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Breakout Sessions: Day Two

There's something for everyone in this year's schedule. Check out a list of the breakout sessions we're offering in Nashville! All Breakout Sessions are included as part of your conference registration — no additional fees apply.

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Friday: 9:30-10:30 a.m. | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9-10 a.m. | 9-11 a.m. | 11 a.m.-Noon | 1-2 p.m. | 2:30-3:30 p.m.


Saturday,
9-10 a.m.

Unleash Your Inner Broadcaster

In today’s media landscape, “broadcasting” isn’t just for radio and television people. More and more print journalists and those new to broadcasting are now required to use their voices for podcasts and other online content. However, finding your voice isn’t always easy. Learn techniques so you can deliver copy in a clear, conversational manner and more effectively communicate with your audience. We’ll have scripts to help you unleash your inner broadcaster.

NOTE: While this session is a great way for print journalists to develop stronger vocal ability, it’s also an excellent session for radio and television broadcasters to fine-tune their skills and sound better on the air. It is also a great way for newsroom managers to learn new techniques for coaching their own staffs.

Trainers: George Bodarky (@georgebodarky), news and public affairs director, and President, Public Radio News Directors Inc.; Amy Tardif (@amytardif), FM station manager and news director, WGCU Public Media and Chair-Elect, RTDNA

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George Bodarky, news and public affairs director, WFUV-FM
George Bodarky is the News and Public Affairs Director at WFUV FM, an NPR affiliate station, based on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in the Bronx. George is the current President of Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and the Past President of the New York State Associated Press Board of Directors. He is an award-winning journalist who trains undergraduate and graduate students at Fordham University in multi-platform journalism. George is widely known for his vocal coaching and journalism training. Over the years his students have won countless awards and have secured employment as anchors, reporters, writers and producers in commercial and public television and radio outlets across the nation. Prior to working at WFUV, George spent many years as an anchor, reporter and news manager in commercial radio and television.

Amy Tardif, FM station manager and news director, WGCU Public Media and Chair-Elect, RTDNA
Amy Tardif is the FM Station Manager and News Director at WGCU Public Media in Fort Myers, Florida. She is the first woman in public radio to be the Chair-Elect of RTDNA, previously serving as the Region 13 representative on its Board of Directors for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She’s an award-winning reporter and host. Her audio documentary Lucia's Letter on human trafficking received a Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a gold medal from the New York Festivals and 1st place for Best Documentary from PRNDI. She serves on the FPBS Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI Board of Directors from 2007 -2012. And she served on the Editorial Integrity for Public Media Project helping to write the section on employee's activities beyond their public media work. Prior to joining WGCU in 1993, she was the spokesperson for the Fort Myers Police Department, spent 6 years reporting and anchoring for TV stations in Fort Myers and Austin, Minnesota and reported for WUSF Public Radio in Tampa.


Excellence in Financial Reporting: How Award-Winning Journalists Get it Done

Co-produced by RTDNA and the National Endowment for Financial Education. Featuring the RTDNA/ NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards, the Money Matters session will reveal the very best in personal finance journalism from television, radio and online. Winners will break down their award-winning submissions and share the key reporting tools and best practices they used to add depth to their reporting. Audience members will walk away from the session with several ways to creatively approach their reporting and make comprehensive topics more digestible to viewers and listeners.

Moderator: Mike Cavender, executive director, RTDNA

Speakers: Laurie Cipriano, reporter and producer, KUSA-TV Denver; Alisa Parenti, broadcast correspondent, MarketWatch Radio Network; Paddy Hirsch, senior editor, Marketplace AM Los Angeles

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Laurie Cipriano, reporter and producer, KUSA-TV Denver
Laurie Cipriano is an Emmy Award-nominated business reporter and producer at KUSA-TV in Denver. She was the 2012 first place winner for best general reporting from the Colorado Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Before coming to Denver, she worked at KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs.

Paddy Hirsch, senior editor, Marketplace AM Los Angeles
Paddy Hirsch is a Senior Editor at Marketplace. He is the author of the book Man vs Markets, Economics Explained, Pure and Simple, and spearheaded Marketplace’s financial markets coverage throughout the financial crisis. He was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2010.

Alisa Parenti, broadcast correspondent, MarketWatch Radio Network
Alisa Parenti is a broadcast correspondent at MarketWatch Radio Network, where she provides custom live reports for top stations in Chicago, Boston and Denver. She is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching courses in journalism and storytelling. Alisa was recently honored with Dateline Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.


The Broader Ethics Discussion

SPJ’s consideration of an update for its Code of Ethics is part of a broader conversation about ethics throughout our profession. Get a briefing on how the SPJ Code fits with and compares to Poynter’s new Guiding Principles for the Journalist, Telling the Truth and Nothing But, the Verification Handbook, J-Lab’s Rules of the Road and the Online News Association’s Ethics-Code Building Blocks.

Trainer: Steve Buttry (@stevebuttry), long-time editor and digital journalism trainer

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Steve Buttry, long-time editor and digital journalism trainer
Steve Buttry has been a journalist for more than 40 years and a trainer and leader in digital transformation for more than 10 years. He is the former Digital Transformation Editor for Digital First Media and Director of Community Engagement for TBD.com. He is the former editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Minot Daily News and was named Editor of the Year in 2010 by Editor & Publisher magazine. Buttry led dozens of ethics seminars for the American Press Institute and often addresses issues of journalism ethics and digital media in his blog, The Buttry Diary.

Buttry has pursued his journalism career in 44 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, Ireland, Venezuela, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Siberia, France and Italy. He and his wife, Mimi Johnson, author of the journalism novel Gathering String, live in Herndon, Va. They have three grown sons and two granddaughters.


Go Global: International Opportunities to Practice or Teach Journalism

Whether you’re a college journalist, a newsroom veteran or a journalism educator, there are opportunities for you to practice or teach the craft abroad. The U.S. government’s Fulbright grants, the Knight International Journalism Fellowships and other programs send journalists and journalism teachers around the world for a range of projects. Opportunities also exist for student and professional journalists to pitch their stories and receive financial support to undertake reporting anywhere in the world. This session will highlight various programs and how to apply. We also will discuss the benefits, challenges and logistics of teaching or practicing journalism in other countries.

