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Schedule – Friday, April 13, 2018

 

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

8:30 am – 11:15 am  –  Main Session: Covering the Big Show – Providing local coverage of national politics can be a challenge for even the most seasoned journalist.  Amidst accusations of “fake news”, it’s more important than ever to successfully distinguish our legitimate news organizations from those intentionally peddling false information for political, financial, or personal gain.  Earning and keeping the trust of our viewers, listeners, readers and followers requires a relentless dedication to original reporting that is fair and balanced.  That includes holding your elected officials in Washington accountable and providing context for significant national stories. Join us for a peek behind the curtain of “The Big Show” with journalists who live and work in Washington, DC.
Panelists: Jacqueline Policastro, Washington Bureau Chief – Gray Television

11:30 am – SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon – “Turning Your Passion Into a Book”: Speaker Andrea Swensson is the author of Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound. Swensson is the host of a weekly program about the Minnesota music scene, The Local Show, on 89.3 The Current. Her book was released in the fall of 2017 by the University of Minnesota Press.

1:15 – 5:00 pm 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 – Don’t Know Much About 

  • Courts:   Ever feel like you have a lot to learn when it comes to covering courts?  The Midwest Journalism Conference is here to help. Panelists:  Steve Goodspeed, News Director, WDIO – TV, Duluth; Mark Rubin, St. Louis County Attorney.   
 
  • Legislature:  Join a group of reporters with vast experience covering state legislative issues.  After this session, you’ll know a lot more about legislature than you did before.  Panelists: Tim Blotz, KMSP-TV; Patrick Condon, Star Tribune; Mary Lahammer, Twin Cities PBS
 
  • Guns – In the current climate, everyone ends up covering guns on some level.  This session will help you do it better. Learn from Trevor Thrasher of 88 Tactical who will focus on legal gun ownership and gun safety statistics.
 

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Breakout Sessions

  • High Impact Sports Coverage:  A Survivor’s Guide to getting/keeping a job in 2018.  Do you have what it takes to survive – and thrive – as a Sports Journalist?  Across the country, News organizations are re-thinking the way they cover local sports, AND how they staff their Sports Departments.  Traditional sportscasts and pages stacked with yesterday’s scores and highlights are quickly becoming extinct – along with reporters and anchors unable to deliver high value content and original sports reporting.  Our panel of experts will help us explore the latest challenges and how to meet them. Panelists:  Stephanie Hedrick, KWQC TV, Davenport; John Shrader, Sports Media and Communication Coordinator, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Mike “Jacko” Jaques, Sports Director WMTV NBC 15, Madison.
 
  • Covering Climate Change in the Upper Midwest: Don’t confuse climate with weather or fact with fiction. Join a thoughtful conversation about the implications of this issue in terms of language, geography, agriculture, industry and more — for today and for decades to come. Moderator: Don Shelby, retired anchor and reporter, WCCO-TV Panelists: Jay Trobec, Chief Meteorologist, KELO-TV; Paul Huttner, Chief Meteorologist, Minnesota Public Radio; Shari Bell, Director of Special Projects and Executive Producer, Climate Central
 
  • Gadgets & Gizmos:  Great journalists are always looking for the technology edge. Our experts will show you how to make your reporting shine brighter for your audience. They’ll demonstrate the latest smart phone apps, LiveU field packs, GoPro’s, 360 cameras, and more.
  • Moderator: Professor Barney McCoy – University of Nebraska-Lincoln  Panelists: Steve Van Dinter – Verizon, Roger Riley – WHO-TV, Des Moines, Iowa, Mark Vancleave – Videojournalist, Minneapolis Star Tribune.
 

4:00 pm Break

4:15 pm Focus Session

  • Breaking News – Mass shootings, hurricanes, tornadoes, deadly fires. Every reporter will face a major breaking news story at some point in their career. Will you be ready?  Can you ever be prepared for a major event?  What are some things you should do while covering the big stories? How do you deal with the feelings you might have after the event?  Let our panel of experienced journalists help you better prepare for how to deal with that story you never saw coming.  Panelists: Tara Mergener, KWTX, Evening Anchor/Executive Producer, Jeff Thelen, Anchor, WSAW-TV
 
5:30 pm Break

6:00 pm Reception in Foyer

7:00 pm Upper Midwest Emmy Chapter Student Production Awards

Schedule – Saturday, April 14, 2018

 

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 –  BREAKING THE SILENCE: What you need to know about Sexual Misconduct and the demand for Workplace Integrity.Sexual misconduct is a real and urgent problem in our industry.  Breaking the silence is the first step, but establishing sustainable workplace integrity is up to all of us.   It will require transparency, accountability, training, and a solid understanding of the many legal and ethical issues inside – and outside our newsrooms.  Don’t miss this important conversation, led by Jill Geisler, moderator of the groundbreaking Power Shift Summit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  If you’re a Journalism student, intern, professional, educator or executive, we hope YOU will join this movement towards transformative change.

11:45 am RTDNA Region 4 Luncheon

  • Buffet Lunch
  • Jack Shelley Scholarship
  • MBJA Business Meeting and Elections
  • Remarks from RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley
  • Guest Speaker: RTDNA Chair-Elect Jerry Walsh
 

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

  • Covering Protests – What every journalist should know when you’re reporting between the police line and the protestors. Journalists share their advice on covering conflict. Moderator: Dan Shelley – RTDNA Executive Director Panelists: Star Tribune photographer Anthony Souffle. Souffle covered protests in the Twin Cities as well as Ferguson; KARE-TV reporter Adrienne Broaddus
 
  • Multi-media Storytelling – Covering Big Stories by Yourself: You have to do it all, write, shoot, edit and distribute your content. This session will feature multimedia journalists from all size markets who will discuss the techniques they use to make their single person stories feel like they are covered by a team.  Panelists:  Elias Johnson, WOI-TV, Des Moines; Heidi Wigdahl, KARE-TV, Minneapolis; Kyle Miller, Northwest Missouri State University
 
  • Immigration:  Immigration is a hot topic everywhere today – both in small towns and in large cities.  Join us as we discuss the best ways to cover complex issues around immigration.
 

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Breakout Sessions:

  • Covering Indian Country: Native American journalists covering Native American issues. Does your upbringing and connection to your history play into your coverage. Moderator: Ramona Marozas, KBJR- Duluth. Marozas is a member of the largest Chippewa reservation in Wisconsin, which is the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians Reservation. Marozas has been a proud member of the Native American Journalist Association (NAJA) since 2008.
 
  • 20 Takeaways For Your Newsroom In 60 Minutes  – A fast-paced “lightning round” of good ideas you can take back and use in your newsroom. Bring your own best practices as well to share with everyone. Moderator: Dennis Kellogg, NET Radio & Television. Panelists: Jerry Oster, WNAX; Sara Konrad Baranowski, Iowa Falls Times Citizen; Kevin King, KSFY.
 
  • What a Difference Sound and Lighting Make:   Take your stories to new levels with lighting and sound gathering. These elements are just as important and words and video. Our panelists will show you simple techniques to light your stories like the pros and search for everything in your story that makes a sound.  Panelists:  Brad Swagger, KMSP-TV, Minneapolis, MN.
 

4:00 pm Open time for networking

6:00 pm Reception w/cash bar in FoyerMBJF 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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