The APSE Southeast Region meeting will be held April 11 on the UAB campus in Birmingham, Ala., and will feature an hour of one-the-record Q&A with Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey and editing-, reporting- and student-focused panels.

Sessions will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at UAB’s Hill Student Center, 1400 University Blvd., Birmingham, AL. Attendees who RSVP by Friday morning to may park free at the lot beside the Hill Center on University Boulevard.

Contact region chairman Chris White with questions at


Tough-as-nails reporting, 9-10:30 a.m.

How to lead the charge in tough times and on touchy topics. Panel members include Pulitzer Prize-winning editors in Tuscaloosa News executive sports editor Tommy Deas and Michael Anastasi, VP of news and executive editor of The Tennessean and the TN Media Network, along with Knoxville News Sentinel University of Tennessee reporter Dustin Dopirak.

Reporting with limited access: 10:45-12 p.m.

Covering a competitive beat with dwindling access. Panel includes Opelika-Auburn News sports editor Dana Sulonen, Auburn beat writer James Crepea and Louisville Courier-Journal Kentucky beat writer Kyle Tucker.

Lunch break

Q&A with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, 1-2 p.m.

On-the-record session with the conference commissioner.

Spotlight on student reporting, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

Presentations of some of the best student journalists’ work from the region, followed by a Q&A.

Student resume critique, 3:45-4:30 p.m.

Editors will meet with students one-on-one for critiques.