Join us at the 129th DTH Birthday!

Join us in Chapel Hill for the DTH’s 129th Birthday and Alumni Homecoming


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The DTH’s 129th Birthday is scheduled for Friday, February 25 – Saturday, February 26. Join us for happy hour and trivia at Linda’s before an exciting weekend of panels with industry experts and DTH alumni, a celebratory dinner at The Graduate Hotel, and an after-party at Linda’s to continue the festivities! On Saturday, we will be honoring former General Manager Erica Beshears Perel ’98 with this year’s Distinguished Alumni award. Our alum David Minton ’89 and his company DesignHammer are the evening’s sponsor. Please check out DesignHammer’s website here.

Registration is now closed.

We look forward to seeing you all and can’t wait to celebrate another successful year of student-led, independent journalism from the DTH.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, February 25

3 p.m. Happy Birthday DTH! Cake and staff photo in the office at 109 E. Franklin Street, Suite 210.

5:30 p.m. Happy Hour and Trivia Night at Linda’s Bar and Grill

Saturday, February 26

9:30 a.m. Registration

Coffee and refreshments on the steps of Carroll Hall, the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media

10 a.m. Panel: ‘Covering a Mental Health Crisis’

DTH staff update the community on what it was like to cover a campus mental health crisis as UNC students.

Moderated by Anna Pogarcic ’21
Carroll 111
UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Praveena Somasundaram ’22, Editor
Allie Kelly ’23, University Co-Editor
Heidi Perez-Moreno ’22, Managing Editor
Jake Mory ’22, Managing Director, 1893 Brand Studio

11 a.m. ‘Objectivity in Journalism – What has changed?’

Changing attitudes on what objectivity should mean in the media made national headlines this year. Do generations see it differently?

Moderated by John Drescher ’83, former editor of The Daily Tar Heel and veteran journalist and editor
Carroll 111
UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Brady Dennis ’00, The Washington Post
Barry Smith ‘78, Assistant Director of Public Affairs, N.C. Department of Insurance
Jamey Cross, ’19, Wilmington Star-News

1 p.m. ‘The Daily Tar Heel at 129’

Financial update on the DTH and a look ahead with Courtney Mitchell ‘01, General Manager of DTH Media Corp.

Freedom Forum Room
UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media

1:30 p.m.  N.C. College Media Association tours of the DTH office

109 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, 27516

2 p.m. ‘Considering Careers Outside Journalism ’

Time spent at the DTH doesn’t mean you’ll work in news forever. Our alums offer advice about careers outside traditional journalism.

Moderated by Jack O’Grady ’22, marketing director of the 1893 Brand Studio
Freedom Forum Room
UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Paige Ladisic ‘16, Managing Director of Sales & Strategy, DTH
Lex Jin Coelho ‘19, IMM
Will Lingo ‘86, The Helium Group

6:30 p.m. Dinner at the Graduate Hotel (formerly The Franklin Hotel)

311 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Celebrate Erica Beshears Perel ’98, our 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Erica has a made a remarkable difference in not only the shape of The Daily Tar Heel, but also on the world of college media in general. Please attend and celebrate her in style! As is the tradition, we’ll head to Linda’s after the dinner to keep the celebration going. We will also be recognizing alumni from our milestone years of 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2012.

10 p.m. After party at Linda’s Bar and Grill on Franklin Street

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