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Fairbanks to Host Outdoor Writers Annual Conference

Fairbanks, Alaska (AK)Fairbanks will host the 85th Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) Conference this September 4-6, 2012. Close to 100 outdoor travel media will join together here in the Interior to attend the annual conference entitled “North to Alaska for New Frontiers in Journalism.” Many of the attendees will cover Alaska in print, on-line and through photography and film. These writers are a diverse group, including the “Hook & Bullet” crowd, eco-tourists, nature photographers, Native cultures enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.

The entire conference will take place at Chena Hot Springs Resort. A Community Night welcome event, hosted by FCVB members, will kick off the conference the evening of Monday, September 3. Sessions will begin first thing Tuesday, September 4, with a keynote by Denali National Park and Preserve Superintendent Paul Anderson. The action-packed conference wraps up the night of Thursday, September 6, with the Excellence in Craft and Honorary Awards Dinner.

Before and after the conference, many of the visiting media will participate in activities throughout the Fairbanks region and around the state in order to generate stories for print, broadcast, and on-line media.

OWAA is planning the conference with a multitude of outdoor experiences, including craft improvement sessions on a variety of outdoor communication topics for magazine and newspaper writing, videography, photography and radio, as well as news panels. Attendees will meet and network with working outdoor media experts. Half-day Shooting and Demo Day events allow for product testing and industry networking. The Demo Day program, hosted by OWAA industry supporters on Tuesday will give attendees the chance to test out the latest outdoor hard goods. The Shooting Day program will be held on Thursday with handgun, rifle, shotgun and archery lanes available.

The last “Far North” OWAA conference was held in Canada in 1967. The furthest south Outdoor Writers Association of America ever held an annual get-together was in Mexico, and that was five years later. After OWAA headquarters carefully scrutinized a short list of four locations for their 2012 annual conference, including Bend, Ore., Fayetteville, N.C. and Lincoln, Neb. – Fairbanks emerged as the best choice for OWAA’s 2012 conference.

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