Moderator: Jeff South (@jcsouth), associate professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Speakers: Linda Lumsden, associate professor, University of Arizona; MaSovaida Morgan, South America destination editor, Lonely Planet; Ann Peters (@AnnSPeters), director of development and outreach, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Emily Schult (@emilyschult), program director, International Center for Journalists; Dru Menaker, senior media advisor and director of Communities of Practice, IREX

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Jeff South, associate professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
South recently served as a Fulbright Scholar teaching data journalism and social/mobile media journalism at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China. In 2007, as part of a Knight International Journalism Fellowship, he traveled throughout Ukraine, holding workshops on reporting methods and technology. At VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture, he teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, from media literacy to political reporting. Before joining the VCU faculty in 1997, Professor South worked for about 20 years as a reporter and editor on newspapers in Texas, Arizona and Virginia.

Linda Lumsden, associate professor, University of Arizona
Lumsden teaches courses in journalism ethics, reporting, history and gender and race in journalism in the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona, where she also is affiliated with the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. She was a Fulbright Scholar for the 2012-13 school year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she did research on the effect of independent online news portals on the 2013 general election. Her latest book, Black, White, and Red All Over: A Cultural History of The Radical Press in Its Heyday, 1900-1917, will be published in September by Kent State University Press. She also is the author of Rampant Women: Suffragists and the Right of Assembly (1996) and Inez: The Life and Times of Inez Milholland. (2004). She is a member of the board of directors of the American Journalism Historians Association and the editorial board of American Journalism. She writes often about alternative media and women in journalism history.

Dru Menaker, senior media advisor and director of Communities of Practice, IREX
In 25 years in journalism, media management and international development, Ms. Menaker has worked throughout the Middle East, Africa, Central Europe, Eurasia and Asia. At IREX, , a Washington, D.C.-based international non-profit organization specializing in strengthening media sectors, fostering civil society and improving the quality of education, she is responsible for assessing, conceptualizing and designing complex, multi-year responses to international media development challenges. She also launched IREX’s organization-wide Communities of Practice in conflict, gender, technology and youth, and now provides ongoing leadership for the process. Ms. Menaker is an advocate for media freedom as a fundamental underpinning for democratic and economic development, and has served as technical director for IREX media development projects as well as Chief of Party for a USAID media support program. She also creates and delivers workshops for journalists, media managers, and civil society organizations internationally, specializing in bringing sensitive issues such as HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence and human trafficking into mainstream media coverage. In addition, Ms. Menaker is a founder and former associate director of IREX Europe, IREX’s partner organization with headquarters in France. Before joining IREX, Ms. Menaker was a foreign correspondent for U.S. media, reporting from postings in Warsaw, Johannesburg, Cairo and Moscow. In the United States, she was a reporter, editor and bureau chief for The Associated Press. She received a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

MaSovaida Morgan, South America destination editor, Lonely Planet
As the 2012-2013 Fulbright-University of the Arts London Postgraduate Scholar, MaSovaida pursued a master’s degree in publishing at London College of Communication. With the goal of gaining insight into the culture of reading in the digital age, her master’s thesis focused on the effects of e-book interface design on reading habits and user comprehension, which involved examining the impact of burgeoning technology on how people consume and conceptualize stories. With a group of classmates, she co-founded, edited, and contributed to BRUTAL magazine, a film-inspired quarterly arts and literature journal. In addition to her studies in London, she worked part-time for the United Nations and was an editorial intern at Dorling Kindersly. MaSovaida currently works as an editor for Lonely Planet and lives in Nashville, Tenn.

Ann Peters, director of development and outreach, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Ann began her career as a correspondent for United Press International and has reported in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., the Middle East and Africa. Her assignments gave her ample opportunities to cover domestic and international affairs: from North Carolina’s legislature and U.S. Senate races to the first Palestinian intifada and South Africa immediately after Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. Ann also worked in London as a research associate and consultant for Human Rights Watch and then in Washington, D.C., as a program director for the Open Society Institute. While practicing law, she provided legal advice to nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Georgetown University Law Center. At the Pulitzer Center, Ann is responsible for its Campus Consortium, an initiative that forges dynamic partnerships with colleges and universities and offers students international reporting experiences.

Emily Schult, program director, International Center for Journalists
Schult administers ICFJ media development programs, including the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship and the U.S.–Austria Journalism Exchange. She also oversees database and information systems within ICFJ. She received her M.A. and B.A. in mass communication from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. Before coming to ICFJ, she served as a teaching assistant at LSU and an operations team member for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. She previously interned at Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, La., and the Louisiana Book Festival.


The Voice of Experience

A number of long-time RTDNA leaders are holding a reunion at this year's conference. Join some of them in a panel discussion about what careers can look like 30 or 40 years after they began in journalism. What advice do they have both for those who plan to stay in journalism, and for those who plan to use their journalism skills in a new career?


The New Media Entrepreneur

New York Times ombudsman Margaret Sullivan earlier this year outlined several trends reshaping the news industry. Among them: individuals with deep pockets (some without media experience) buying well-known media properties and individuals with deep knowledge (typically derived in the news business) launching more single-topic sites to dig deep into hot topics. In this panel, CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter talks with some of these new media entrepreneurs about the development of these trends and their impact on journalism.

Moderator: Brian Stelter (@brianstelter), host, Reliable Sources

Speakers: Etienne Uzac (@etienneuzac), co-founder and chief executive officer, IBT Media; Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), co-chief executive officer of Revere Digital; co-executive editor of Re/code; and co-executive producer of The Code Conference

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Brian Stelter, host, Reliable Sources
Brian Stelter is host of CNN’s weekly Sunday morning program “Reliable Sources” and its senior media correspondent reporting on trends, personalities and companies across the media spectrum. He joined The New York Times in 2007, after creating TVNewser as a college student and then selling it three years later. While TV and digital media reporter for The Times, he also published “Top of the Morning” about the rivalry between NBC’s “Today” show and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Kara Swisher, co-chief executive officer of Revere Digital
Kara Swisher is co-chief executive officer of Revere Digital; co-executive editor of Re/code; and co-executive producer of The Code Conference. She started covering digital issues for the Wall Street Journal in 1997. She was the author of the column “BoomTown” and one of the first hires at the Journal to cover the Web. From 2007 to 2013, she served as co-executive editor of AllThingsD.com and co-produced a major high-tech conference called “D: All Things Digital.” Swisher was earlier a reporter for The Washington Post and wrote two books about AOL.

