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Capitolbeat in 2011

July 10, 2011
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We’ve had messages from several of you inquiring about our plans for a 2011 conference.

At the moment, that’s unclear.

At the beginning of the year, our executive director Tiffany Shackelford moved on to a full-time gig at the Assn of Alternative Newsweeklies – a great step for her, and we’re thrilled for her, but it’s left us without a grantwriter/director/conference planner at present. (Replacing her expertise for the same pay rate would be improbable, even if we weren’t financially strapped.)

Don’t worry – we’re still around, and there are no plans for that to change anytime soon. But we’re regrouping and assessing our options, which may include partnering with a j-school or other academic org that can help provide an administrative home for us.

As to this year, it isn’t yet certain, but it looks likely we’ll either have a smaller regional conference late in the year or none at all. We’re still working out whether we can hold a contest without a conference at which we could hand out the awards. Your board is meeting monthly to work these things out. We’ll let you know as soon as we have a proposal.

Thanks,

Laura

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