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2005 SPJ convention and national journalism conference: Alladin Resort and Casino Las Vegas.

OCTOBER 16-18, 2005


BILL KOVACH is the founding director and chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. Kovach has been a journalist and writer for 43 years including 18 years as a reporter and editor for The New York Times.

JUDITH MILLER is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The New York Times. A federal judge held Miller in contempt for refusing to divulge confidential sources investigating the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity.

NORM CLARKE is the entertainment columnist for The Las Vegas Review Journal. He will share some of his Sin City war stories. The former Rocky Mountain News reporter of the year spent 15 years in Denver as a sports columnist and 12 years with the AP.


[] Opening Night Reception

Sponsor: The Las Vegas Review Journal and Las Vegas Sun Sunday, Oct. 16, 7-10 pm

The Aladdin's ultra lounge, Curve, will be closed to the public as journalists take over the place. Don't miss this great opportunity to network and take advantage of a delicious menu of Italian favorites along with scrumptious desserts and a complimentary bar.

[] Journalism Expo

Sunday, Oct. 16-Tuesday, Oct. 18

The convention's trade show, Journalism Expo, provides exhibitors and recruiters the opportunity to talk one-on-one with convention attendees. The Journalism Expo kicks off on Sunday, October 16 at noon and continues during the day Monday and Tuesday.

Within the Journalism Expo there are a multitude of activities such as the convention registration area, a silent auction, BookMart and an Internet care.

[] Half Day, In-Depth Training

Sunday, Oct. 16, 1-4:30 pm Advance registration is required.

* Using FOI to Build a Document-Driven Beat

FOI requests shouldn't be saved for big projects and investigative work--they should be a part of everyday reporting, backgrounding and sourcing. They can make your daily reporting stick, too. Here's how ...

* News Values and Coverage Approaches in the 21st Century

How does a news organization decide what the news is? How can important news be made interesting? The interactive session will give working journalists a chance to compare their reflexes to those of their colleagues as they tackle coverage issues in the print, broadcast and on-line mediums. Journalism students will have the opportunity to work alongside professionals to decide what the news is and how to report it.

* TV Performance Training

Be ready for that multimedia opportunity! This skill-based session involves on-camera training geared for print and online reporters as well as training on how to write for television.

[] Career Development Center for Students

Monday, Oct. 17

Students, have your resumes, clips, and tapes reviewed and take part in one-on-one or small group discussions with professionals to talk about your work and the job market. Advance registration is requested.

[] Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon

Monday, Oct. 17, Noon-2 pm

Top student journalists will receive Mark of Excellence Awards for their work while outstanding faculty and advisers are honored.

[] Legal Defense Fund Reception & Auction

Monday, Oct. 17, 6-7:30 pm

This year's auction will support efforts to pass a Federal Shield law. The auction is always a highlight of the conference as the bidding on exciting items goes higher and higher to support this worthwhile cause.

[] Career Development Center for Professionals

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Professionals, have your resumes, clips, and tapes critiqued by colleagues and talk about your next job. Advance registration is requested.

[] Celebration of Diversity Reception

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6:30-7:30 pm

Meet the 2005 SPJ Diversity Fellows and the winners of SPJ's ground-breaking New America Award at the Fourth Annual Celebration of Diversity reception.

[] President's Installation Banquet

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7:30-10 pm

National leaders for the Society take office and the Society's highest awards are presented. The most outstanding chapters are honored for their accomplishments.


Sept. 19, 2005

End of reduced registration fees

Sept. 26, 2005

Last day for reduced room rates reduced-rate rooms could sell out earlier, make your hotel reservations now.

Oct. 9, 2005

End of regular registration fees

Oct. 10, 2005

On-site fees in effect

Sunday      10 am - 6 pm        Registration
Oct. 16     1 pm - 4:30 pm      In-Depth, Half Day
                                Training Programs
            2 pm - 5 pm         Professional Development
            7 pm - 10 pm        Opening Night Reception
Monday      8 am - 5 pm         Registration
Oct. 17     9 am - 10:15 am     Keynote Speaker:
                                Bill Kovach, Committee of
                                Concerned Journalists
            9 am - 4 pm         Legal Defense Fund
                                Silent Auction
            10:30 - 4:30 pm     Career Development
                                Center for Students
            10:45 - 4:30 pm     Professional Development
            Noon - 2 pm         Mark of Excellence
                                Awards Luncheon
            6 pm - 7:30 pm      Legal Defense Fund
                                Reception & Auction
Tuesday     8 am - 3 pm         Registration
Oct. 18     8:30 - 9:30 pm      Showcase Panel with
                                Judith Miller, Pulitzer
                                investigative reporter,
                                The New York Times
            10 am - 4:30 pm     Career Development
                                Center for Professionals
            10 am - 4:30 pm     Professional Development
            6:30 pm - 7:30 pm   Celebration of Diversity
            7:30 pm - 10 pm     President's Installation
                                Banquet with Keynote
                                Address from Norm Clarke,
                                Las Vegas Review Journal



