2014 SPJ Region 2 Spring Conference
We are excited to announce that the Region 2 Spring Conference will take place Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, on the campus of Georgetown University Downtown in Washington, D.C.
We'll open with a screening of "A Fragile Trust," a new documentary examining the Jayson Blair plagiarism and fabrication scandal and how it reverberated throughout journalism. For more details of the film see www.afragiletrust.com.
Saturday morning we'll host a mix of workshops, panels and other activities. Winners of the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards will be honored during an included luncheon. More panels and workshops await in the afternoon, to be followed by a social Saturday night.
More information about the conference, registration details and sponsorship opportunities will be posted soon!
Tickets: The fee is a combination of what Eventbrite charges for ticket sales (2.5% + 99 cents per ticket) and credit-card processing (3%). Half of that total fee is shown and will be added to the purchase cost; the conference is absorbing the other half.
Friday, March 28:
6:30 p.m. REGISTRATION
7:15 p.m. EVENING SCREENING OF "A Fragile Trust." (75 mins.)
8:30 p.m. BRIEF DISCUSSION
FREE TIME IN D.C.
Saturday, March 29:
8:30 a.m. REGISTRATION
9:30 a.m. WELCOME
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. PLENARY SESSION: "Ethics For a New Age" - It's been 18 years since SPJ updated its code of ethics. Another review is underway. Should the code be revamped? What would you change? With Paul Fletcher, SPJ's national secretary/treasurer and member of Ethics Committee.
10:45 a.m. - noon MORNING SESSION BLOC 1 (choose):
• "A Date With Data" Develop a baseline understanding of data-driven journalism, and a get a list of story ideas that can work in any market. A hands-on workshop - bring your laptop. With Derek Willis, an interactive developer with The New York Times.
• "Embracing the Future" How do we foster innovation in the newsroom? Who is doing it well? You'll hear from some of them. With Greg Linch, who works on projects for the local desk at The Washington Post; Scott Smallwood, managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education; and Travis Daub, creative director at PBS NewsHour.
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. MARK OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS LUNCH - on campus. Erik Wemple, a media writer for The Washington Post and former editor of Washington City Paper, will speak.
1:45 to 3 p.m. AFTERNOON SESSION BLOC 1 (choose):
• "How I Got My First Job" With Vanessa Junkin, crime and courts reporter, The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md.; Delece Smith-Barrow, a reporter with U.S. News & World Report; Melissa Macaya, a digital producer for CNN en Español; and Chris Kirk, interactives editor at Slate.com. Moderated by Amy Kovac-Ashley, assistant dean of Georgetown University's Master of Professional Studies in Journalism program.
• "Lockboxes and Dropboxes" In the new age of surveillance, how can journalists secure their data and convince sources that they will be protected, too? With Runa Sandvik, staff technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Delphine Halgand, U.S. director for Reporters Without Borders. Moderated by Jacob Harris, senior software architect with New York Times Digital.
• "iFOIA - and So Can You" With Emily Grannis of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which has developed a new tool for making freedom of information requests. A hands-on workshop.
3:15 to 4:30 p.m. AFTERNOON SESSION BLOC 2 (choose):
• "First, Be Right" Social media is a quick way to reach many people with breaking news. But don't forget to verify. With T.J. Ortenzi, senior social media editor at The Washington Post; Natalie DiBlasio, a breaking news reporter at USA Today; and Russ Ptacek, an investigative reporter with WUSA9. Moderated by Jeff Sonderman, deputy director of the American Press Institute
• "PIOs Tell Us: How Are We Doing?" These public information officers know what it's like on the other side - they've all been journalists. With David Nitkin of Howard County (Md.) government (formerly with The Baltimore Sun); Elise Armacost of Baltimore County Police, Fire and Emergency Management (former with The Baltimore Sun). Moderated by Region 2 director Andy Schotz, assistant managing editor at The Gazette in Gaithersburg, Md.
• "7-Minute Pitches" Freelancers will make their story pitches to a range of editors, speed-dating style. Here's your chance to pitch to Glamour Magazine, Washington Post Express, WUSA9, Washington Post Magazine (just added) and Northern Virginia Magazine (just added). After registering for the conference, sign up for the session through Stephenie Overman at email@example.com.
4:45 p.m. RECONVENE (with door prizes)
6 to 7:30 p.m. RECEPTION - Fourth Estate Winners' Room at NATIONAL PRESS CLUB (21 and over). RSVP with the Press Club required. Go to www.press.org/events/spj-reception-national-press-club. Space is limited. Press Club is within walking (less than 30 minutes) or cab distance; or take Metro one stop (from Gallery Place/Chinatown to Metro Center). The Fourth Estate restaurant will be open for dinner. For reservations: www.opentable.com/fourth-estate-restaurant-at-the-national-press-club or 202-662-7638.
Sunday, March 30:
The conference is over, but if you're planning to spend another day in D.C., connect with journos who will visit the Newseum, an awesome universe of journalism history and culture. It's a must-see. Vanessa Junkin of the Maryland Pro chapter of SPJ is coordinating. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15 to qualify for group-rate tickets.
Travel: Washington, D.C., is served by major interstates, airlines and Amtrak. The campus is conveniently located downtown. On Metro, close to Gallery Place/Chinatown on Red Line. Click here for more information.
Parking: There's plenty nearby.
Hotels: While we are not selecting an official hotel, here are several nearby or convenient to D.C.'s Metro system:
The Embassy Row Hotel, 2105 Massachusetts Ave. NW, D.C.
The Residence Inn Washington D.C./Foggy Bottom, 801 New Hampshire Ave. NW, D.C.
The Baron Hotel, 1523 22nd St. NW, D.C.
Mount Vernon Square Bed and Breakfast, 400 M St. NW, D.C.
The Eldon Luxury Suites, 933 L St. NW, D.C.
The Residence Inn Old Town/Duke Street, 1456 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va.
Restaurants: A sample of nearby places
$ (under $10)
China Boy, 815 6th St. NW (Chinese)
Chop't Creative Salad Company, 730 7th St. NW (Salad, deli)
Nando's Peri Peri, 819 7th St. NW (Fusion African/Portuguese)
Lincoln's Waffle Shop, 504 10th St. (Brunch, diner)
Merzi, 415 7th St. NW (Casual Indian)
Protein Bar, 398 7th St. NW (Vegetarian, healthy, gluten-free, juice and smoothies)
$$ ($11 to $30)
Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant, 808 7th St. NW (Irish pub)
La Tasca, 722 7th St., NW (Spanish, tapas)
Luke's Lobster, 624 E St. NW (Seafood)
Momiji, 505 H St. NW (Japanese, sushi)
Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar, 507 H St. NW (Thai)
RFD Washington, 810 7th St. NW (American, bar)
$$$ ($31 to $60)
Cedar, 822 E St. NW (New American, French)
District Chophouse & Brewery (Steakhouse)
nopa Kitchen + Bar, 800 F St. NW (New American)
Poste, 555 8th St. NW (French)
Rasika, 633 D St. NW (Indian)
Zengo, 781 7th St. NW (Latin American, Asian fusion)
SPJ Region 2 : SPJ's Region 2 includes Virginia, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Delaware and Maryland. Non-SPJ members are welcome to attend the conference, as well!