Mark your calendars: The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Festival of Journalism is Oct. 15

Los Angeles Times photojournalist Marcus Yam

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the San Diego Union-Tribune will hold its inaugural Festival of Journalism. The daylong event (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions on headline topics and a screening of the documentary “Journalism at Risk.”

Keynote speakers:

  • Steve Sebelius, politics editor and columnist at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who’ll discuss the legacy of his former colleague, Jeff German. German was killed last month by a public official he was investigating.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Marcus Yam, one of the last western journalists to leave Afghanistan after the country fell to the Taliban, will share stories about what it’s like on the frontlines of conflict.
  • Justin Brooks, director and co-founder of the California Innocence Project, will talk about how biases and misinformation can cost people their freedom and, in some cases, their lives.

Panels topics include the 101 Ash St. debacle, the high rate of deaths in San Diego jails, the gang rape accusations involving SDSU football players and firsthand accounts from journalists working in Tijuana.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Tula Community Center at San Diego State University (6126 Montezuma Road).

Check out the full schedule and register to attend. We’ll see you there!


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