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2009 Making Media Connections Conference - "Tales From A Bureau Chief"

Thursday attendees took their seats in the theatre and Monica Davey, New York Times Chicago Bureau Chief kicked off the morning keynote answering the question of what it means to be a paper of record in a social media age? The discussion aimed to bring to light the opportunities and challenges of print media in a shifting media landscape and what it means for nonprofit organizations.

"The recession is the story of the year, and what many of us reporters are trying to do now is tell the story of how this crisis is affecting people. [Nonprofits] are the answer to that," according to Monica Davey, morning keynote speaker at Making Media Connections.

Monica Davey was born and raised in Chicago. She grew up in Hyde Park, and graduated from Brown University in Providence, R.I. with a degree in linguistics. She returned to Chicago to work at City News Bureau, now closed but long a loved (and feared) training ground for generations of Chicago journalists. She spent ten years working at newspapers in Roanoke, Virginia and St. Petersburg, Florida, covering cops, courthouses, schools, city hall, politics and a beat roaming the state of Florida to parachute into anything intriguing. She came home to Chicago as a general assignment reporter for the Chicago Tribune in 1998, then moved six years ago to The New York Times' Chicago bureau as a national correspondent covering 11 states in the Midwest. She became the Times' Chicago bureau chief in 2007. 

Making Media Connections is an annual conference where hundreds of community leaders, nonprofit executives, journalists, independent publishers and media relations experts gather to promote news that matters.  Listen in as media experts and the general public gather together to discuss getting communities' important stories told.


Recorded Thursday, June 11, 2009 at Columbia College Film Row Cinema.

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