MWJ Conference & SPJ Events this April!

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Chapter is proud to be teaming up with two regional organizations to help produce & sponsor quality professional development seminars this April for video production professionals and students in our region.

MWJ Conference is April 8th & 9th, 2011 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bloomington, MN

The Northwest Broadcast News Association is hosting the 2011 Midwest Journalism Conference  April 8th and 9th in Bloomington, Minnesota.  Click here for a detailed description of sessions and speakers.

The speaker for the Minnesota AP Banquet on Friday, April 8th will be Don Shelby.

If you’d like to save a few bucks on the Midwest Journalism Conference, you can volunteer to help at the registration desk. If you NBNA two hours at the desk, they’ll waive the “sessions only” fee for that day.   You can volunteer by email at It’s also the place to ask any questions you have about the conference.

You can also make your hotel reservations at the newly-renamed Crowne Plaza Hotel by calling 1-800-465-4329 and mentioning the Midwest Journalism Conference. We’ve arranged for the great rate of $89 for a regular King or Double room and $119 for a Suite. If you stay at the conference hotel, you’ll even get a break on your conference fees!

SCSJ SPJ First Amendment Forum is April 15th at Atwood Little Theater at St. Cloud State Unviersity

“Have the Watchdogs Lost Their Bark?” pushes the envelope as the central theme of the SCSU First Amendment Forum.

Exceptional journalists headline the free, day-long workshop Friday, April 15 in the Atwood Little Theatre.  Sessions are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“Whether crusading or investigative journalism, closely watching government and business gives our democracy balance,” said Michael Vadnie, coordinator.

The morning session addresses the historical context of investigative journalism.  Featured panelists are Maura Lerner, Star Tribune long-time depth reporter; Joe Rigert, retired Star Tribune investigative reporter, past IRE president and author; Bob Cowan, Minnesota’s senior videographer, WCCO; and Lee Rood, respected project team leader for the Des Moines Register.  Bill Huntzicker, SCSU professor and media historian, is the moderator.

Highlighting the late morning session is recognition of John Bodette, executive editor of the St. Cloud Times/Times Media, winner of the First Amendment Award.  His status report on the free press will end about noon.

The afternoon panel dubbed Future World promises to realistically update citizens about the status of watchdog journalism – and what may lie “on the other side.” (Also a premise in the movie Rango)

Featured panelists in the afternoon session are Jeff Kummer, seasoned project writer and politics reporter, Des Moines Register; Reg Chapman, WCCO investigative reporter; Dave Unze and John Bodette, St. Cloud Times/Times Media journalists; and Lee Rood.

Forum sponsors are Minnesota Newspaper Association, SCSU College of Fine Arts & Humanities, Minnesota professional chapter, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Chapter and SCSU student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, SCSU Department of Mass Communications, St. Cloud Times, Mark Mills, Gregory Martin and Vadnie.

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