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Holiday Inn Ocean City

6600 Coastal Highway

Ocean City, MD 21842

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Join us in Ocean City, Maryland, for this year's SPJ Region 2 conference.

Registration has begun and will be open through March 22. (For SPJ members, the early-bird rate is in effect through March 15. Then, the cost increases $10.)

This year, we are doing something different. We will have both a journalism conference and a college First Amendment debate tournament. Both activities will overlap when everyone gathers for the debate final.

On the conference itinerary, we will have Facebook training for journalists. More details on that are below.

Other conference details are in the works and will be updated here as they are confirmed.

The conference will be at the Holiday Inn Ocean City (beachfront). A bloc of rooms is reserved at the conference rate of $129. Click here to reserve a room.

The registration fee includes a reception on Friday night and a continental breakfast, lunch and a Mark of Excellence heavy d'oeuvres reception on Saturday afternoon.

To join SPJ now and qualify for the member rate for conference registration, click here.

If you have questions, email conference organizaers Andy Schotz at LawnGyland@aol.com or Sue Kopen Katcef at susiekk@aol.com.

Friday, April 5

• 7 p.m. — welcome event at hotel

Saturday, April 6

7:30 to 8 a.m. — registration/check-in

• 8:15 a.m. — breakfast

• 8:45 to 10 a.m. — sessions TBA

• 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. — Facebook for Journalists training

In 2018, Facebook partnered with SPJ to train a network of professionals to teach Facebook Tools for Journalists at conferences, workshops and newsrooms around the country. Facebook and SPJ are committed to creating opportunities for journalists everywhere to learn about the ways Facebook tools can help create and share incredible works of journalism, as well as engaging the public in the stories about their communities.

Trainer: Hannah Gaber, a video producer at USA Today, is a multimedia journalist, photographer and filmmaker. She completed dual MAs in journalism and Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Arizona. She has worked on independent film projects in Oman and Cyprus. Her great passions are travel, history, culture, and humans.

• Noon to 2 p.m. — debate final/lunch

• 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. — sessions TBA

• 4 to 5:15 p.m. — sessions TBA

• 5:30 to 7 p.m. — Mark of Excellence Awards, with heavy hors d’oeuvres

• 7:15 p.m. — dinner on your own

Sunday, April 7

9 a.m. to noon (with a short break) — SPJ Knowledge College (for those who want to learn more about SPJ and leadership roles)

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First Amendment debate competition

Preliminary rounds on Friday, times TBA

Semifinals and finals on Saturday, times TBA

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Ocean City, MD 21842

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