Panel Discussion: Journalists Share ‘Lessons From The Newsroom’

Join the Society of Professional Journalists’ San Diego Pro and San Diego State University chapters for a lively discussion featuring four longtime San Diego journalists who will answer questions, offer advice, share stories and reflect on their careers. Come prepared with questions — this is your chance to ask them anything — and get ready to laugh and learn.

What: Lessons from the Newsroom

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2023, at the Professional Studies and Fine Arts Building, Room 325, at San Diego State University, Campanile Mall.

Tell us what you want to hear: RSVP and submit your questions and topic ideas in advance.

Parking: We recommend parking in SDSU parking structure P12 (levels 3-8), which are visitor parking spots and closest to the Fine Arts Building. You will be instructed to download an app on your smartphone to pay. It should cost around $3 an hour. (Please see below for a campus map.)

Live Streaming: For those who can’t attend in person, we will livestream the event and will send the link around to everyone who submits an RSVP!


(Moderator) Jakob McWhinney is a lifelong San Diegan who discovered his passion for journalism during the COVID-19 pandemic. He now serves on the board of SPJ’s San Diego Pro chapter and works as the education reporter at Voice of San Diego.

Dana Littlefield is public safety editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune and an adjunct lecturer in the Journalism and Media Studies Department at San Diego State University. Before becoming an editor, she was a reporter at the U-T for 17 years and covered state courts for most of that time.

Jeff McDonald is a member of the investigative reporting team at The San Diego Union-Tribune and was named Journalist of the Year in 2015 by San Diego SPJ. He writes about government and institutional misconduct and waste in San Diego County and beyond.

Andrew Dyer spent 10 years enlisted in the Navy and served as ship’s company on two aircraft carriers. He covered the military for The San Diego Union-Tribune and is currently the military and veterans reporter at KPBS.

Adam Racusin is an investigative reporter at ABC 10News in San Diego. He set his sights on helping consumers and his reporting has led to people getting their money back, bad actors getting locked up and lawmakers promising new legislation.


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