Register for the Region 2 Spring Conference now

The SPJ Region 2 Spring Conference will be held on April 8-9 at the Hilton Hotel / Short Pump, just west of Richmond. For attendees who can arrive on Friday, April 8, we will have a job/internship fair and resume/portfolio critiques in the afternoon and social activities in the evening. On Saturday, April 9, we will have a full program in the morning and afternoon, with the Mark of Excellence luncheon at noon, featuring T. Rees Shapiro of The Washington Post as the keynote speaker.

This year’s conference is hosted by the SPJ Virginia Pro and Virginia Commonwealth University Chapters, with help from other chapters in Region 2 (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.). Moreover, the Virginia Press Association will be holding its annual conference at the same time — and SPJ attendees will be welcome to attend the VPA activities.

The early-bird registration fee for the conference is just $35 for SPJ members. This rate is good through March 18. You can register for the conference here.

Planning to stay overnight? VPA has secured a conference rate for the hotel of $140 per night, single or double occupancy. You must book by 5 p.m. March 18 to get the conference rate. Ask for the “VPA conference rate.”

Have questions? Email SPJVA President Robyn Sidersky — or Jeff South at Tim Bajkiewicz at VCU — and put “CONFERENCE QUESTION” in the subject line.


Here is the conference schedule:

Friday, April 8:

1-4 p.m. Bonus Session: VCU Photo Shooting & Editing – Held at VCU Campus
(Note: This session is limited to 16 registrants. The cost for the training will be $30. More information, including a registration form, will be provided later.)

2-4:30 p.m. Job/internship fair, including resume/clip critiques

5:30 p.m. VPA Reception-Foyer

6:30 p.m. VPA Virginian of the Year/AP Banquet (additional ticket needed)

Saturday, April 9

9 a.m. Registration

9:30 a.m. Welcome and remarks from SPJ National President Paul Fletcher

9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.  Our right to know: The future of open access

10 a.m. VPA Contest Display

11 a.m. – noon  Case Study in Tragedy: WDBJ Shootings

11 a.m. – noon So You Want to be An International Reporter: Hear From Those Who Have Done it and How You Can Do the Same

Noon – 1:45 p.m. VPA/AP Annual Meeting/Business Meeting/Awards Luncheon (additional ticket needed)

Noon-1:45 p.m. SPJ Annual Mark of Excellence Awards/Keynote Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: T. Rees Shapiro, Reporter for The Washington Post

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Using Unmanned Aerial Systems for Newsgathering

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. The State of the Mid-Atlantic News Media and the Climate of Today’s News Outlets

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Sharpen Your Social Media Skills: How to Use It to Expand Your Reach and Attract More Readers

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. New Products and Existing Products – “Steal Our Ideas”

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Stop Errors in Their Tracks: Copy Editing for Everyone

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Ethics Advice: How to Act When You Find Yourself in Questionable Situations

5 p.m. – 6 pm VPA Reception & Cash Bar – Foyer

6 p.m. VPA Ad/News/Editorial Awards Banquet (additional ticket needed)

8:45 p.m. – 1a.m. Possible After Banquet Party


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