Alaska Press Club Conference 2013
This year our Alaska Press Club Conference sessions will take place at the University of Alaska Anchorage and at Alaska Public Media, April 18 to 2o. The conference theme is “Every Day.” Become an Alaska Press Club member to receive entry to conference sessions.
Bernardo Ruiz, Quiet Pictures
Our 2013 keynote speaker will be Bernardo Ruiz! He’s the director/producer of Reportero, a documentary about journalists in Mexico who risk their lives every day to do their jobs. The documentary aired on PBS this January. He’ll speak on the importance of local journalism in the process of making the documentary.
Kirk Johnson, New York Times
Kirk Johnson is a national correspondent and Seattle Bureau Chief for The New York Times. He has been a staff writer at the paper for more than 25 years, and shared a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001. He has covered economics, the environment, politics, criminal justice and sports, and has been a national correspondent covering The West since 2004.
Robert Smith, Planet Money, National Public Radio
Robert Smith is a correspondent for NPR’s Planet Money, a team that specializes in making economic reporting funny, engaging and understandable. Smith reports on how the global economy is affecting our lives. Before this, he was the New York correspondent for NPR.
Lam Thuy Vo, Planet Money, National Public Radio
Lam Thuy Vo is a multimedia reporter, data journalist and coder for NPR’s Planet Money. She enjoys experimenting with different storytelling formats and is constantly learning new software and coding languages to tell stories in compelling ways. Before NPR, Lam spearheaded video operations for The Wall Street Journal in Asia. As the editorial lead for video content in the region, she worked with more than a dozen bureaus in the region.
Neal Mann, Social Media Editor, The Wall Street Journal
Neal Mann of The Wall Street Journal is widely considered one of the best journalists using social media. He has used the platform to break big stories and was once ranked as the most influential journalist on Twitter.
Traci Carl, The Associated Press
As West regional editor for The Associated Press, Traci Carl oversees news for 13 states West of the Rocky Mountains, including Hawaii and Alaska. She is based in Phoenix and has led coverage on everything from the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting to Arizona’s long running immigration debate.
Ashley Gross, KPLU-Seattle
Ashley Gross business and labor reporter at KPLU in Seattle, covering everything from Amazon.com and Boeing to garbage strikes. She previously worked at WBEZ in Chicago, where she reported on business and the economy and has reported for the APRN in Anchorage and for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.
Gabriel Spitzer, KPLU-Seattle
Gabriel Spitzer covers youth and education at KPLU. He previously covered science, health and the environment at WBEZ in Chicago, where he created the award-winning mini-show, Clever Apes. Spitzer currently lives in Seattle.
Ann Friedman, Columbia Journalism Review
Ann Friedman is a columnist for New York magazine’s website and for The Columbia Journalism Review. The former executive editor of GOOD magazine, she and her colleagues produced Tomorrow, a crowdfunded narrative publication. She created the popular animated-GIF blog Real Talk From Your Editor and curates the work of women writers on LadyJournos!.
Jamie Cotten is an award-winning freelance photographer, specializing in candid portraiture and social issues. Her work has appeared in The Denver Post, The Dallas Morning News, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Telegraph (UK), and Colorado Life Magazine, among others.Jamie was recently invited to the 5th Pulitzer Prize Winners Workshop as a guest speaker in Hong Kong, where she presented her project on motherhood that she shot using the Hipstamatic iPhone app.
Craig Walker, The Denver Post
Craig Walker is a staff photographer at The Denver Post. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes in feature photography. The first was in 2010 for his series “Ian Fisher: American Soldier.” The second was in 2012 for “Welcome Home,” a story of a soldier returning home with severe PTSD. Walker came to the Post in 1998 from the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass.
Lew Simons, UAF Snedden Chair of Journalism 2012/2013
Lew Simons has been a foreign correspondent since 1967, reporting from Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and the former Soviet Union. He won the Pulitzer Prize for exposing the Marcos family’s hidden billions. He has written for The New York Times, National Geographic, Washington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, NPR and more.
Mike Doogan, UAA Atwood Chair of Journalism 2012/2013
Mike is a UAA alumnus (M.F.A. ’99) and spent nearly 14 years as a columnist for the Anchorage Daily News where he shared in a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism in 1989. He is also an award-winning writer of mystery novels.
The conference theme is “Every Day.” Journalism is an every day exercise. There is an every day relentless quality to breaking news and we report for and about everyday people. Journalists are always paying attention, there is no weekend where we check out. That’s how we stay relevant every day.
Coming to our conference April 18-20?! You can stay at the SpringHill Suites at University Lake for $99/night plus tax. But you have to book by April 4 to get the discounted rate. To book, call the hotel at 907-751-6300.
April 20, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Alaska Experience Theatre
Purchase your tickets at the door for $20.
Please check back for more information as it is announced!
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