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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: February 14, 2000

Conference to Feature Top California Journalists

The Center for California Studies at CSUS will host its sixth annual California Journalism Conference and Awards Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 24.

The event will honor the best public affairs reporting in print and broadcast, and will bring together some of the top journalists in the state. Awardees to be honored at the conference will be announced next week.

The event will be in the University Union at California State University, Sacramento, with panels in the Orchard Room and dinner in the Redwood Room.

The first panel, on "Pandora's Polls: The Uses and Misuses of Polls in the News Media," will feature George Skelton of the Los Angeles Times; Alice Scott, a media consultant and former KCRA reporter; and Val Smith, chair of the CSUS communication studies department. It will be moderated by Tim Hodson, executive director of the Center for California Studies.

The second panel, on "The Business of Journalism," will feature Rick Rodriguez, executive editor of the Sacramento Bee; Cynthia Craft, managing editor of the California Journal; and Virginia Ellis of the Los Angeles Times' Sacramento Bureau. It will be moderated by CSUS communication studies professor Barbara O'Connor.

The keynote speech will be by Marcia McQuern, editor and publisher of the Press-Enterprise in Riverside. McQuern is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and earned her master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. In addition to various roles at The Press-Enterprise, McQuern has worked for the Sacramento Bee and the San Diego Union. She is a four-time Pulitzer Prize juror.

The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 18. The cost for attending the full conference, including the dinner and keynote speech, is $25. Attending the panels only is free. More information is available by contacting the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906.


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