Schedule of events for the DTH’s 126th birthday celebration


The deadline to buy tickets is Friday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. Daily Tar Heel’s 126th Anniversary Speakers

Friday, Feb. 22

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Open House at the DTH Office. The DTH moved in February 2018, and it was a giant mess during the 125th birthday celebration. This year, we want you to visit. We’re at 109 E. Franklin Street, Suite 210. You can ring the doorbell on the sidewalk on Franklin Street (in the portion of Franklin Street between Starbucks and the Varsity).

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Resume/Cip critique sessions. While you’re visiting the office, you can also do a one-on-one critique session with a current DTHer. Email to sign up for critiques.

5:30 p.m.: Happy Hour at Linda’s Bar.

Saturday, Feb. 23

8:30 a.m.: Gear up for a full day of discussions about the future of journalism with a cup of coffee and breakfast. All panels will take place in the Freedom Forum at Carroll Hall.

9 a.m.: News & Observer Managing Editor Jane Elizabeth will moderate a conversation on how journalists can establish trust with both their sources and audience in an era of accusations of “fake news.” Tyler Dukes, an investigative reporter with WRAL; Courtney Mabeus, who covers the military and veterans for the Virginian-Pilot; Jason Zengerle, a political reporter with New York Times Magazine and GQ Magazine, will share their insights.

10:30 a.m.: What are some of the most challenging problems in journalism, and how can we solve them? Four speakers will present their research and insights on a problem, and then we’ll break off into small groups to brainstorm solutions. Erinn Whitaker, a senior researcher at the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, will share findings on news deserts across the country; Ryan Tuck, a product manager for news strategy at McClatchy, will discuss how trust and transparency with readers can affect a news outlet’s subscription strategy; and Melanie Sill, a news consultant, and Ariel Zirulnick, who runs the Membership in News Fund, will discuss a membership model approach to sustainable journalism.

12 p.m.: Take a break to grab some lunch, included in your ticket price.

12:15 p.m.: While you eat, listen to student journalists talk about covering the biggest story of the year: the removal of the Silent Sam statue. Chronicle of Higher Education’s Sarah Brown will moderate a conversation with DTH Editor-in-Chief Rachel Jones, University Editor Myah Ward, Online Managing Editor Sarah Lundgren, and Mistyre Bonds, an activist involved with the Silent Sam movement.

1 p.m.: How is the DTH’s financial health? What are the new revenue streams being developed? General Manager Erica Perel and Board President Matt Queen will take your questions about The Daily Tar Heel. (Freedom Forum at Carroll Hall)

2 p.m.: Join us in brainstorming paths forward for The Daily Tar Heel. Small groups will be lead by General Manager Erica Perel and board members Jed Williams, Matthew Queen and Will Lingo.

3:30 p.m.: The Tar Heels will take on the Florida State Seminoles at home. Watch the game at the Dean Dome or on Franklin Street with your fellow DTH alumni.  

7 p.m.: The big event!! Join us for a dinner party at MidiCi Neapolitan Kitchen at 100 E. Franklin St. to reconnect with alumni of all ages at a celebration to raise money for The Daily Tar Heel. We will give the fourth Distinguished Alumni Award. Your dinner comes with two drink tickets.

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