Etienne Uzac, co-founder and chief executive officer, IBT Media
Etienne Uzac is the co-founder and CEO of IBT Media. Over the past years, and with limited upfront capital, he developed the International Business Times, IBT Media’s flagship publication, to change the way business news is served to local markets worldwide. Today, IBT Media is a profitable business that publishes seven properties and attracts 40 million unique visitors per month. In August of 2013, IBT Media purchased Newsweek, tripled its digital traffic and re-launched it in a premium print format.


Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

Finding and Keeping Your Narrative Voice in a Fast-Paced, Digital-First World

Please note: This session runs for two hours, 9 — 11 a.m. Participants should plan to stay for the full time to receive all relevant training.

Tom Hallman Jr., senior reporter at The Oregonian, has won every major feature and narrative writing award in the business. Twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist, he won the Pulitzer for Feature Writing in 2001, has written for Reader's Digest and authored two books. He's been part of a business that has evolved from the 5Ws, to features, to narrative and now digital-first. The one constant in his career has been storytelling — how to find, report and present a story that focuses on people and connects emotionally with the audience. The digital age offers new opportunities to experiment with voice, point-of-view and what makes a "story." In this two-hour session, Tom will help you find the tools you need to succeed in an increasingly fast-paced world where breaking and developing news updates on Twitter can risk making you lose sight of the end goal: telling compelling stories. This session is ideal for all journalists working in any media at any point in their careers.

Trainer: Tom Hallman Jr. (@thallmanjr), senior reporter, The Oregonian, 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing

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Tom Hallman Jr., senior reporter, The Oregonian, 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing
Tom Hallman is a senior reporter at The Oregonian, where he's worked for 32 years. He's written numerous stories for Reader’s Digest, and won every major feature writing award, some multiple times. He was twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. But he's also worked at a car wash, a grocery store and a greyhound race track. He once had a stint as a bartender for one week, and was once an answer to a question on "Jeopardy." He coaches journalists on narrative storytelling and writes a regular column for SPJ's magazine, Quill, about incorporating storytelling into daily reporting.


Saturday, 11 a.m.-Noon

Tales of Terror: Fact-Checking Gone Wrong (and How to Do It Right)

How do you know what you think you know? Join NPR Southern Bureau Chief Russell Lewis for an eye-opening look at fact-checking in today's age of hyper-journalism, when the speed of news clashes with the journalist's need for absolute accuracy. Journalism depends on the trust of our readers, listeners, and viewers. If we endanger that trust, we lose our audience, our credibility, and sometimes our jobs. Come hear some terrifying tales of goof-ups that almost made it to air (and some that did), and hear strategies for what you can do as an editor or reporter to make sure they never happen to you. You'll walk away with a good sense of the pitfalls and best practices in getting the story right.

Trainer: Russell Lewis, southern bureau chief, NPR

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Russell Lewis, southern bureau chief, NPR
Russell Lewis is the Southern Bureau Chief for NPR News, a post he has held since 2006. Lewis focuses on the issues and news central to the Southeast — from Florida to Virginia to Texas, including West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma. In addition to developing and expanding NPR's coverage of the region, Lewis assigns and edits stories from station-based reporters and freelancers alike, working closely with local correspondents and public radio stations. He also spent a year in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, coordinating NPR's coverage of the rebuilding effort. He's currently based in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lewis began his public radio career in 1992 at NPR member station WUFT in Gainesville, Florida, where he was an executive news producer. He spent time at WSVH in Savannah, Georgia. Lewis also worked for Kansas Public Radio and reported on the state legislature. He spent six years on the West Coast, working at one of public radio's flagship stations: KPBS in San Diego where he was senior editor and a reporter. He most recently was assistant news director and talk-show host at WGCU in Fort Myers, Florida. He was a frequent contributor to NPR, specializing in military and business issues.


Freelance Dream Gigs

You’ve started freelancing. How do you land plum assignments at the nation’s best-known publications, and keep them? What does it take to achieve a coveted Contributing Editor gig? Experienced freelancer and talent managers tell what it takes.

Trainers: Paul Kvinta, freelance writer; Gary Brown, vice president talent development, Napoli Management Group

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Gary Brown, vice president talent development, Napoli Management Group
Gary Brown has helped guide the television careers of talent across the country. He was a news director in markets across the country, most recently as vice president of news for the 22-station Newport Television Stations. He’s been news director at KGTV in San Diego, WPRI/WNAC in Providence, WFSB in Hartford and WUPW in Toledo.

Paul Kvinta, freelance writer
Paul Kvinta’s writing has appeared in Outside, GQ, the New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Popular Science and Men’s Journal, among others, and his radio essays have been heard on Weekend All Things Considered. He’s been a contributing editor at National Geographic Adventure and a correspondent at Outside. He was a 2008 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and a 2007 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion. One of his pieces for National Geographic Adventure was a National Magazine Award finalist.


Starting, Building and Maintaining a Successful Academic Newsroom

This session is ideal for student journalists, educators and newsroom managers who may be looking to partner with educational institutions on collaborative projects. A number of university journalism programs are producing content in cooperation with major media, such as Florida International University’s South Florida News Service, USC's Neon Tommy, CUNY’s NYCity News Service. Questions arise about configuring curriculum to meet the needs of media as well as their own journalism programs; financing of such partnerships, including paying students stipends for their work; sustaining journalism/media programs; and developing curriculum that prepares journalism students for the rapidly changing media and tech environments. These are some of the challenges that university programs face as they adapt to 21st century journalism. We will discuss how we built and sustained the South Florida News Service and our future goals.

