Regional conference early-bird registration deadline extended!

Eventbrite - 2015 SPJ Western Regional Conference

conference logoThe early-bird registration deadline has been extended for the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2015 Western Regional Conference, being held in San Francisco April 17-18. Discounted tickets will be available until March 30, but space is limited – so book yours today!

There’s still room on our special tour of Twitter’s headquarters at 10 a.m. Friday, April 17, but slots are limited to registered attendees, so sign up for the conference to book space on the tour.

The two-day event, held at the Impact Hub on April 17 and the Hotel Whitcomb on April 18, will be jam-packed with a mix of in-depth training sessions and an array of programming relevant to journalists at all career levels, plus networking sessions. Check out our confirmed programs.


Friday’s intensive workshops will include a training session on using secure communications software, co-led by a technologist who has worked with Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald. We’ll also offer a workshop on data-driven journalism, co-led by Serdar Tumgoren of the Associated Press, a wizard at using Excel to unearth gems from mountains of data. Participants can also join a workshop on producing data visualizations, an increasingly popular digital storytelling tool for reaching online audiences.


With so many sources for news, entertainment and information available through so many platforms, competition for attention is fierce. Journalists today must work harder to identify and understand their readers, viewers and listeners. Our Saturday programming can help you.

Participants will be able to choose from a wide range of workshops cover everything from crowd-funded journalism, to experimental models in print, to innovative approaches to investigative reporting. Reporters from Nature, the Los Angeles Times, KQED and Wired will talk about science coverage. We’ll have a session on using sound to supplement reporting online. We’ll discuss the progress that has (or hasn’t) been made in improving diversity in media. Freelancers will get a chance to run their ideas by editors in a live pitch slam.

Our keynote talk will be an engaging dialogue between two leaders in Bay Area journalism: Audrey Cooper, editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, and Holly Kernan, executive editor of news at KQED.

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