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Schedule – Friday, March 31
All conference events take place in the 2nd floor/mezzanine level ballrooms and conference rooms

8:00 am – 5:00pm On-Site Registration – Ballroom Foyer

8:30 am – 11:15 am  –  Main Session: Secrets of a Master Storyteller
Whether it’s a feature or daily, quick-turn story, Boyd Huppert’s morning presentation will help journalists maximize their storytelling impact and share social media tips for leveraging your reporting.
Presenter: Boyd Huppert Recognized as one of America’s premiere television reporters and storytellers, Boyd produces and hosts KARE 11’s weekly “Land of 10,000 Stories” segment. His writing and reporting has been recognized with 14 national Edward R. Murrow Awards, a national Emmy award for feature reporting, the Scripps Howard Award, and multiple Eric Sevareid, Sigma Delta Chi and National Headliner Awards.
Moderator: Barney McCoy, associate professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

11:30 am – SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon
Guest Speaker: Ben Garvin, KARE-11

1:15 – 5:00pm Critiques: Print, Radio and Television – Executive Conference Room
Bring your best work. Television should be on DVD, or on your computer/flash drive as common digital file types (mp4, wmv, mov, avi, flv) or be accessible online (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Radio work should be on CD, or on your computer/flash drive as common digital file types (mp3, wav, wma) or be accessible online (Soundcloud, Mixcloud, HearThis, etc.). Print may be hard copy or online. Some of the best in the business will give you feedback. Get one-on-one advice on your reporting, anchoring, writing, audio gathering and photojournalism skills from some great professionals in the region.

1:15 pm Breakout Sessions

Edit Like a Pro Upper Midwest Emmy award-winning editors bring their stories and computers to demonstrate techniques used to enhance visual story-telling. You’ll see examples of transitions, video effects, mixing sound, graphics and more to take your stories to the next level.
Panelists: Maria Bartholdi, Twin Cities PBS; Brian Wagner, Wagner Designs.
 

• Hidden in plain sight: Native communities are vital, unique and complex  Too often, stories about Native Americans allude to poverty, addiction and violence. Tribal nations, otherwise, are typically under the radar — even in places where many identify as Native American. Not only that, but it can be a challenge to understand the way different tribes operate; many of them have their own governments. However, these communities — hidden in plain sight — are vital, unique and complex. Allison Herrera, a social media editor and reporter at PRI, who herself belongs to the Salinan Nation and has covered Native communities in depth, will share insights, lessons and colorful clips from her multimedia reporting along with tips for anyone wanting to jump-start their own Native coverage. Come with your ideas and questions to workshop. She’ll also touch on some of the most recent news and developments in media about indigenous communities.
Moderator:  Anna Pratt, PRI
Presenter:  Allison Herrera, social media editor/reporter, PRI

• Podcasting 101 This session will offer an overview of the medium’s role in news coverage as well as covering the do’s and don’ts of podcasting along the way. Journalists will share their experiences with producing podcasts for their respective news outlets while sharing tips for getting started.
Moderator: Jenna Ross, Star Tribune
Presenters: Samara Freemark, APM Reports; Katie O’Connell, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Breakout Sessions

• Shoot Like a Pro Upper Midwest Emmy Award-winning photojournalists share secrets from their lenses, lights & microphones to tell compelling stories, not just shoot them.
Panelists: Rob Collet, KARE; Bradley Swagger, KMSP; Renee Jones, StarTribune
 
• Live from Facebook: It’s the news It’s no secret that Facebook Live is one of the fastest growing ways to engage with news viewers to keep them informed about what’s happening. But what is the best way to use it? Meet some journalists who are dealing with those very questions and what they’ve found works for them.
Moderator: Kevin King, News Director, KSFY TV.
Panelists: Bridget Bennett, anchor, reporter and producer at KSFY in Sioux Falls, and host of local MomsEveryday segments; Amber Smith, Digital Director for multiple Gray Television stations in Nebraska based at KOLN-TV in Lincoln; Marcus Riley, Director of Digital Media for TMJ4.com, Milwuakee.
 
• We’re hiring: Here’s what it takes to get a job with us If you’re looking for a journalism job this panel’s for you. Back by popular demand, meet the folks who do the hiring at five leading Midwest news organizations. Our panelists will take your questions and provide you with valuable career advice and insights to help you move up to your next news job.
Moderator: Barney McCoy, associate professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Panelists: Rob Beer- Multimedia Editor, Forum News Service; Stephanie Hedrick – Director of News, KOLN/KGIN, KSNB, KNOP, KNPL & KIIT-TV, Gray Television, Lincoln, Nebraska; Jerry Oster – News Director, WNAX AM&FM Radio, Saga Communications, Yankton, South Dakota; Rose Anne Shannon – News Director, KETV (ABC), Hearst Television, Omaha, Nebraska; Colleen Stoxen – Deputy Managing Editor, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota

4:00 pm Break

4:15 pm Focus Sessions

• Report Once: Publish Everywhere Today’s journalists are expected to have a constant digital presence to provide their audiences with the information they want 24/7.  This can require newsrooms to continually produce, update and even livestream content on multiple platforms.  Web versions of TV and radio stories must be told in different formats. Newspaper and online reporters are often required to supplement stories with audio and video.  It takes time and skill to meet the needs of these new reporting streams. But multiple platforms also create new opportunities to tell stories in depth and with greater impact. Get tips, guidance and encouragement from our panel, and share your own experiences with your colleagues.
Moderator: Chris Allen, Professor, University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Panelists: Kyle Miller, Ph.D. Candidate, Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa; Cory Myers, Argus Leader Media News Director; Michelle Hassler, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Elaine Quijano, anchor for CBSN, the CBS News 24-hour digital streaming network, and a correspondent for CBS News.
 
