Start the Presses

March 01-02, 2024
Linda L. Bean Center

About the Conference

Join us on ISI’s Wilmington campus for a weekend of lectures and discussions on how to launch and maintain a campus publication that will make an impact on your school community. You’ll hear from Collegiate Network staff, students and alumni on everything from crafting good journalism to managing a staff of writers and editors. All food, travel and lodging expenses will be covered by ISI.

Victorino Matus

Victorino Matus is the Arts & Culture editor of the Washington Free Beacon, cohost of the Getting Hammered podcast, and author of Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America. He’s written on a variety of subjects including military history, German politics, pop culture, and food and drink. Aside from the Free Beacon, his work has appeared in the Weekly StandardNational Review, the New York Post, the Washington PostWashingtonian magazine, and the Wall Street Journal.

Landon Epperson

Landon is a second-year at the University of Virginia, pursuing a degree in economics and foreign affairs. He joined the Jefferson Independent in his first year as a sports and news editor, later assuming the role of Editor-in-Chief in May of 2023. With the incredible support of its faculty and members, TJI has been UVA’s pioneer of intellectual curiosity and journalistic integrity, imaging Jefferson’s vision of “the illimitable freedom of the human mind.” Fostering an environment of cordial debate and open thought has been a rewarding experience for Landon in an age where polarity can often prevent productive discourse. Outside of TJI, Landon is passionate about studying history and political geography, always ready to catch an episode of Jeopardy! in the hopes of seeing a “world flags” category. 

Joe Lawler

Joseph Lawler is the policy editor for the Washington Examiner, having previously been an economics reporter. Before joining the Washington Examiner, he worked for RealClearPolicy. He is a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he was an editor for the Irish Rover newspaper. 

Kelsey Bloom

Kelsey Bloom is managing editor at the Manhattan Institute, a domestic policy and urban policy think tank. She manages the team responsible for publishing MI’s research reports, model legislation, and policy issue briefs. Previously, Kelsey was the voices editor at USA TODAY and a member of the editorial board. As voices editor, she solicited and commissioned opinion columns primarily about unique first-person experiences of greater national interest. Kelsey has also worked as an opinion editor for The Hill and a political reporter for IJR. Kelsey was the 2014–15 Collegiate Network fellow at USA TODAY. She studied economics and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was editor-in-chief of the Collegiate Network publication, Carolina Review. She was a Publius Fellow with the Claremont Institute and is currently pursuing a masters degree in government with Hillsdale College.