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About AprilBethea

Reporter turned online producer at The Charlotte Observer. Politics, crime, features, I've covered a little bit of everything. These days, I'm still helping to bring the news. I'm just wearing a different hat.

Tommy Tomlinson returns for our February meeting

Dear SPJ colleagues:

Please mark your calendars for a fun and informative evening at our next Charlotte SPJ chapter meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11. It will be held at AZN Restaurant, 4620 Piedmont Row Drive in Charlotte’s South Park area.

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The program is “A Conversation with Tommy Tomlinson.” The award-winning Charlotte-based freelance writer and former Charlotte Observer columnist will talk about what he’s been up to since his last appearance with us in Summer 2014. That’s included some outstanding sports journalism, but the conversation should also touch on getting and conducting interviews and a variety of other topics.

A free appetizer buffet will be available.

We will also officially kick off the chapter’s second annual Outstanding Journalism Awards with some information about this year’s competition. We encourage members to enter their best work and to help us identify other worthy entrants.

Please contact me if you have questions. Hope to see you on the 11th!

Keith

Keith L. Cannon, Ph.D.

President, Charlotte Pro Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists
Chair, Department of Journalism and Visual Arts, Wingate University

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Kicking off 2016 with Charlotte SPJ

Charlotte SPJ colleagues:

I hope your holiday season was enjoyable and that your new year is off to a good start. And I hope you’ll make the Charlotte chapter of Society of Professional Journalists a part of your 2016. We have two interesting and informative programs to get us started.

Please mark your calendars to attend!

  • Thursday, Jan. 14: “A Conversation with Alix Felsing“: We will start the new year with a program about re-starting careers. Alix, a former editor for the Charlotte Observer, is now working as a consultant in communications and talent development, and has some interesting thoughts on building “career resilience” and how to respond to career “derailment.” Make plans to hear Alix talk about a topic that’s of high interest in these days of cutbacks in the profession. 6:30 p.m. at Leroy Fox Restaurant.
  • Thursday, Feb. 11: A Conversation with Tommy Tomlinson”: We’ll hear from Alix’s other half at our February meeting. Tommy, a former Observer columnist and reporter, last spoke with us in August 2014. In that time his career has taken some interesting turns, with some good sports journalism that resulted in his profile of former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith being included in the 2015 edition of “Best American Sports Writing.” — his second appearance in that series. He will talk about what he’s been up to lately and share his always insightful advice on writing and interviewing. 6:30 p.m. at a location to be determined.

I hope to see you at both of these events. Please get in touch if you have questions

Keith

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

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Winding down 2015: A Conversation with Mark Washburn, holiday celebration

Please mark your calendars to join your Charlotte Pro Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists for its final two meetings of 2015.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Mark Washburn. Source: The Charlotte Observer

Mark Washburn. Source: The Charlotte Observer

A Conversation with Mark Washburn, Thursday, Nov. 12: Most of you have probably read Mark’s coverage of and commentary about area news media in his role as reporter and columnist for the Charlotte Observer. Mark will talk about the latest developments in Charlotte-area media and about how to report on the industry in the age of social media.

The meeting’s at 6:30 p.m. at Leroy Fox Restaurant, 705 S. Sharon Amity Road.

A Holiday Celebration, Thursday, Dec. 10: We’ll close the year with an informal social gathering and planning session for 2016. Come for some conversation about our chapter and bring ideas about programs you’d like to see and initiatives you’d like to see the chapter take on in the coming year. We’re interested in any thoughts on how the chapter can be a resource to working journalists.  6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at a location to be determined.

Hope to see you there. Invite a colleague or two!

Regards,
Keith
Keith L. Cannon, Ph.D.
President, Charlotte Pro Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists
Chair, Department of Journalism and Visual Arts, Wingate University

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Charlotte Agenda publisher Ted Williams is our Oct. 8 speaker

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Ted Williams

Dear Charlotte SPJ colleague:

Please join us on Thursday, Oct. 8, for the monthly chapter meeting. This month’s program is “A Conversation with Ted Williams.” Ted is the founder and publisher of Charlotte Agenda, an online news and entertainment outlet aimed primarily at millennials.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Leroy Fox Restaurant at 705 S. Sharon Amity Road.

Ted is the former director of digital strategy for The Charlotte Observer, where he directed the startup a similar site, Charlotte Five.

Our chapter received national recognition at the recent EIJ ’15 conference in Orlando.for its programming, and we’re looking forward to another informative and useful evening of learning, networking, food and fellowship.

I look forward to seeing you there.
Keith
Keith L. Cannon
President, Charlotte Pro Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists

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Sept. 10: A Conversation with Rhiannon Fionn

Mark your calendar for the next Charlotte SPJ chapter meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10 and join us for “A Conversation with Rhiannon Fionn​.”

This month we’re meeting at Cantina 1511 Restaurant in the Park Road Shopping Center.(And thanks to chapter secretary Tricia Couture for finding the temporary venue for us…)

Rhiannon is a former chapter member and a freelance writer and filmmaker. Rhiannon will be discussing and screening excerpts from her film project “The Coal Ash Chronicles.” She will take us inside this controversial story and its impact on communities all across the nation and talk about the making of the film.

I hope to see you at what should be an interesting and informative meeting. Once again, take note of the change in location for this month. We’ll be back at Leroy Fox Restaurant for the October and November meetings.

Keith Cannon,
Greater Charlotte SPJ president

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Go behind-the-scenes at ESPNU on Aug. 13

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Whether you’re a sports junkie or not, you won’t want to miss our next meeting of the Charlotte Pro chapter of SPJ. We’re taking a tour of the ESPNU studios in Ballantyne!

Join us at 7 p.m. (note departure from usual meeting time), Thursday, August 13 for an insider’s look at ESPN’s channel devoted exclusively to college sports. ESPNU’s headquarters are also now the home of the SEC Network.

ESPNU’s studio is at 11001 Rushmore Drive in Charlotte, off the Ballantyne Commons Parkway. If you plan to attend or need directions, please send an email to Greater Charlotte SPJ President Keith Cannon at cannon@wingate.edu.

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SPJ president-elect Paul Fletcher comes to town; ESPNU tour rescheduled

Want to learn more about what’s going on with the national organization of the Society of Professional Journalists?

Paul Fletcher

Paul Fletcher

Our Charlotte Pro chapter will host SPJ’s president-elect, Paul Fletcher, at our Juiy meeting. It’s at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 9 at Leroy Fox Restaurant, 705 South Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte.

Paul has been the publisher and editor of Virginia Lawyers’ Weekly in Richmond since 1989, and has won numerous state and national journalism awards. He’s been an SPJ member since 1992 and also serves on the SPJ ethics committee.

Invite a colleague or two and come out for what is sure to be an informative meeting.

Also mark your calendar for our August 13 meeting, which will be a rescheduling of the tour of ESPNU which was cancelled back in April. Make plans to join us for an inside look at the production of sports television. It’s an evening event with the time still TBD.

I look forward to seeing you at both of these events.

Keith

Keith L. Cannon, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Communication and Visual Arts, Wingate University
President, Charlotte Pro Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists

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