Monday, January 22, 2018

SPJ Region 4 Conference in Pittsburgh on March 9, 10 - Details

Save the date for SPJ Region 4 Spring Conference
Mark your calendars and plan to be in Pittsburgh on March 9 and 10 for the Region 4 Spring Conference at Point Park University.
Aimee-Marie Dorsten and her planning team have developed a series of programs that will appeal to any SPJ member -- professional or student.
Friday, March 9

5 to 8 p.m. Opening Night Reception & Networking
What's the hottest topic in journalism right now? It might be FOIA.  It might be the political climate in Washington. It might be fake news. No matter what, join Region 4 professional and student journalists in Pittsburgh for informal discussions on your favorite topic. Want to lead a session? Just let us know your topic. Then, bring your passion.
Saturday, March 10
8 a.m. -- Continental Breakfast
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. -- Super Session
Countering Assault in the Newsroom: Sexual Harassment Hits Home
9:45 to 10:45 a.m. -- Breakout I 
Room A: Running the student newsroom; Editors vs. Administrators
Room B: Access 2018 -- Working with Public Information Officers 
Room C: Crisis Reporting: Staying safe and getting the story
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. -- Breakout II
Room A: Job talk: Landing internships and early career jobs
Room B: Truth matters. Facts matter. Resisting the assault. 
Room C: Google this
12:30 to 2 p.m. -- Lunch and Mark of Excellence Awards
Keynote speaker: Dan Heyman, West Virginia Public News Service
Mark of Excellence Student Awards 
2:15 to 3:15 p.m. -- Breakout III
Room A: You Don't Have To Sell Your Soul -- PR For Non-Profits
Room B: Future Focus -- Paying For Journalism
Room C: Perfecting The Podcast 
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- Breakout IV
Room A: Mock Trial -- Role Play Your Way Through Libel & Slander Laws
Room B: Multi-media journalism today
Room C: Human Cost: From The Opioid Crisis to Poisoned Water
Housing for those staying overnight is available at:
The Distrikt Hotel
453 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 339-1870
Conference rate: $134.00 per night, plus 14% tax = $152.76
A courtesy block of 30 rooms has been set aside at that rate, but you have to make your reservation by Feb. 2 to get it.

Register for the conference here.
The registration fees are as follows:

Prior to March 2.

SPJ Members
Professional -- $75
Student -- $55

Professional -- $130
Student -- $75
After March 2. 

SPJ Members
Professional -- $95
Student -- $75

Professional -- $150
Student -- $95

Check out the conference website for further information. For any questions, please contact Aimee-Marie Dorsten.

See you in Pittsburgh!