Judith Miller to Speak at Society of Professional Journalists Convention and National Journalism Conference

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 12 (AScribe Newswire) -- New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who was jailed four months for refusing to reveal the source who disclosed the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame, will speak to participants of the 2005 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 18 in Las Vegas.

Miller, who also will receive a First Amendment Award, will then join a panel discussion titled "The Reporter's Privilege Under Siege." Joining Miller on the panel is Associated Press reporter Josef Hebert, Patricia Hurtado of Newsday, and Bruce Sanford of Baker and Hostetler law firm.

Miller's speech is scheduled for 8:15 to 9 a.m. in Grand Ballroom 4 at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino. The panel discussion will follow from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

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CONTACT: For information about covering this program, contact Julie Grimes, Deputy Executive Director, Society of Professional Journalists, at 317-431-3785.

ABLOUT SPJ: The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. SPJ is dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, and based in Indianapolis, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed public, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists, and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.