Region 5 Conference: April 11-13, 2014

SPJ’s Region 5 Conference

SPJ’s Region 5 Spring Conference is your best opportunity to rub elbows with working journalists for networking and get tips and thoughts from some of the best in the business. We’re planning interactive discussions with high-achieving professionals, including everyone from freelance writers to book authors to TV reporters to print and online producers. If you’re curious about how others in journalism are making their way through an ever-changing field, this is your chance to find out.

The conference starts on Friday, April 11, at 6 p.m. with an opening reception at Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, 430 N. Michigan Avenue (at Illinois Street). This is a Chicago landmark, and it’s a great way to get to know the Windy City and mingle with conference attendees. The Billy Goat is about a five-minute walk from the hotel.

All sessions are set for Saturday at the Inn of Chicago. Our speakers include Jeff Cutler, a nationally known speaker on social media, and Dana Neuts, the President-Elect of SPJ. You’ll also hear from freelancers who have created their own journalism careers.

At lunch, our regional Mark of Excellence winners will receive their awards, and in the afternoon, we’re featuring an informative deep-dive into ethics.

We’ll be posting details soon about the lineup of sessions, but you can register now, and take advantage of cheap rates, which are good through April 1. After that, rates increase in each ticket category.