SPJ seminar: Covering the Democratic National Convention in 2012

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By Andria Krewson

We’ve organized a Saturday seminar on July 28 with experienced reporters, academics and insiders to help journalists prepare for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Speakers include Charles Bierbauer of the University of South Carolina, Rob Christensen of the Raleigh News & Observer and senior political reporter in North Carolina, Michael Bitzer of Catawba College, Susan Stabley of the Charlotte Business Journal and more.

To register, visit coverdnc.eventbrite.com Students and SPJ members pay $15, and non-members pay $25. That helps us cover lunch and space, at UNC Charlotte Center City. A walking tour of uptown Charlotte is part of the seminar. Informal beverages, separate from the seminar, will follow somewhere in uptown Charlotte. (Details to come.)

Schedule

8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration
9 – 9:50 a.m. Evolution of the Political Conventions
Dr. Dan Grano, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at UNC Charlotte
10 – 10:50 a.m. Covering Protests; How Journalists Can Avoid Getting Arrested
Christopher Brook, North Carolina ACLU Legal Director
Mark Newbold, Charlotte Police Attorney
Moderator: Susan Stabley, Charlotte Business Journal reporter
11 – 11:50 a.m. DNC Orienteering Session
Dr. Michael Bitzer, Associate Professor of Politics & History, Catawba College
Samuel Spencer, IV, President of the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) and a 2008 Presidential Elector
Vani Hari, DNC delegate (attended the 2008 DNC in Denver)
Noon – 12:50 p.m. Lunch and Tips for Covering the DNC
Rob Christensen, Raleigh News & Observer reporter
John Ensslin, President of the National Society of Professional Journalists
1 – 1:50 p.m. Storytelling In and Around the DNC
Charles Bierbauer, Dean, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina
2 – 2:50 p.m. Visual/Audio Coverage of the DNC
Carrie Hofmann, Assistant News Director at WCNC-TV; covered the 2008 DNC in Denver
Sid Bedingfield, Journalism Professor at the University of South Carolina
Josh Davis, Videographer; Journalism Graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill
3 – 3:50 p.m. Uptown Charlotte Walking Tour
Tour Guide: Susan Stabley, Charlotte Business Journal reporter
4:00 p.m. Happy Hour (Uptown venue to be determined)

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