By Frank Barrows
As we all settle back into our work after the holiday weekend, here’s a reminder of Thursday’s gathering of the Greater Charlotte Chapter of the Society Professional Journalists.
It’s “A Conversation With Kathleen Purvis,” a talented journalist for The Charlotte Observer who has earned a national reputation as a food writer. Few human endeavors occupy more of our time, focus, energy or resources than eating, and although Kathleen specializes in food, her work is far from narrow in scope. Her portfolio has included everything from a massive investigation of why low-income neighborhoods have few full-service grocery stores to a new book, “Pecans: A Savor The South Cookbook”, from the University of North Carolina Press. Her work for The Observer has won numerous awards, and she has been named one of the country’s top food editors. (Here’s her blog.)
We’ll get together at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 East Morehead Street.
Please join us. It’ll be a great way to start the New Year.
I hope to see you there.
Christina Brooke of ElisaRay performs at Area Fifteen on Jan. 1, 2011.
Photo licensed through Creative Commons, from James Willamor. See Willamor Media’s Flickr stream.
The Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance is inviting local freelancers and writers to its first conference, “Covering the Arts,” in January.
Cost is $35 ($15 for students). The arts journalism conference will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 12 at the UNC Charlotte Center City Building, 320 E. Ninth Street.
Speakers include Rick Thames, Meg Freeman Whalen, Glenn Burkins, Jeremy Markovich, Mary Curtis, Rick Thurmond, Mark Kemp and more. (Here’s the whole list.)
The alliance is a collaboration with UNC Charlotte and five media outlets: the Charlotte Observer; WCNC-TV; WFAE; Qcitymetro; and Charlotte Viewpoint.
It’s funded through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For details and to sign up, see the alliance’s conference site.
WSOC’s Blair Miller (left) and Dr. Michael Bitzer “tweetcast” from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
By Frank Barrows
On Nov. 1, nearly on the eve of the election, we’ll have the chance to talk with Dr. Michael Bitzer of Catawba College, one of the Carolinas’ most respected – not to mention most insightful and wittiest – political observers.
At 6:30 p.m. at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille (911 East Morehead Street, Charlotte), he’s our guest for our regular first-Thursday-of-the-month gathering. It promises to be a great night, with lots of discussion about the Nov. 6 election and lots of ideas and information from Dr. Bitzer that will help shape your coverage.
If you don’t already know him, I hope you’ll take this chance to meet Dr. Bitzer. He’s a good a friend of our chapter, and is associate professor of politics and history at Catawba College. You can get an idea of the depth of his thinking and research, as well as his sense of humor, at his blog, NC Politics; his post on Tuesday was a fascinating look at early-voting trends in North Carolina. Or you can follow him on Twitter at @CatawbaPolitics.
Dr. Bitzer is among our state’s most widely quoted experts on elections and campaigns, writing for WFAE this campaign season at The Party Line. He’s also been quoted by people like Charlie Mahtesian at Politico.
This evening is one more part of your chapter’s award-winning initiatives and programming for your professional development. Plus, our meetings are a splendid place for networking.
Please join us, and let your colleagues know about this event: “A Conversation With Michael Bitzer,” 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Michael Bitzer.
On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Greater Charlotte Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting “A Conversation With Tom Sorensen,”
an informal question-and-answer session with The Observer’s popular sports columnist.
It’s part of our regular series of first-Thursday-of-the-month events at which we have discussions with people who are of particular interest to area journalists.
SPJ is an important asset for journalists, and we’re hoping that you’ll take this opportunity to learn more about the Charlotte chapter. In these times of transition in our profession, the company of other journalists is vital for networking, the exchange of ideas, and learning from each other. What’s more, our chapter just won the national organization’s annual award for most outstanding professional-development-and-training programs.
At the session with Tom Sorensen, we’ll have a spread of heavy hors d’oeuvres. The evening promises to be a great time. Everyone’s welcome.
Mark it now on your calendar: 6:30 p.m., October 4, at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 East Morehead Street.
Our website traffic showed you read us. You really really read us.
