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2024 Tom Bigler Journalism Conference

April 26 @ 8:30 am 1:45 pm

The Tom Bigler Journalism conference invites local high school students to explore the field of journalism. The conference is sponsored by the Wilkes University Communication Studies Department.

Keynote Speakers

Aimee Dilger and Kelly Dessoye, Emmy-award winning journalists and founders of Focus Journalism, a hyper local visual news organization currently reporting in Northeastern Pennsylvania through photojournalism and documentary film.

Dilger and Dessoye started the investigative newsroom in 2021 to report on underrepresented people and topics while acting as a resource to the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania. As Focus they’ve garnered seven Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Nominations and two Emmy wins as of 2023 and have scooped up numerous honors from the NPPA and NETA respectively. Dilger has been working as a photojournalist in Northeastern Pennsylvania for over 20 years and is currently a stringer living in the region while Dessoye has been working in film for 14 years, making the switch from commercial film to journalism in 2021. Focus reports are personal, nuanced, and intimate portrayals of individuals living in Northeastern Pennsylvania that aim to cover all people who call Northeastern Pennsylvania home and the issues critical to them.


April 26
8:30 am – 1:45 pm
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25 W South St
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18701 United States