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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)

7:30 p.m. Informal gathering at Old Louisville Brewery, 625 W. Magnolia Ave.


8-8:45 a.m. Breakfast

Region 5 meeting

Registration continues

9-9:50 a.m. Breakout sessions

1. Investigative Audio

R.G. Dunlop and Jacob Ryan, reporters, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

2. Drone Journalism

Barry Fulmer, news director, WDRB

3. Google Tools for Reporting (Part 1, runs 2 hours)

Sandra Gonzalez, multimedia journalist, SPJ trainer/Google

10-10:50 a.m. Breakout sessions

1. Investigating the Undercovered Story

Kate Howard, managing editor, and Eleanor Klibanoff, reporter, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

2. Storytelling Techniques for Journalists

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

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

Ben Meyerson, content editor, Audience team, Chicago Tribune

4. Google News Tools (Part 2)

Sandra Gonzalez, multimedia journalist, SPJ trainer/Google

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

Moderator: May May Barton, student publications design adviser, University of Kentucky

Jeremy Chisenhall, digital managing editor, College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University

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. Creating Something Out of Nothing

Spencer Holladay, team leader, Gannett Design Studio

3. Social Media Strategies for Journalists

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp, freelance writer

3:30-4:30 Mark of Excellence awards