2012: “I don’t consider them to be press.”
2013: “You can sit with your Apple laptop in your fuzzy slippers, you can be an 800-pound, disabled man that can’t get out of bed and be a journalist because you can blog something.”
2014: “If it wasn’t for you guys, we wouldn’t have our granddaughter.”
You don’t want to miss what any of our panelists say this year — March 4 – at San Diego SPJ’s annual Report Card on the Media forum. Four people who made local and national headlines will roast and praise the reporters who covered them.
This year the panel includes:
• Monika Allen, a cancer survivor mocked by Self magazine for the tutu she wore as inspiration while running.
• Jeff Jordon, a San Diego police officer for 13 years whose department has been in the news for retention problems, body camera policies and police misconduct, among other issues.
• Todd Bosnich, a Carl DeMaio staffer who accused him of sexual harassment and derailed his congressional campaign.
• Michael McStay, whose brother, sister-in-law and two nephews were brutally murdered.
Please join us as they grade the media and maybe you on all of our coverage.
Allen will discuss how Self used her photo to shame her, the magazine’s subsequent apology and the national attention that followed. Jordon will talk about coverage of the police department’s new chief, new contract and new policies, including body cameras. Bosnich will talk about how the details of his story were covered (or not) in the media. And McStay will discuss how reporters covered the search for his family members and then for their killer.
Where: Point Loma Nazarene University Fermanian Business Center, 3900 Lomaland Drive
When: Wednesday, March 4. Mixer at 6:30 p.m., panel at 7 p.m.
Admission: Free, and we will provide light refreshments.