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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
When & Where
Society of Professional Journalists, Region 5
The conference is sponsored by SPJ Chicago Headliners Club.