The American Society of Journalists and Authors schedules its annual conference in New York City each spring. This year, as part of its invited panel, Victoria Strauss and Richard White of Writer Beware have been invited to serve as keynote panelists.
According to the Write Agenda, these two individuals have made false reports and claims about their competitors on their blogs, while hiding the fact that their own attorney was under investigation in Illinois for years, and subsequently suspended from practicing law for defrauding the estate of John Steinbeck.
At over 200 dollars a person for each day of the session, the Write Agenda cautions people seeking to find professional contacts at the seminar to reconsider how they spend their hard-earned money on an expensive day traveling to and from Manhattan, and listening to reports that are not an accurate portrayal of the business.
The ASJA has responded to the Write Agenda, stating that the conference will continue exactly as planned.
A good journalist checks his/her facts, and does not depend completely on sources which have a conflict of interest or which may not be honest and reliable.
Barbara Bauer Literary Agency, New York Metro Area Matawan NJ 07747. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Barbara.Bauer.Literary.Agency.917-683-3403/newsletter/111718
Remove the Writer Beware™ Panelists, Victoria Strauss & Richard C. White, From the 2013 ASJA Annual Writers Conference | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/remove-the-writer-beware-panelists-victoria-strauss-richard-c-white-from-the-2013-asja-annual-writers-conference/