STOP THE PRESSES! San Diego SPJ’s annual Report Card on the Media panel discussion is Feb. 19!

shamesAs always, this can’t-miss panel features people who have made bold statements and even bolder headlines this past year, and allows them to roast or praise the reporters who covered them.

This year the panel includes former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ spokesman, Darren Pudgil; San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, Jan Caldwell, and the former executive director of the Utility Consumers’ Action Network, Michael Shames. Join us as they grade the media and maybe you on all of our coverage.

Pudgil will talk about Sanders, the incoming CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, whose second term as mayor ended in December with at least one columnist calling him the best mayor the city has ever seen. Caldwell will dissect the wide and sometimes bizarre media coverage of the mysterious Coronado death of Rebecca Zahau, which attracted national attention after she was found bound, naked and hanging at her boyfriend’s mansion two days after her boyfriend’s son died while under her care. And Shames will discuss the nasty accusations and legal wrangling that embroiled the end of his long service with the well-known and influential watchdog group, which battled SDG&E, the city of San Diego and others for decades before succumbing to scandal in 2012.

Follow us on Twitter at @GradeTheMedia for related news before the event and follow the account for live tweets during the discussion.

What: SD-SPJ Report Card on the Media
When: Tuesday, Feb. 19, mixer at 6:30 p.m., panel at 7 p.m.
Where: Point Loma Nazarene University Fermanian Business Center, 3900 Lomaland Drive
Panelists: Former mayoral spokesman Darren Pudgil, San Diego Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell and former UCAN head Michael Shames
Moderator: Channel 4 station manager and programming host Dennis Morgigno

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