Society of Professional Journalists’ Region VII Conference This Weekend

Iowa State will be hosting the Regional VII Conference a week from tomorrow
(April 5). We hope that the St. Louis Chapter can make it to Ames.

I’m attaching the schedule. Also, if you plan to attend and are going to eat
breakfast and lunch, the cost is $25 through Sunday and $30 thereafter.

The will be a pre-conference gathering at Olde Main Brewery, 316 Main
Street, Ames on Friday night and a post-conference bash at Legends American
Grill in Campustown, 19 Stanton Ave., seventh floor (across from the ISU
Memorial Union) on Saturday night.

Here is the Web site:

Society of Professional Journalists’ Region VII Conference
Iowa State University Center, Ames, Iowa, April 4-5, 2008

Hosts: Leo Mores Chapter, Iowa State; University of Iowa Chapter; Des Moines Chapter.

Friday: Welcome reception, Olde Main, 316 Main St., Ames, IA, 7-9 p.m.

Saturday: Seminars and lectures, place Iowa State Center, Scheman Building:

8-8:50 a.m. – SPJ Regional Kickoff Lecture: Michael Bugeja, director Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State, “Digital Ethics in Converged Systems.” Sponsored by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Scheman 275. Light breakfast.

9-9:50 a.m. – Charles Davis, mass media law professor at the University of Missouri, and Randy Brown, senior fellow at Wichita State University, “The Power of Open Government.” Scheman 250.

9-9:50 a.m. – Rachel Weber, Meredith Corp., Jared Strong, Des Moines Register, and Nigel Duara, Des Moines Register, “AAAAHH! What Is This Place, What Happened To My Copy and Why Is
This Person Yelling At Me: The  21st-Century Newsroom and You.” Scheman 275.

10-10:50 a.m. – Carolyn Washburn, vice president and editor of the Des Moines Register, “The Des Moines Register: Tradition and Transformation.” Scheman 252.

10-10:50 a.m. – Dave Kraemer, editor of the Ames Tribune, “Getting Your Foot in the Door.” Scheman 275.

11 a.m.-11:50 a.m. – Kevin Cooney, anchor KCCI TV, “The Future of Broadcast Journalism.” Scheman 250.

11 a.m.-11:50 a.m. – Jeff Raasch, Cedar Rapids Gazette, on mobile journalism. Scheman 252.

11 a.m.-11:50 a.m. – Michael Morain, Des Moines Register, on covering the arts. Scheman 275.

Noon-1:50 p.m. Lunch and keynote lecture: Steffen Schmidt, professor of political science, Iowa State University, “The New Media, Gonzo Journalism and Democracy.” Region VII Mark of Excellence of Awards. Scheman 260 and 262.

2-2:50 p.m.  –  Cavan Reagan Reichmann, editor of Juice online, “Interacting With Your Audience.” Scheman 250.

2-2:50 p.m. – Ron Sylvester, Wichita Eagle news reporter, on covering the courts for the Web. Scheman 252.

3-3:50 p.m. – Clint Brewer, SPJ president, and Dave Aeikens, SPJ president elect, on building your chapter. Scheman 275.

3-3:50 p.m. – Mike Glover, Iowa Statehouse correspondent, Associated Press in Des Moines, on covering the presidential campaign. Scheman 252.

3-3:50 p.m. – Bryce Miller, sports editor, Des Moines Register, on sports journalism. Scheman 250.

Post-Conference and Final Four Celebration – 7-10 p.m., Legends American Grill, 119 Stanton Ave., Ames, 7th Floor, Legacy Tower, banquet room, upper level.

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