2010 MRE Conference

Washington , District of Columbia
Thursday, November 04, 2010
2010 MRE Conference
Thursday, November 04, 2010 6:30 PM -
Friday, November 05, 2010 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

American University Washington College of Law
(202) 661-0141 (MRE number)
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington , District of Columbia 20016
United States

Map and Directions

Fighting On All Fronts: Covering Combat and Its Aftermath

Co-Sponsors: Medill National Security Journalism Initiative and National Institute of Military Justice


Nov. 4

1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Hands-on Training: Computer-Assisted Reporting for Military Journalists
Learn how to use Excel and Access to fund stories in national security databases. Plus five databases you wouldn’t think of using for military stories. Professionals wanting to attend only the CAR session, may register for $40.

Location: Medill Washington Bureau, 1325 G St. NW Suite 730 Washington, DC 20005
Instructors: Brendan McGarry, Army Times, Ellen Shearer, Medill National Security Journalism Initiative
Limit: 25 participants Register early for this

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Opening Reception
Location: Medill Washington Bureau, 1325 G St. NW Suite 730 Washington, DC 20005

Guest Speaker: Michael Hastings

Nov. 5

(All Events at American University Washington College of Law)

Registration opens at 8:30 am.

9  a.m. -10:15 a.m.: Military Justice: From Gitmo to Hood

Experts from the National Institute for Military Justice talk about everything from trends they're seeing, to the problems journalists have had at Gitmo, to how Fort Hood is playing out.
Speakers: Mike Navarrespecial counsel in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLPMichelle Linda McCluer, National Institute of Military Justice, American University Washington College of Law
Moderator: Phil Cave
10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Break

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: When They Come Home: The issues facing Veterans 
Speakers: Steve Robinson, Ami Neiberger of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Tim Embree legislative associate for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Moderator: Kelly Kennedy, MRE president and reporter for Army Times

12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Awards Luncheon and Keynote Address
Keynote speaker: Washington Post's Bob Woodward
Those wanting to attend the luncheon only can do so for $25.

1:30 p.m.- 1:45 p.m.: Break

1:45 p.m.-3 p.m.: Cyberwarfare: Beyond the Droids? 
Where to look for stories, and tips for sources. Why is this important to your community? What is it? How much of a threat? When is an act of war? What are the policy issues?
Speaker: R. James Woolsey, former director of the CIA; Air Force Col. Gary Brown, staff judge advocate, U.S. Cyber Command; Paul Rosenzweig, senior editor for Journal of National Security Law & Policy, and a lecturer in law at the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
Moderator: Josh Meyer, National Security Journalism Initiative

3 p.m.-3:15 p.m.: Break

3:15 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.: The Way Forward: The Drawdown of Iraq and the Continuation of Afghanistan
Speakers: Rajiv ChandrasekaranWashington Post Associate Editor; F. Whitten Peters, former Pentagon general counsel and Air Force Secretary; retired Army Lt. Col. Geoffrey Cornformer special assistant to the Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters, and currently associate professor at South Texas College of Law; Nancy Youssef, McClatchy News and president of the Pentagon Press Corp.
Moderator: Ellen Shearer, Medill National Security Journalism Initiative

4:30 p.m.: Business Meeting/Election of 2011 Officers

Map and directions to American University:  http://www.wcl.american.edu/direction/audc.cfm


Contact Information

  • Phone: (202) 661-0141
    Email: admin@militaryreporters.org

Payment Instructions

  • Non-members: $125.00
    Members: $100.00
    Students: $25.00
    Medill or Washington College of Law students: Free (must show school ID at door)
    CAR-only session: $40 (Professionals only; students are free)
    Thursday evening: Free (registration required, however)
    Friday luncheon only: $25
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