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SPJ Region 11 Annual Conference in Hawaii - Real Skills for Real News

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University of Hawaii Manoa, Campus Center

2465 Campus Rd

Honolulu, HI 96822

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Real skills for real news!

Learn how to cover Indigenous issues and people, get trained by experts from Facebook, Google and IRE/NICAR, find tips on how to spot "fake news" and learn media literacy in a session from SPJ National President-Elect Matthew Hall. Hear from media attorney Jeff Portnoy what exactly is and is not fair use of photos. Cheer on a group of college-level debaters from around the country in a competition organized by Cal Poly Professor John Patrick.

Let's start off by discussing the future of the news biz -- Is the nonprofit model the way to go?

And, of course, mingle and network with students and pros in the profession from SPJ Region 11: Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and Mariana Islands.



Friday, March 20, 2020

8 - 9:30 a.m. Registration - Coffee

9:30-10:00 a.m. Plenary session - Welcome, logistics, etc. SPJ-Hawaii President Stirling Morita.

All day: John Peter Zenger First Amendment Debates. Cal Poly Debate Team, Dr. John Patrick. Debate teams ongoing- 3 rooms - 4 preliminary rounds debates - Two-person debates. Topic: “Major news outlets should take significant steps to change how they gather and report news that concerns Indigenous communities.” SPJ members are invited to learn fundamentals of debate and act as judges.

10:15-11:30 a.m. The future of news -- Can the nonprofit model work? Ben Nishimoto with Civil Beat, plus Steve Petranik, editor of Hawaii Business magazine, plus Bill Dorman, a vice president of Hawai‘i Public Radio, Petranik as moderator/panelist.

11:45-1:15 Lunch -- Speaker -- Facebook training with Lynn Walsh, past SPJ national president and project manager at the Trusting News project.

1:30-2:15 p.m. Honolulu First Amendment and media attorney Jeff Portnoy on fair use of photos

2:30-3:30 p.m. SPJ national President-Elect Matthew Hall, editorial and opinion director of the San Diego Union-Tribune, fighting fake news

3:45-5 p.m. Investigative Reporters & Editors/National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting Executive Director Doug Haddix, digital sleuthing on deadline.

4:30-5:30 p.m. Regional meeting for chapter officers and any other members who are interested in SPJ regional news.

5-7 p.m. Opening Night Reception -- University of Hawaii-Manoa Journalism Program, School of Communications. Campus Center Courtyard.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

9 a.m. - coffee - mingling/networking

10 a.m.-noon Google Training. Amara Aguilar, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

12:30 lunch -John Peter Zenger First Amendment Debate finals - “Major news outlets should take significant steps to change how they gather and report news that concerns Indigenous communities.”

1:30 - 2:00 p.m. University of Hawaii at Manoa Journalism Professor Ann Auman (moderator). Hawai’i Journalism Resource and Style Guide. Ku'uwehi Hiraishi - Discussion of the Resource Guide and coverage of Native Hawaiian people.

2:15-3:45 p.m. SPJ Region 11 Director Debra Kroll (moderator/panelist), Hawaii News Now news anchor Mahealani Richardson on how journalists should/should not cover Indigenous issues. Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider from Saipan to speak on covering Micronesian people.

4:00-4:45 p.m. Bryan Pollard (John S. Knight Fellow for 2019-2020, Stanford University), former president of the Native American Journalists Association. "Challenges to an Indigenous free press; covering Indian Country"

Tickets are on sale now. Use the Eventbrite RSVP, or send checks to SPJ-Hawaii, HAWAII CHAPTER SPJ // P.O. BOX 3141 // HONOLULU, HI 96802

Venue is the Campus Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, seven miles from Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Things start right away on Friday (March 20) so it will be good for out-of-towners to arrive Thursday night (March 19).


We have arranged for 15 non-air-conditioned rooms 14 studio -- $59 per night -- and 1 corner studio -- $73 per night -- at Lincoln Hall of the East-West Center, two blocks from the Campus Center. You can make reservations through Hawaii SPJ President Stirling Morita at smorita1@twc.com. Since the rooms are not air-conditioned, you might want to bring a portable hand-held fan.

If that doesn't appeal to you here is a list of hotels not that far from the venue. Approximate daily rates for rooms with 1-2 beds, not including taxes:

-- Pagoda: $140 for a room with 2 double beds. $15.00 resort fee
-- Ohana East: $200-280. $22 resort fee
-- Ohana Malia: $246-$256. $22 resort fee
-- Ala Moana Hotel: $209-$240. $45 resort fee
-- Hilton Hawaiian Village: $214-$232 for Hilton Honors members. $235-$255 for non-members. $45 resort fee

Conference fees (which cover two lunches):

$20 University of Hawaii* students
$40 early bird non-UH students
$50 non-UH students after Feb. 20
$70 early bird SPJ pro members
$80 SPJ pro members after Feb. 20
$90 non SPJ members

* University of Hawaii students qualify for a substantial discount because a university agency is sponsoring the use of the Campus Center.

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