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2016 Summer Conference

June 22-25 at Omni Charlotte Hotel

Thursday, June 23

The Lab: Photoshop

Instructor: Shanna Lockwood, Digital Media Manager, Special Projects at USA TODAY Sports Images

Journalism that makes a difference

General session puts a "Spotlight" on our members' strong investigative work.

Leader: Michael Anastasi, Executive Editor, The Tennessean

Panelists: John Bednarowski, Marietta Daily Journal; Teri Thompson; Steve Fainaru,

The newest digital tools

Did you just blink? You missed another new application that you could use for your website and your social media campaign

Leader: Matt Pepin, The Boston Globe

LGBT Issues: Fighting for what's right

Hear experiences of creating LGBT journalism. Learn appropriate terminology. Obtain methods to ensure your organization is inclusive in the way it covers lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes, coaches and issues.

Leader: Erik Hall, The Roanoke Times

Panelists: Lauren Miranda, Duke University rower; Blaize Stewart, LGBT expert


Learn about new products that are driving readership, engagement and, best of all, revenue.

Leader: Jim Lefko, San Antonio Express-News

Panelists: Emily Horos, Aberdeen (S.D.) News; Lisa Wilson, The Buffalo News

Friday, June 24

The Lab: Facebook

Instructor: Camellia Senemar, Sports Partnerships at Facebook

Aggregation: The rules of engagement

We all do it, but who is doing it right and how? A look at best practices, legal protocol and tips from those who do it best.

Moderator: Gerry Ahern, USA TODAY Sports Media Group

Panelists: Kevin Goldberg, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C.; Dylan MacNamara, Director, Talent & Media, from Bleacher Report; Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Dan Steinberg, The Washington Post

Projects: Make the most of opportunities to write them

Moderator: Mike Persinger, The Charlotte Observer

Panelists: Justin Pelletier, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine; Joe Posnanski, NBC Sports; Gary Schwab, The Charlotte Observer

Red Smith Award Luncheon

Introduction: Ian Thomsen, Special Contributor to Previously with SI, International Herald Tribune, The National and Boston Globe.

Recipient: Leigh Montville, The Boston Globe/Sports Illustrated

A conversation with Red Smith Award winners

Moderator: James Crepea, Alabama Media Group

Panelists: 2016 winner Leigh Montville; 1991 winner Dave Kindred; 2011 winner Bill Millsaps

Foundations of source building

Sources are critical in the journalism business. This panel of experts will answer three critical questions about source-building: How do you find them, how do you earn their trust and how do you get them to tell you what you need?

Leader: Kami Mattioli

Panelists: Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Joe Person, The Charlotte Observer; Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald

Writers' Roundtable

Representatives from professional writers groups discuss the issues writers and media organizations have covering various sports.

Moderator: James Crepea, Alabama Media Group

Panelists: Blair Kerkhoff, The Kansas City Star; Bart Hubbuch, New York Post; Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports