SEJ's 23rd Annual Conference Agenda — Sunday




Hunter Museum
Your Environment Book
Museum Tours
Book Author Pitch Slam





Agenda Coverage Lodging/Travel Exhibits/Receptions Environmental News About Chattanooga


Sunday, October 6, 2013


Breakfast and Books at the Hunter Museum

10 Bluff View, Chattanooga, TN
(423) 267-0968
8:00 a.m.-Noon
Shuttle will depart from the front entrance of the Marriott at 7:45 a.m. and then pick up passengers at the Read House, and will do one more loop for stragglers that should be back to the hotels for departure about 8:00 a.m.

The Hunter Museum of American Art, seen from the illuminated, laminated-glass Holmberg Pedestrian Bridge.
© Photo: Hunter Museum.

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Dominating the Chattanooga skyline and perched on an 80-foot bluff on the edge of the Tennessee River, the Hunter Museum offers stunning views of the river and surrounding mountains. The museum is home to numerous collections of American art from the Colonial period to contemporary, including work from Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer and Mary Cassatt. Attendees will have the run of the museum Sunday morning, as well as a full southern breakfast. Sponsored by New Society Publishers. Pre-registration and $25 fee required.

University of Tennessee Bookstore

8:00 a.m. - Noon

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga bookstore will be open for business, selling books by speakers and SEJ members. Stop by and browse!

Location: Grand Foyer Lobby


Breakfast, Welcome and Orientation

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Location: Grand Foyer Lobby


How's the Future Look... for Your Environment Book?

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Authors of recent key environmental books will discuss their craft and how and why their books have gotten attention. We'll also examine new book forms and new genres that prospective authors might consider to address environmental issues. And we'll also get back to basics and discuss using sense of place and local culture to help tell environmental stories. Coverage.

Moderator: Dan Fagin, Associate Professor and Director, Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, New York University, and Author, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Duncan Maysilles, Attorney, Historian and Author, Ducktown Smoke
Elizabeth McGowan, National Reporter, InsideClimate News, and Co-author, The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of
Judith Schwartz, Freelance Writer and Author, Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

Location: Auditorium


Museum Tours

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Leisurely stroll through numerous collections of contemporary American art, or head outside for a more ambitious walk across the Tennessee River on Chattanooga's picturesque foot bridge.


Book Author Pitch Slam

11:00 a.m. - Noon

Journalists will step up to the mike — and step up their games — by pitching book ideas to a panel of publishers and editors. The panel will critique the idea as well as the pitch, and share some suggestions (and maybe a few business cards) with budding authors from the floor. This is a popular session at SEJ conferences and a chance for journalists who would like to make the leap from newspapers/magazines/broadcast/online to the book world. Attendees are strongly encouraged to craft their pitch in advance and remember, you have only two minutes. Signups will be at the session beforehand on a first-come, first-served basis. The session will not be recorded.

Moderator: Bill Kovarik, Author, Brilliant! A History of Renewable Energy

Caroline D'Angelo, Social Media Editor and E-Books Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Mick Gusinde-Duffy, Editor-in-Chief, University of Georgia Press
Elizabeth Hurst, Marketing Coordinator, New Society Publishers
David Sachsman, Transaction Publishers, and George R. West, Jr. Chair of Excellence in Communication and Public Affairs and Professor of Communication, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Location: Auditorium

Noon: Conference adjourns. No airport shuttle! Buses take attendees back to the hotels.

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