When is the conference?

Friday, April 6, 1-7 p.m.

Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where is the conference?

Friday, April 6: Northwestern University, 303 E. Wacker Dr., 16th Floor, Chicago

Stop at the guard’s desk for directions to elevators to the 16th floor. Check-in will be on the 16th floor.
Saturday, April 7: DePaul University, 247 S. State St., 11th Floor, Chicago

Check-in will be at the Lower Level Lobby during breakfast and the opening keynote, and on the 11th floor once breakout sessions begin. The printed program will have room locations.

Look for student volunteers at both locations if you have questions.

How can I register?

Please visit the registration page.

Where can I stay in Chicago?

The Chicago Loop area has many hotels that are close to the conference and to sightseeing. Please visit the registration page for a list of hotels that offer a DePaul preferred rate.

Where can I park?

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your conference parking, click on the links below and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. Enter the times you want to enter and leave the garage and search for options. You can cancel or change your reservation until the start time.

Please note that rates rise substantially for parking stays longer than 24 hours. If you need parking for the entire weekend, you may want to compare rates with your hotel parking. 

Click here for parking on Friday, April 6 at Medill Chicago

Click here for parking on Saturday, April 7 at DePaul Loop Campus

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How can students meet with professionals for job advice?

After you register for the conference, go to this link to sign up for an individual session. Enter your name and add the word (writing) or (broadcast) so we can best match you with a pro.

Choose an open time slot and click "Send."

Please make note of your session time and arrive on time.

Professional reviewers:

  • ProPublica Illinois: Reporters Melissa Sanchez, Jodi S. Cohen and Duaa Eldeib; Web Producer Vignesh Ramachandran; News Applications Developer David Eads

  • Bloomberg News: Managing Editor Flynn McRoberts

  • Podcasting: Charlie Meyerson (Rivet Smart Audio), Matt Cunningham (Columbia College Chicago)

  • Broadcasting: Correspondent Brandis Friedman (WTTW-11, Chicago Tonight), Professional in Residence Richelle Rogers (Loyola University Chicago)

  • Writing, blogging, criticism: Lecturer Stan Zoller (Lake Forest College), Film critic Dann Gire (Daily Herald)

How can I learn more?

Fill out our Contact form or email our organizers:

Amy Merrick, Region 5 director, DePaul University, amerric1@depaul.edu

What was on the agenda at past conferences?

2018 Region 5 conference schedule