Trainers: Chris Delboni, news director, South Florida News Service and instructor, Florida International University; Allan Richards, associate dean and associate professor, Florida International University; Barbara Corbellini Duarte, reporter, SouthFlorida.com and the Sun-Sentinel

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Chris Delboni, news director, South Florida News Service and instructor, Florida International University
Award-winning Brazilian journalist Chris Delboni has been a foreign correspondent in the United States since 1993. She started her career as a magazine writer before becoming the Washington correspondent for Bandeirantes Radio Network. She was later hired by CBN Radio, a division of Globo Network giant. Delboni worked most of her tenure in Washington, D.C., initially as a general assignment reporter and later as a financial and business correspondent for Globo News TV, Globo Network’s 24-hour news channel. Delboni graduated in print journalism from American University’s School of Communication in 1992 and received a master’s in online journalism from the same institution in 2003. She produced, reported and edited stories daily for a variety of Brazilian mainstream media outlets — from newswire services and magazines to online news sites, radio and television before moving to South Florida, where she began teaching journalism and new media reporting in 2007 at the University of Miami School of Communication and worked with the Knight Center for International Media. In September 2009, she became the first news director for the South Florida News Service at Florida International University. Delboni is now an instructor at FIU and continues to build SFNS. She also has a column online at O Estado de S. Paulo, a major newspaper’s website in Brazil, http://estadao.com.br/diretodemiami, where she writes about Miami and the Brazilians who chose to call it home.

Barbara Corbellini Duarte, reporter, SouthFlorida.com and the Sun-Sentinel
Barbara Corbellini Duarte was born and raised in Brazil, where she finished a technical course in video production before she moved to Florida in 2008 and started studying journalism. At Florida International University, she joined the South Florida News Service, where she published stories and videos in the Miami Herald, the Sun Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post, including a front-page story in the Miami Herald about an investigation she worked with a partner about the prominence of the drug “Molly” at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. She became president of the Society of Professional Journalists chapter at the University in 2013. As president, she traveled to Washington, D.C., to cover the presidential inauguration with five other students. She interned with the Miami Herald while doing a four-month field experience with South Florida’s public radio station, WLRN. Then, she participated in the 2013 short course program with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire in Washington, D.C. She also interned with Naples Daily News in the summer 2013 and NBC News in New York in the fall 2013. She started working with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in January 2014, one semester before graduating. She covers culture, arts, lifestyle and entertainment, writing stories, producing videos and taking photos.

Allan Richards, associate dean and associate professor, Florida International University
Allan Richards, M.A., associate dean and associate professor, oversees the SJMC's language skills program and previously served as chair of the SJMC's journalism department. Richards developed the SJMC's current computerized language skills testing and teaching system with a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the SJMC's Writing Center with a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation. He inaugurated the SJMC's multimedia program in 2002 and has taught the multimedia course for a decade, producing a number of student-based Web sites. This innovation led him to spearhead the Digital Rap Sessions, which produced the SJMC's newest major, Digital Media Studies, beginning in fall 2012. Richards, collaborating with The New York Times, inaugurated the first New York Times Hispanic Student Journalism Institute at the SJMC in January 2007. He was also one of the founders of the SJMC's South Florida News Service with the editors of the Miami Herald, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post in 2009. Richards was a 2009 Kaiser Fellow on Global Health Reporting for his documentary "Lessons from South Africa," which reported on the South African media's powerful and creative response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The documentary was screened at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, has aired on WPBT2 and continues to be used in classrooms and as part of an interdisciplinary pilot campaign university-wide. Richards has served as a judge for the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards since 2007.


Simplifying FOIA

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press launched iFOIA.org in the fall as a project management system for state and federal FOI requests. The system helps users draft, organize and send their requests directly to government agencies, and then allows users to communicate with the agency via email to keep all of the information related to each request sorted properly. Calendar functions send users automatic reminders when agency responses are due, and various functions allow reporters to import documents and communication records from outside of the system into iFOIA. iFOIA is free to all users, and is specifically designed for journalists. All requests are private and can only be seen, edited and acted on by the person who creates them. There is also, however, a feature that allows users to share a given request with anyone they specify, so reporters working in teams can collaborate with colleagues and their newsroom lawyers on freedom of information requests.

Trainer: Gregg Leslie, staff attorney, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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Gregg Leslie, staff attorney, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Gregg has been a staff attorney with the Reporters Committee since 1994. He also serves as editor of the Reporters Committee's news publications and guides.

Gregg came to Washington to attend Georgetown University. After graduating, he wrote for several publications, and worked as a writer and research director for Regardie's, a local business and political magazine. He continued working as a journalist while attending Georgetown University Law Center.

After law school, Gregg worked for the Reporters Committee for a year as a legal fellow. He then worked briefly for the Clinton campaign and transition team, and later continued to work as a freelance writer before rejoining the Reporters Committee.

Gregg has served as chairman of the D.C. Bar's Media Law Committee and as a member of the American Bar Association's Fair Trial and Free Press Task Force.


Cracking the Campus

Colleges and schools spend $1 trillion a year, much of it in taxpayer money and much of it behind closed doors. A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and a veteran media lawyer will share practical strategies and story ideas to help break down the barriers concealing information about college athletic departments, campus police and disciplinary boards, and other secretive educational agencies.

Trainers: Frank LoMonte, executive director, Student Press Law Center; Sara Ganim, reporter, CNN

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Sara Ganim, reporter, CNN
Sara Ganim is a reporter with CNN's investigative team based in New York. In 2012, Ganim joined CNN as a general assignment reporter from The Patriot News in Harrisburg, Pa, where she broke the story of the grand jury investigation into Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator for the Penn State University football program. Her reporting of Sandusky’s child sex abuse scandal that enveloped the school garnered a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Along with her print journalism experience, she has also served as an on-air contributor for CNN, HLN and In Session during Sandusky’s trial and conviction. Ganim holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State University. In 2011, she was honored with the George Polk Award in journalism and the Sidney Award for socially conscious journalism.

Frank LoMonte, executive director, Student Press Law Center
Frank LoMonte joined the Student Press Law Center, www.splc.org, as executive director in January 2008 after practicing law with Atlanta-based Sutherland LLP and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an investigative journalist and political columnist for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review. His articles about the First Amendment and media-law topics have been widely published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the American University Law Review, the University of North Carolina First Amendment Law Review, and in many other outlets.


Google Glass and Wearables: What All Journalists and Newsrooms Should Know (And Test)

Smart devices are moving from your purse or back pocket onto your body. Whether it’s on your wrist, face or elsewhere, wearables are coming and with it will come another disruption to journalism. In this session we’ll see what is out there and explore how these new devices are changing journalism now and in the future.

