Early Bird Deadline Extended for Regional Conference

The early bird deadline for the Regions 4-5 Spring Conference at the METS Center in Erlanger, Ky., April 1-2, 2011, has been extended until the end of the day Wednesday, March 9.  Through Wednesday, student SPJ members can register for $50 and pros for $70. After that, the prices go up.  

To register, go to this site: http://spj2011.eventbrite.com. An update: the media tours on Friday afternoon are full.

The conference hotel is the Courtyard Cincinnati Airport, where the rate is $89 per night. The hotel is adjacent to the METS Center. You can book a room with a king-sized bed with the code SPJSPJA and a room with two double beds with the code SPJSPJB. Click on this link to make your reservation: http://bit.ly/fHA46L

The conference opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the conference hotel. Saturday’s program begins with regional meetings at 8:30 a.m., followed at 9:30 by keynote speaker Jonathan Katz, who covered the Haitian earthquake and its aftermath for the Associated Press. Mark of Excellence awards will be presented at a noon luncheon. The day is packed with useful sessions for pros and students alike on a wide range of topics, including legal issues, getting a job out of college, ethics, turning your beat into a book, using social media legally and ethically, protecting journalists in hostile hotspots,  covering the Comair crash in Lexington, freelancing, Google for journalists, iPad for journalists, website roulette, and why students should study journalism. There will also be a critique session for students. The conference concludes at 5:30 p.m.

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