Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Student Political Journalism Junkies to Meet in DC

The Institute on Political Journalism invites students to attend "Election 2008: The Press, the Presidency & Politicians," a two-day conference for collegiate journalists in the nation's capital.

The Institute of Political Journalism is an arm of The Fund for American Studies, which was founded in 1967 "to help instill in young people an appreciation for the American form of government and the free enterprise system. TFAS sponsors Institutes that teach college students about the principles and values upon which the United States was founded."

Organizers of the conference promise opportunities for students to hone their professional skills, network with working journalists and meet fellow journalism students from across the county.

Panel sessions will include:
  • Covering Capitol Hill: The Story behind the story
  • Media Bias in Presidential Elections: Say it isn't so!
  • Sex, Lies, & Slander: Misbehaving politicians & the press who covers them
  • Covering the Campaign of 08': View from the press bus
  • Live from the White House!: Reporters who cover the President
  • Only the Facts Please: Rumors versus sources
  • Reporting with Polls: What the numbers don't tell us
  • Report Card on the Press: How well were economic & business issues covered
This conference will provide opportunities for collegiate journalists to:
  • Get a quick, affordable two day dose of political journalism
  • Hear from experienced journalists from Politico, Fox News, USA Today, The Washington Post and more
  • Network with students journalists from all over the country
  • Meet potential employers
  • Visit Washington's new NEWSEUM
  • Tour the U.S. Capitol Building
  • Soak up the sights and sounds of the nation's capital

The conference is open to college students with an interest in journalism and politics as well as faculty members or media advisers.

The conference registration fee of $75 includes conference sessions, materials and most meals. Participants requiring overnight accommodations will be charged the discounted room rate of $75 per person per night (double occupancy) and $150 per person per night (single occupancy). People who register by Oct. 1 will receive a discount of $25 off the registration fee and $25 per night off the hotel fees. The final deadline to register is Oct. 14.

The conference will take place at The Liaison Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C.

Registration is limited. Register here.

For more information on the conference, contact Joe Starrs, IPJ Director at or 202.986.0384.

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