SPJ REGION 1 CONFERENCE – April 21-22
For the LOVE of Journalism
Celebrate your love of journalism and learn new skills for two days in the city where Freedom of the Press got its start during the Society of Professional Journalists Regional 1 Spring Conference.
The theme of the conference reflects both our passion for our chosen profession and a growing public appreciation of how the role of a free press serves in a democracy.
We are in Philadelphia, the “city of brotherly love” where so many of the founding principles of our free press took root – from Benjamin Franklin’s “Poore Richard’s Almanac” to the Constitution and the First Amendment.
We’ll celebrate that history and help chart our own future by offering useful training in multimedia and social media skills that you can put to immediate use in your newsroom or classroom.
Our focus during the Saturday, April 21, sessions at Annenberg Hall will be on the skills you need to know to be a better journalist – including the latest Google tools, KipCamp’s “Dirty Dozen” useful journalism apps and making the jump from print to digital.
We’ll also help you stay current with important stories such as covering sexual harassment and covering the medical and recreational marijuana business.
A First Amendment lawyer will be available to help with free consultations on any press freedom issue you may be encountering. And we’ll take a close look at legislation aimed at expanding press freedom for high school students.
On Sunday, April 22, our focus will broaden to some of the bigger challenges facing journalism today.
We’ll start the day with our Mark of Excellence awards brunch at the Philadelphia Media Network building, where our keynote speaker will be Bill Marimmow, vice president of strategic development for the PMN, which includes The Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.
On Sunday afternoon, we’ll have a panel discussion on the future of journalism in Philadelphia. We’ll also hear from reporters who’ve covered Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial. And we’ll hear from Signe Wilkinson on how she draws her Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons.
The weekend will also include some activities that are just for fun – including a walking tour of historic sites in journalism in downtown Philadelphia and, for those who arrive early, a Friday night ball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies.
For more information on other things to see and do visit: http://www.visitphilly.com/
We’ve secured a block of discounted hotel rooms at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Philadelphia. Reserve at this link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/49584355/owner/12526/home
A word to the wise: The number of conference tickets and hotel rooms is limited. You’ll want to register for both the conference and the hotel as soon as possible. Don’t procrastinate. We anticipate this event will be sold out well in advance.
To register for the two day event, go to: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event…
To register for just the Sunday event, go to: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg…
Conference details may be found at: http://www.spjr1c.org/sessions-2018/
See you in Philadelphia,
Jane Primerano, SPJ Region 1 Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Trosky, Keystone SPJ chapter president, email@example.com
John Ensslin, New Jersey SPJ chapter president, firstname.lastname@example.org