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  • How to Get Your Investigative Projects Funded
    • Eric Ferrero, Executive Director, Fund for Investigative Journalism (@ericferrero) Eric Ferrero is the Executive Director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the 53-year-old national organization that provides funding, editorial mentorship and legal help directly to reporters. He has 25 years of experience in nonprofit and philanthropic leadership, working closely with journalists at the local, state and national levels.
    • Margaret Engel, Executive Director, Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation Margaret Engel directs the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation, which gives grants to journalists in the name of Alicia Patterson, the founder of Newsday. She was a reporter for the Washington Post, Des Moines Register and Lorain (OH) Journal and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard, studying worker health and law.
    How to Get Your Investigative Projects Funded
    Learn about grants and fellowships that are available to support investigative journalists — and get tips on how to apply for them successfully. This session will provide concrete resources, leads and tips from both leaders of organizations and journalists who have successfully secured funding from them. Gain specific ideas for funding sources that could support your reporting, concrete tips on how to structure effective proposals for funding and contact information for funders who you can follow up with for help applying for funding.
  • Resume Reels & Portfolios: Advice from Recruiters
    • Heather Lovett Dunn, Managing Editor & Exec. Prod., Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU Heather Dunn is a professor of practice at the Cronkite School of Journalism overseeing "Cronkite News" on Arizona PBS. She's the former content director at KPNX and has produced at KPHO, KVOA and KTVK. She's worked with journalists in Albania on election coverage and is a graduate of Ole Miss.
    • Lesley Van Ness, Dir. of Talent Acquisition, Gray Television Lesley Van Ness is Director of Talent Acquisition for Gray Television. Van Ness spent thirteen years as a broadcast journalist before making the transition to recruiting five years ago. Van Ness was an MMJ, weekend anchor, and evening anchor during her time on-air. She's a graduate of Illinois State University.
    • Patrick McCreery, Owner, Glass City Talent Patrick McCreery is the owner of Glass City Talent, a company that will invest in niche broadcast media entities. Patrick is the former President of Meredith Corporation and served various roles in the company over his near 19-year tenure, including VP/General Manager. McCreery graduated from the Ohio State University.
    Resume Reels & Portfolios: Advice from Recruiters
    Ready for the next step in your career? Hear from recruiters and former hiring managers as they share tips on how to get your resume, reel and portfolio noticed, and tricks for landing that next job. Learn how to avoid common mistakes in applications, and hear how to ace the interview.
  • AP Style Smackdown
    Claire Regan, president-elect, Society of Professional Journalists Claire Regan is an assistant professor at Wagner College in New York City and a contributing writer for the Staten Island Advance. She is past president of the New York City Deadline Club and president-elect of SPJ national. Ms. Regan completed a yearlong fellowship in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute and received the Charles O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
    AP Style Smackdown
    Does your staff follow Associated Press Style? Do they even know what it is? Learn why the AP Stylebook is a definitive reference for journalists when it comes to accuracy, sensitivity and consistency. Hear how you can start using it to make your newspaper or yearbook stronger. Or, if you already use it, how to make better use of its guidance.  
  • Restoring Public Trust in the News
    Don Colacino, “Trusted Sources” Documentary Don Colacino is a writer, producer, and director with a strong interest in civic and social issues. His prior film, “Winner Take All” is streming on Amazon Prime Video and Tubi. His commercial and industrial work includes films for Autism Speaks and two regionally broadcast television spots for Toyota.
    Restoring Public Trust in the News
    A new documentary called “Trusted Sources” focuses on solutions to the steady decline of public trust in news. This interactive panel discussion will include preview clips from the film and practical advice for addressing audience skepticism. What should the public know about how you do your job? What issues have you faced in overcoming media mistrust? Join your peers in envisioning the future of journalism. 
  • Hot Topics in Media Law
    • Roy Gutterman, Professor/Director, Tully Center for Free Speech, Syracuse University Roy Gutterman, professor/director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University. He teaches communications law and writes and speaks on these issues. He is a former newspaper reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and a former lawyer. He sits on SPJ LDF Committee and the SPJ FOIA Committee.
    • Alia Smith, Ballard Spahr Alia L. Smith’s defends publishers and broadcasters against claims of defamation and other newsgathering torts, and representing them in litigation over access, the Freedom Of Information Act, subpoenas and copyrights. She provides prepublication advice to a number of the firm’s clients, from national publications, to regional broadcasters, to start-up websites.
    • Israel Balderas Israel Balderas is an Emmy® award-winning journalist and educator. As an assistant professor at Elon University, his teaching and research agenda focuses on First Amendment law and media ethics. As chair of the Legal Defense Fund Committee, Balderas oversees the organization's various court filings related to protecting the First Amendment.
    Hot Topics in Media Law
    In today’s litigious culture, journalists face a range of risks including defamation, invasion of privacy and numerous other legal challenges. This session will focus on the legal and First Amendment issues confronting journalists. Hosted by Roy Gutterman, professor and director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University, the discussion will include Israel Balderas, Elon University/SPJ Legal Defense Fund chairman and Alia Smith, whose practice with Ballard Spahr in Washington, D.C., focuses on defending publishers and broadcasters against claims of defamation.