Region 5 SPJ to host annual session April 5-6 in Louisville

Investigating for the Public Good

The Society of Professional Journalists welcomes professionals, students and supporters of a free press to our annual Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky) conference Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at the University of Louisville.

Learn new skills, share tips and ideas with industry experts, gain insights on the most important issues facing American journalism today, and find job and internship opportunities. Then, explore a city with great food, breweries and distilleries; vibrant arts and culture; and a beautiful waterfront.

Registration is open at:

Confirmed speakers and subjects include:

  • Cara Owsley and Sam Greene, 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting recipients for the Cincinnati Enquirer’s “Seven Days of Heroin” series
  • Patricia Gallagher Newberry, president-elect, Society of Professional Journalists
  • Michele Day, codirector of the journalism program at Northern Kentucky University, on narrative journalism
  • Spencer Holladay, team leader, Gannett Design Studio
  • Adam Maksl, associate professor of journalism, media coordinator of the journalism program and student media adviser at Indiana University Southeast, on new tech tools
  • Lucy May, digital reporter, WCPO in Cincinnati, on multimedia storytelling
  • Ben Meyerson, news editor for Blue Sky Innovation, Chicago Tribune, and Facebook for Journalists trainer
  • Drone journalism workshop
  • Student journalist panel on university access

Early-bird registration at discounted prices will be open through Friday, March 22. For updated information on conference sessions, see the website:

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