About the conference

SpringConf14_LogoThe Houston Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to the SPJ Region 8 spring conference on March 29, 2014 at the South Shore Harbour Resort in League City, TX. Our theme is Reporting, Writing, Tweeting It Out: What is Journalism in 2014?

What is journalism?  There was a time when the answer to that question was simple.

In 2014 that’s not the case.  News is often broken via Twitter, posing challenges to reporters and editors to get it right at a fast pace in challenging situations.  Newswriting can mean anything from 5000-word pieces in special interest magazines to 140-character breaking news updates.

Are you a journalism student or a veteran in the field? Freelancer or staff reporter?  Whatever your professional or academic status is, you will benefit from attending. SPJ region 8 covers all of Texas and Oklahoma, although you don’t have to be from those states to attend. We encourage you to make plans to attend and register today.

At the 2014 region 8 conference you will hear from experts in social media as well as experienced reporters in specialized beats such as space, energy, religion and sports.  You’ll learn about crisis reporting from people who have worked through hurricanes and tornadoes and lived to report it.

You will have the opportunity to meet with career development specialists and to network with colleagues.

You will have the chance to applaud the Mark of Excellence award winners, talented journalism students from throughout Texas and Oklahoma.

You will hear from keynote speaker Kevin Dale, Denver Post News Director, about the paper’s Pulitzer prize-winning coverage of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting.

Professionals, students and journalism supporters are welcome; our program aims to address everyone’s interests and needs.  Registration rates range from $75 for professional SPJ members ($95 for non-SPJ members) to $35 for students.  Registration includes continental breakfast, the full-day program and the Mark of Excellence luncheon.  After March 20, 2014, registration rates go up, so we recommend you register early. Go to our Registration page to register online and get information about registering by mail.  You may also buy a luncheon-only ticket for $30.

Our Location and Hotel Information page contains information about the venue and how to book the $99/night conference rate.