Community newspaper panel set for March 20

The SPJ Houston Pro Chapter invites you to a panel discussion with community newspaper editors from across the Houston region starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Central Library in downtown Houston.

Wednesday, March 20

6:30 p.m., preceded by a 5:30 p.m. SPJ chapter open business meeting

Houston Central Library (Program Place Room/4th floor) *New room location

500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77002

Panelists:

• Howard Decker, Houston Chronicle Ultimate Neighborhood news manager

• Andy DuBois, Houston Community Newspapers executive editor

• Jason Culpepper, Community Impact Newspaper – Houston Metro publisher

• Jonathan McElvy, The Leader News publisher

Ever wonder what makes community newspapers different from large metro newspapers? Don’t miss your chance to hear the secrets from the editors themselves.

Houston is home to several community newspapers that embed themselves in their communities to cover all aspects of life readers want to know about, from sports and school district decisions to local government and business coverage as well as breaking news, not to mention those human interest pieces that shed light on topics that might otherwise be overlooked.

The panelists will discuss how they compete with 24-hour media outlets while providing local coverage that readers care about. They will also address student journalists and offer advice on how to prepare for a career in journalism, where to start and the skills editors look for in reporters.

There will always be the large metro newspapers, but community newspapers seem to be taking a bigger piece of the pie these days as readers seek in-depth information on what is happening in their own backyard.

The SPJ Houston Pro Chapter will have a brief open meeting prior to the panel discussion. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to houstonspj@hotmail.com.

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