Itinerary set for Great Lakes Region meeting on Monday, April 19

What: Great Lakes Region meeting

Where: Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Go to front desk security and tell them you’re there for the APSE meeting and they willlet you know where to go.

When: Meeting begins at 10 a.m. Monday, April 19

Cost: There is no cost to attend the workshops and you don’t have to be an APSE member to attend. Transportation, lodging, meals and the rest are on you.

RSVP: Send me an e-mail. You can also RSVP for the event on Facebook and look for others attending. APSE has a group page on Facebook that is private.!/event.php?eid=354761669632&index=1
Hotel info here.

Parking around the Tower info here.

Cubs game: I have secured 17 tickets to the Cubs game (1:20 p.m. Sunday vs. Astros). Cost is $22 per ticket, which should be paid to me Sunday. I have e-tickets in hand and will pass them out Sunday.
Here’s who has confirmed, by my count:
Justin Breen (2)
Phil Kaplan (2)
Chris Stevens (2)
Mike Clark (2)
Paul Skrbina (1)
John Boyle (1)
Chad Dare (1)
That leaves six tickets. If I’ve missed you or you want to go, let me know. Those who respond first will get the tickets. I’ll try to secure more tickets if need be, but I’ll need to know by Tuesday. As a White Sox fan, I’d really hate to be stuck with extras. =)

Great Lakes Region meeting
April 18-19
Sunday, April 18
Cubs game, 1:20 p.m. vs. Houston (meet outside of Tribune Tower at 11:30). There is a train to Wrigley a couple of blocks from the Tower. It’s about a 20-minute ride.

Monday, April 19

10 a.m.-10:15 a.m. – Introduction.

Session I
10:15-11:00 — Social media presentation by Knoxville’s Phil Kaplan and Chicago Tribune’s Stu Courtney. How to utilize Facebook, Twitter, etc. to get more hits on your site.

Session II
11:15-noon – Column writing with Chicago and Chicago-area columnists.

Noon-1:15 — Lunch

Session III
1:30-2:15 – How to improve high school sports coverage with Tribune high school sports editor Paul Skrbina and Northwest Herald sports editor Eric Olson.

Session IV
2:30-3:30 – State of the industry. Doing more with less.

Paul Skrbina

Associate Sports Editor, Chicago Tribune | Paul Skrbina is associate sports editor of The Chicago Tribune and chair of the Great Lakes Region. You can reach him via e-mail at

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