Some 144 people “tuned in” to the Times of San Diego video stream Wednesday night of the Society of Professional Journalists workshop on the Chargers stadium saga tonight.

Necali Bilches, 8, came out to Qualcomm Stadium to express is support for the Chargers. Photo by Chris Stone

Titled “The Bolts Beat: How to Cover an NFL Franchise That Threatens to Leave,” the event drew nearly 30 people to The San Diego Union-Tribune offices in Mission Valley.

The live Twittercast was on the Times of San Diego account, using the Periscope app.

According to SPJ, the four-member panel “of the most plugged-in media personalities working the Chargers stadium story” discussed news coverage in San Diego, Los Angeles and around the nation.

“They’ll discuss the team, dissect the reporting and answer your questions about the future of the Chargers,” SPJ members were told. “In February, one of our panelists, Kevin Acee, said if the Chargers leave San Diego, it would be ‘the biggest story in our city’s history.’ Not biggest sports story. Biggest story.”

Besides Union-Tribune sports columnist Acee, others panelists were:

  • Marty Caswell, producer, The Mighty 1090
  • Scott Lewis, CEO/editor in chief, Voice of San Diego
  • And Bernie Wilson, sports writer, The Associated Press

The event was moderated by SPJ San Diego president and U-T public engagement director Matt Hall, who covered the Chargers’ stadium search for years.

The discussion on Twitter also used the hashtag #spjbolts.