SEJ's 28th Annual Conference Agenda — Sunday



Breakfast Program
Post-Conference Tour


Agenda Registration Lodging/ Travel Advertise/ Exhibit Environmental News About Flint



Sunday, October 7, 2018



Sunday Morning Program

8:00 a.m. - Noon
Location: Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 East Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan 48503. Map.

Photo courtesy of Flint Institute of Arts

Join us for a full breakfast at SEJ’s leisurely and literary Sunday morning sessions. Founded in 1928, the Flint Institute of Arts takes us back to the city’s prosperous beginnings and houses more than 8,000 works of art. Attendees can tour this impressive collection bookended by sessions with noted authors and the ever-popular book slam, where you can try your hand at pitching the next great book idea to a panel of editors and agents. Pre-registration and $25 fee required. Sponsored in part by the Knight-Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan.



Breakfast and Books and Art

8:00 – 9:30 a.m

Moderator: Tom Clynes, Author

Anna Clark, Freelance Journalist and Author, "The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy"
Will Potter, Investigative Journalist; Senior Academic Innovation Fellow, Office of Academic Innovation, University of Michigan; and Author, "Green Is the New Red"


Book Slam

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Have a book idea bubbling up that's ready to be aired in front of a panel of keen-eyed book editors? Now's your chance to step up to the mic and in two glorious minutes, entice and engage these three editors, representing Norton, OR Books and Chicago University Press. These representatives of large, small and academic presses will provide constructive criticism from their different vantages of your pitch, while also giving insights into what publishing houses are seeking from book authors and the stories they tell. This is an annual SEJ conference favorite and fills up quickly, so advance sign-up is required. Email the moderator,, with a working title to secure your spot. Spending the time to craft your pitch in advance is strongly recommended; two minutes is about 200 words and the time limit is strict so everyone has a chance. Those not pitching are welcome to attend with the caveat that this is a confidential session. It will not be recorded.

Moderator: Meera Subramanian, Journalist and Author, "A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka"

Scott Gast, Editor, University of Chicago Press
Matt Weiland, Vice President and Senior Editor, W. W. Norton & Company
3rd speaker TBA


Noon: Conference ends and shuttles take attendees back to hotels or to airport, with airport arrival no later than 1:00 p.m.


Post-Conference Tour

North America's Great Lakes

Organized and presented by the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources

Sunday, October 7 – Wednesday, October 10

The Great Lakes comprise nearly 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water and touch everything from pristine Canadian forests to urban centers like Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. The lakes also carry timber, grain, copper and iron to the world. We’ll take participants into Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula and the convergence of the three largest lakes — Superior, Huron and Michigan — to look at a wide range of issues that impact both the Great Lakes and North America. Potential topics include Enbridge’s Line 5, wind power, aquatic invasive species, climate impacts on northern forests, logging, shipping, mining infrastructure and legacy pollution. Tour departs following SEJ’s Sunday morning program and returns to Flint no later than 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 10. There will be no cost to journalists accepted to participate in the tour. For more information or to apply, please visit Application deadline: August 17.


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