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SPJ Region 5 Spring Conference

Society of Professional Journalists, Region 5

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM - Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM (CDT)

SPJ Region 5 Spring Conference

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SPJ’s Region 5 Spring Conference is your best opportunity to rub elbows with working journalists for networking and get tips and thoughts from some of the best in the business. We're planning interactive discussions with high-achieving professionals, including everyone from freelance writers to book authors to TV reporters to print and online producers. If you're curious about how others in journalism are making their way through an ever-changing field, this is your chance to find out. 

The conference starts on Friday, April 11, at 6 p.m. with an opening reception at Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, 430 N. Michigan Avenue (at Illinois Street). This is a Chicago landmark, and it's a great way to get to know the Windy City and mingle with conference attendees. The Billy Goat is about a five-minute walk from the hotel.

All sessions are set for Saturday at the Inn of Chicago. Our speakers include Jeff Cutler, a nationally known speaker on social media, and Dana Neuts, the President-Elect of SPJ. You'll also hear from freelancers who have created their own journalism careers.

At lunch, our regional Mark of Excellence winners will receive their awards, and in the afternoon, we're featuring an informative deep-dive into ethics.

We'll be posting details here soon about the lineup of sessions, but if you're one of those folks who just wouldn't miss their spring conference, you can register now, and take advantage of our cheap rates, which are good through April 1. After that, rates increase in each ticket category.

A few details:

The conference hotel is The Inn of Chicago (162 E. Ohio St.), and our room rate is $125 per night. Be sure to mention you'll be attending the SPJ Region 5 conference to snag the rate. The hotel is on the Magnificient Mile. Parking is $46 per night for self-parking. PLEASE Call (312) 787-3100 to make a reservation. NOTE: it is past the deadline and the hotel has the right to not honor the conference rate.

 

We're looking forward to hearing your input at the regional conference. If you have questions about what we've got planned, please contact Robyn Sekula, President of SPJ Louisville Pro, who is helping organize the conference. You can reach her at (502) 608-6125 or robyndsekula@gmail.com.

Have questions about SPJ Region 5 Spring Conference? Contact Society of Professional Journalists, Region 5

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Inn of Chicago
162 E. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM - Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM (CDT)


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Society of Professional Journalists, Region 5

The conference is sponsored by SPJ Chicago Headliners Club.

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  News and Updates
2014-02-03 12:26:10

SPJ Region 5 Conference

April 11-12

Chicago, IL

https://region5spj2014.eventbrite.com

 

Friday, April 11

6 p.m. Opening reception

Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, 430 N. Michigan Avenue (at Illinois Street)

 

Saturday, April 12

 8 a.m. Opening session

Future of Journalism

Where we are going will be discussed by several experts. Welcome by SPJ President-Elect Dana Neuts.

 

Social Media – the Latest

Jeff Cutler, the nation’s premier trainer of social media for use by journalists, will come from Boston to head this session. Barbara Iverson and Teresa Puente, both at Columbia College Chicago, will participate.

 

50 Ways to Make a Freelance Living

Dana Neuts, Kent, Wash.-based freelancer and SPJ President-Elect, Robyn Davis Sekula, Louisville-Ky.-based freelancer and SPJ Louisville Pro President, and Chicago-based John Wasik, author and freelancer, will give you their tips.

 

How to Keep Sane Covering Tragedies

Randi Belisomo and Dr. Mary Mulcahey of Life Matters Media and Dr. Sudip Bose. Randi also is a reporter for CLTV in Chicago. Mary is at Northwestern University Hospitals. Sudip, founder of The Battle Continues, is an emergency room physician who also earned The Bronze Star on the front lines of combat of Iraq. 

 

Copy Edit Yourself

Teresa Smedding and Maggie Walter. Teresa, of the Daily Herald, is president of the American Copy Editors Society and Maggie, of the University of Missouri, is a member of ACES. In these times of shrinking copy desks, this session and the next are more important than ever.

 

Proofread Your Own Work

Jon Ziomek, Al Solomon and Jim Benes. Jim is at WBBM780 Newsradio in Chicago, Jon is a veteran of the Chicago Sun-Times, Al of the Chicago Tribune. All three teach in Chicago journalism programs.

