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Society of Professional Journalists Takes 2000 National Convention to Columbus, Ohio


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2000 SPJ National Convention

Thursday, Oct. 26, Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28

Adam’s Mark Hotel
50 N. Third St.
Columbus, OH 43215


7:30 a.m. — The Society recognizes Sunshine and First Amendment award recipients. CBS producers Helen Malgrem and David Gelber, along with anchor Ed Bradley, won this year’s Sigma Delta Chi Award for Investigative Television Reporting. Hear how they used extensive undercover video to look inside Charter Behavorial Health Systems, the nation’s largest chain of psychiatric hospitals. The report led to federal and state investigations into the system and changes within the charter system itself.

12:30 p.m. — SPJ 1999 Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon honors outstanding student journalism.

4 p.m. — SPJ Project Watchdog, Eye on Small-town America: Rural Communities in the National Media Spotlight. What happens when a national story breaks in a small town, bringing an influx of national media onto hometown streets? Media members and the public come together for a frank discussion about the community impact of national coverage. (Location NOT at hotel: The Columbus Athenaeum, Hellenic Room, 32 N. Fourth St., Columbus).

7:30 p.m. — The Society SPJ President’s Installation Banquet. Ray Marcano, regional editor at the Dayton Daily News, will take his position as president of the SPJ Board of Directors.

Media passes can be obtained at the SPJ registration desk or at the SPJ staff office at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, from Oct. 25-28. Journalists also may call 317/927-8000 before 5 p.m. Oct. 23 to reserve their media passes. Media contact: Sarah A. Shrode, SPJ communications manager.

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