2009 SPJ Region 1 Conference
A Stimulus of Ideas

Location: Temple University City Center Campus – Philadelphia, Penn.
The SPJ Region 1 Conference is April 24-25 at the Temple University City Center Campus in Philadelphia.

The conference will offer plenty of great programming for all attendees, from seasoned professionals to students. You do not need to be an SPJ member to attend.
UPDATE: Hotel Accommodations

There are more than 100 rooms reserved (many of them doubles) at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia (http://www.cpphiladelphia.com/), 18th & Market streets, for the discount price of $139 per night.

To make reservations, choose one of the following options:
Local :   215-561-7500.  Ask for reservations
Toll-Free :  1-800-2-CROWNE.  Ask for Philadelphia CENTER CITY.  Request the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) rate
Internet : Visit http://www.crowneplaza.com/philadelphia.  Choose travel dates.  Enter SPJ in the group code field.

There are also have a limited number of rooms available at the Four Seasons, a few blocks away at One Logan Circle (http://www.fourseasons.com/philadelphia), for $205 (half-price) per night.
To register: Call the hotel's main number at 215-963-1500 and ask for reservations and then reference the Society of Professional Journalists for the group rate.  All reservations are handled in-house, so guests will be speaking with someone actually at the hotel.

NOTE: Both hotels say that early check-in is available to conference goers on Friday if the rooms they have reserved are ready. Call the hotel when you arrive in town to find out. If not, both hotels say they can store your luggage until a later check-in. 
UPDATE: Early Registration

The early registration deadline has been extended to April 11. After that, conference fees below will rise.

Price (includes conference, Friday night reception and Mark of Excellence awards luncheon)
Professional Members: $105
Professional Nonmembers: $130
Student Members: $65
Student Nonmembers: $80
Mark of Excellence luncheon only: $45
NOTE: All fees increase after April 11. Early registration is the best deal. To register early, print this form, fill-in all information below, detach and send with payment to conference chair Phil Beck.
Contact Phil Beck at 267-971-5311 or pbeck0759@aol.com with any questions.

Print and fill out this form and send a check or money order to SPJ-Philadelphia at:
Society of Professional Journalists Conference
c/o Phil Beck
18 Lee Ave.
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
City/State/Zip Code:
Phone Number:
E-mail address:
Current SPJ Member: Yes __  No __
Work Status: (for members and nonmembers):  Professional __    Student __
Mark of Excellence awards luncheon only __ 
Multimedia 101 – Understanding and finding your place across the spectrum of new media platforms and technologies is daunting for many journalists looking to enhance and diversify career options. This introductory course walks you through it.
Multimedia 2.0 – For the more sophisticated, tech-savvy journalists, this program explores the latest technologies and new platforms being developed. How to take advantage of and practice your profession on the cutting edge.
Barcamp Philadelphia, a joint program with Temple University.  (http://barcamp.org/NewsInnovation-Philly)
Bar Camp News Innovation Philadelphia is an "unconference" designed at coming up with new ideas on how to re energize and innovate the news industry. What's a barcamp? Its a conference with no set schedule. The presentation schedule is blank and will be filled in by attendees throughout the day. Anyone can present, and everyone is expected to participate in some fashion. Don't come just expecting to fall asleep in the back row.
SPJ Conference goers will attend the morning sessions. Limited space; sign up required.
Investigative Reporting on a Budget – Few news organizations have the time or the resources to pull staff “off the line” for months at a time anymore. A new paradigm is emerging, heavily supported by technology and a new outlook on format and scope. How does it work? How is it working?
Health/Science/Medical Journalism A comprehensive look at the fastest-growing field of journalism across media and in the non- and for-profit worlds. Program examines how to make the subject come alive, while protecting the integrity of the science and the credibility of your organization. The program will include finding that special story or field, navigating research, developing sources who really know, and finding opportunities and your niche in the industry.

What’s Love Got to Do With It: The Medicalization of Human Sexuality and Media Issues Surrounding It -- More than ever, medicine and science are at the forefront of human sexuality discussion in the media.  Since Masters & Johnson's pioneering studies on the physiology and anatomy of human intimacy, human sexuality has become a large part of health and science coverage. This panel looks at today's issues, including the billion-dollar industry of Viagra and Big Pharma's appeal to aging Baby-boomers, concerns about unethical practices and charlatans involved in sex therapy, sexually-related diseases, homosexuality, feminist concerns, the lack of government research money and what journalists should be looking for in covering this vital subject.
From Full-timer to Freelancer: Making the Leap from In-house Security to Who Knows What?
Program focuses on the in-house skills that could translate into freelancing opportunities in a variety of media (and perhaps some new career fields) and the differences to expect from the security of full-time employment to the uncertainty but self-empowerment of freelancing.
Web sites for Journalists: The Essentials and Some New Wrinkles

"The Future"—Where your job is going; where your next job is coming from (2 programs)
Decision-makers, academics, media watchers and prominent journalists discuss the future they are facing, what they are doing to change and how you can become part of it in two all-star forums.

Regional magazines: Regional magazines strive to develop a niche in the community—examining everything from the best schools to the hottest singles--while ambitiously competing with new organizations through long-form journalism and “attitude.” How is model holding up? Where do you fit in?
Turning Your News Story/Beat into a Book It seems a new book goes from a journalist’s hard drive into the stores every day, but it’s not as easy as it looks. Learn from journalists, publishers and agents the rules of the road—and how sometimes, you have to go outside the lines to make it happen.

Military Journalism Homeland security stories—from the Walter Reed hospital scandal to the alleged Fort Dix terror plot---show that understanding and skill in navigating military bureaucracy and culture are not just skill sets required for reporting from war zones. How it’s done.  
News Radio
Talk Radio
Broadcast Writing: Copy to web content and back again

Legal Issues in a Multimedia World

Ethics in the Digital Age

Expert Resume and Self-Marketing Critiques – For professionals and students
Live Broadcast Critiques – For students and young professionals (sign-up required)
Video Boot Camp for Journalists (sign-up required)
Author/publisher “speed dating” (sign-up required)