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2015 Northeast Region Meeting

November 9 at Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J.

Data Journalism

Access is getting more and more difficult to get. Athletes are trained to give cliche quotes. Coaches say nothing at all. Some of our most interesting and enterprising journalism involves reporting with pure data.

Panelists: Kevin Quealy of the New York Times’ Upshot (the brains behind Fourth-Down Bot), Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, Allison McCann of FiveThirtyEight and Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post.

Moderator: Jason Murray of

The Perils of Social Media

Trolls are trolls, but the abuse that women in sports media face on social media seemingly outweighs that of male counterparts. The issue has been in the news (from the ESPN reporter targeted by the wife of Washington’s GM to the Chicago radio anchor receiving death threats over her coverage of the Patrick Kane investigation).

Panelists: Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News, Jane McManus from, Nicole Auerbach from USA Today and editor Adena Andrews from ESPNW.

Moderator: Kelly Whiteside, Montclair State University.

The Athlete as Journalist

The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at Montclair State University will feature an exhibit on the first athletes to move into the broadcast booth. The trend seems to be picking up speed every day. What does that mean to “civilians” hoping for a career in the broadcast booth.

Panelists: Jessica Mendoza of ESPN (via Skype), the first woman to call a MLB playoff game; Dan Plesac of MLB Network; Tim Scanlan, former ESPN Vice President; and Lori Berlin, EVP Content and Distribution for Champions League Inc.

Moderator: Lindsay Berra of

The Five-Tools Journalist

We tell the students and job hunters that it’s important to have varied skills. Shoot video, take still photos, collect and edit audio, be a beast on social, write code, and oh yeah, report out a story. Let’s talk about how they prioritize their tasks, how they learned their skills, what sacrifices they make.

Panelists: Justin Pelletier of the Lewiston Sun Journal, Tom Franklin of Montclair State, Diana Nearhos of the Glens Falls Post-Star, Mark Carig of Newsday.

Moderator: Hank Winnicki of Newsday.