Region 9 Conference Schedule

** Click here for a map of essential locations **

FRIDAY, March 24

Legal forum: BYU Professor Ed Carter, and Attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless take questions  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. Moderator: Sheryl Worsley.

SATURDAY, March 25

(wifi: use Leoauditorium or LeoEvents, password: innovation)
Location: The Leonardo Museum, 209 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City

All Events in third floor Auditorium EXCEPT Google Tools (Boardroom) and networking and portfolio critiquing (Classroom).

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.
Speaker: KATE McKEE SIMMONS, Westword Magazine
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, Editor in Chief 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
Moderator: McKenzie Romero, Deseret News

11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. LUNCHROOM
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. BOARD ROOM 3rd FLOOR
Presenter: SCOTT LEADINGHAM, national SPJ Director of Education

1 to 1:50 p.m.
Finding Stories in Your Latino Community, hosted by Utah Association of Latino Journalists
Presenters: VIVIANE QUINTELA and LESTER ROJAS, Univision.
Moderator: Joel Campbell, BYU

2 to 2:50 p.m.
Investigations for Broadcast
Speaker: NICOLE VAP, investigative reporter with Denver’s 9News team
Moderator: George Severson, 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.
Speakers:
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
RULON HAMILTON, 
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.

Speakers:
SARA DANT,
 Professor of History, Weber State University, Co-author of Encyclopedia of American National Parks and author of Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West
ROBERT KEITER, 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 the Senior Regional Director, Southwest Region, National Parks Conservation Association
Moderator: Tom Williams, Utah Public Radio

Our sincere thanks to Parr Brown Gee & Loveless law firm; Utah Public Radio; KCPW; the Salt Lake City Library 

Upcoming events: Utah Headliners Contest open now contest.utahspj.com, BYU’s student chapter presents a “Muslimedia” event April 15 at Khadeeja Islamic Center in West Valley City, and the SPJ Headliners will host their annual awards banquet June 15 .

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