WJI Annual Top Grad Conference
Oct 4, 2012 - Oct 6, 2012
This highly selective conference is for 15 WJI alumni graduates only. The conference is an all-expense paid weekend in October in Washington, DC at the Dupont Hotel. A series of seminars and meals is held in conjunction with the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington with EPPC Vice President Michael Cromartie acting as conference moderator.
This unique conference begins on Thursday afternoon, October 4 at 2:00 with private editorial sessions with top editors. Thursday evening there is a reception and dinner with speakers. Friday morning, noon and evening there are sessions, and Saturday morning, October 6 is the final session.
Speakers include Fred Barnes (Weekly Standard), Brit Hume (FOX), Claudia Anderson (Weekly Standard), Mark Tapscott (Washington Examiner), Ross Douthat (New York Times), Carl Cannon (PoliticsDaily.com), Andrew Ferguson (Weekly Standard), and Drew Bratcher (Washingtonian and Ethnotraveler).
Editors for the Thursday tutorial include Russ Pulliam (Indianapolis Star), Claudia Anderson (Weekly Standard) and Lee Pitts (WORLD magazine) and Les Sillars (Patrick Henry College).
Editorial Appointments (Thursday, Oct. 4)
The Dupont Circle Hotel
1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Check-in time: 3:00 p.m. (or earlier, if requested)
Check-out time: 12:00 noon
The Washington Examiner
Mark Tapscott is editorial page editor of The Washington Examiner. He was named Conservative Journalist of the Year for 2008 by the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and he was inducted into the First Amendment Center's Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame in 2006. B... more >
Patrick Henry College
Les Sillars is Director of Journalism and Assistant Professor of Journalism at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. He is the Mailbag Editor for WORLD magazine and a Contributing Editor for Salvo Magazine. He earned his doctorate in journalism from the University of Texas. He ... more >
Russ is the Associate Editor of The Indianapolis Star and Director of Pulliam Fellowship Program. In the past, he has been a reporter for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Springfield Union, The Indianapolis News, The Indianapolis Star, and the Associated Press. He is the author of ... more >
Edward Lee Pitts is the Washington Bureau Chief for WORLD magazine. His assignments have sent him from Capitol Hill to the White House to the Supreme Court. But his reporting also has taken him beyond the Capital Beltway. Leading up to the 2010 elections, Lee embarked on a 10-day, 4,225 mile c... more >
With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX's weekly public affairs program, "FOX News Sunday.&q... more >
The Weekly Standard
Andrew Ferguson is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. Before joining the Standard at its founding in 1995, he was senior editor at Washingtonian magazine. He has been a columnist for Fortune and a contributing editor to Time magazine. He also served as a speechwriter in the George H.W. Bu... more >
Carl M. Cannon became the Washington Editor of RealClearPolitics.com in early 2011. Prior to this, he was the Executive Editor of PoliticsDaily.com. Previous jobs include working as D.C. bureau chief for Reader's Digest, and covering White House for National Journal. Before coming to ... more >
Nashville native Drew Bratcher is a writer and editor in Washington DC. After graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2005, Bratcher taught high school English and creative writing and penned book jacket covers for Thomas Nelson Publishing. From 2006 until 2008, he worked as a fea... more >
Mindy Belz is editor of WORLD magazine. She has written for WORLD since 1986, becoming the magazine's international editor in 1994 and its editor in 2004. She has covered war in Africa, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. Her reporting has been published overseas, as well a... more >
The Weekly Standard
Fred Barnes is co-founder and executive editor of The Weekly Standard. From 1985 to 1995, he served as senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving on to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He se... more >
Claudia Anderson is managing editor of The Weekly Standard. Before the magazine was launched, she worked in daily journalism for 13 years--as chief editorial writer for Scripps Howard, editorial page editor of the Cincinnati Post, and editorial writer for the Buffalo Courier-Exp... more >
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