It’s certainly been a fascinating election here in Alabama, with the Republican party taking over the majority in the state house and senate for the first time in 136 years, and the Montgomery Advertiser – for the first time in the paper’s known history – declining to endorse either candidate for governor in its editorial section.
You can join us to talk about it all next Wednesday, November 10, at the Alabama election recap sponsored by the Alabama Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The program will begin at 7 pm in the Freedom Room of the Montgomery Advertiser (map).
We’ll have a representative from the Advertiser’s editorial board present to talk about the non-endorsement decision. We’ll follow that up with a panel discussion (audience participation encouraged) about election coverage in the state. We’ll talk about what worked, what didn’t, what we’ve always wanted to try, and how new media is changing the game for election coverage.
Dr. Brad Moody, interim head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Auburn University in Montgomery will lead the discussion. Moody will be joined by Markeshia Ricks of the Montgomery Advertiser, David White of The Birmingham News, and more panelists to be announced soon.
It should be a fun and informative night for veteran reporters, young journalists looking to pick the brains of established pros, and anybody who wants to learn more about the way we cover elections in Alabama.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP with us on Facebook or in the comments here. You can also stay up to date on the latest happenings in the chapter by checking this blog, the chapter’s Facebook page or Twitter account. If you’re not a member of SPJ, visit the SPJ Web site to learn more about what SPJ can do for you, and join us. Remember to list Alabama Pro as your local chapter if you register on the Web site.