Monday, April 29, 2013

SPJ Region 8 Conference PROGRAM SCHEDULE, May 3-4

Hey folks! The SPJ Region 8 Conference is almost here!

The conference starts out Friday night, May 3, with a 6 p.m. reception at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio.

The program starts Saturday morning, May 4, with breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the hotel.

Sessions begin at 9 a.m. The last session starts at 3 p.m.

Click HERE for registration information.

Below, you'll find the full Saturday, May 4 program schedule or download the schedule as a PDF.
Click to download a PDF of the conference program

8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast

9 a.m. panels
Covering the Eagleford Shale: How one story can have legs
Military Reporting: Gaining access
NOAA Weather: Tools you can use to better cover breaking news weather events

10 a.m. panels
Investigative Reporting: From a print and television perspective
Freelancing: How to brand yourself

11 a.m. panels
Covering Healthcare: Cutting through the red tape
Covering the U.S.-Mexico Border: Balancing coverage on both sides of the border
From College to Pro: How to make the transition from student journalist to the professional world

Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch: Introduction by Mayor Julian Castro; Keynote address by Paula Poindexter; awards

2 p.m. panels
Using social media: Jeff Cutler from SPJ National talks using social media tools to your advantage
Shoot or don't shoot: When life gets in the way of photojournalism
Investigative Reporters and Editors present the Web for Watchdogs

3 p.m. panels
San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists Diversity Panel: Diversity in the U.S. newsroom
Beat reporting: Finding sources and stories
Entrepreneurial Journalism: Leaving the traditional newsroom and starting up a news organization of your own

Monday, April 22, 2013

Dynamic and useful sessions at Region 8 Conference May 3 - 4

Web for Watchdogs: From better search techniques to the invisible Web, how to find reliable information on deadline and for enterprise stories.

Learn about the latest search engines, data sites and other practical information you can use immediately, and some online tools that help you get information out of social media quickly.
Presenter: Mark Horvit, executive director of Investigative Reporters & Editors – IRE, @markhorvit

Eagle Ford Shale –How one story can have legs.

Presenters from KXLN Univision Houston,
Victoria Advocate, and San Antonio Express-News

Using Social Media - Jeff Cutler, SPJ National

Get Active: Listening, Communicating and Using SocMed Tools to Your Advantage
This session will show news professionals at any level how to leverage the latest social tools to research stories, connect with sources, engage their audience and share their content with the world.
Social tools can pave the way to smarter, richer features. These tools can also deliver a more complete view of your community and your beat. Further, today's news outlets face the challenge of time management and new media.
What tools are going to give you the most return for your time investment? In addition, we'll examine what reporters, editors, on-air staff and management should know about social tools -- at a minimum? And how do you decide if someone's using these tools in the best interest of your outlet?
We'll cover all of the above and have time for questions in this fast-paced informative training. We'll use Twitter and Facebook as our foundation and then dive deeper into techniques and tools you might not have realized could help you do your job.
Finally, this session will provide you with a 10-minute tip that keeps you from getting lost in the morass of the social media rabbit hole, so you can still do your job.

Shoot or Don't Shoot - When to use your camera and when to use restraint 

Each day journalists are sent to cover some of the most tragic and captivating stories of our time. Some of the assignments can teeter in either direction. Nevertheless, as the media race toward deadline, there are well-meaning individuals who may pose an obstacle to the finish line. Grieving family members, overly zealous law enforcement personnel, and highly opinionated citizens challenge the media rights to get the real story. Moreover, if granted complete access  to the story---how far should a journalist go? To shoot or not to shoot…is the question.

Investigative (Watchdog) Reporting