Hello SPJers and aspiring journalists:
I'm delighted to announce the keynote speaker for Looking Back, Moving Forward, the spring Region 4/5 Conference, set for April 1-2 in Cincinnati:
Stephen George is executive editor of Louisville Public Media, a unique statewide media group that includes the Center for Investigative Reporting; National Public Radio affiliate WFPL; classical music station WUOL; and adult alt music station WFPX. Mr. George was previously editor of the Nashville City Paper and LEO Weekly, and most recently served as news editor of Insider Louisville. Louisville Public Media was recently profiled by MediaShift, which highlighted its commitment to investigative journalism.
As Mr. George focuses on investigative reporting – back in the headlines thanks to the success of “Spotlight” – other speakers will take up a wide range of current issues in journalism: using video from dash-cams and body-cams; covering race, using drones and virtual reality technology in newsrooms; covering heroin; sharpening narrative writing skills; and more. Speakers on three panels, meanwhile, will look back to look forward, with sessions tied to the 100thanniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, the 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act and the 45th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University.
Visit www.spjspringforward2016.com for our almost-complete list of speakers, schedule, registration and hotel info and more.
Sign up today! Early bird rates end Tuesday, March 8.
Hope you'll join us in Cincinnati April 1-2 and encourage members of your chapters, area journalists, journalism student and friends of journalism for what promises to be a great event. See you there!
PATRICIA GALLAGHER NEWBERRY
SPJ Region 4 Director