Philadelphia and in Connecticut. She has been with Fox61 since August 2014.

Bernstein told students to be persistent, even in the face of rejections. And, she said, they need to learn new tools to stay competitive.

“People who don’t want to pick up the camera are in for a rude awakening,” Bernstein said.

The SCSU Journalism Department hosts High School Journalism Day each year at the Michael J. Adanti Student Center.

Candid Jenn Bernstein with students

High school students pose with FOX61 reporter and anchor Jenn Bernstein after her keynote address at the 33rd annual High School Journalism Day at Southern Connecticut State University Oct. 21.

About

High School Journalism Day is held each year to expose students to the journalism industry and working journalists. It is part of the mission of the department to help contribute to the growth and preparation of future journalists in the state.

Past keynote speakers include:

2016: Jenn Bernstein, FOX 61 anchor and political reporter
2015: Dennis House, WFSB Eyewitness News anchor
2014: Darren Sweeney, meteorologist for NBC Connecticut
2013: Alaine Griffin, Hartford Courant reporter
2012: Keisha Grant, NBC CT news anchor and reporter (cancelled due to weather)
2011: Mike Piskorski, FOX CT photographer and editor
2010: Paul Bass, New Haven Independent editor
2009: Erin Cox, WTNH 8 general and investigative reporter
2008: Rob Parker, ESPN Radio sports talk show host, Detroit News sports columnist
2007: Barbara Pinto, ABC News correspondent
2006: Frank Harris III, Hartford Courant columnist and SCSU Journalism Department chair
2005: Jocelyn Maminta, WTNH 8 co-anchor and reporter
2004: Joanne Nesti, NBC 30 news anchor
2003: Leon Collins, WFSB 3 news anchor and reporter
2002: Ann Nyberg, WTNH 8 news anchor
2001: Dennis House, WFSB news anchor
2000: Keith Kountz, WTNH 8 news anchor
1999: Gerry Brooks, WVIT 30 news anchor