Trainers: Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist), assistant Professor of professional practice, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Victor Hernandez (@ToTheVictor), news futurist, CNN Worldwide; Will Sullivan (@Journerdism), director of mobile, Broadcasting Board of Governors

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Robert Hernandez, assistant Professor of professional practice, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism — to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue. He is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, but he’s not an academic... he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people. He has worked for seattletimes.com, SFGate.com, eXaminer.com, La Prensa Gráfica, among others. Hernandez is also the co-founder of #wjchat and creator of Learn Code for Journalism with Me project. He is currently serving on the Online News Association board and a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He has Glass, but is not a Glasshole. b-)

Victor Hernandez, news futurist, CNN Worldwide
Victor Hernandez is a News Futurist with CNN Worldwide. In this role Hernandez is charged with shaping critical vision and strategies around emerging technologies against CNN's journalistic endeavors. The connective tissue between the organization's editorial staff and technology operations, Hernandez influences change and disruption across the multi-platform news and information organization. His work with new media, emerging technologies and convergence is considered among the most innovative and cutting edge at CNN. He is based in Atlanta, and resides in Southern California.

Will Sullivan, director of mobile, Broadcasting Board of Governors
Will Sullivan is the Director of Mobile for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, leading strategy, design and development for news and language training products for an audience of 206 million weekly people in more than 100 countries and 61 languages. He was previously the Director of Mobile News for Lee Enterprises and a 2010-2011 Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Fellow at the University of Missouri and Interactive Director of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was the youngest-ever elected member of the Online News Association Board of Directors and served as the board Secretary. In 2012, he was selected by Editor and Publisher magazine as one of the “25 under 35” innovative young media leaders. His work has won more than a dozen awards from organizations including the Online News Association, Society for News Design and National Press Photographer Association; projects he's worked on have twice been declared finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and twice been named to Editor and Publisher's annual list of "10 That Do It Right” and most recently, the Voice of America news applications he created were selected as a finalist by the GSMA for “Best Mobile Publishing Platform” in the 2014 Global Mobile Awards and “Best Multicultural App” in the 2014 Appy Awards.


Saturday, 1-2 p.m.

The Complete Reporter's Digital Dirty Dozen

It’s a regular chore trying to keep up with new programs and applications designed to make your journalism life simpler. The bad news: It’s not not going to stop. The good news: Our experts have sorted, tested and given their seal of approval to these 12 applications that will make you the complete digital reporter. From mobile reporting to data mining to creating mind maps for your stories, these tools are simple, free and just waiting for you to take them to the next level in your newsroom. And you probably haven't heard of many of them.

Trainers: Kevin Z. Smith, deputy director, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, Ohio State University; Doug Haddix, assistant vice president of Editorial Communications, Ohio State University

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Doug Haddix, assistant vice president of Editorial Communications, Ohio State University
Doug Haddix is assistant vice president of Editorial Communications at Ohio State University. In that role, he oversees content and social media communication for several print and digital publications, including the Ohio State Alumni Magazine, OnCampus newspaper and the osu.edu website. He also serves as director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, one of the nation’s leading journalism fellowships for social media and digital storytelling. Previously, he worked as a national training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors, traveling the country to conduct watchdog reporting workshops and custom training for newspaper, TV and radio newsrooms. Doug worked for 10 years as projects editor at The Columbus Dispatch, where he directed investigations and computer-assisted reporting. Before that, he held two other editing jobs: city editor of The Scranton Times in Pennsylvania and city editor of The Commercial-News in Danville, Illinois. Before becoming an editor, Doug worked as a reporter for the Springfield News-Sun in Ohio and United Press International in Indianapolis. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from Miami University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.

Kevin Z. Smith, deputy director, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, Ohio State University
Kevin Z. Smith has been a member of the SPJ ethics committee for 20 years. He is a contributing author to two of SPJ's Doing Ethics in Journalism case study books. He is the co-author of SPJ's 1993 Ethics Manual, a guide for developing better ethical discussions and practices in newsrooms. He served as chairman of the ethics committee from 1995-97 when the Code was revised by the committee. He is serving his fifth year as committee chairman. He is a former president of SPJ (09-10) and a former member of the national and executive boards (06-11). He has been a member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation since 2007. He has been a regular speaker, panelist and lecturer on journalism ethics and delivered talks around the United States and abroad since 1990.


Your Next Story Is Unfolding in the Courtroom: How to Uncover It

Some of the most pressing news stories involving dangerous products, threats to public health and safety, and corporate and government misconduct have come to light thanks to our civil justice system, but many of these cases fly under the public’s radar because no one is able to expose them. In some cases, the parties ask the court to conduct hearings in secret—and seal key records—so that the public never learns the truth. This program will address the implications of court and government secrecy for journalists, and teach you how to use the tools at your disposal to get the truth, from FOIA requests to strategies for challenging gag orders and secret settlements and gaining access to sealed court records.

Trainers: Leslie A. Bailey, staff attorney, Public Justice; Ricardo Sandoval Palos, senior editor, National Public Radio

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Leslie A. Bailey, staff attorney, Public Justice
Leslie is a Staff Attorney at Public Justice (publicjustice.net), where she heads a special litigation and advocacy project dedicated to fighting court secrecy. Leslie has testified before subcommittees of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives about how secret settlements and sealed court records threaten public health and safety, and has represented consumers and public interest groups in fighting attempts by corporations to hide evidence of wrongdoing by sealing court records. In Toe v. Cooper Tire, she blocked Cooper’s effort to seal the transcript of public trial in which a jury found that the company’s negligence caused a fatal rollover crash. In Aleksich v. Remington, she unsealed decades-old court records showing that the rifle manufacturer had tried to bury evidence of a defect in the trigger mechanism of its most popular rifle, causing it to fire without a trigger pull. Leslie co-authored and edited the chapter on fighting court secrecy in the forthcoming book Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit. She received her J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she received the Deborah Rachel Linfield Fellowship in Freedom of the Press.

Ricardo Sandoval Palos, senior editor, National Public Radio
Ricardo is Senior Editor at NPR's Morning Edition. He is a veteran investigative journalist with three decades of chasing paper, from FOIA filings to databases and court documents. Ricardo is also president of the board of directors at the Fund for Investigative Journalism and chairs SPJ’s International Committee. From 2010 to 2012 he edited international investigations for the Center for Public Integrity. Before that Ricardo was a Latin America correspondent, covering crime, conflict and business for the Dallas Morning News and Knight Ridder. Over the years he has won numerous awards, including top honors for investigative work from the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association and the Loeb Awards for Business Journalism. He is co-author of the biography, The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement.


