NAAJ 2014 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the North American Agricultural Journalists was April 6-8, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The meeting was headquartered at The Cosmos Club. The NAAJ-Sonja Hillgren Scholarship  and Writing Awards Banquet was April 7 at the National Press Club.

To reserve a room at  the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, call 202-387-7783. The room block is under North American Agricultural Journalists. The rates are $179 for standards, $210 for mid-size and $245 for large rooms.  Reservations will be accepted through March 5, and you should act early.

Guests who would like to attend the NAAJ dinner dance April 7 at the National Press Club may click here.

Members register below.

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Tentative schedule for NAAJ annual meeting April 6-8 (more info and updates will continue)

    Sunday, April 6
    2 p.m. — Bloomberg News bureau, New York Avenue and 14th Street NW

– Two-time winner of the George Polk award. Alison Fitzgerald will speak on how to carry out investigative reporting on a budget at the professional improvement section of the annual meeting. Patricia Klintberg, the 1995 winner of NAAJ’s Journalist of the Year award, will speak on what makes a good story into a prize winner.

4 p.m. the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW

– Business meeting.

7 p.m. Ripple, a Cleveland Park restaurant that specializes in contemporary American food. The address is 3417 Connecticut Avenue NW

– Group dinner (pay your own)

Notes about the Sunday speakers:

Alison Fitzgerald was a financial reporter for Bloomberg for 10 years, after stints at three other news organizations. She won the Malcolm Forbes Award from the Overseas Press Club in 2008 for coverage of the international food crisis in a seven-part series, “Recipe for Famine.” In February, Fitzgerald and three colleagues at the Center for Public Integrity won the the George Polk award for business reporting with a three-part series “After the Meltdown” demonstrating that regulators did not hold accountable any major player on Wall Street for the 2008 financial crisis.

Klintberg, formerly Washington correspondent for Farm Journal, was the judge of the editorial category of this year’s NAAJ writing contest. She was asked to discuss contest judging in the digital era and tips that will put a story into the winner’s circle.

    Monday, April 7

    Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave NW

9 a.m., Big worries over Big Data; a panel discussion about the convergence of precision agriculture, the economics of electronic data-sharing and privacy protection.

10 a.m., US-EU trade pact stalls on ag issues; a panel discussion.

11 a.m., EPA administrator Gina McCarthy
Noon, lunch with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
1:30 p.m., Fred Davies, senior technology adviser at US AID, on food security projects overseas.

3 p.m., Tour of USDA “lockup” facility and discussion of data confidentiality safeguards, USDA South Building, Independence Avenue and 12th Street SW.

5:30 p.m., reception opens ahead of NAAJ awards dinner at National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW.

6:30 p.m., NAAJ awards dinner and dance

    Tuesday, April 8

    Capitol Visitor’s Center, the Capitol

9 a.m., Visit the Norman Borlaug statue.

10 a.m., House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla.

10:30 a.m., Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, a candidate for chairman of the committee in 2015

11:15 a.m., House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn.

Noon, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

12:30 p.m., Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a candidate for chairman of the committee in 2015

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NAAJ 2014 Annual Meeting

2013 writing contest winners

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