July 26, 2009

Editing Breakfast at AEJMC

I'm posting this on behalf of Deborah Gump. I've always found this breakfast to be a great help and fun time, and for anyone teaching community journalism, you'll come away with some good ideas -- Doug

Dear all,

A few seats remain for the Breakfast of Editing Champions at the AEJMC convention in Boston. The breakfast is free and open to anyone who teaches editing, appreciates editing or simply likes to hang around editing professors - and that should be pretty much everyone. To attend, RSVP by e-mail to gumpdl@gmail.com by next Friday.

Our agenda is simple, yet fundamental to journalism that matters: the future of editing and editing education. Since the beginning of the breakfasts, we’ve invited local journalists to help guide our discussion by sharing their views from the trenches. This year, we are fortunate to have two Boston journalists who can provide both a newsroom perspective and an industry-wide perspective. Joining us will be:

* David Beard, editor of Boston.com since 2006. He plays a key role in integrating the site’s news, sports, business, feature and multimedia operations with the Boston Globe. He previously served as an assistant managing editor of the Globe, in charge of the paper's five regional editions. Before that he ran the Globe's City Weekly section and served as the paper's deputy foreign editor. Beard also reported and edited for South Florida's Sun-Sentinel, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, and The Associated Press, for which his exotic postings included Argentina, the Caribbean, and Mississippi. He is a native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He is a former Inter American Press Association scholar and has taught news reporting at the Harvard Extension School. For an example of the kind of work David’s site does, check out its seven-part series on Ted Kennedy at http://www.boston.com/news/specials/kennedy/.

* Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University (www.niemanlab.org), which was created to help journalism figure out its future in an Internet age. The Lab is trying to find the best business models to support high-quality journalism and to craft strategies that can make our work better. Josh spent 10 years in newspapers, most recently at The Dallas Morning News, before spending a year at Harvard as a 2008 Nieman Fellow. His reports on cheating on standardized tests in the Texas public schools led to the permanent shutdown of a school district and won the Philip Meyer Journalism Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has reported from 10 foreign countries, been a Pew Fellow in international journalism, and three times has been a finalist for the Livingston Award for international reporting. Before Dallas, he was a reporter and rock critic for The Toledo Blade.

Also joining us this year will be Jan Freeman, author of the popular “The Word” column in the Boston Globe (http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/jan_freeman/). If anyone would like to talk about the column or offer her suggestions for topics, she'd be glad to linger after the breakfast.

A highlight of the breakfasts has been the Teaching Idea Exchange, which shares your best teaching ideas and strategies. This year, Andy Bechtel from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill takes the reins of the exchange. Share your best teaching idea or tip by sending it to Andy at abechtel@email.unc.edu, also by Friday. Be ready to discuss it briefly at the breakfast.

We’ll also be compiling a list of resources, and I always depend on your contributions. If you’ve discovered a Web site, book, magazine article, video, YouTube clip or another resource that helps you be a more effective teacher, send me the details. As always, we’ll include all breakfast material on a DVD for easy packing. Much of the material from last year’s breakfast can be found at http://www.editteach.org/specialprojects?id=63. I also have a few extra copies of last year's DVD, which I'll bring along to this year's breakfast.

If you know someone who would be interested in attending, please pass along this invitation and point out the requirement to RSVP.

Oh, one more thing: We owe our coffee and pastries this year to Rich Holden, executive director of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. The craft of editing owes much to Rich, and now we do as well.

To sum up:

  • Time: 8:15 - 9:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 6
  • Place: TBA, but the breakfast will be in the convention hotel.

RSVP (required): Confirm by sending an e-mail to gumpdl@gmail.com by Friday (July 31).

Teaching Idea Exchange: Send your idea to Andy Bechtel abechtel@email.unc.edu by Friday.

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