 

Mark of Excellence Awards

The best student journalism in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois will be honored at our luncheon.

 

Ethics Afternoon: Here, Now, and in the Future

Casey Bukro, Dan Gire, the Ethics AdviceLine team and others. Casey, retired from the Chicago Tribune, helped write SPJ’s current Code of Ethics. Dan is a Chicago Headline Club board member and Daily Herald film critic deeply concerned about ethics. AdviceLine case studies will be presented, with in-depth discussions of how questions were resolved. The participants also will discuss the Code as it stands now and how it might be improved.

 

Transition Benefits

David Brown and Harry Riley of Semler Financial Services in Indianapolis advise SPJ members about financial planning. They will answer questions from journalists at all stages of their careers, including those displaced.

 

Just for Students

A sort of social session with a Q & A about making the transition from college to being a graduate and going out into the world. Barbara Iverson will be the moderator.

 

Your Best Programs: SPJ Region 5 meeting (mandatory for chapter reps)

We want a lot of give-and-take at our traditional regional business meeting. Share your best program ideas with your colleagues from other chapters. Try to limit your presentations to five minutes if we have a crowd. Region 5 Director Susan S. Stevens will moderate.

 

Thanks to our sponsors:

Chicago Headliners Club (SPJ chapter)

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Tribune

Ball State University

Indiana University

Loyola University Chicago

Columbia College Chicago

 

2014-03-17 12:53:09

Here's a list of our planned sessions for the conference. We do not have specific time slots chosen yet, but generally speaking, there will be a keynote presentation at the beginning, the Mark of Excellence luncheon at Noon, and sessions on ethics in the afternoon. 


Ethics on call

How do we observe journalism ethics? How do we learn?

Ethics AdviceLine team members will reveal some of the most significant calls it has received at 866-DILEMMA, and tell how they worked through the dilemma with the callers. Call-takers are David Ozar and Hugh Miller of Loyola University Chicago, Lee Anne Peck of the University of Northern Colorado and David Craig of the University of Oklahoma. In charge of the session: Casey Bukro, retired from the Chicago Tribune, who helped write SPJ’s Codes of Ethics and with David Ozar is co-founder of EAL.

 

When ethics goes bad, really bad

Some egregious examples that cause the public to mistrust us will be discussed by Rick Tulsky, director of Northwestern University’s Medill Watchdog. Tulsky’s Watchdog uses interns to examine systemic institutional problems in partnership with major news media outlets including the Chicago Tribune, WGN-TV and Chicago Public Media.

 

Change the SPJ Code?

(Or, why the SPJ Ethics Code might not be as good as Mom’s apple pie, the American flag or sex)

Study the Code – you will get a copy in the morning. Frame your thoughts. We will discuss the Code as it stands now and how it might be improved. In this town hall kind of format, we want to develop a Chicago consensus on what, if any, changes need to be made in the Code. This give-and-take session will be directed by Dann Gire, a Chicago Headline Club board member and Daily Herald film critic deeply concerned about ethics.

 

Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon

The best student journalism in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois will be honored.


 

SPJ/ONA DePaul Free Speech Wall

 

SPJ/ONA DePaul, the 2013 national campus chapter of the year, shares an innovative Constitution Day program that drew in non-journalists and can be adapted by any chapter anywhere. Adviser Mike Reilley's executive board members will present the wall, share materials and lead a small group exercise on how to expand and improve the program.

 

Latest trends and innovations in journalism

Dana Neuts, SPJ’s president-elect, will welcome all conference-goers at this session. Then NBC 5’s Station Manager and VP of News, Frank Whittaker, Scripps Fellow Emily Withrow of Northwestern University and others will tell what they see coming up in our world. Loyola University’s Beth Konrad will moderate.

 

Social media – the latest and greatest

Jeff Cutler, the nation’s premier trainer of social media for use by journalists, will come in from Boston to head this session. He will help you communicate more effectively. Check out Jeff on Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, etc. Barbara Iverson and Teresa Puente, both experts at Columbia College Chicago, will participate.

