Mark your calendars for talks on travel writing, national SPJ & ethics

Thanks to everyone who came out to our inaugural Outstanding Journalism Awards ceremony at AZN Restaurant on May 14, and especially to those whose hard work over the last year or more helped it become a reality.

In case you missed it, our chapter recognized Anna Douglas of The Herald in Rock Hill as the Professional Division winner and Jordan Stutts of UNC-Charlotte as the College Division winner. Congratulations again to them and to a worthy group of finalists in each division.

Looking ahead to the summer, we’re  planning some informative programs that will be of interest to journalists across a variety of media. Here are the next two, both at Leroy Fox Restaurant, 705 S. Sharon Amity Road:

Thursday, June 11, 6:30 p.m. “A  Conversation about Travel Journalism.” Our speakers will be John Bordsen, travel editor of The Charlotte Observer, and veteran travel writer Bob Taylor. We’ll also hear from chapter member Bruce Hensley, whose PR firm has worked extensively with the travel and tourism industry.

The panelists will talk about their experiences covering travel and talk about the state of travel writing today. They’ll also share insights on what kinds of stories sell and how to pitch them.
Thursday, July 9, 6;30 p.m. “A Conversation with Paul Fletcher.” Paul is the president-elect of the Society of Professional Journalists and he’s the publisher and editor-in-chief of Virginia Lawyers Weekly. He will update us on important developments with the national SPJ organization and we’ve also asked him to talk about SPJ and journalism ethics.

Be sure to mark your summer calendars for both of these meetings. Hope to see you there. Invite a colleague or two.



Keith L. Cannon, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Communication, Wingate University
President, Charlotte Pro Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists


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