By John Bednarowski
APSE President

The 46th Annual APSE Summer Convention, being held June 16-19, is approaching, and so is the deadline for reserving your room at the Omni Hotel and Resort at CNN Center. To get the convention rate of $175 a night, you must get your reservation in by May 24.

The program includes the keynote lunch featuring the first family of Georgia football — Vince and Barbara Dooley, a reception at the College Football Hall of Fame, a trip to SunTrust Park and the Battery Atlanta to see the Braves take on the Mets and a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

We will present Sandy Rosenbush with the highest award in sports journalism at the annual Red Smith Award luncheon.

And finally, we will recognize the best sports journalism of the year at our annual awards banquet, where we will usher in the Todd Adams era of APSE as he takes over as our new president.

In between it all, we will all learn how to do our jobs better.

It’s all there for the taking, and only a little more than four weeks away.

Here’s the link to register and make hotel reservations: http://apsportseditors.com/%EF%BB%BFconference-registration-hotel-reservations-now-open-for-apse-summer-conference/

APSE Atlanta schedule

Sunday, June 16

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

REGISTRATION

Location: Sycamore Room

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE/GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

4 p.m.

Location: International Ballroom F

Presiding: APSE president John Bednarowski

OPENING RECEPTION

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Location: Atrium Terrace

Monday, June 17

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

REGISTRATION

Location: Sycamore Room

8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

COFFEE AND PASTRY STATION

Location: International Ballroom F Lobby

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

MALL OF IDEAS (vendors):

Location: International Ballroom F Lobby

GENERAL SESSION

NEWSROOM DIVERSITY: WHAT CAN BE DONE?

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Location: International Ballroom F

Newspapers and websites have received poor grades when it comes to racial and gender hiring practices. How did we get here and how might we bolster the number of journalists of color and women to better reflect our communities? How can hiring managers work better with the professional organizations, including NABJ and AWSM?

Moderator: Lisa Wilson, APSE second vice president

Panel: A. Sherrod Blakely, president of NABJ Sports Task Force; Carron Phillips, The Shadow League and former APSE Diversity Fellow; Dave Ammenheuser, Sports Director / USA TODAY Network; Iliana Limón Romero, Orlando Sentinel and Vicki Michaelis, the John Huland Carmical Chair in Sports Journalism & Society, University of Georgia.

WORKSHOP

HARNESSING THE POWER OF DATA

10:45 a.m.-Noon

3:45 p.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Cypress Room

How can you get creative and use the power of data to tackle the stories that go beyond the day-to-day games, injuries and coaching changes.

Moderator: MaryJo Webster, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

WORKSHOP

FAST AND EASY WAYS TO GENERATE CONTENT ON SLOW NEWS DAYS

10:45 a.m.-Noon

3:45 p.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Magnolia Room

Having a slow news day? Short on content for your website and/or print product? Don’t have a lot of manpower available? We’ll look at some fast and simple ways to generate content.

Moderator: Todd Adams, APSE first vice president

Panel: Phil Kaplan, Sports Editor, Knoxville News Sentinel

WORKSHOP

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: HOW TO CONNECT WITH A YOUNG, DIVERSE AND DIGITALLY-SAVVY SOCCER AUDIENCE

10:45 a.m.-Noon

3:45 p.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Juniper Room

Learn from editors in MLS markets who have proven strategies and tactics on how to reach soccer fans.

Moderator: Iliana Limón Romero, Orlando Sentinel Sports Editor

Panel: Doug Roberson, Atlanta Journal Constitution soccer writer, and Greg Lalas, editor-in-chief of MLSsoccer.com.

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON

12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Location: International Ballroom F

Guest Speakers: Vince and Barbara Dooley

Moderator: Tony Barnhart

GENERAL SESSION

SOURCING: BEST PRACTICES

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Location: International Ballroom

A panel discussion about source development, using and vetting sources in this digital age that puts an emphasis on being first and the role news judgment plays in balance and accuracy.

Moderator: Oscar Dixon, Associated Press

Panel: Grant Hill, former NBA All-Star and Hawks minority owner; Greg McGarity,  University of Georgia athletic director; Beth Marshall, Atlanta Braves director of communications, and Daniel Meacham, Atlanta attorney.

GENERAL SESSION

A CONVERSATION WITH AP

5:15 p.m.-6 p.m.

Location: International Ballroom

Learn what changes have been made and are being planned at The Associated Press when it comes to sports betting, earlier newspaper print deadlines and your other content demands. Come chat with Michael Giarrusso, AP’s global sports editor; Barry Bedlan, sports products director; Howie Rumberg, deputy sports editor; and Oscar Dixon, regional sports editor for the South.

Moderator: Dan Spears, APSE third vice president

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME RECEPTION

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: College Football Hall of Fame

HOSPITALITY

10 p.m.-midnight

Location: International Ballroom F

Tuesday, June 18

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

REGISTRATION

Location: Sycamore Room

8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

COFFEE AND PASTRY STATION

Location: International Ballroom F Lobby

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

MALL OF IDEAS (vendors):

Location: International Ballroom F Lobby

GENERAL SESSION

THE BLURRING LINE

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Location: International Ballroom F

The media’s place in today’s society has become increasingly fuzzy.

