Archive for October, 2015

Save the date: Combined 4/5 Regional is April 1-2

One of the many pleasures of attending the annual Excellence in Journalism conference is meeting up with Region 4 members. This year, the pleasure was doubled as Region 4 and 5 members met together to begin planning a joint Region 4-5 spring conference.Kingsgate

And thanks to some pre-EIJ conversations, we’ve already booked the Kingsgate Marriott and Conference Center in Cincinnati for April 1-2 for the Regional.

The Regional Conference Planning Committee collected lots of great topic and speaker ideas in Orlando — and invites you to add to the list. Who would you like to meet? What topic do you think would attract students, pros, academics and others? Would you volunteer to set up a panel? Moderate? At this point everything is on the table and all ideas are good ideas. Send yours to me at by Oct. 15. (We’ll keep taking ideas after that, but that’s our first idea deadline.)

Kingsgate, by the way, sits adjacent to the University of Cincinnati campus. It’s a short walk to lots of great entertainment options on campus; and a short ride to the hopping scenes in Cincinnati’s downtown, Over the Rhine and Mount Adams areas, as well as over the river in Northern Kentucky. So you’ll be educated by day — and entertained by night!

What else happened in Orlando?

  • Good sessions, from first day to last.
  • New leadership, on the board and elsewhere.
  • Lots and lots of recognition for Region 4 members, reported in earlier 4th Estate posts.

Ohio Bar hosts annual law-media conference

law-media conf f15The Ohio State Bar Association, with the support of the Columbus chapter of SPJ, will once again host its popular Law and Media Conference. The event is Oct. 16 in Columbus, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Journalists, lawyers, academics, judges and others will take up such topics as police body cameras, drones, defamation, hot privacy issues and legislation that could affect the Ohio Public Records Act.

One session sure to fill the room: “Punching Out Scruff Face: Jesse Ventura/American Sniper Libel Lessons.” According to event material, speakers (from New York, Minneapolis and Columbus) will provide “a deep dive into the facts and defamation law surrounding the Jesse Ventura v. Kyle case and discuss its potential future impact on media and the First Amendment.”

The Ohio Association of Broadcasters and Ohio Newspaper Association join SPJ as co-sponsor of the conference.

Costs begin at $15 for students and $30 for professionals and go up after Oct. 9, with more information on the Bar Association website.




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