Magazine article The Quill

San Diego Pro Chapter Helps Bring Journalism Symposium to University

Magazine article The Quill

San Diego Pro Chapter Helps Bring Journalism Symposium to University

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Telling the Truth: This was the theme of the Sixth Annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea, hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. The event was cosponsored by SPI's San Diego Pro Chapter and the PLNU journalism department.

Renowned author Ray Bradbury opened the three-day event in late February with a crowdpleasing appearance in Crill Performance HalL He lived up to the symposium's theme, sharing memorable childhood experiences, his successful life as a writer and his love of metaphor.

Bradbury received a standing ovation from a full house of more than 300 fans, including professionals, faculty and students from PLNU and colleges citywide. His works include the popular "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles" and "Dandelion Wine."

"I don't write things for the sake of benefiting the world," Bradbury said. "That would be work. I have never worked a day in my life"

After an emotionally charged lecture, the stage was set for a sit-down interview conducted by Dean Nelson, director of the PLNU journalism program, and officer in the local SPJ San Diego Pro Chapter.

Each question that Nelson introduced prompted another life story, another lesson or another metaphor from the respected author.

The next morning, the symposium continued with James Follows, national editor of Atlantic Monthly. Follows shared his extensive experience as an author and an editor, addressing recent media coverage of the 2000 presidential election. He also examined how electronic publishing is changing the way journalists cover news. …

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