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Region 7 early registration ends today

Region 7 ConferenceToday is the last day for early registration to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 7 Spring Conference, scheduled for April 25-26 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.

The student registration rate is $50 through today, while the SPJ member rate is $75 and the non-member rate is $100. After today, the rates go up to $75, $100 and $125, respectively.

Another early bird discount applies to the conference hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton at 10100 College Boulevard in Overland Park. Room rates are $89 until April 10, when they go up to $149. (Mention the Region 7 conference when making reservations.)

SPJ’s regional conferences offer the chance for Society members and prospective members to meet, greet, and share ideas. They close the gaps in distance between chapters, for at least one weekend, and foster a greater sense of community.

The conference starts with a get-together Friday evening at Hayward’s Pit Bar B Que, a Kansas City culinary landmark, at 11051 Antioch Road. Dinner will be covered in the registration fee, but bar drinks are separate.

Saturday’s sessions include advice and instruction on basic photojournalism, basic audio editing, job-searching, ethics, TV news coverage, and tips on dealing with public information officers.

So, register today, and save yourself some money.

Regional conference returns to Kansas in 2014

Johnson County Community College logoThe spring conference returns to Kansas in 2014. But the host is unique for Region 7.

Johnson County Community College, based in Overland Park and the largest institution of higher learning in Kansas, with more than 30,000 students. has been selected the first community college to host the conference for the region, winning a bid process that began at the conclusion of this year’s conference in St. Louis.

JCCC representatives first suggested their institution as a possible venue two years ago when the Kansas City Press Club and the national SPJ headquarters co-organized the 2011 conference, also in Overland Park. This year was the first that JCCC made a formal bid.

Corbin Crable, coordinator of JCCC’s Department of Journalism and Media Communications, said he thought it made sense for his school to host the conference because of the diverse curriculum and the attention paid to multimedia in his department.

The journalism program consists of four faculty and seven adjuncts teaching 17 classes that range from video production to advanced reporting. JCCC also has a variety of media internships in the Kansas City area.

“And now that we have the green light, we’ll immediately move forward and have the conference just as we planned,” Crable said upon hearing of JCCC’s selection.

He said the tentative conference dates are April 25-26, and overnight accommodations would be at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 10100 College Boulevard. A pre-conference get-together would be that Friday at Hayward’s Pit Bar B Que, about a mile west of the hotel.

KC Press Clubs Host Freelance Conference

Date:  Saturday, May 29, 2010
Time:  10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location:  Carmack Room
Central Resource Library
9875 W. 87th Street
Overland Park, KS.

Cost:  $20

Reserve your spot:  Send your registration fee to

Debra DeCoster, Vice President KC Press Club
1045 South 47th Terrace
Kansas City, KS.  66106

Make checks payable to Kansas City Press Club.

Kick off the morning with Creative Writing Coach and Author, Deborah Shouse, as she opens the conference with Charging Up Your Creative Energy.

Writing Workshops:

Writing for Publication by author Tessa McDermid

Writing Creative Non-Fiction for Children by authors Lawrence and Suella Walsh

Success as a Freelance Writer–Surviving the Economy and Continue Writing, Speaker Jack Cashill
Cashill has been working as a full time freelance writer for over 20 years.  Within the last seven years, he has written five
non-fiction books.  His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and WorldNet Daily.
He is also Executive Editor of Ingram’s Magazine.

Social Media How to shoot video and download to the web

Meet the Editors Panel

If you have any questions about the conference, please call Debra DeCoster at (913) 424-8788 or email

Look who’s hiring in Kansas City


KMBC, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City, is looking for an Executive Producer to oversee our morning news. We’re looking for a highly motivated and aggressive professional


The ideal candidate will have solid  news judgment and creative ideas to help make the newscast and website standout. We’re looking for someone with 4-5 years experience who can lead the largest morning news staff in the market. Strong writing and producing skills a must.  Must have a proven track record with an aggressive approach to winning the big story, breaking news coverage and weather.  The EP works closely with the management team and participates in content and strategic planning.

To apply:  Interested candidates should send a resume and references to:  Sherrie Brown, News Director, KMBC, 6455 Winchester Ave, Kansas City, MO 64133. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. EOE



Job Title: Content Coordinator Requisition Number: 1252

The content coordinator manages, edits and tracks incoming and outgoing content for multiple platforms. The primary processes you conduct in your role:

* Monitor, communicate and traffic all incoming content

* Collaborate with newsroom staff to achieve editorial objectives

* Maintenance storage and capacity of SAN

* Edit content for use on multiple platforms

* Responsible for operating various news gathering equipment, including but not limited to video editing equipment

* Working knowledge of the multitude of paths by which content is imported and exported

* Distribution of content to other Scripps units

* Perform other duties as assigned


* BS/BA in related discipline.

* Generally 5-8 years of experience in related field. Certification is required in some areas.

More information: KSHB Content Coordinator

Assignment Editor — Requisition Number: 1253

Job Description:

The Assignment Editor is responsible for managing newsroom assignments, coordinating logistics, monitoring news wires and scanners.

* Plan news coverage as directed by news management

* Assign crews to stories and breaking news, using appropriate logistical and journalistic judgment

* Make calls to news sources as needed, gaining appropriate and actionable information

* Assist in finding stories, doing research and tracking story ideas in assignment desk computer with emphasis on key brand points

* Write and post content to the web as required

* Perform other duties as needed and as directed by news management

* Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office

* Ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast paced environment


* BS/BA in related discipline.

* Generally 2-5 years of experience in related field; certification is required in some areas.

For more information: KSHB Assignment Editor

Also:  KSHB Overnight Photographer AND KSHB Reporter/Multimedia Journalist


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