Coming to Chicago: SPJ’s Region 5 Conference

In an era when “fake news” is both a real concern and a term used to undermine legitimate media, building trust is essential for journalists to serve their local communities effectively.

This spring’s SPJ Region 5 conference, April 6-7 in Chicago, is your chance to learn new skills and get insights from experts on how to succeed in today’s media environment. Not to mention find job opportunities and connect with colleagues in a great city while you’re at it.

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If you’d like to see all that’s in store, check out the complete schedule. Here are some highlights:

Friday Keynote: Alison Bethel McKenzie, “Let’s Talk About Trust and the Media”

Friday’s keynote speaker is Alison Bethel McKenzie, the incoming SPJ executive director and the first African-American to hold the position. Among her accomplishments, Bethel McKenzie was executive director of the Vienna-based International Press Institute, assistant city editor at The Boston Globe, Washington, D.C. bureau chief at The Detroit News, executive editor at the Legal Times and managing editor at the Nassau Guardian in the Bahamas.

Saturday keynote: Jonathan Eig, journalist and author of “Ali: A Life”

Jonathan Eig is the New York Times best-selling author of five books, including his most recent, “Ali: A Life,” which was named one of the best books of 2017 by Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe. A former senior writer at the Wall Street Journal, Eig will talk about covering race and sports in America, and the challenges of capturing the life of an icon.