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2015 Great Lakes Region Meeting

May 4 at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Nuances of Covering a Beat

There's no one "right" way to cover a beat, and the best reporters often have very different approaches to the job as they play to their strengths and their audiences' interests.

Panelists: Tom Pelissero (USA TODAY – NFL), Brian Murphy (St. Paul Pioneer Press – Vikings), Joe Christensen (Star Tribune – Gophers football).

Moderator: Loren Nelson, National Media Editor/Community Manager, Sport Ngin

The Power of Visuals

Where does great design and photography fit in our increasingly digital age?

Panelists: Carson Kipfer (Sport Ngin – Co-Founder), Regina McCombs (Minnesota Public Radio – Senior Editor for Visual News), David Joles (Star Tribune – Visual Journalist), Chris Carr (Star Tribune – Deputy Sports Editor).

Moderator: Loren Nelson, National Media Editor/Community Manager, Sport Ngin

Multitasking in the Digital Age

How to quickly produce and post quality content in multiple platforms.

Panelists: David Jablonski (Dayton Daily News – Reporter), Dave Orrick (St. Paul Pioneer Press – Outdoors Writer), Tim Kolehmainen (Breakdown Sports Media – President/Editor).

Moderator: John Boyle, Sports Editor, Dayton Daily News

Student Roundtable

Journalism students share their impressions and expectations of the business and ask and answer questions to and from the audience of editors, reports, designers and fellow students.

Panelists: Betsy Helfand (University of Minnesota), Nick Kelly (Lakeville North High School), Bennett Smed (Bethel University), Joey Erickson (University of Minnesota).

Moderator: Malcolm Moran, Director, National Sports Journalism Center, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

High School Sports Coverage

What moves the needle, what doesn't and how to maximize the investment it takes to cover high school sports.

Panelists: Paul Klauda (Star Tribune – High School Sports Editor), Tad Reeve (St. Paul Pioneer Press – Sports Editor), Jon Styf (Northwest Herald – Sports Editor), David La Vaque (Star Tribune – Prep Sports Reporter).

Moderator: Loren Nelson, National Media Editor/Community Manager, Sport Ngin

Skills You Can Use

Hands-on digital training from how to create GIF to how use free tools to build timelines, tables, charts and other useful page elements.

Panelists: CJ Sinner (Star Tribune – Digital Producer), Jason Lehmkuhle, (Sport Ngin – Interactive Designer), Loren Nelson (Sport Ngin – National Media Editor/Community Manager).