Media Tours

San Diego offers a variety of media outlets and we’re excited to offer a variety of media tour options throughout the city, exclusive to convention attendees.

All tours take place Thursday, April 10. No more than two students per school may sign up for any one tour. Tours are $15 with limited space (the maximum capacity is noted under each individual tour). Only those who register online will be able to sign up for media tours. Tours will be marked as “FULL” on the online registration form once the tour limits are reached.

To register, go to sandiego.journalismconvention.org. If you are an adviser who plans on attending a tour, you must pay the $15 and indicate “adviser” when signing up for the tour. Tour participants should meet at the time listed at the tour desk in front of the Indigo Ballroom North Foyer in the Hilton at the start time listed. This will help ensure late arrivals don’t get left behind. All times are listed as the time you will meet to depart and approximate return time.

San Diego Petco Park, Home of the San Diego Padres Baseball Club  
9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
25 attendees

Tour participants will meet with the Padres Director of Communications, who will detail how a major league operation interacts with the press. Students will see the Padres press box, from which journalists cover games; the post-game press conference area, and the dugout, with its photographers’ well and the manager’s and coaches’ means of communicating with the press box and bullpen.
Transportation: Walk

KNSD NBC San Diego Channel 7/39
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
30 attendees

Broadcast enthusiasts will take a tour of the news operation, including the newsroom and the editing bays, then watch the live 11 a.m. newscast from the set followed by a question and answer opportunity with the broadcast news anchors.
Transportation: San Diego Trolley (public transportation)

Museum of Photographic Arts
Tour 1 – 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
20 attendees
Tour 2 – 12 – 2:45 p.m.
20 attendees

San Diego MOPA is committed to inspiring, educating and engaging the broadest possible audience with the presentation, collection and preservation of photography, film and video. Get a glimpse into a side of the museum most visitors never get to see in this behind-the-scenes tour led by the museum’s curatorial staff.
Transportation: Chartered bus
 
U-T San Diego, San Diego’s daily newspaper  
Tour 1 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
25 attendees
Tour 2 – 10:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
25 attendees

As with most major dailies, the U-T San Diego (formerly the San Diego Union-Tribune) has become a multi-media operation. The 90-minute tour of the U-T facilities includes explanation of the newsroom/TV/radio station  operations and the production side of the newspaper operation.
Transportation: San Diego Trolley (public transportation)

Voice of San Diego, Online news source
25 attendees
Noon – 2:45 p.m.

Voice of San Diego is a member-based nonprofit investigative news organization with an online presence that gives concerned citizens the tools they need to engage in important conversations about their community. It is unlike any news outlet in San Diego because VOSD reporters dig deeper to uncover the truth and devote the time necessary to turn the chaos of news into a story people can access and understand. The tour includes a roundtable discussion with VOSD editors, reporters and photographers about the nature of investigative stories and reporting them.
Transportation: Chartered bus

Olympic Training Center
40 attendees
12:45 – 5 p.m.
The Olympic Training Center sits on a 155-acre complex in Chula Vista and serves as the training venue for more than 10 Olympic events. Students will tour the complex and learn how our country’s elite athletes prepare to go for the gold. Once the tour is finished, the group will meet with a professional sports reporter to discuss how the pros cover the Olympics and ways schools and integrate Olympic coverage into their reporting. Attendees will also be able to visit the Team USA store. Note: this tour requires at least a mile of walking around the Olympic complex.
Transportation: Chartered bus

KPBS and SDSU
25 attendees
8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
San Diego State University serves as the home for San Diego’s award-winning public broadcast station KPBS as well as the university’s newspaper the Daily Aztec. Students will meet with KPBC Senior News Producer Natalie Walsh for a professional tour of the facilities’ newsroom, radio studios and TV studios. After the KPBS tour, attendees will meet with student editors from SDSU’s newspaper for a tour of their newsroom and an opportunity for a Q and A with the student reporters and editors.

Transportation: San Diego Trolley (public transportation)