 

Knight Labs -- Innovating journalism at the intersection of media and technology

Technology is transforming media, offering new opportunities for quality journalism, storytelling and content. Northwestern University Knight Lab has been at the forefront of bringing together different disciplines to develop projects that revolutionize media. Ryan Graff will tell about some of the Lab’s projects and tools as well as their student fellowship program. The lab is a joint initiative of the University’s McCormick Engineering and Medill Schools.

 

50 ways to make a freelance living

Dana Neuts, Kent, Wash. based and SPJ President-Elect, Robyn Davis Sekula, Louisville, Ky.-based and SPJ activist, and Chicago-based John Wasik, all successful freelancers, will give you their tips.

 

How to keep sane covering tragedies

Randi Belisomo and Dr. Mary Mulcahey of Life Matters Media and Dr. Sudip Bose. Randi also is a reporter for CLTV in Chicago. Mary is at Northwestern University Hospitals. Sudip is an expert on emergency room medicine.

 

Edit yourself

Teresa Schmedding and Maggie Walter. Teresa, of the Daily Herald, is president of the American Copy Editors Society and Maggie, of the University of Missouri, is a member of ACES. Session will include tips on how to edit your own work, including when technology can help -- and hurt -- you. In these times of shrinking copy desks, this session and the next are more important than ever.

 

Proofread your own work

Proof readers resemble dinosaurs, and are almost extinct. Learn to better do it yourself. Jon Ziomek, Al Solomon and Jim Benes. Jim is at WBBM780 Newsradio in Chicago, Jon is a veteran of the Chicago Sun-Times, Al of the Chicago Tribune. All three teach in Chicago journalism programs.

 

Unemployed? Underemployed? Uncertain?

“Transition benefits”

David Brown and Harry Riley of Semler Financial Services in Indianapolis, SPJ’s trusted advisers, use that term as they talk with SPJ members about financial planning. They will answer questions from journalists at all stages of their careers, including those displaced.

 

Your best programs (mandatory for chapter reps)

This won’t be your usual boring, traditional regional business meeting. That’s because YOU will be the speakers. Share your best program ideas with your colleagues from other chapters. Try to limit your presentations to five minutes if we have a crowd. Region 5 Director Susan S. Stevens will moderate.

 

Just for students

A semi-social session with a Q & A about making the transistion from college to being a graduate and going out into the world. Prof. Barbara Iverson of Columbia College will moderate.

 

Be sure to come in Friday night for our opening reception:

6 p.m. Friday April 11 Opening reception

Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, 430 N. Michigan Ave. (at Illinois Street) lower level. First draft beer or Pepsi is on us! All of the serious stuff above is on Saturday, but note the Friday tours below.

 

Tours: REGISTER SEPARATELY by April 9

If you are in Chicago early enough on Friday, a maximum of 15 of you will be welcome at the Chicago Tribune news meetings at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Plan to show up at Tribune Tower 15 minutes before the meeting you prefer. After the meeting, if Editor Jane Hirt’s time permits, she will talk with you and walk you around the newsroom. To RSVP for security purposes, email Patrick Boylan at boylanpadraig@gmail.com by Wed. April 9.

 

NBC5 TV – 5:30 p.m. Fri. April 11. Station Manager and VP of News Frank Whittaker invites you to tour the station and watch the 6 p.m. news. Limit of 10 people. For security, you must sign up in advance: To RSVP, email PatrickBoylan at boylanpadraig@gmail.com by Wed. April 9.


Sun-Times Media – Visit the Chicago Sun-Times newsroom and the rest of the Sun-Times Media offices at either 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. Friday. A maximum of 20 of you will be welcome either of those hours. If possible, Editor in Chief Jim Kirk will give you the tour. The Sun-Times is at 350 N. Orleans St. about a mile west and a little south of Inn of Chicago. To RSVP for security purposes, email Patrick Boylan at boylanpadraig@gmail.com by Wed. April 9.


 

Thanks to our sponsors:

 

Chicago Headliners Club (SPJ chapter)

 

Chicago Sun-Times

 

Chicago Tribune

 

Ball State University

 

Indiana University

 

Loyola University Chicago

 

Columbia College Chicago

Northwestern University


2014-04-07 13:35:51

Here is the schedule for sessions at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 5 Spring Conference in Chicago. Encourage your colleagues to come. All are welcome to attend, to learn and to share views.

