WHAT: "POSTED IN IRAQ: TALES FROM A YOUNG REPORTER"
WHO: Leila Fadel, reporter, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
WHEN: Saturday, April 1st 11 a.m.-noon
WHERE: CMA 2.320 (The Communications Building is located at the corner ofDean Keaton and Whitis)
Leila Fadel is an Arabic-speaking Arab American journalist at the Fort WorthStar-Telegram, where she was awarded "Employee of the Year." She graduatedsumma cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston in 2004 and works asa crime reporter at the Star-Telegram. In June 2004 Knight Ridder Newspaperssent her to Iraq for a two month reporting stint. The 24-year-old reporterhas since been back to cover the elections, Saddam Hussein's trial and thedaily miseries of living through war. Fadel was also co-organizer of theJournalism and the Arab World Conference held at the University of Texaslast year. She was recently featured in this month's Saudi Aramco World as one of the Jack Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Award recipients.You can find the article here:
Fadel will return to Iraq in mid-April. Please join us for an informal discussion about her experiences as a young Arab American journalistcovering the Iraq War. The talk will be part of AAJA's Texas State Meeting. Information on theone-day conference is given below: REGISTRATION (9:30 a.m.-9:50 a.m.)
LOBBY GETTING THE JOB YOU WANT (9:50 a.m.-10:50 a.m.)‹CMA 2.320Panelists:* Debbie Hiott, assistant managing editor, Austin American-Statesman* Dino Chiecchi, director of Hispanic publications, San Antonio Express-News* Allison Smith, reporter and anchor, KEYE TV, Austin* Emily Tsao, family editor, The Dallas Morning News
POSTED IN IRAQ: TALES FROM A YOUNG REPORTER (11 a.m.-noon)‹CMA 2.320 Youdon¹t have to be a veteran to land an international assignment. But bewarewhat you ask for.Panelists:* Leila Fadel, reporter, Fort Worth Star-Telegram* Moderator: Joslyn Massad, NAAJA-UTLUNCH (noon-1 p.m.)
LOBBY Sponsored by the Austin American-Statesman. Haveideas for how AAJA can do a better job? AAJA Texas officers hold regionalbreakout sessions over lunch.
COMPUTER-ASSISTED REPORTING AND USING PUBLIC RECORDS (1 p.m.-2 p.m.) CMA2.320 Sponsored by IRE. Want to run better investigations? Hear from acouple of veteran Austin investigative journalists.Panelists:* Andy Alford, reporter, Austin American-Statesman* Nanci Wilson, investigative reporter, KEYE TV, Austin
TV STORYTELLING/ACHIEVING EMMY EXCELLENCE (2 p.m.-4 p.m.)-Rm.3.116 Sponsoredby Lone Star Emmy ChapterPanelists:* Jeremy Desel, investigative producer, KHOU TV, Houston* Chris Henao, investigative photographer, KHOU TV, Houston* Rich Parsons, capitol reporter, KXAN TV, Austin
DOING YOUR OWN THING (2:05 p.m.-3 p.m.)‹Rm 3.120 It ain¹t sexy, but it¹s agood living. A Dallas-Fort Worth area freelancer offers tips on grinding outa great paycheck from freelancing.Panelist:* Steve McLinden, freelance reporter, Arlington, Texas
TAKING BETTER PICTURES (2:05 p.m.-3 p.m.)‹3.112Panelist:* Kevin Fujii, photographer, Houston Chronicle
NEXT-GENERATION DELIVERY (3 p.m.-4:15 p.m.)-3.120 Newspapers are strugglingto retain readers, ethnic pubs are gaining ground, and blogs are afast-growing new information source. What to make of all this?Panelists:* Dino Chiecchi, editor of Hispanic publications, San Antonio Express-News* Rob Clark, editor, Quick, The Dallas Morning News* Larry Lutz, managing editor/next-generation products, and recruiter, FortWorth Star-Telegram* Sharon Meraz, University of Texas at Austin
GETTING YOUR NEWS INTO THE NEWS:--
ONE-ON-ONE CRITIQUES (3 p.m.-5 p.m.)‹Rm. 3.112 (broadcast to begin at 4 p.m.in Rm. 3.116) Shooting for your next job, or just trying to get better? Havethe pros critique your work! This session will be in high demand, so pleasesign up by March 24 with coordinator Mizanur Rahman, The Dallas MorningNews, firstname.lastname@example.org* Jeremy Desel, investigative producer, KHOU TV, Austin* Lisa Falkenberg, Austin bureau reporter, Houston Chronicle* Kevin Fujii, photographer, Houston Chronicle* Chris Henao, investigative photographer, KHOU TV, Houston* Rich Parsons, capitol reporter, KXAN TV, Austin* Eric Torbenson, airlines reporter, The Dallas Morning NewsAAJA RECEPTION (5 p.m.-6 p.m.), Texas Student Union, Governors Room Sponsored by University of Texas School of Journalism. Cap the day with thisreception, sponsored by the UT School of Journalism! All conferenceattendees are invited!
STUDENT PIZZA DINNER (6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.)-- Austin¹s Pizza, 2324 Guadalupe--on the UT Drag. Sponsored by Lone Star Emmy Chapter. All students areinvited to drop in for the Texas Chapter version of AAJA National¹s wildlypopular Student Pizza Night! Pick the brains of the pros, and enjoy freegrub! Panelists:* Kevin Fujii, photographer, Houston Chronicle* Crestina Chavez, evening anchor, News 8 Austin* Sharon Roberts, assistant managing editor, Austin American-StatesmanFor questions or comments regarding the event with Leila Fadel, please contact email@example.com