The Breakfast of Editing Champions returns to the AEJMC national conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Aug. 9. I’m the organizer and moderator for the event, succeeding the wonderful Deborah Gump in that role.
The breakfast, which will begin at 8:15 a.m., is open to anyone who teaches editing, appreciates editing or just likes to hang out with editing professors. That should be pretty much everyone, right?
This year, Howard Finberg of The Poynter Institute will be the breakfast’s featured speaker. Finberg has been leading a conversation on the future of journalism education, and he will offer his thoughts on how editing (in all facets) plays into that future. Is online education here to stay? Can AP style be taught as a MOOC? Should it be?
Another highlight of the breakfasts has been the Teaching Idea Exchange, in which we swap assignments and strategies. Jill Van Wyke of Drake University will again handle the exchange this year, so send your best teaching idea or tip to her at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, July 31. Send her a few paragraphs on your idea and be ready to discuss it for a minute or two at the breakfast.
Coffee and tea will be provided, and perhaps donuts and bagels. The breakfast is free, but please RSVP by signing up using this online form. The deadline is Monday, Aug. 5.
Special thanks to the sponsors of this year’s breakfast:
- American Copy Editors Society (www.copydesk.org)
- The Dow Jones News Fund (https://www.newsfund.org)
- Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC (http://aejmc.net/newspaper)
- Poynter’s News University (http://www.newsu.org)
See you in Washington!
UPDATE: Breakfast is over, and it was satisfying and nutritious. If you couldn’t be there, you can see what you missed, and you can read about Howard Finberg’s thoughts on the urgent need to change journalism education. Thanks to everyone who attended, and I hope to see everyone at next year’s conference in Montreal.