Monday, October 03, 2011 12:00 AM
Marquez Conference 2011

Alumni lead annual conference for DP staff

For the 26th year, nearly two dozen DP alumni journalists in late September converged on campus on a Sunday afternoon to talk about the DP, journalism, and careers at the DPAA's annual Steven A. Marquez Journalism Conference.

DP students listen to Lee Levine '76 (right) discuss journalism ethicsSpreading out around the second floor of Wharton's Huntsman Hall, more than 75 student DP staff members attended a series of nine interactive discussions led by a diverse group of DP alumni.

The keynote session by Lee Levine '76 focused on ethics issues in journalism. Levine is a founding partner of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schultz, a Washington, DC-based media law firm, and has served as the DP's legal counsel for the past two decades.

A "News Reporting 101" session focused on how to come up with great story ideas, report them out and get it right. The panelists were Rachel Feintzeig ’07, reporter at Dow Jones; Eric Tucker ’01, crime reporter at the Associated Press; and Eric Dash ’02, reporter at The New York Times

Eric Dash '02Eric Tucker '01Rachel Feintzeig '07A session for 34th Street staffers was led by Howard Gensler ’83, entertainment editor at the Philadelphia Daily News and Doree Shafrir ’99, senior editor at Rolling Stone.

Adam Rubin ’95, NY Mets beat writer at; Cindy Shmerler ’81, ESPN tennis commentator and Tennis magazine contributing editor; and Jane Allison Havsy ’96, multimedia sports journalist at the (New Jersey) Daily Record led a panel on improving skills for sportswriters.

Sabrina Rubin Erdely '94, Roxanne Patel Shepelavy '93, and Jason Schwartz '07A "Visual Journalism" session focused on how to use photography and design to tell great stories in print and online. Panelists were Albert Sun ’10, graphics editor at The Wall Street Journal/; Dan Shepelavy ’93, executive creative director at the Brownstein Group; and freelance photographers Shannon Jensen ’06 and Ryan Donnell.

News, sports and features writers who write long-form feature stories were the focus for "Writing the Big Story" panelists Sabrina Rubin Erdely ’94, a contributing writer at Rolling Stone; Jason Schwartz ’07, senior editor at Boston Magazine; and Roxanne Patel Shepelavy ’93, a freelance writer.

A new session this year addressed "How to be a multi-platform journalist," covering blogging, tweeting, video reporting, and other tips on elevating online stories. Panelists were Loren Feldman ’78, small business editor at The New York Times; Rod Kurtz ’02, executive editor at HuffPost Small Business; Adam Rubin and Doree Shafrir.

A panel for news and sports beat reporters dealt with working a beat, developing sources and brainstorming follow-up story ideas. The panelists were Sabrina Eaton ’85, Washington correspondent at The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Catherine Lucey ’01, City Hall bureau chief at the Philadelphia Daily News; Eric Dash, Cindy Shmerler, and Eric Tucker.

Doree Shafrir '99 and Howard Gensler '83 talk with the 34th Street staffAs is tradition, the afternoon came to a close with a careers panel with many of the alumni panelists responding to questions from DP staff members about getting internships, first jobs, career tracks, freelancing, and graduate school.

This year's Marquez conference was organized by DPAA Board members Catherine Lucey '01 and Rachel Feintzeig '07.

The annual fall conference was,  in its second year, named in memory of Steven A. Marquez ’79, a former DP Managing Editor who was a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News when he died in 1987 at the age of 29. Marquez, a native Philadelphian, was a strong supporter of the city’s local communities and was widely praised for his neighborhoods coverage while at the Daily News. He had maintained close contact with the DP in the years after his graduation, and had been elected to serve on the DP Alumni Association Board of Directors just before his death.

Loren Feldman '78Adam Rubin '95Rod Kurtz '02


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