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2016 Great Lakes Region Meeting

April 18 at Indianapolis Star

Mobile-First Reporting

How to identify, capture, promote and present content geared for an ever-growing mobile audience.

Panelists: Galen Clavio, Associate Professor of Sports Media, Indiana University; Nathan Baird, Sports Reporter, Lafayette Journal & Courier; Amy Bartner, Downtown Indy Reporter, Indianapolis Star; Ronnie Ramos, Managing Director, Indianapolis Star.

Moderator: Jon Styf, Sports Editor, Northwest Herald (Ill.)

Public Records Reporting

How to report and write stories that have lasting impact and force accountability by using open-records laws to mine for information.

Panelists: Jon Styf, Sports Editor, Northwest Herald (Ill.); A.Jay Wagner, College of Communication, Butler University; Ted Bridis, News Editor, Associated Press.

Moderator: Loren Nelson, Managing Editor/Community Manager, Minnesota Hockey Hub/Sport Ngin

Column Reporting/Writing

Columnists have vastly different styles and voices that are unique to their personality, background and interests. But the great ones all share the trait of being outstanding reporters who offer much more substance than just a steady diet of hot takes.

Panelists: Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer; Tim Sullivan, Louisville Courier-Journal.

Moderator: Loren Nelson, Managing Editor/Community Manager, Minnesota Hockey Hub/Sport Ngin

Data Journalism

Access to college and pro athletes and coaches remains on the decline. Often, those same athletes and coaches, when available, offer only cliche quotes or say nothing at all. Enterprising journalists are working around these issues by reporting with pure data.

Panelists: Jeff Dooley, Editor-in-Chief, Pro Football Focus; Mark Alesia, Sports Business Reporter, Indianapolis Star; Mark Nichols, Data Journalist, USA TODAY.

Moderator: Loren Nelson, Managing Editor/Community Manager, Minnesota Hockey Hub/Sport Ngin

Student Roundtable

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

Panelists: Nick Kelly, Lakeville North (Minn.) High School; Marisa Miller, Butler University; Zach Horrall, Butler University; Michael Hughes, Indiana University.

Moderator: Loren Nelson, Managing Editor/Community Manager, Minnesota Hockey Hub/Sport Ngin