East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists

Regional SPJ

[updated 9/15/08]

SPJ NEWS FROM the REGION 12 Director, Sonny Albarado


A belated thank you to Dr. John Maxwell Hamilton, dean of Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication, for a $500 contribution to our 2008 Spring Conference.

Start thinking about Region 12 Conference April 3-4, 2009, in Little Rock!

Fellow Region 12 SPJ’ers,

The Region 12 Director is

Sonny Albarado
Projects Editor, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
121 E. Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201 501/244-4321

Many of you probably wish you were sippin’ watermelon mojitos at Jacques-Imo’s in New Orleans right now instead of reading a missive from your regional director about next year’s spring conference. I know I would. I also wish I had some of that alligator sausage cheesecake.

Oh, well.

I just wanted all of you to know that the planning committee for the 2009 Region 12 Spring Conference is already running at full speed. The committee members are Kelly Kissel and Andrew DeMillo, both with the AP Little Rock bureau; Charlie Frago, a Capitol bureau reporter with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; and John Krupa, a state desk reporter for the ADG.

The planned dates of the conference are April 3 and 4 in Little Rock.

I met with these folks this week at a potential venue for the conference. The committee already has a tentative conference schedule worked out, but nothing is set in stone — yet.

Which brings me to the point of this note: If you have an idea for a conference session, let the committee know soon. They need to consider session proposals before the holidays because they want to get the schedule in fairly solid shape before January. Why so far  out from the conference? Because three of the committee members cover the Arkansas Legislature, which convenes in January and typically winds down in late March.

If your proposal is accepted, the committee likely will put you in charge of finding the participants, much as we did it this year. You won’t necessarily have to get all your panelist commitments as early as January, but the committee will be expecting to have a commitment from you that the panel will come together as promised.

As always, last minute changes are always allowed, since we all know how unexpected events can screw up our best preparations.

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