We will have newsroom tours 
Fri. April 11, with the opening reception at 6 p.m. at Billy Goat's. Most of the development programs will be the morning of Sat. April 12; we will have an “ethical afternoon” with you doing the work to develop a consensus about what we believe changes in the SPJ Code of Ethics should be — if any.

The first thing 
Saturday morning is also a work-session for you. Chapters are asked to tell about their best programs so other chapters will have a wealth of new ideas.

All sessions, except for the opening night reception, will be at Inn of Chicago, 162 E. Ohio St.

SATURDAY APRIL 12
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration at Inn of Chicago, 162 E. Ohio St.
2nd floor corridor between conference rooms


8 a.m – 9 a.m. Buckingham Room
Your Best Programs (mandatory for chapter representatives)

This won’t be your usual boring, traditional regional business meeting. That’s because YOU will be the speakers. Share your best program ideas with your colleagues from other chapters. Try to limit your presentations to five minutes if we have a crowd. Moderator: Region 5 Director Susan S. Stevens.

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Buckingham Room
New Trends and Innovations in Journalism

Dana Neuts, SPJ’s president-elect, will welcome all conference-goers at this session. Following the opening, NBC 5’s Station Manager and VP of News, Frank Whittaker; Scripps Fellow Emily Withrow, assistant professor at Northwestern University; Charlie Meyerson, director of Rivet News Radio and principle of Meyerson Strategy; and Dave Newbart, senior editor at DNAinfo Chicago, will tell what they see coming up in our world. Moderator: Loyola University Journalism Program Director Beth Konrad, a Chicago Headline Club board member and past president.

10 a.m – 11:30 a.m. Buckingham Room
Social Media — the Latest and Greatest

Jeff Cutler, the nation’s premier trainer of social media for use by journalists, will come in from Boston to head this session. He will help you communicate more effectively. Check out Jeff on Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, etc. Barbara Iverson and Teresa Puente, both social media experts at Columbia College Chicago, will participate.

10 a.m – 11 a.m. Windy City Room
How to Keep Sane Covering Tragedies

“Taking home” heart-breaking stories can play havoc with reporters’ personal lives. Ways to keep an even mental keel will be offered by Dr. Sudip Bose, an expert in emergency room medicine, and Life Matters Media co-founders Randi Belisomo, a reporter for CLTV in Chicago, and Dr. Mary Mulcahey, of Northwestern University.

10 a.m – 10:55 a.m. Harbor Room
Proofread your own work

Proofreaders resemble dinosaurs, and are almost extinct. Learn to do it yourself better with the help of Jon Ziomek, a Chicago Sun-Times veteran, Al Solomon, a Chicago Tribune veteran, and Jim Benes of WBBM780 Newsradio in Chicago. All three teach in Chicago journalism programs.

11 a.m. – 11:55 a.m Harbor Room
Edit Yourself

Theresa Schmedding, of the Daily Herald and president of the American Copy Editors Society, and Maggie Walter, of the University of Missouri and member of ACES, will present this session, which will include tips on how to edit your own work, including when technology can help — and hurt — you. In these times of shrinking copy desks, this session and the next are more important than ever.

11 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Windy City Room
Knight Lab: Innovating Journalism at the Intersection of Media and Technology

Technology is transforming media, offering new opportunities for quality journalism, storytelling and content. Northwestern University Knight Lab has been at the forefront of bringing together different disciplines to develop projects that revolutionize media. Ryan Graff will tell about some of the lab’s projects and tools as well as their student fellowship program. The lab is a joint initiative of NU’s McCormick Engineering and Medill schools.

Noon – 12:55 p.m. Windy City Room
50 Ways to Make a Freelance Living

Tips from Dana Neuts, Kent, Wash.-based freelancer and SPJ President-Elect, Robyn Davis Sekula, Louisville, Ky.-based and SPJ activist, and Chicago-based John Wasik, all successful and veteran freelancers.

Noon – 12:55 p.m. Harbor Room
SPJ/ONA DePaul Free Speech Wall

SPJ/ONA DePaul, the 2013 SPJ National Campus Chapter of the Year, shares an innovative Constitution Day program that drew in nonjournalists and can be adapted by any chapter anywhere. Adviser Mike Reilley's executive board members will present the wall, share materials and lead a small group exercise on how to expand and improve the program.

