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    We have come up with a fine program at the Region 11 conference - from nonprofit journalism to issues involving indigenous people - in March, thanks to conference Chairwoman Nancy Cook Lauer.

    Another training session (making a total of three great training opportunities) has been added to the schedule - Facebook training with links working with Instagram to be conducted by former national SPJ President Lynn Walsh.

    Some deadlines are approaching: 1) Reasonably priced rooms two blocks from the conference venue and 2) early bird registration..

    Still 3 rooms available - Please let us know if you will need one of the rooms, which go for $59 a night.
    Please contact Stirling Morita at smorita1@twc.com to RSVP a room.
    Since the rooms are not air-conditioned, you might want to bring a portable hand-held fan. (For other hotels, please see previous conference post at: http://hawaiispj.org/News/1119conferencenewsletter.html)

    Deadline extended to Feb. 27 - Early Bird registration ends Conference fees (which cover two lunches):

    -- $20 University of Hawaii* students
    -- $40 early bird non-UH students
    -- $50 non-UH students after Feb. 20
    -- $70 early bird SPJ pro members
    -- $80 SPJ pro members after Feb. 20
    -- $90 non SPJ members

    * University of Hawaii students qualify for a substantial discount because a university agency is sponsoring the use of the Campus Center.

    Tickets are on sale now. Use the Eventbrite RSVP at https://SPJ2020Region11Conference.eventbrite.com Or send checks to HAWAII CHAPTER SPJ at P.O. BOX 3141, HONOLULU, HI 96802


The venue is the Campus Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, seven miles from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Things start right away on Friday (March 20) so it will be good for out-of-towners to arrive Thursday night (March 19).

Friday, March 20, 2020
8 - 9:30 a.m. Registration - Coffee
9:30-10:00 a.m. Plenary session - Welcome, logistics, etc. Stirling Morita, Nancy Cook Lauer.
All day: John Peter Zenger First Amendment. Cal Poly Debate Team, Dr. John Patrick. Debate teams ongoing- 3 rooms - 4 preliminary rounds debates - Two-person debates. Topic: "Major news outlets should take significant steps to change how they gather and report news that concerns Indigenous communities." SPJ members are invited to learn fundamentals of debate and act as judges.
10:15-11:30 a.m. The future of news -- Can the nonprofit model work? Ben Nishimoto with Civil Beat, plus Steve Petranik, editor of Hawaii Business magazine, Bill Dorman of Hawaii Public Radio, Petranik as moderator/panelist.
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Lunch -- Speaker -- Facebook training with Lynn Walsh, past SPJ national president and project manager at the Trusting News project.
1:30-2:15 p.m. Honolulu First Amendment and media attorney Jeff Portnoy on Fair Use of Photos
2:30-3:30 p.m. SPJ national President-Elect Matthew Hall, editorial and opinion director of the San Diego Union-Tribune, fighting fake news
3:45-5 p.m. Investigative Reporters & Editors/National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting Executive Director Doug Haddix, digital sleuthing on deadline.
4:30-5:30 p.m. Regional meeting for chapter officers and any other members who are interested in SPJ regional news.
5-7 p.m. Opening Night Reception -- University of Hawaii-Manoa Journalism Program, School of Communications. Campus Center Courtyard.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
9 a.m. - coffee - mingling/networking
10 a.m.-noon Google Training. Amara Aguilar, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
12:30 lunch -John Peter Zenger First Amendment Debate finals - "Major news outlets should take significant steps to change how they gather and report news that concerns Indigenous communities."
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. University of Hawaii at Manoa Journalism Professor Ann Auman (moderator). Hawai'i Journalism Resource and Style Guide. Ku'uwehi Hiraishi - Discussion of the Resource Guide and coverage of Native Hawaiian people.
2:15-3:45 p.m. SPJ Region 11 Director Debra Kroll (moderator/panelist), Hawaii News Now news anchor Mahealani Richardson on how journalists should/should not cover Indigenous issues. Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider from Saipan to speak on covering Micronesian people.
4:00-4:45 p.m. Bryan Pollard (John S. Knight Fellow for 2019-2020, Stanford University), former president of the Native American Journalists Association. "Challenges to an Indigenous free press; covering Indian Country"

Here's our link at Eventbrite to sign up: https://spj2020region11conference.eventbrite.com/

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