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Episcopalians: News teams chosen for Minneapolis General Convention
Fri, 24 Jan 2003 18:30:29 -0500
January 24, 2003
Episcopalians: News teams chosen for Minneapolis General
by James Solheim
(ENS) The Episcopal Church's Office of Communication announced
today the appointment of the news teams that will cover the
Minneapolis General Convention this summer, July 28-August 8,
The Episcopal News Service (ENS)team will provide a steady
stream of daily stories available on the Web site at
http://www.episcopalchurch.org/ens/. Jim DeLa, communications
officer for the Diocese of Southwest Florida, who will head the
ENS team, will be assisted by Jane Lantz of Minnesota as copy
editor. Lantz has extensive experience as a copy editor for a
number of medical journals, including Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Other members of the team include David Skidmore, director of
communications for the Diocese of Chicago; Sarah Moore, former
director of communications at the School of Theology at Sewanee;
Richelle Thompson, director of communcations for the Diocese of
Southern Ohio; and the Rev. E.T. Malone Jr., director of
communications for the Diocese of North Carolina. A new position
has been added to the ENS team for this convention. Giovanni
Figueredo, a novice at the Society of St. John the Evangelist in
Massachusetts, will edit, write and translate stories in Spanish
for both ENS and the Convention Daily.
"This is the first General Convention since ENS became a fully
online news service, and we're working right now to roll out a
completely revamped and thoroughly interactive Web site in
anticipation of Convention," said the Rev. Jan Nunley, deputy
director of ENS, who with director Jim Solheim will be available
to help accredited press who cover the convention. Almost 300
journalists have applied to cover the 10-day meeting in recent
The Convention Daily staff is made up of a team of award-winning
writers and editors, from 25-year veterans to a Northwestern
University honors journalism student who is fluent in French.
The Daily is produced as a special project of Episcopal Life.
The team will be led by editor Bob Williams, communications
director for the Diocese of Los Angeles and editor of the daily
newspaper of the 1998 Lambeth Conference. Members of the team
will be Sharon Sheridan of New Jersey; Sally Vallongo of Ohio;
Michelle Gabriel of California and the Rev. Mary Frances
Schjonberg of New Jersey. Dick Snyder, a student at Church
Divinity School of the Pacific, will be photographer on the
team. Jerry Fargo of Episcopal Life will be in charge of
production and design.
"Our team brings both considerable expertise and wide experience
to the advantage of the Convention Daily</i?, which is such an
integral part of the life of the convention, " said Williams,
who will be working at his sixth General Convention spanning an
18-year period. " I look forward to working with Episcopal Life
editor Jerry Hames and my Episcopal Communicator colleagues from
across the country."
--James Solheim is director of Episcopal News Service.
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