1 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon
The best student journalism in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois will be honored.

2 p.m. on Windy City Room
Unemployed? Underemployed? Uncertain?

“Transition benefits”
David Brown and Harry Riley of Semler Financial Services in Indianapolis, SPJ’s trusted advisers, use that term as they talk with SPJ members about financial planning. They will answer questions from journalists at all stages of their careers, including those displaced.

2 p.m. on Harbor Room
Just for students

A semisocial session with a Q-and-A about making the transition from college to being a graduate and going out into the world. Moderator: Professor Barbara Iverson of Columbia College.

2 p.m – 2:55 p.m Buckingham Room
Ethics On Call

How do we observe journalism ethics? How do we learn?
Ethics AdviceLine team members will reveal some of the most significant calls they have received at 866-DILEMMA, and tell how they worked through the dilemmas with the callers. Call-takers are David Ozar and Hugh Miller of Loyola University Chicago, Lee Anne Peck of the University of Northern Colorado and David Craig of the University of Oklahoma. Leader of this session is Casey Bukro, retired from the Chicago Tribune, helped write SPJ’s Codes of Ethics and, with David Ozar, co-founded the EAL.

3 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Buckingham Room
When Ethics Goes Bad, Really Bad

Some egregious examples that cause the public to mistrust us will be discussed by Rick Tulsky, director of Northwestern University’s Medill Watchdog. Tulsky’s Watchdog uses interns to examine systemic institutional problems in partnership with major news media outlets including the Chicago Tribune, WGN-TV and Chicago Public Media.

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Buckingham Room
Change the SPJ Code?

(Or, Why the SPJ Ethics Code Might Not Be as Good as Mom’s Apple Pie, the American Flag or Sex)
Study the Code — you will get a copy in the morning. Frame your thoughts. Put those thoughts on an index card and hand it to Dann Gire when you see him. We will discuss the Code as it stands now and how it might be improved. In this town hall kind of format, we want to develop a Chicago consensus on what, if any, changes need to be made in the Code. This give-and-take session will be directed by Gire, a Chicago Headline Club board member and Daily Herald film critic, who is deeply concerned about ethics.

FRIDAY APRIL 11
6 p.m. Opening reception
Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, 430 N. Michigan Ave. (at Illinois Street) lower level. First draft beer or Pepsi is on us! Get a coupon at the door from Danielle Lieber. All of the serious stuff will be Saturday, but note we have Friday newsroom tours scheduled earlier in the day Friday.

Tours: REGISTER SEPARATELY by April 9

Sun-Times Media – Visit the Chicago Sun-Times newsroom and the rest of the Sun-Times Media offices at either 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. Friday. A maximum of 20 of you will be welcome either of those hours. If possible, Editor in Chief Jim Kirk will give you the tour. The Sun-Times is at 350 N. Orleans St. about a mile west and a little south of Inn of Chicago. To RSVP for security purposes, email Patrick Boylan at boylanpadraig@gmail.com by Wed. April 9.

 Chicago Tribune – A maximum of ten of you will be welcome at each of the Chicago Tribune news meetings at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Plan to show up at Tribune Tower 15 minutes before the meeting you prefer. After the meeting, if Editor Jane Hirt’s time permits, she will talk with you and walk you around the newsroom. To RSVP for security purposes, email Patrick Boylan at boylanpadraig@gmail.com by Wed. April 9.

NBC5 TV – 5:30 p.m. Fri. April 11. Station Manager and VP of News Frank Whittaker invites you to tour the station and watch the 6 p.m. news. Limit of 10 people. For security, you must sign up in advance: To RSVP, email Patrick Boylan at boylanpadraig@gmail.com by Wed. April 9.

You can read short biographies of our presenters at http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/region5/?p=356

To reserve your room at Inn of Chicago, 162 E. Ohio St.
call 312-787-3100, tell them you are with SPJ Region 5

Thanks to our sponsors:
Chicago Headline Club (SPJ chapter)
Chicago Sun-Times
Daily Herald
Ball State University
Indiana University
Northwestern University Medill School
Loyola University Chicago
Columbia College Chicago

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