Schedule of Events

Here’s a quick look at this weekend’s schedule of events. For more detailed descriptions of the seminars, click here for a pdf.


12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Conference Registration

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. PAPME Board Meeting

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PAPME Business Meeting

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. PSNE Board of Directors Meeting

4:45 p.m. – 5 p.m. PSNE General Membership Meeting

6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PAPME Reception

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. PAPME Annual Awards Banquet

9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite


8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Conference Registration

8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. News Nerdery 2.0

Even with the latest tools of the trade, creating compelling data visualizations, video and interactive elements can often feel like more trouble than it’s worth. Learn how to make efficient use of your time to really move the needle on audience engagement in ways that text and photos simply can’t. Speakers will focus on the apps and tools that every journalist must have on their cell phones, what they do, why they help, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. Speakers: Hope Stephan, digital producer, PennLive/The Patriot-News.

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Foundation Workshop Keynote: Don’t Call It a Comeback

You hear breathless talk in many newsrooms of a “Podcast Renaissance” and how online radio has returned triumphantly from the abyss, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Podcasts are indeed hotter than ever with mainstream audiences — and advertising executives — but the plain, unvarnished truth is that they never really stopped being passionately sought-after. Speakers: Pedro Rafael Rosado, founder and content director, Headstepper Media.

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Foundation Workshop Panel Discussion: Steps to Success

Learn how to get started and keep going with your podcasting venture. From technical tools to time involved to reaching an audience, this panel shares the good, the bad, and the ugly…and the beautiful from their varied podcasting experiences. Speakers: Katie Meyer, capitol bureau chief, WITF Radio; Kevin McCorry, editor and education reporter, WHYY/Keystone Crossroads; Kayla Dwyer, digital reporter, the (Allentown) Morning Call.

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. PWPA Annual Awards Luncheon

2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Covering Catastrophic Events and Mass Casualties: How Philadelphia, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Orlando and South Florida Newsrooms Deployed, Endured and Recovered

The Amtrak crash that killed eight and injured more than 200 in Philadelphia in 2015. The Freddie Gray arrest and subsequent death that spurred a series of riots that turned violent and put the city under a state of emergency that same year. The Pulse Night Club shooting by a lone gunman that left 49 dead and 58 injured in Orlando in 2016. The Las Vegas sniper who viciously sprayed a country music festival with bullet, killing 49 and injuring dozens of others in 2017. The Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., where a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 and wounded others, many of them students. These are the types of stories that test the will of our newsrooms and leave a lasting mark on our journalists long after the tumult has ended. Are you ready if a story of this magnitude happens in your coverage area? Can we ever really be prepared? Learn how they deployed and organized their staffs, how they kept up the pace and endured the pressure while keeping their teams going strong, and what they learned about how to handle these all-consuming stories, their staff needs and what they might do differently if faced with a mass casualty situation again. Speakers: Dana Banker, managing editor, South Florida Sun-Sentinel; John Cutter, managing editor, Orlando Sentinel; Rachel Crosby, metro reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal; Richard Martin, senior criminal justice editor, The Baltimore Sun; Laura McCrystal and Justine McDaniel, reporters, Philadelphia Media Network/The Philadelphia Inquirer.

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. SPJ Awards Reception

 5:45 p.m. – 6 p.m. PSNE Members’ Only Reception

6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Keystone Press Awards Reception

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Keystone Press Awards Banquet

9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite

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