Should SPJ change Its Name — And Mission?

Should SPJ become the Society for Professional Journalism? Should it expand from a trade association for journalists to an advocacy group for quality journalism? Argue with us before the big delegate vote at the end of the convention.

Trainers: Michael Koretzky, SPJ board member

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Michael Koretzky, SPJ board member
Michael Koretzky is a three-term SPJ national board member and former president of SPJ Florida. His SPJ grant-funded programs include the First Amendment Free Food Festival, Will Write For Food, Ethics Hold'em, Zombie Stories, Death Race, All on Paper, and SIN.


Practicing Journalism: The Ethics of Daily Journalism

Practicing Journalism: The Ethics of Daily Journalism Journalists constantly encounter complex ethical issues. “Practicing Journalism” is a short anthology of real-life, ethical case studies that documents the purpose of journalism and displays the commitment of working journalists who practice the craft. Discover how journalists in newsrooms across the USA and Canada ​deal with critical ethical issues. These compelling ''war'' stories are vivid, memorable, heart-felt and useful.

Trainers: Sara Brown, Ph.D, secretary-treasurer, Valid Sources; Paul Steinle, professor emeritus, Southern Oregon University/adjunct professor, Quinnipiac University, and president, Valid Sources

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Sara Brown, Ph.D, secretary-treasurer, Valid Sources
Sara Brown, Ph.D., has over 30 years experience as a human resource professional, management trainer, columnist and educator in the newspaper industry. She was vice president of human resources at The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.), and manager, organization development, at the Los Angeles Times. Brown is secretary-treasurer, Valid Sources, a 501(c)(3).

Brown has conducted leadership workshops for the ANPA (now NAA) written monthly columns for the NNA, and was a past president of the national NPRA. She has advised small and medium-sized newspapers, nationally, on human resource and organization issues. Brown has an M.S., University of San Francisco and a doctorate, human and organization systems, Fielding Graduate Institute.

Paul Steinle, professor emeritus, Southern Oregon University/adjunct professor, Quinnipiac University, and president, Valid Sources
Paul Steinle is a veteran journalist and news media manager who has been teaching journalism since 1991. From 1991-2001, he launched graduate journalism programs at the University of Miami and Quinnipiac University; from 2001-2010, he taught journalism and served as associate provost, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Ore. (2004-2010).

From 1961-1990, Steinle was a broadcast journalist and news manager. He was the president of UPI and the Financial News Network; TV news director, KING-TV, Seattle, and WIXT-TV, Syracuse; he reported from Saigon and Hong Kong for Group–W radio news; and he was a reporter and producer for WBZ-TV and WCVB-TV, Boston.

Steinle was president of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, 1995-2000, and he has an M.B.A., Harvard, an M.S., radio-TV, Syracuse University, and a B.A., chem/bio, Amherst College.


What's the Story? The Art of Writing & Communication

What's the Story? The Art of Writing & Communication Here is what every journalist (new or old) needs to know today about identifying the story (hey, what's the story?!) and writing across all media. Bye bye one-track journalists, hello multimedia journalists. In one session you'll see how it's done - a little print, some broadcast, add in online and toss in some social media then mix it all up for a fun and edgy session called What's the Story: The Art of Writing & Communication. Here is what journalists must do and learn today to survive in the changing world. If you only attend one session, this is the one to keep you current and help you keep the focus on ''what's the story'' no matter what medium you are using.

Trainer: Beth Jannery, director, journalism program, George Mason University

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Beth Jannery, director, journalism program, George Mason University
Beth Jannery has been in the communication field for twenty-five years. She is the Director of the Journalism Program at George Mason University, which consists of the Journalism Minor, the Sports Communication Minor and the Journalism Concentration within the Department of Communication. She teaches journalism courses full-time and is a former journalist who covered the Pentagon. She is author of a new textbook titled What’s the Story? The Art of Writing & Communication (Cognella Academic Publishing, released summer/fall 2014). This text is a basic text to be used in all Communication and Journalism departments and programs at all universities across the country.

Jannery was the Communication Officer for Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She was an editor for several publications about the Defense Department. Her areas of expertise included: the defense budget, directed energy warfare, the Revolution in Military Affairs, military roles and missions and the Defense Department’s Strategic Vision, and the United States Navy and Marine Corps.

Beth Jannery is author of The Admiral's Daughter. She has written several non-fiction books in the Simple Grace book series including: Simple Grace: Living a Meaningful Life. Jannery contributed to Deborah Tannen’s New York bestseller: You're Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation. Her interviews were based on modes of communication between mothers and daughters.

Jannery started her journalism career at 21 for CNN's Investigative Reporting Unit. She went to Boston University for graduate school, earning an MA in Broadcast Journalism. She worked for the largest English-language newspaper in Bangkok, Thailand called The Nation. In Bangkok she wrote feature articles and covered politics. She was on the first writing/producing team for Southeast Asia's Face the Nation and Good Morning Thailand. Jannery continues to do writing and editing projects through Jannery Communications. She taught writing and communication for American University in DC and Marist College in New York. Jannery lives in Northern Virginia and has two daughters, Skye and Tess, and a golden retriever named Bella.


Race Coverage: 50 Years of Change

Fifty years after some of the most pivotal moments in the civil rights movement and civil rights legislation, journalism continues to struggle with how to cover race issues in America. In 1964, news organizations were often charged with supporting segregation and downplaying racial conflict. Today, journalists are still figuring out how to cover stories of racial tension — including those most recently related to federal voting laws and state “castle” laws — in fair, representative and truthful ways. In this panel, experts explore how far journalism has come in reporting on race, and how far it still has to go.

Moderator: Patricia Gallagher Newberry (@pattinewberry), senior lecturer, Miami University Ohio

Speakers: Jerry Mitchell (@jmitchellnews), investigative reporter, Clarion-Ledger; Kathleen Woodruff Wickham (@kwickham), associate professor, University of Mississippi; Michele Norris (@michele_norris), host and special correspondent, NPR; Bob Butler (@bobbutler7), president, National Association of Black Journalists

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Patricia Gallagher Newberry, senior lecturer, Miami University Ohio
Patricia Gallagher Newberry is a senior lecturer in journalism at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A former newspaper journalist, who covered mostly corporate America at 10 papers over 15 years, Newberry teaches a range courses, and coordinates special events, internships and student media. She also serves on the national board of the Society of Professional Journalists as Region Four director. She is involved in efforts to mark the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, when some 800 young volunteers trained in Oxford, Ohio, to join civil rights efforts in Mississippi.

