SPJ Region 5 Conference

 

 

 
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April 5-6, 2019

louisville

“Investigating for the Public Good”

University of Louisville

Bingham Humanities Building

2216 S. 1st St.

The Society of Professional Journalists welcomes professionals, students and supporters of a free press to our annual Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky) conference in Louisville.

The conference will be Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at the University of Louisville. Ticket prices include a Friday reception, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. We will present the Mark of Excellence awards for the best student journalism of 2018.

Learn new skills, share tips and ideas with industry experts, gain insights on the most important issues facing American journalism today, and find job and internship opportunities. Then, explore a vibrant city with great food, world-class arts and culture, and an incredible waterfront.

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See complete session descriptions here

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

3-7 p.m. Registration opens

5-7 p.m. Opening reception and journalism trivia night

Patricia Gallagher Newberry, incoming president, Society of Professional Journalists

Trivia host: Lou Harry, editor, Quill (SPJ magazine)

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

8-8:45 a.m. Region 5 meeting

Registration continues


9-9:50 a.m. Breakout sessions

1. Creating Something Out of Nothing

Spencer Holladay, team leader, Gannett Design Studio

2. Drone Journalism

Barry Fulmer, news director, WDRB

10-10:50 a.m. Breakout sessions

1. Facebook for Journalists (Part 1, runs 2 hours)

Ben Meyerson, content editor, Audience team, Chicago Tribune

2. Storytelling Techniques for Journalists

Michele Day, Northern Kentucky University, and Jenni Laidman, freelance writer

11-11:50 a.m. Breakout sessions

1. Facebook for Journalists (Part 2)

Ben Meyerson, content editor, Audience team, Chicago Tribune

2. Tech Tools for Journalists

Adam Maksl, Indiana University Southeast,

3. More than a Brand: When Student Journalists and Administrators Clash Over the Role of Student Media

Michael McDevitt, managing editor, Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University

Carina Smith, news editor, The DePaulia, DePaul University

Bailey Vandiver, editor-in-chief, Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky

12-1:20 p.m. Lunch

Lunch & Learn 1: Column Writing in the Digital Age

Tom Eblen, former columnist and managing editor, Lexington Herald-Leader

Lunch & Learn 2: Top Tips for Freelancers

Ginny McCabe, freelance writer

Lunch & Learn 3: All About SPJ

Amy Merrick, SPJ Region 5 coordinator

1:30-2:20 p.m. Super Session

Seven Days of Heroin Through the Photojournalist’s Lens

Cara Owsley and Sam Greene, Cincinnati Enquirer, 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners in Local Reporting

2:30-3:20 Breakout sessions

1. Covering Poverty and Social Justice — and Making Audiences Care

Lucy May, reporter, WCPO

2. Social Media Strategies for Journalists

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp, freelance writer

3:30-4:30 Mark of Excellence awards

Speakers

Cara Owsley and Sam Greene, 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting recipients for the Cincinnati Enquirer’s “Seven Days of Heroin” series

Patricia Gallagher Newberry, president-elect, Society of Professional Journalists

Michele Day, professor of practice, student media adviser and co-director of the journalism program at Northern Kentucky University

R.G. Dunlop, award-winning investigative reporter for the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Tom Eblen, writer and photographer, former metro/state columnist and managing editor for the Lexington Herald-Leader

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp, award-winning freelance writer

Spencer Holladay, team leader, Gannett Design Studio

Kate Howard, managing editor, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Eleanor Klibanoff, reporter, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Jenni Laidman, freelance writer specializing in science and medicine

Adam Maksl, associate professor of journalism, media coordinator of the journalism program and student media adviser at Indiana University Southeast

Lucy May, reporter, WCPO 9 On Your Side

Michael McDevitt, managing editor, Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University

Amy Merrick, SPJ Region 5 coordinator, DePaul University professional lecturer and student media advisor

Ginny McCabe, bestselling author, award-winning journalist, media professional, speaker and teacher

Ben Meyerson, content editor on the Audience team, Chicago Tribune

Jacob Ryan, reporter, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Carina Smith, news editor, The DePaulia, DePaul University

Bailey Vandiver, editor-in-chief, Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky

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