Let’s examine our place in today’s rapidly evolving media landscape. From the Times Picayune’s A1 headline the day after the Super Bowl that gained national attention to  Bradley University’s decision to yank a Peoria Journal Star reporter’s credential because the university didn’t like his coverage of the Braves’ athletic program. Let’s also visit our relationship with the organizations we cover: Some of our colleagues accept priceless gifts from organizations that they cover; some of our colleagues are tasked with covering teams that also own their media companies. How does all of this impact us as we strive to attract a larger audience?

Moderator: Dave Ammenheuser, USA Today Sports

Panel: Izzy Gould, a leader at Advance Local Southeast; Matt Pepin, Boston Globe sports editor, and Christine Brennan, USA TODAY sports columnist and commentator for ABC News, PBS NewsHour and National Public Radio. 

WORKSHOP

GOOGLE FLOURISH AND MAPPING EXERCISES

10:45 a.m.- Noon  

Location: Cypress Room

We’ll use Flourish’s innovative chart tool to create interactive graphics and animated “horse race” charts of football, soccer, and other sports data. We’ll share practical examples of how you can use basic data sets to tell complex stories. We’ll show you how to use Google MyMaps to map college football bowl games, marathons, recruits, and other stories. This is a hands-on session so bring your laptop and be logged in on your Gmail on mymaps.google.com

Moderator: Mike Riley, Google

WORKSHOP

UNDERSTANDING INTERNAL ANALYTICS and METRICS

10:45 a.m.- Noon

2 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.

Location: Juniper Room

Learning about the most-important currency in today’s journalism world. Every number has meaning. But it takes many numbers to tell a story. An overview of the numbers we look at daily, weekly, monthly, yearly — and why. Why clues are hidden in them? Why do we use the numbers we do in our goals. What are the goals and why do they matter? What is engagement, loyalty? What is the funnel to becoming a digital subscriber? What are these terms we use and what about target audience? An introduction into data analysis and what’s behind it.

Moderator: JJ Hensley, The Tennessean

WORKSHOP

HOW TO WRITE THE BOOK

10:45 a.m.- Noon

2 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.

Location: Magnolia Room

Many people want to write a book during their careers but don’t know who to do it. Here you will learn the process of getting the idea, putting it on paper and getting it to the publisher. In addition we’ll hear about the highs and lows along the way from doing the reporting to the rewriting to the editing and onto the shelves.

Moderator: Mike Harris, The Athletic

Panel: Kent Babb, The Washington Post and Bob Ryan, sports columnist for The Boston Globe and a former Red Smith Award winner.

RED SMITH AWARD LUNCHEON

12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Location: International Ballroom F

Honoree: Sandy Rosenbush, ESPN

Presenter: Leon Carter, ESPN

Sponsor: USA TODAY Network

WORKSHOP

GOOGLE EARTH PRO/MAPPING

2 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.

Location: Cypress Room

We’ll mine before/after photos on stadium and arena construction, and how it impacts an area physically over time with Google Earth Engine Timelapse. We’ll create a video tour of stadiums and show you how to record zoom-ins on various sports venues, all of which are social-media friendly. For those that don’t have drone access, it also serves as an inexpensive way to provide drone-like video footage. Folks are encouraged to bring potential projects to discuss before or after the class.

Moderator: Mike Riley, Google

GENERAL SESSION

Newsmakers

Showtime sponsored content

3:30 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.

Location: International Ballroom F

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets at SunTrust Park

Time: 7:20 p.m.

Transportation: Bus departs from hotel at 5 p.m.

HOSPITALITY

10 p.m.-midnight

Location: International Ballroom F

Sponsor:

Wednesday, June 19

8 a.m.-noon

REGISTRATION

Location: Sycamore Room

8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

COFFEE AND PASTRY STATION

Location: International Ballroom F Lobby

Sponsor:

8 a.m.-noon

MALL OF IDEAS (vendors):

Location: International Ballroom F Lobby

REGION CAUCUSES

8 a.m.-8:50 a.m.

Locations: TBD

GENERAL SESSION

THE URBAN MEYER SCOOP

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Location: International Ballroom F

Former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy broke one of the biggest stories of the year — Urban Meyer, Ohio State and domestic violence — while unemployed and on Facebook.

How and why did he do it?

Moderator: Tommy Deas

Panelist: Brett McMurphy. 

CLOSING EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

11 a.m.

Location: International Ballroom F

Presiding: Todd Adams, incoming APSE president

STADIUM TOUR

Tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium presented by the Arthur Blank Foundation.

Time: 1 p.m.

Transportation: Walk to stadium

AWARDS BANQUET

6 p.m.

RECEPTION

Location: Pre-Function Lobby and International Ballroom F

7 p.m

DINNER

Location: International Ballroom F

10 p.m

CLOSING RECEPTION

Location: Pre-Function Lobby and International Ballroom F

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