2020 SPJ R1C Speakers and Panels

Learn about our speakers and panels for the 2020 SPJ Region 1 Conference.

NOTE: THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WITH MANY MORE PANELS AND SPEAKERS IN THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS!

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Panel: How to Get a Job in Journalism 

  • Day: Friday
  • Time: 12:30 – 1:45 & 2:00 – 3:45
  • Moderator: Bill Bleyer
  • Speakers: Jessica Suarez, Chris Vaccaro, Jim Whiteman

Description: Learn the ins and outs of what prospective employers want in candidates and what it will take to land the internship or job you want. Session is in two parts to cover a wide range of topics and be of extra help to all the college students in attendance.

Panel: Covering the climate crisis from A to Z

  • Day: Friday
  • Time: 4:00 – 5:15
  • Moderator: Scott Brinton

Description: With human-caused carbon dioxide levels expected to rise in the coming three decades — and along with them, the Earth’s temperature — the climate crisis is among the most critical issues that journalists can — and should — be covering. Where do they begin reporting on an issue of global proportions spanning generations? How do they catch the attention of an often disinterested public? And how do they convey the severity of the crisis without unnecessarily panicking their audiences when they are willing to listen? This panel will explore these issues and more.

Panel: Breaking into Freelancing

  • Day: Saturday
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • Moderator: Bill Bleyer
  • Speakers: John Hanc, Rosemarie Olander, Claudia Grybatz Copquin

Description: Learn how to be a part-time or full-time freelancer with details on finding markets, writing queries and more.

Panel: Covering Immigration in the 2020 Election

  • Day: Saturday
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Moderator: Scott Brinton
  • Speakers: Victor Ramos, Nadia Robles

Description: Immigration will, no doubt, play an outsized role in the 2020 presidential election. What issues should journalists focus on? What of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)? What of TPS (Temporary Protected Status)? And what of the wall? Finally, how can journalists be fair and balanced while following a SPJ Code of Ethics that requires journalists to hold those in power accountable and give “a voice to the voiceless?”

Panel: Moving from Daily Journalism to Writing Books

  • Day: Saturday
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Moderator: Bill Bleyer
  • Speakers: Thomas Maier, Liza Burby, Miriam Goderich

Description: Learn how to make the transition from writing articles to writing books. Details on finding an agent, finding a topic, royalties, advances etc.

Panel: Covering the White House

  • Day: Saturday
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Speakers: Yamiche Alcindo, Emily Ngo

Description: An inside look at covering the White House from the perspective of reporters who bring the nation some of the most important news each day.

Panel: Leadership

  • Day: Saturday
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Moderator: Irwin Gatz and Jane Primerano

Description: Chapter leaders from SPJ’s Region 1 will gather to talk about SPJ business and other leadership initiatives around the country.