Thanks to all who let us be of service in providing education and resources ahead of Charlotte’s Democratic National Convention. The stats (and our personal conversations) show we helped, and that makes us feel good.
Now comes “the ask.” (We’re learning from all those PACs that came to town to raise money.)
Susan Stabley said it best in an interview with Holly Edgell on a national SPJ blog:
Organizations like SPJ must provide support or our craft will be unable to fulfill its mission. There’s a reason why journalists became journalists, and it’s not the money. But we can’t continue to do our jobs and keep the faith without reinforcement.
SPJ on the chapter level allows journalists to reenergize each other and also mentor each other. On a national level, SPJ sets a bar, enforces ethics, celebrates excellence and guards our First Amendment rights. We need this, perhaps now more than ever.
Again, thanks for letting us be of service. Here’s how you can join.
From @ncbrian on Flickr, aka @GreyMasterBrian on Twitter.
Charlotte’s Levine Museum of the New South offers free briefings for credentialed media in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention on Friday, Saturday and Monday with historian Tom Hanchett, author of “Sorting Out The New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte”
Bonus: Free tastings of the soda pops of the South, from Cheerwine to the Vietnamese Dragonfruit.
Reservations recommended. People without credentials are welcome with regular museum admission. Go here for more details.
Image credit: @ncbrian on Flickr, used through a Creative Commons license.
By Andria Krewson
Here’s a link roundup of resources available for journalists covering the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Many come from our successful July 28 seminar, “Ready, Set, Go,” on covering conventions. University of North Carolina student and journalist Melissa Abbey wrote a summary of that seminar, and Society of Professional Journalists National President John Ensslin, who has covered three national conventions, spoke at the seminar and shared his tips on his blog.
Note: The law allows police in North Carolina and Florida to search your digital devices if you are being arrested, according to Andy Sellers of the Digital Media Law Project. Sellers also notes that digital networks in crowds can become overloaded, so do not count on your phone to work. Consider using old-fashioned paper identification and reference materials as a backup.
If you run into trouble and can tweet, a couple of moves might come in handy.
- Please feel free to send a tweet to the Greater Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists’ account at @charlottespj if you run into legal issues. Ensslin notes in his roundup that national SPJ has a legal defense fund.
Free Press uses the tag #journarrest for cases in which journalists are arrested.
- From the National Press Photographers’ Association, General Counsel Mickey Osterreicher is tweeting from @nppalawyer.
- From the North Carolina ACLU, Chris Brook, legal director, is available for your calls at his office (919-834-3466) or cell phone (919-830-4228).
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police representatives have held several meetings with local media and community members. Deputy Police Chief Harold Medlock met with the Greater Charlotte Chapter of SPJ in June. Here are notes from that meeting.
John Ensslin’s tips, with his own advice as well as tips from other experienced journalists.
The Digital Media Law Project’s guide to reporting at the 2012 Republican and Democratic national conventions, including a one-page, crammed-to-the-gills cheat sheet
Free Press, the International News Safety Institute and Harvard University’s Digital Media Law Project teamed up for a webinar on safety for journalists while covering conventions. Replay available here. One excellent advance tip from this webinar: treat the DNC as a long hike, bring snacks and water and plan ahead with a map to avoid being “kettled.”
Know your rights, from the ACLU, with a one-pager full of resources.
Covering the conventions and protests, from the National Press Photographers Association (updating live from the Republican National Convention)
No rebar, lots of sunscreen: Covering the Democratic National Convention, a concise roundup by UNC student Melissa Abbey of the Greater Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists’ July 28 seminar.
7 Rules for Recording Police, by Steve Silverman at Gizmodo.
The National Lawyers’ Guild
Privacy and security for mobile phones and other devices using voice and data networks, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The surveillance self-defense project from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Charlotte Mecklenburg online form for filing a complaint about an officer.
Social media resources
Many of these came from a Poynter chat led by Mallary Tenore on Aug. 24 with Ethan Klapper, Jeff Sonderman and Charlotte’s own Mary Curtis.