Statement on “Tough Times for Local Journalism” Panel

Due to concerns voiced from within and outside our organization, SPJ/ONA DePaul has decided to pull our sponsorship from the “Tough Times for Local Journalism” panel.

SPJ DePaul had no part in selecting the panelists. Our organization agreed to co-sponsor this event alongside the Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence before we were informed of who would be invited. Moving forward, we promise to be more diligent when making decisions regarding who we collaborate with.

SPJ DePaul does not agree with or support the sentiments Eric Zorn expressed in his April 6 column on the death of Adam Toledo. Had we known in advance that Zorn was going to be invited as a panelist, we would not have agreed to co-host this event. 

Nonetheless, we appreciate CJIE for extending us the opportunity to be a part of this panel and encourage everyone who is interested to attend. The event promises to offer some great conversations on the challenges in our industry and the future of journalism.

Signed,

The Executive Board of SPJ/ONA DePaul

Published by spjonadepaul

Official website for DePaul University's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.

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