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Your Press Pass Through History: On the Scene with The Associated Press

Your Press Pass Through History: On the Scene with The Associated Press

Images you remember. Stories you won’t forget.

Location: Straz Center, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa, Florida 33602

Date: Oct. 11, 2022

VIP Reception: 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Program with Audience Q&A: 7:30 – 9 p.m. Eastern

Tickets: $35.50 – $45.50; $150 VIP

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The Beatles performing on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The Challenger exploding in the sky. Tom Brady celebrating his seventh Super Bowl victory.

We’ve shared these moments because the journalists of The Associated Press captured history in the flash of a camera. Now’s your chance to go behind the scenes of these iconic images — and the historic events underway today — with an all-access pass to the work of the AP.

You’re invited to join the Poynter Institute at the Straz Center on Oct. 11 for an immersive, multimedia-rich evening with the award-winning journalist and newsroom executive who helps call the shots on history’s first draft.

Julie Pace, AP senior vice president and executive editor, will take you inside one of the world’s largest newsrooms in an exclusive conversation moderated by Poynter President Neil Brown.

Be prepared to:

  • Step into the shoes of legendary AP journalists and learn the stories behind the events that have shaped our lives.
  • Challenge your perspectives with an understanding of what it takes to be a journalist on the front lines of breaking news, from Ukraine to Uvalde and beyond.
  • Grab the mic and ask Pace questions in a town hall-style Q&A about issues facing the news media today.

VIP guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and premium cocktails during a private networking reception with Pace and other business executives in Tampa Bay who support journalism’s critical role in a democracy.



Special guest 

Julie Pace is senior vice president and executive editor of The Associated Press. She directs global news operations and news content in all formats from journalists based in 250 locations in 100 countries. Pace was previously AP’s Washington bureau chief, where she led multiformat coverage of U.S. politics and elections, national security and domestic policy. She pushed for press freedom and access, and oversaw efforts to bolster AP’s fact-checking operation. Pace joined AP in 2007 as a video producer and multimedia political journalist, developing the news agency’s plans for live video coverage of 2008’s election day and the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She then spent a decade anchoring AP’s news report from the White House as a reporter and chief correspondent, winning the White House Correspondents’ Association Merriman Smith Award for writing on deadline.

About the Associated Press

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization with a mission to inform more than half the world’s population each day. With 250 locations around the globe, the AP has been the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats since 1846. The operation is an essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. The AP’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including 56 Pulitzer Prizes with 34 for photography.

About Poynter at The Straz

Poynter at The Straz brings journalism’s critical role in democracy to the center stage with smart conversations featuring local and national journalists, business executives, subject matter experts and community leaders. The series will explore topics important to the quality of life in the Tampa Bay region and beyond — from our rising tides and how sports unite us to the U.S. elections and the war in Ukraine. Each interactive event in the series will be rich with context, compelling visual elements and engaging conversation with plenty of room for audience participation. We hope that you will leave feeling challenged, energized and better informed.

The Poynter Institute is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Proceeds from the fundraising event support Poynter’s dedication to defend democracy and stoke civil and thoughtful expression through in-person and online events, gatherings, teaching and community building.

Interested in sponsoring Poynter at The Straz? Contact Chief Development Officer Deborah Read at 805-400-8543 for more information. Learn how your support can help make an impact at poynter.org/support.


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    Neil Brown is the president of The Poynter Institute. He joined Poynter in September 2017, after serving as the editor and vice president of the...
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1010 N Macinnes Pl
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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