• Safety for Journalists Lessons from law enforcement on staying safe on the streets. We’ll look at what you can do to keep doing your job while taking every precaution to remain safe. Moderator Joe Radske, News Director at KVRR-TV in Fargo will walk through a step by step plan for first time journalists to the most hardened veteran.

5:30 pm Break

6:00 pm Reception in Foyer

7:00 pm Upper Midwest Emmy Chapter Student Production Awards

  • Join the Upper Midwest Emmy’s Chapter for the presentation of the Student Production Awards.  Registration for this event is separate. Visit midwestemmys.org for information.

Schedule – Saturday, April 1
All conference events take place in the 2nd floor/mezzanine level ballrooms and conference rooms

7:30 am SPJ Region 6 Board Meeting

7:30 am MBJA Educators Breakfast

8:00 am – 5:00pm On-Site Registration – Ballroom Foyer

8:30 am Main Session: Covering Race – The ability to effectively, accurately and fairly cover race issues is critical for today’s journalists. In addition to understanding social dynamics and the unique complexities of each story, it means carefully avoiding pitfalls that can unintentionally offend. Getting it right can be a daunting task regardless of your background, experience or amount of diversity in your newsroom. By sharing their personal thoughts and experiences, our esteemed panel will help us explore the importance of the words and images we choose. We’ll also examine how our own experiences and biases (conscious or unconscious) fold into our storytelling.
Presenters: Marsha Cooke, Vice President, News Services, CBS; Marcellus Alexander, Executive vice president, Television for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and president of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF); Guy Still, Assignment Manager, WCCO-TV.

 11:45 am RTDNA Region 4 Luncheon
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Jack Shelley Scholarship
  • MBJA Business Meeting and Elections
  • Remarks from RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender
  • Guest Speaker: RTDNA Chair-Elect Scott Libin, University of Minnesota

1:00 – 5:00pm Critiques: Print, Radio and Television – Executive Conference Room
Bring your best work. Television should be on DVD, or on your computer/flash drive as common digital file types (mp4, wmv, mov, avi, flv) or be accessible online (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Radio work should be on CD, or on your computer/flash drive as common digital file types (mp3, wav, wma) or be accessible online (Soundcloud, Mixcloud, HearThis, etc.). Print may be hard copy or online. Some of the best in the business will give you feedback. Get one-on-one advice on your reporting, anchoring, writing, audio gathering and photojournalism skills from some great professionals in the region.

1:15 pm Breakout Sessions

• Dealing with Fake News Although fake news has been around for as long as journalism itself, we are now faced with a proliferation made possible my social media and the internet. What exactly constitutes ‘fake’ news, as distinct from other forms of unreliable content? Is there anything we as reporters and editors can do about it? How can we spot it and prevent the spread of fake stories? How can we protect ourselves and our reputations from fake news? And how do we help our viewers, readers, listeners and users to spot fake news and prevent themselves being taken in by it?
Moderator: Chris Allen, Professor, University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Panelists: Mike Cavender, RTDNA Executive Director; Brian Lambert, formerly of MinnPost; Cory Kampschroer, KSTP-TV; Amy Adams, News Director, WOWT – TV.

Producing a Story on Your Cell Phone
How good is your MoJo? Today’s journalists are using mobile technology to gather and file stories faster from the field. But the world of mobile journalism is not with out its challenges. This session will explore some of the newest editing apps and smart phone technology helping you produce creative and compelling stories on tight deadlines. Whether you’re producing digital content from your cell phone for print or broadcast outlets, you will walk away more empowered, with practical tips and tricks and ndustry insight into the commitment companies are making to diversify your mobile toolbox.
Panelists: Roger Riley, WHO-TV, Des Moines; Jason Gonzalez, Star Tribune, Minneapolis; Steve Van Dinter, Verizon.

• Dakota Access Pipeline Journalists on the ground in North Dakota share stories of conflict and competition from the front lines of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Watch how one journalist is treated by both protestors and law enforcement. Join the discussion about covering an issue with confrontational participants.
Panelists: Amy Sisk, Prairie Public TV; Cliff Naylor, Reporter, KFYR TV; Caroline Grueskin, Bismarck Tribune.

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Focus Session

Drones for Journalism: They’re Taking Off  The F.A.A. has cleared commercial drone pilot licensing for journalists and they are being used for news gathering across the Midwest. Our panel of experts will tell you about licensing to be a drone operator, what drones are doing for news operations, and describe/show you how they’re using drones to cover the news.
Moderator: Barney McCoy, associate professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Panelists: Matt Waite – Founder, Drone Journalism Lab, licensed drone pilot, professor of practice, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Bill Dodd – Chief photographer, licensed drone pilot, KOLN/KGIN, KSNB, KNOP, KNPL & KIIT-TV, Gray Television, Lincoln, Nebraska; Aaron Lavinsky – Staff photographer, licensed drone pilot, Minneapolis Star Tribune

4:00 pm Open time for networking

6:00 pm Reception w/cash bar in Foyer, MBJF Silent Auction

7:00 pm Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association Eric Sevareid Awards Banquet
Join us for our annual Eric Sevareid Awards ceremony that honors the best in radio and television, and meet this year’s recipient of the Mitchell V. Charnley Award for outstanding contributions to broadcast journalism.

  • Midwest Broadcast Journalists Foundation silent auction winners announced
  • Dinner
  • Mitchell V. Charnley Award
  • Eric Sevareid Awards ceremony
  • New MBJA president inducted

 

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