|2009 SPJ Region 1
Conference A Stimulus of
IdeasLocation: Temple University City
Center Campus – Philadelphia, Penn.
Region 1 Conference is April 24-25 at the Temple University
City Center Campus in Philadelphia.
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
There are more than 100 rooms reserved (many
of them doubles) at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia (http://www.cpphiladelphia.com/
& Market streets, for the discount price of $139 per
To make reservations, choose one of the following options:
: 215-561-7500. Ask for
1-800-2-CROWNE. Ask for Philadelphia CENTER CITY.
Request the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
: Visit http://www.crowneplaza.com/philadelphia
Choose travel dates. Enter SPJ in the group code
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
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 deadline has been extended to April 11. After
that, conference fees below will rise.
conference, Friday night reception and Mark of Excellence
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
Contact Phil Beck at 267-971-5311 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print and fill out
this form and send a check or money order to SPJ-Philadelphia
Society of Professional Journalists Conference
18 Lee Ave.
Current SPJ Member: Yes __ No __
(for members and nonmembers): Professional
__ Student __
Mark of Excellence awards luncheon
only __ PROGRAMS
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.
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
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
"The Future"—Where your job is going;
where your next job is coming from (2
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
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
Broadcast Writing: Copy to web content and back
Legal Issues in a Multimedia
Ethics in the Digital Age
Expert Resume and Self-Marketing Critiques – For
professionals and students
Critiques – For students and young professionals (sign-up
Video Boot Camp for Journalists
Author/publisher “speed dating” (sign-up