SPJ Convention Speakers Include Many Award-winning JournalistsMEDIA ALERT
News editors, Business editors, Feature editors, Photo editors, Assignment desk
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
FRIDAY, OCT. 27
10:30 a.m. — When a Texas trial judge demanded outtakes of a CBS interview with a high-profile murder defendant, "60 Minutes II" producer Mary Mapes became the person in the middle of the storm. Hear her first-hand account in the person.
Noon — Mike Peters, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Dayton Daily News and creator of Mother Goose and Grimm, will be honored at the Legal Defense Fund. The LDF Roast is an opportunity for the Society to salute journalists who are distinguished among their peers.
2 p.m. — Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted of murdering his wife, Marilyn, at a sensationally reported "Trial of the Century." A discussion of lessons learned in the Cleveland Press’ overkill coverage and the U.S. Supreme Court’s discussion to it.
6 p.m. — Ohio Governors on Politics: Join four of the past five Ohio governors discuss the role of the press during their administrations. Governors Jim Rhodes, John Gillgan, George Voinovich and Bob Taft will take questions from the audience during this special discussion.
8 p.m. — Winners of the 1999 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism will be honored during the SDX Banquet. From deadline coverage to investigative reporting and documentaries, these awards recognize journalism’s best and brightest. Award recipients include Tom Brokaw of NBC News, David Shaw of the Los Angeles Times, Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo of the Washington Post; and Ed Bradley and Helen Malgrem of "60 Minutes II." Speaker for banquet is Anna Werner, Houston TV —11, the first reporter to break the Firestone Tire story.
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.