2020 SPJ Region 1 Conference


The 2020 SPJ Region 1 Conference is being hosted by the Press Club of Long Island on March 20-21 at Hofstra University.

The conference will feature panel discussions and workshops on covering the Trump White House, cannabis, and climate change, how to get a job in the current media landscape, entrepreneurial journalism, investigative reporting and much more.

Check this page frequently for updates about logistics, lodging, programming and event schedules.




The 2020 Regional Conference will take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. on Long Island.

Most GPS units allow you to select or search for Hofstra University in the Points of Interest section (this is the recommended way to find your route.) If you need an address for navigation, use: 900 Fulton Avenue Hempstead, NY 11550.

Please be aware, this address will take you to the Western entrance of campus, and your location may be on either the North or South campus. Please use the Hofstra Interactive Map to confirm which direction you should turn.

Getting There By Bus (Reminder: Buses cannot travel on Parkways in New York)

New Jersey Turnpike North to the George Washington Bridge.
Cross Bronx Expressway to the Throgs Neck Bridge
Clearview Expressway South to the Long Island Expressway East
Exit 39 off the LIE to Glen Cove Road/Clinton Rd.
Make a right onto Glen Cove Road. Glen Cove Road becomes Clinton Rd.
Make a left onto Hempstead Tpke (Fulton Street) Route 24 (heading east)



Here is an initial glimpse at the schedule for March 20-21. Times and topics are subject to change in the months prior to the event.



KEYNOTE UPDATE: Yamiche Alcindor of PBS Newshour will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, March 21 at Noon! Read more.



All room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, currently 8.625 % sales tax plus 3% lodging tax.

LI MARRIOTT HOTEL, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale, NY 11553 (516) 794-3800 – full service hotel with 615 rooms – www.longislandmarriott.com  – 1 mile/3-minute drive from Hofstra University Student Center – closest hotel to Hofstra. SPJ Regional room rate is $154 per night for a room with either one king bed (2 persons per room) or two double beds (4 persons per room). Call Marriott Reservations at 1 (888) 236-2427 or the hotel directly at (516) 794-3800 by February 26 and mention you are part of the “Society of Professional Journalists” group staying at the Long Island Marriott. Or reserve online at this link!

HAMPTON INN, 1 North Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 (516) 227-2720 – select service hotel with 143 rooms – www.gardencity.hamptoninn.com – 2.8 miles/12-minute drive from Hofstra University Student Center  – SPJ Regional room rate is $169 per night if reserved before February 21, which includes a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. To receive this special room rate, call the hotel direct at (516) 227-2720 and mention group name “SPJ Regional.” Or reserve online here and use the code “SPJ.”

HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON, 40 Westbury Avenue, Carle Place, NY 11514 (516) 747-0230 – select service hotel with 150 suites – www.carleplacewestbury.homewoodsuites.com  – 3.4 miles/12-minute drive from Hofstra University Student Center . SPJ Regional room rate is $159 per night for a studio suite with king bed (2 persons per room); $179 USD for suite with two double beds (4 persons per room). Includes complimentary full breakfast buffet. Call the hotel direct at (516) 747-0230 or book online and use code ”SPJ” to make room reservations. Reserve online here. Hotel is holding 15 rooms for SPJ Conference until February 22.

LA QUINTA INN & SUITES, 821 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 (516) 705-9000 – limited service hotel with 129 rooms. – www.laquintagardencity.com – 1.6 miles/5-minute drive from Hofstra University Student Center. SPJ Regional room rate is $175 per night for a room with either a king bed (2 persons per room) or two double beds (4 persons per room).

RED ROOF INN, 699 Dibblee Drive, Westbury, NY 11590 (516) 794-2555 – limited service hotel with 163 rooms – www.redroof.com/westbury  – 2.7 miles/10-minute drive from Hofstra University Student Center. SPJ Regional room rate is $119 per night. Room with two double beds (four people allowed); room with king bed (two persons allowed).

ECONO LODGE, 429 Duffy Avenue, Hicksville, NY 11801 (516) 433-3900 – limited service hotel with 82 rooms – www.econolodge.com/hicksville  – 5.2 miles/20-minute drive from Hofstra University Student Center. Hotel guests must be at least 21 years old.  SPJ Regional room rate is $104 per night.