Schedule

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

3-7 p.m. Registration

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

Room 110

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. Breakfast

Registration continues

Region 5 meeting

Room 110

9-9:50 a.m. Breakout sessions

1. Investigative Audio

Room 109

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

The authors of "The Pope's Long Con" walk through how to get good audio for document-heavy news investigations and crafting your story arc, whether you're producing short features or investigative podcasts. This session will be useful for radio reporters who want to do more investigative work or any reporters interested in telling audio stories.

2. Drone Journalism

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Barry Fulmer, news director, WDRB

In today’s session we discuss the benefits and challenges of using a drone for news coverage.  We will discuss some of the first steps needed to start a drone program, and how you can benefit from the use of a drone as a journalism tool.

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

Room 108

Bring your laptop to get the most out of this session

Sandra Gonzalez, multimedia journalist, SPJ trainer/Google

Learn how to search more precisely on Google when you are researching on deadline. Go beyond the search bar and learn about other sources of information from Google Scholar. We will explore how to find case law on stories you cover, and additional sources for your list of experts. Google Images helps verify photographs in a world of hoaxes and Photoshop, you can never be too careful. And you’ll be introduced to Public Data Explorer, a simple data visualization tool that creates colorful interactive graphics/video that will enhance your text stories.

Google Trends gives you the pulse of what’s on people’s minds through what they search for online. We’ll look at ways to get story ideas, create data-based stories through Trends by comparing topics, and discovering new ways to localize this information. Google Maps brings so many possibilities in storytelling. Learn unique methods to report news with satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D building, Street View and more.

10-10:50 a.m. Breakout sessions

1. Investigating the Undercovered Story

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Kate Howard, managing editor at the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, and KyCIR reporter Eleanor Klibanoff discuss strategies for identifying gaps in your media landscape, investigating less scrutinized government agencies and covering the topics no one else seems to be paying attention to. They'll also walk through the reporting and editing process for a recent project: “Fatal Flaws: How Kentucky Is Failing Its Workers.”

2. Storytelling for Journalists

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

Engaging journalism involves more than gathering facts. Learn how to bring your stories to life with interesting characters, details, dialogue, scenes and other narrative techniques. 

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

Room 111

Ben Meyerson, content editor, Audience team, Chicago Tribune

The SPJ/Facebook Journalism Project training shows journalists how to best use Facebook and Instagram to connect with audiences.  Ben will talk about products and tools — including Live, Groups and CrowdTangle — that help journalists leverage the platforms for news gathering, storytelling and connecting with their followers.

4. Google Tools for Reporting (Part 2)

Room 108

Bring your laptop to get the most out of this session

Sandra Gonzalez, multimedia journalist, SPJ trainer/Google

Learn how to search more precisely on Google when you are researching on deadline. Go beyond the search bar and learn about other sources of information from Google Scholar. We will explore how to find case law on stories you cover, and additional sources for your list of experts. Google Images helps verify photographs in a world of hoaxes and Photoshop, you can never be too careful. And you’ll be introduced to Public Data Explorer, a simple data visualization tool that creates colorful interactive graphics/video that will enhance your text stories.

Google Trends gives you the pulse of what’s on people’s minds through what they search for online. We’ll look at ways to get story ideas, create data-based stories through Trends by comparing topics, and discovering new ways to localize this information. Google Maps brings so many possibilities in storytelling. Learn unique methods to report news with satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D building, Street View and more.

11-11:50 a.m. Breakout sessions

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

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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

Student journalists play a vital role in informing their communities about what’s happening at their schools, both good and bad. But sometimes administrators act as if student journalists should only promote a positive image of the university. Student editors who have faced conflict with administrators will share their strategies for maintaining their independence.

2. Tech Tools for Journalists

Room 109

Adam Maksl, Indiana University Southeast

Digital tools give us the chance to engage audiences in many more ways than ever possible before. But keeping up with it all can be overwhelming. Come to this session to learn new tools (many of them free) to help you work more efficiently and tell more engaging stories.

3. Facebook for Journalists (Part 2)

Room 111

Ben Meyerson, content editor, Audience team, Chicago Tribune

The SPJ/Facebook Journalism Project training shows journalists how to best use Facebook and Instagram to connect with audiences.  Ben will talk about products and tools — including Live, Groups and CrowdTangle — that help journalists leverage the platforms for news gathering, storytelling and connecting with their followers.

12-1:20 p.m. Lunch

Lunch & Learn 1: Column Writing in the Digital Age

Room 109

Tom Eblen, retired metro/state columnist and managing editor, Lexington Herald-Leader

Newspapers' focus on digital readership has changed the role of columnists. Succeeding online often requires different timing, approaches and sometimes style and subjects.

Lunch & Learn 2: Top Tips for Freelancers

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Ginny McCabe, freelance writer

Are you a freelance journalist, or have you considered becoming a freelancer? Learn more about the world of freelancing with an educational session presented by Ginny McCabe, an award-winning, freelance journalist and author. Presented in a conversational style, topics discussed will include tips on how to make the most of your freelance experience, the business basics of being a freelancer, and more. 

Lunch & Learn 3: All About SPJ

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Amy Merrick, SPJ Region 5 coordinator

You may not know all the ways you can build your skills and get involved in SPJ, from joining a committee to earning a scholarship to cover the National Excellence in Journalism conference. Come learn more about what SPJ does and how you can make the most of your membership.

1:30-2:20 p.m. Super Session: Seven Days of Heroin Through a Photojournalist’s Lens

Room 110

Cara Owsley and Sam Greene, Cincinnati Enquirer

2018 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting

2:30-3:20 Breakout sessions

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

Room 109

Lucy May, reporter, WCPO

For much of the past six years, Lucy May’s reporting at WCPO 9 On Your Side has focused on issues of poverty and social justice in Greater Cincinnati. She spent much of the summer of 2018 covering the controversy surrounding a homeless encampment in downtown Cincinnati. Lucy will talk about the challenges of covering people experiencing homelessness and poverty and the challenge of making other people care about the stories.

2. Creating Something Out of Nothing

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Spencer Holladay, team leader, Gannett Design Studio

Have a page to design, but have bad or not art? No problem. Here you will equip yourself with the tools to build bold and conceptual pages using typography, infographics and illustrations. More importantly, learn how to start thinking beyond the visuals you have (or don't have.)

3. Social Media Strategies for Journalists

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Bonnie Jean Feldkamp, freelance writer

Extend your reach and increase your engagement by avoiding the common pitfalls of social media. Learn the importance of curating your online presence. Learn how to write engaging social media posts, how to moderate trolls and haters, and how to blog successfully for the digital age. Together, we’ll explore how to connect with readers by serving your niche and writing beyond the anecdote with current events in mind.

3:30-4:30 Mark of Excellence Awards

Room 110

The Mark of Excellence awards celebrate the best student journalism of 2018. Winners will go on to the national competition.