The conference theme, “For the Love of Journalism,” reflects both our love for our chosen profession and a growing public appreciation of how the role of a free press serves a democracy.
Our focus during the Saturday, April 21, sessions at Annenberg Hall will be on the skills you need to know to be a better journalist. On Sunday, April 22, our focus will broaden to some of the bigger challenges facing journalism today.
The weekend will also include some activities that are just for fun – including a walking tour of historic sites in journalism in downtown Philadelphia and, for those who arrive early, a Friday, April 20, night ballgame between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies.
But a word to the wise: the number of conference tickets and hotel rooms are limited. You’ll want to register for both the conference and the hotel as soon as possible. Don’t procrastinate. We anticipate this event will be sold out well in advance.
What we have planned
Here are some of the sessions that will be part of the SPJ Region 1 Spring Conference. We are continuing to add sessions, so check the conference website for the latest additions as well as information on panelists.
- Into the Weeds: Efforts to legalize marijuana are advancing in the Northeast. NewJersey‘s new governor has called for legalizing recreational marijuana. Susan Livio covers medical marijuana for The Star Ledger. She will be part of a panel discussion of reporters delving into the issues raised by legalization.
- Covering Cosby: The first sex assault trial of comedian Bill Cosby in Norristown, Pa., drew national attention until it ended with a hung jury and a mistrial in June 2017. A retrial is scheduled to begin on April 2 and is anticipated to last about two weeks. This panel will be moderated by Roy Gutterman, an associate professor at Syracuse University where he also is director of The Tully Center for Free Speech.
- Going Digital: The trend toward digital journalism continues to accelerate as print and broadcast newsrooms grapple with new ways of telling a story and communicating it to their increasingly online audience. Cate Barron, editor of The Patriot-News and vice president of the PA Media Group, will serve as moderator.
- “Dirty Dozen” Digital Journalism Apps: Digital journalists increasingly rely upon an ever-changing and always expanding tool kit of applications.