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Host of Democracy Now! to Keynote Society of Professional Journalists Region II Conference

— by on March 21st, 2008

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is holding its Region II 2008 spring conference at Washington and Lee University on March 28-29. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! will give the keynote address on Saturday, March 29, at 3 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater of Elrod Commons.

Goodman’s keynote talk is free and open to the public.

She is the award-winning host and executive producer of the Web site Democracy Now! (www.democracynow.org). Goodman has been recognized for her reporting by the Associated Press, United Press International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Project Censored, among others. She writes a weekly column (also produced as an audio podcast) syndicated by King Features, for which she was recognized in 2007 with the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting.

Goodman is the winner of the 2007 Gracie Award for Individual Achievement for a Public Broadcasting Host from the American Women in Radio and Television. She is a 2007 honoree with the Paley Center/Museum of Television and Radio’s She Made It Collection, which “celebrates the achievements and preserves the legacy of great women writers, directors, producers, journalists, sportscasters, and executives.”

Goodman is also co-author of Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times, forthcoming in April, with her brother, journalist Dave Goodman. They also co-authored two New York Times bestsellers, Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back (2006) and The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (2004).

The conference schedule will include panel discussions and workshops with well-known journalists including Kate Long, an award-winning writing coach, and Dugald McConnell, assistant producer at CNN who covered the John Edwards campaign as an embedded mobile journalist. W&L graduates who are currently working in different areas of journalism will also be present, in addition to W&L professors and area journalists.

For more information, see their Web site at http://journalism.wlu.edu/spj.