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Nov. 10: A conversation with investigative journalist Stuart Watson

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Your Charlotte Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will have “A Conversation with Stuart Watson” at its November meeting, 6:30 p.m. this coming Thursday at Leroy Fox Restaurant, 705 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte.

Stuart is a founding chapter member and is a veteran broadcast investigative reporter in the Charlotte market. Lately he has turned his talents to filmmaking and he’ll be talking about his latest project.

“Helen” recounts the efforts of Watson, who was adopted at four months after being born to an unwed mother, to find his biological mother and father.

Please join us for what should be a program full of insight into Stuart’s personal journey and the power of reporting.

This will be our final meeting of calendar year 2016, so please join us and bring a colleague or two.

-Keith Cannon, President

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Oct. 13: A Conversation about the Charlotte Protests

The next meeting of your Charlotte Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at Leroy Fox Restaurant, 705 S. Sharon Amity Road.

Our program will be “A Conversation about the Charlotte Protests” and we’ll talk with three Charlotte-area journalists who have spent significant time covering this story in recent weeks. Our tentative panel will include David Sentendrey, a digital journalist with Fox 46 TV, Katie Peralta of The Charlotte Observer, and Ryan Pitkin of Creative Loafing. Ryan is a chapter member and was a finalist in the professional division of the chapter’s 2015 Outstanding Journalism Awards.

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Photo: Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer

If you enjoy a “how I got the story” discussion, you’ll want to be here as these journalists describe their coverage of these events which brought worldwide attention to Charlotte.

Other notes on upcoming chapter events:

— We are currently in the annual election period for the chapter. Current officers are Keith Cannon, president and Corey Inscoe, treasurer. The offices of vice president and secretary are vacant. If you would like to be a candidate for any of these offices, contact me by Friday, Oct.14 and we’ll discuss how to proceed.

— The Nov. 10 meeting will be “A Conversation with Stuart Watson.” Watson, a veteran Charlotte-area investigative reporter and a founding member of the chapter, will discuss his latest project. His documentary film “Helen” chronicles his search for his biological parents using the techniques of investigative reporting. It’s at 6:30 p.m. at Leroy Fox Restaurant.

Hope to see you at these meeting. If you have questions and/or have interest in being a chapter officer. please get in touch.

– Keith Cannon, President

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Sept. 8: A conversation with David Boraks (and more SPJ news)

Hello, SPJ colleagues:

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the fall programming of your SPJ chapter. Here’s what’s coming up. All meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Leroy Fox Restaurant, 705 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte.

n9pe08cf(1) Our next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 8 and we will have “A Conversation with David Boraks.” David makes a return visit to our chapter to talk about his most recent work with WFAE-FM and will also give us some insight on reporting climate change and other topics related to science and technology journalism. David was the founder and publisher of DavidsonNews.Net and he will also talk about his decision last year to close the site and what he learned from his experience with an online only news outlet.

(2) October program is to be determined, though I’m working on several possibilities. Got a program idea? Let me know.

(3) Our Nov. 10 program will feature one of our founding members, Charlotte-area investigative reporter Stuart Watson. Stuart will discuss his latest project, a film in which he used his reporting skills to investigate his own family history.

October will also be the month for chapter elections. Current officers are Keith Cannon, president; and Corey Inscoe, treasurer. The positions of vice president and secretary are vacant due to members holding those offices moving out of the area.

If you have interest in running for any chapter officer position, please let me know.

I look forward to seeing you at a meeting this fall.

-Keith Cannon, President

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Aug. 11: A conversation with Erik Spanberg

Mark your calendars for a Aug. 11 for the August meeting of your Charlotte Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

We’ll have “A Conversation with Erik Spanberg” at 6:30 p.m. at Leroy Fox Restaurant, 705 S. Sharon Amity Road in what is sure to be an informative and wide-ranging program.

Erik, senior staff writer for the Charlotte Business Journal, is one of the most respected names in business journalism in the Carolinas. He covers government, sports business, hospitality and airlines for the Business Journal and will talk about his experiences writing about some of the biggest events in recent Charlotte history.

Join us for an evening of fellowship, networking, food and learning more about the Charlotte media landscape. Invite a colleague or two, and shoot me an email if you have questions or want more information. See you there!

– Keith Cannon, President. 
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July 14: A conversation with political scientist Michael Bitzer

Charlotte SPJ is coming back from a summer hiatus and we’re excited to have a timely program as we resume our schedule.

Come hear Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 14 at Leroy Fox Restaurant, 705 S. Sharon Amity Road.

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Dr. Michael Bitzer. Photo credit: Catawba College

Dr. Bitzer is one of our favorite guests and we’ve enjoyed his insight on local, state and national politics for several years now. He’s also a blogger and a frequent commentator on radio and TV about the political scene.

His appearance next week will be especially timely as the Republican and Democratic conventions are coming up soon.

Join us for food, fellowship, networking and an educational and entertaining program. Invite a colleague or two. I look forward to seeing you there.

– Keith Cannon, President

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April 14: A Conversation with Mike Hogewood

Mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Charlotte Pro Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists. It’s at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Leroy Fox Restaurant, 705 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte.

We’re having “A Conversation with Mike Hogewood.” Mike is currently an assistant professor of journalism at Catawba College in Salisbury. But many of you, especially if you’re college basketball fans, will remember him from a long career as a broadcaster covering sports in the Carolinas.

For many years, Mike was sports director of WFMY-TV in his hometown of Greensboro and he has also done work for Raycom (the old Jefferson Pilot Co.), Fox Sports South, the New England Sports Network, the Speed Channel and the Nashville Network.

Come prepared for a conversation about the state of broadcast sports coverage and maybe even a little about journalism education. And bring a colleague or two for a night of networking, food and fellowship.

You’ll also get an update on next month’s 2015 Outstanding Journalism Awards program. Hope to see you there.

– Keith Cannon, President

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March 10: A conversation with Jon Buchan

Come and join your Charlotte SPJ chapter for this month’s meeting, which is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10.

The program is “A Conversation with Jon Buchan.” Jon, a former reporter for The Charlotte Observer and other newspapers, is an attorney with the law firm Essex Richards, focusing on First Amendment issues. He will give us an update on the latest developments in media law.

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We’re back at Leroy Fox Restaurant, 705 S. Sharon Amity Road, for this meeting.
Join us for what should be an informative program, and bring a colleague or two.

Email me if you have questions, and I look forward to seeing you there.

– Keith Cannon

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