Register now for Society of Professional Journalists Region 5 Conference April 6-7 in Chicago

Want to explore field-tested ways to build trust with your audience? Need to learn the basics of producing a podcast? Intrigued by the story behind the story of “The Greatest” icon of sports?

Join us for the SPJ Region 5 Conference April 6-7 in Chicago on the downtown campuses of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and DePaul University.

The conference, open to journalists, students and supporters of a free press, will feature more than 15 sessions led by more than 30 professionals and educators on the most important topics in journalism. A few highlights:

  • Meet Alison Bethel McKenzie, the new executive director of SPJ, and learn about her perspective on rebuilding trust in journalism at the Friday night reception and keynote.
  • Follow the challenges of documenting the life of an icon and covering race and sports in America with Saturday keynoter and master storyteller Jonathan Eig, author of the 2017 best-seller  “Ali: A Life.”
  • Hear the story behind WBEZ’s multimedia investigation into gun violence in Chicago, learn the do’s and don’ts of podcasting and how to find truth in science.
  • Discover strategies for listening to your community, explore new approaches for building trust and experiment with apps for scraping data.
  • Join in discussions on the way newsrooms should address the Me Too movement, build trust with diverse communities and prepare for the impact of Alexa and other smart speakers.
  • Educators, let’s talk about what J-schools should be teaching.
  • Professionals, check out SPJ’s new Facebook training program. 
  • Students, share your resume with hiring managers and enjoy well-deserved recognition at the Mark of Excellence Awards ceremony.

Plus much more! This is the conference you don’t want to miss. 

Check out the full schedule and register now at

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