I am starting to get excited about the Region 7 Spring Conference!
When: April 9-10, 2010
Where: Omaha, NE at the Doubletree Hotel downtown
Keep in mind, we are in the early stages of getting this together, so our plans are subject to change. Still, I wanted to give you an idea of how things are shaping up!
We’ll kick things off Friday night with SPJ’s very own “Ethics Hold ‘Em,” a version of the game where everyone wins (ethically speaking)! See this link from a South Florida Pro chapter event for more
Folks in the region, Heather Porter at SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis, and I have come up with the following subjects/topics for our sessions:
Multimedia – Ron Sylvester of the Wichita Eagle who will showcase some great ideas for taking traditional journalism forms to the next level.
FOI/Sunshine – Charles Davis and Randy Brown of the The National Freedom of Information Coalition and the FOI Advocate have a great presentation that will open your eyes to open records.
Diversity from the ground up: Hiring and beyond – I am assembling a panel that includes SPJ Diversity Committee Chair Pueng Vongs. Looking for at least one more panelist!
Federal Shield Law — Working on a great keynote speaker who can enlighten us, whether we have a law by April or not.
First Jobs — Early career journalists talk about the strategies that worked for them when they embarked on their post college job hunt.
Entrepeneurship for Journalists – Carla Kimbrough-Robinson (you may have read her regular Quill column on career development) will share her strategies.
Of course the Mark of Excellence lunch where we honor student journalists from the region will be a highlight on Saturday! We’ll wrap up the conference Saturday afternoon with a business session. I hope we can rope in some Nebraska journalists to start a professional chapter! If you know you are interested in getting in on the ground floor, it’s not too early to let me know.
You’ll notice that we are not building the conference around traditional media “tracks.” No broadcast-only or print-only sessions. I expect multimedia and media convergence themes to be part of every session in one way or another. Many of us are already working across two or more platforms. As Ron Sylvester says, one day soon it’s likely we will ALL be multimedia journalists.
With all of the above in mind, any ideas for a tag line or conference “theme?” I await your ideas! Watch this space for information about registration, hotel room rates and more.