October 16

2:15 - 3:30 pm         * Covering Multicultural
                       * Resume Tape Tips: How To
                         Build a  Job-winning News
                       * Should I Stay or Should I
                       * Business Journalism for
                       * Anatomy of a Troubled
                         Hospital: An Investigative
                         Series by The L.A. Times
3:45 - 5:00 pm         * Pressures on Campus Media
                       * Labor and the Press
                       * Take Your Best Shot/TV
                       * Covering the Coming
                         Pandemic: Is Your
                         Community Ready?
                       * Late Breaking News


October 17

10:45 - 11: 45 am      * Sports Reporting: The
                         Playing Field, and Beyond
                       * Interactive Journalism:
                         Drawing in Audiences with
                         a High Tech Approach
                       * Story Organization: What
                         Comes After the Lead
                       * Doing It All: Job Survival
                         in the 21st Century
                       * Accuracy Matters: How to
                         Save Yourself from
                         Career-grinding Errors
                       * Improving Health and
                         Medical Journalism
2:15 - 3:15 pm         * Immigration in the
                         Heartland: News You Need
                         To Know
                       * The Real World: Anywhere,
                       * From Cover Letters to
                         Cover Stories
                       * Offline Reporting
                       * The Business of Freelancing
                       * Prison Access Revisited
3:30 - 4:30 pm         * Convergence Is In the
                         Cards, So Cover Your Bets
                       * Citizens Media Ventures:
                         When Consumers Become
                       * New Kids on the Court Block
                       * How to Watchdog Charities
                       * Reporting on Victims of
                       * Radio: The NEXT Frontier


October 18

10:00 - 11:00 am       * Six Words Guaranteed To
                         Get You a Job in TV News
                       * Subpoenas, Subpoenas,
                         Subpoenas: Is a Federal
                         Shield Law the Answer?
                       * Bringing Computer-assisted
                         Reporting Into Everyday
                       * Night Stalking: Successful
                         Enterprise Stories and
                         Breaking News Reporting
                         on the Late Shift
                       * The Generation Gap
11:15 am - 12:15 pm    * Where Do You Get Your
                         Ideas? Freelance Writers'
                       * Newsroom Management and
                         Workplace Issues
                       * The Greatest Story Rarely
                         Told: Faith and Values as
                       * Journalist's Tool Circa
                         2005: The Beat Blog
                       * The Big O: Objectivity
2:15 - 3:15 pm         * Getting Et Making the Most
                         of an Internship
                       * Globalization and Local
                       * Muslims and the Media's
                         Power to Position Them
                       * Smarter Surfing: Better
                         Use of Your Web Time
                       * Exposing the Mayor: Ethical
                         Case Studies From a
                         Investigative Series
3:30 - 4:30 pm         * Writing Stories with Heart
                       * How to Get the Fellowship
                         You've Always Wanted/How to
                         See the World and Improve
                         Your Skills at the Same Time
                       * Beyond the Usual Sources
                       * Ethical Issues in College
                       * Photography and the Online
                         Visual Experience
                       * Late Breaking News

Schedule subject to change.


Aladdin Resort & Casino

3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-785-5555 General

877-333-9474 Reservations

This 34-acre exotic resort features Vegas' largest collection of shops, restaurants, and attractions in the heart of the Strip. Plus, enjoy the two casinos, theater, a sport two pools. The room rate is $99 per night until September 26, 2005, or until our room block is full, whichever comes first. To get the discounted rate, reference SPJ National Convention.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR STUDENTS: the person making the reservation and paying for the room MUST be 21 years old. Persons under 21 can stay in the room, but the 21-year-old(s) is/are the only person/people who can be "responsible" and reserve the room with a credit card. The front desk checks the ID of every guest.

The Aladdin requires a deposit at the time of the reservation equal to one night's room and tax. Your credit card will be charged for the deposit. The deposit will be returned if the room is canceled AT LEAST 48 HOURS prior to the scheduled arrival.

A maximum of three people per room with the third person carrying an additional $30 charge. The rate is in effect 3 days prior and 3 days after the convention, based on availability.


American Airlines

The official airline for the 2005 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference.

5-10% discount off applicable fares

For reservations, call 800-433-1790 and mention authorization code 73H5AD

Airport Transportation

Avis Car Rental

The official car rental company for the 2005 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference

Attendees receive special discount rates

For reservations, call 800-331-1600 and mention discount code T137399

Transportation from the Airport to the Aladdin

Bell Trans Shuttle Service, 800-274-7433 Provides transportation to the Aladdin for $5

Local taxis & limos

Fares begin at $13 for transportation to the Aladdin

Local Transportation

Las Vegas Monorail

Fifteen minutes end-to-end along the Strip with seven hotel stops.

Las Vegas Strip Trolley

Ride in a bus mimicking a San Francisco-style cable car on old-fashioned wooden-slat seats.

Trolleys run about every 15 minutes with 18 stops along the Strip.


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Date:Aug 1, 2005
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