Panelists at 2011 Breakfast of Editing Champions (R-L): Merrill Perlman, consultant, Teresa Schmedding of the Daily Herald and Joy Mayer of the University of Missouri. Photo by Renee Petrina for ACES.

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund will sponsor the Breakfast of Editing Champions at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Boston for the first time on Aug. 6.

The breakfast, coordinated for the past eight years by Deborah Gump in collaboration with Bill Cloud and other editing professors at the nation’s leading journalism programs, has been underwritten by the Knight Foundation and the Hearst Journalism Fellowships.

Last year’s gathering in Chicago drew an overflow crowd to hear media pros and educators share the latest methods to push news to readers, viewers and listeners and what students will need to know to plunge into the digital newsroom.

The program is free to conference attendees and there are always goodies to take away. Participants have snagged DVDs with loads of editing exercises, references, texts, articles and Web links.

This year’s presenters are David Beard of and Joshua Benton of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard. Andy Bechtel from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will moderate the Teaching Idea Exchange, a segment where professors share techniques and resources that work.

Rich Holden, Fund executive director, will attend. He said, “I can’t recommend the breakfast enough to professors, whether they are new to teaching editing or to old hands. It’s a stimulating way to learn from and help colleagues.”

RSVP by sending email to Gump at by July 27. Send ideas for the teaching exchange to Bechtel at by July 31.