Bob Butler, president, National Association of Black Journalists
Bob Butler, a radio journalist at KCBS in San Francisco, was elected 20th president of the National Association of Black Journalists in 2013. He joined KCBS as an intern in 1981 and has served as weekend morning reporter since 1999. Butler, a Navy veteran whose work in radio and TV has taken him across the globe, earned an associate degree from Chabot College in 1979 and a bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State University, where he studied broadcast journalism, in 1994. He has lectured at San Francisco State University and University of California, Berkeley, and worked on the Chauncey Bailey Project as an investigative reporter from 2007 to 2011. Butler also served a stint as president of the Bay Area Black Journalists and a diversity recruiter for CBS.

Jerry Mitchell, investigative reporter, Clarion-Ledger
Jerry Mitchell is an investigative reporter with the Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger dedicated to telling stories with race themes and committed to uncovering new evidence in decades-old race crimes. Over the years, Mitchell’s work has led to new investigations and convictions in the deaths of Medgar Evers, the NAACP leader killed in 1963; Vernon Dahmer, another NAACP leader killed in 1966; the “Birmingham Four,” the 1963 church firebombing that killed four girls; and the Mississippi Burning case, in which Ben Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman were killed in 1964 in a Klan ambush.

Michele Norris, host and special correspondent, NPR
Michele Norris is one of the most respected voices in American journalism. As NPR host and special correspondent, Norris produces in-depth profiles, interviews and series, and guest hosts NPR News programs.

Norris also leads the "The Race Card Project," an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America that she created after the publication of her 2010 family memoir, The Grace of Silence. In the book she turns her formidable interviewing and investigative skills on her own background to unearth long hidden family secrets that raise questions about her racial legacy and shed new light on America's complicated racial history.

Most recently, Norris was a host on NPR's All Things Considered, where she informed, engaged and enlightened listeners with thoughtful interviews and in-depth reporting. An award-winning journalist, Norris has interviewed world leaders, Nobel laureates, Oscar winners, American presidents, military leaders, influential newsmakers and even astronauts traveling in outer space. She is known for her approachable interviewing style that is both relaxed and rigorous.

Before joining NPR in 2002, Norris spent almost ten years as a reporter for ABC News in the Washington Bureau. She has also worked as a staff writer for The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

Norris has received numerous awards for her work. In 2009, she was named "Journalist of the Year" by the National Association of Black Journalists. The NABJ recognized Norris for her body of work, in addition to her coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign — when she co-hosted NPR's Democratic presidential candidates debate, covered both conventions, anchored multi-hour election and inauguration live broadcasts and moderated a series of candid conversations with voters on the intersection of race and politics. That series earned Norris and Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep an Alfred I. duPont -Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcasting.

Kathleen Woodruff Wickham, associate professor, University of Mississippi
Kathleen Woodruff Wickham is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi with deep research in how journalism covers race. A member of the faculty since 1999, she previously taught at The University of Memphis and worked as a reporter the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger and Atlantic City (N.J.) Press. She has published three books, numerous academic articles, and judged the National Headliner Journalism Awards. In 2008 SPJ presented Wickham with the David L. Eshelman National Outstanding Campus Adviser Award.


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So You Want to Be a Freelancer

Being your own boss sounds daunting, but it can work well for many people. This will be a hands-on session that will discuss the business side of freelancing. How do you balance the budget? Should you incorporate? How should you promote yourself?

Trainers: Michael Fitzgerald, SPJ freelance Community; Rebecca Aguilar, freelance journalist

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Rebecca Aguilar, freelance journalist
Rebecca Aguilar is freelance journalist in multiple media, TV commentator for The Texas Daily, and social media maven. She’s won dozens of awards, including a number of Emmys.



Michael Fitzgerald, SPJ freelance Community
Michael Fitzgerald's work has appeared in The Economist, Fast Company, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and dozens of other publications. He’s been a reporter or editor at Computerworld, ZDNet, Red Herring and TechTV. He was a 2011 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University and a 2007 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion.


Things We Swear By: Generation J Lessons Learned

Journalism is a profession of life experience, and this session will tell you all the tools we swear by when it comes to reporting and maintaining a work-life balance. Learn from our successes, our failures and understand how you can use the tools you already have to become an even better journalist.


Ethics and National Security Reporting

Emerging as one of the leading ethics topics in recent years, journalists will likely be faced with more situations where potentially sensitive information will be available. Balancing the right to report and the ethical concerns of the potential harm created in reporting some of these matters is of utmost value as we serve as government watchdog all the while maintaining our vigilance to ethical standards of not causing unnecessary harm.

Trainers: Kevin Z. Smith, deputy director, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, Ohio State University; Hagit Limor, assistant professor, University of Cincinnati

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Hagit Limor, assistant professor, University of Cincinnati
Hagit Limor chairs the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Legal Defense Fund, sits on the Ethics Committee and served as national President 2010-11. She's on the committee currently revising SPJ’s Code of Ethics. Limor is a national, regional and local award-winning television reporter with ten Emmy Awards and three national Sigma Delta Chi Awards among many others. She serves as an investigative reporter for WXIX-TV in Cincinati and as a professor at the University of Cincinnati's Electronic Media Division.

Kevin Z. Smith, deputy director, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, Ohio State University
Kevin Z. Smith is chairman of the Society of Professional Journalists’ national ethics committee and former national president (09-10). He has been involved with media ethics for more than 20 years and chaired the committee that revised SPJ’s code of ethics in 1996 and again in 2014. He is a contributing author to three ethics books and spent 13 years in academics. He is the deputy director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University.


Revolving Door of Documents

Several states have changed their process in allowing people to drive, and this includes permitting undocumented residents. This issue may surface in your state, if it hasn't already. Meanwhile, a number of states have changed the way voters must register and vote in ways that organizations like the non-partisan League of Women Voters feel is discriminatory to the young, poor and elderly. Legislators who have advocated the new laws say they will cut down of voter fraud. This session will explore how these new laws are being utilized and examine the issues that have surfaced in the process.

