UPDATE: Sessions, speakers added to Region 9 conference

This session is open to all journalists in all media, but is tailored in particular for members of Region 9 of the Society of Professional Journalists, which covers Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado.

SPJ Members and students can register for the conference for just $25. Non-members can register for $35. You can book a room at two great SLC hotels at a discount before March 1.

Sessions and speakers are subject to change. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

FRIDAY, March 24

Legal forum: Attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Love will host questions from journos on a variety of issues facing the media. Come with your questions and enjoy a casual setting with free refreshments provided — including a free drink! The cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. with a panel beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event lasts until about  8 p.m. at the Peery Hotel at 110 Broadway in Salt Lake City.

SATURDAY, March 25

Location (unless otherwise specified): The Leonardo Museum, 209 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City

8:30 to 8:50 a.m.
Coffee, meet-and-greet

8:50 a.m.
Welcome message from Utah Headliners President McKenzie Romero and SPJ Region 9 Director Ed Otte

9 to 9:50 a.m.
Covering Marijuana: Hear from experts on how to cover marijuana legislation and industries.
Speakers TBA
Moderator: Eric Petersen, Utah Investigative Journalism Project

10 to 10:50 a.m.
High Country News, Environmental Reporting: Members from the bi-weekly publication will talk about major public lands, natural resources and community issues facing the West.
Speaker: BRIAN CALVERT, Managing Editor of High Country News
Moderator: Emma Penrod, Salt Lake Tribune

11 to 11:30 a.m.
iPhone Photography: Freelance photographer Kim Raff teaches techniques for better shots with your iPhone.
Speaker: KIM RAFF

11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lunch, provided by Utah Headliners SPJ. There’s also a career talk and the Mark of Excellence Awards presentations for student journos.

1 to 1:50 p.m., 2 to 2:50 p.m. and 3 to 3:50 p.m.
Interactive Google Tools trainings, giving you a list of tools you can start using immediately to make your online searching more accurate and productive.
Presenter: SCOTT LEADINGHAM, national SPJ Director of Education

1 to 1:50 p.m.
Stories in Your Latino Community, hosted by the Utah Association of Latino Journalists
Speakers: TBA

2 to 2:50 p.m.
Investigations for Broadcast
Speaker: NICOLE VAP, investigative reporter with Denver’s 9News team
Moderator: George Serveson, ABC 4

3 to 3:50 p.m.
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints across the West: The polygamous church has “Houses of Hiding” and businesses that work in every Western state and leaders expect proceeds to go to the church.
ELISSA WALL, former teenage bride and author of “Stolen Innocence”
SAM BROWER, private investigator and author of “Prophet’s Prey”
TONIA TEWELL, director of Holding Out Help
who as a teenager was separated from his parents and sent to work across the West.
Moderator: Nate Carlisle, Salt Lake Tribune

*Break before the National Parks forum*

6 p.m.
Salt Lake City Public Library at 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

National Parks: Present and Future. Hosted by Utah Public Radio, KCPW and the Utah Headliners.

Our National Parks, their employees and patrons are finding themselves in strange territory these days following the implementation of President Donald Trump’s administration.

This panel discussion brings together key players to discuss issues for the Western Region’s National Parks.

SARA DANT, who is a Professor of History, Weber State University, Co-editor of Encyclopedia of American National Parks and author of Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West
ROBERT KEITER is a Wallace Stegner Professor of Law, Distinguished Professor of Law, and Director of the Wallace Stegner Center of Land Resources, and the Environment at the University of Utah, Author of To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea and several other books
DAVID NIMKIN is the Senior Regional Director, Southwest Region, National Parks Conservation Association
Moderator: Tom Williams, Utah Public Radio


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