Moderator: Sandra Gonzalez (@Sandragonzalez2), reporter, KSNV-TV

Speakers: Tom Humphrey, Nashville bureau chief, Knoxville News Sentinel; Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky

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Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky
Al Cross became director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues in 2004 after more than 26 years as a reporter at The Courier-Journal, the last 15½ as the Louisville newspaper's chief political writer. His coverage ranged from presidential to local elections and included all facets of state government. After serving as interim director, in 2005 he became permanent director and an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky, where the Institute is based.He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2011. His faculty appointment is in the Extension Title Series, reflecting something he said earlier, that his short job description is "extension agent for rural journalists."

His awards include a share of the Pulitzer Prize won by The Courier-Journal staff in 1989 for coverage of the nation's deadliest bus crash. He was co-recipient of an award for environmental reporting in the Southern Journalism Awards for a 1987 series on strip mining. He has received several awards for reporting and column writing from the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2009 the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation gave the Institute its annual Media Award, with "special recognition" for Cross, the Institute's only full-time staff member. In 2010 he entered the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

Cross was the elected national president of SPJ, the nation's oldest, broadest and largest journalism organization, from October 2001 to September 2002. He was a charter member of his college SPJ chapter, president of the Louisville chapter, vice president of the Bluegrass Chapter, first chairman of the 1990 national convention in Louisville, chairman of an SPJ regional conference, and regional director for Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois on the national SPJ board in 1987-89. He was national chairman of Project Watchdog, an SPJ effort to explain the role of the news media in a democratic society. He has beenchairman of the SPJ Resolutions and Government Relations committees, a member of the International Journalism Committee and the Ethics Committee, and is a director of SPJ's Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

Tom Humphrey, Nashville bureau chief, Knoxville News Sentinel
Tom Humphrey has worked for 30 years as Nashville bureau chief for the Knoxville News Sentinel and began covering Tennessee state government and politics before that as a reporter for United Press International's Nashville bureau.

He is a native of Columbia, Tenn., a graduate of the University of Tennessee, the Nashville School of Law (licensed lawyer but non-practicing), an Army veteran, fisherman, hunter, husband, father of five and grandfather of nine.


Ethical Decision-Making for Today and Tomorrow

RTDNA's Ethics Committee has spent the last year revising the Code of Ethics adopted in 2000. Find out what's new, what's improved and how you can contribute. This will be a conversation, not just a presentation. Join us in producing a resource to help journalists make better decisions for themselves, their organizations and the communities they serve.

Trainers: Scott Scott Libin (@smlibin), Hubbard Senior Fellow, University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications; Terence Shepherd (@TerenceShepherd), news director, WLRN-Miami Herald News

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Janice Gin, trustee, RTDNF
Janice S. Gin, an award-winning journalist, is currently a RTDNF Trustee. Over a decade of service to RTDNA, Gin is a member of the Ethics Committee and was on the committee when the previous version of the Code of Ethics was adopted. Gin champions diversity and has been leader in the discussion about race and gender in the newsroom.

Gin is an Executive Producer with KRON-TV in San Francisco. In addition to working several other stations in the Bay Area, she has also worked in Atlanta, Phoenix, Sacramento and Greensboro, N.C.

She is a recipient of numerous journalism awards including two Edward R. Murrow Awards, three EMMYs, a Peabody, and similar awards for news excellence from NorCal RTNDA.

Scott Libin, Hubbard Senior Fellow, University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Scott Libin is the Hubbard Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He has three decades of experience as a journalist, including jobs on camera and behind the scenes, as a news director and as an educator. He is a consultant, coach and communications professional, specializing in broadcast and digital journalism.

Scott was Vice President of News and Content at Internet Broadcasting 2011-2014. He previously led newsrooms at WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities, and WGHP-TV in the Greensboro, N.C., market. He has twice been a full-time member of the resident faculty at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and has trained journalists from Newfoundland to South Africa to China. Scott began his career as a congressional press secretary and as a bureau reporter in Washington, D.C. He was a reporter and weekend anchor in North Carolina before entering management.

Scott is a member of the Radio Television Digital News Association Board of Directors, representing eight states in RTDNA Regions 4 and 5, and is chair of the RTDNA Ethics Committee. He also serves on the ThreeSixty Journalism Board of Advisers. ThreeSixty is a teen outreach program of the University of St. Thomas.

Terence Shepherd, news director, WLRN-Miami Herald News
Terence Shepherd is news director at WLRN-Miami Herald News, the award-winning public radio news outlet serving Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. He is also Region 13 director of the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Before joining the station, Terence was managing editor of a financial website and previously spent 14 years editing business and financial coverage at The Miami Herald.

He is dedicated to nonprofit causes, networking and mentoring, and feeds these interests as president of the South Florida Black Journalists Association and by actively engaging in several other professional journalism organizations.

Before journalism, he worked in the commodity brokerage business as a compliance and operations manager. Terence, a native of Louisville, Ky., graduated from St. Andrew’s School near Sewanee, Tenn., has a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.


Global News Relay

The Global News Relay encourages journalism students from around the world to work collaboratively to produce 24 hours of news. The inaugural GNR provided 12 hours of continuous news and included content from numerous host universities across the world. Planning for the second Global News Relay will focus on including more universities and providing a full 24 hours of global news content.

Trainers: Sarah Jones, lecturer, University of Salford, Manchester; Butler Cain, assistant professor, West Texas A&M University

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Butler Cain, assistant professor, West Texas A&M University
Butler Cain is an assistant professor of mass communication at West Texas A&M University, where he teaches journalism and advises the campus news organization. Before joining the faculty, he spent a decade as news director of Alabama Public Radio. He received his Ph.D. in mass communication history from the University of Alabama.

Sarah Jones, lecturer, University of Salford, Manchester
Sarah Jones is an award-winning television journalist with more than a decade working in television newsrooms across the UK and internationally. She now lectures at the University of Salford, based at MediaCityUK, and runs the very successful Quays TV News, a platform for students across the University to engage in making television news and develop innovative new ways of producing stories. Sarah is working on her PhD, which looks at the authenticity of the television journalist and how a celebrity profile can change the self-perception of the journalist and that of the viewer.


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