The Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting will be held April 24 at Penn State University. It will be held at the Pegula Ice Arena, 250 University Dr, University Park, Pa. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State, which is our host for the day.

ITINERARY (times subject to change)

8:30-9ish a.m.: Welcome and continental breakfast.

9:15-10:15 a.m.: SOCIAL: 

From Facebook Live for studio shows to having reporters broadcast live in the field, to spending just $20 for a cool personalized-branded filter for Snapchat users, you can get pretty good bang for your buck and a great way to get your brand out there, reaching an audience that we desperately need to reach. This session shows you some tools that are available to both inform and entertain your audience as well as help your company make a few bucks, too.

Panel led by Alex Iniguez, Associate Sports Editor for Digital, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Michael Sanserino, Assistant Managing Editor/Sports, PIttsburgh Post-Gazette.

10:30-11:30 a.m.: AGGREGATION: In this fast-aced world of sports news, news outlets can’t be everywhere and aggregation is a fact of life. This panel will explore best practices and how to succeed. Panel: TBA

11:45-12:45: LUNCH: Award for Excellence in Coverage of Youth Sports, presented by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State.

1-2 p.m.: PHIL ESTEN: Penn State’s Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief Operating Officer addresses a variety of topics, including the universities facilities plan, which includes many of the athletic facilities. D

2:15-3:15 p.m.: PREP FOR SUCCESS: What moves the needle? What are some of the best ideas? Roll of data / investigative reporting in preps? PANEL: Moderator: Eric Hall, Beaver Count Times, Gary Miles, Prep Editor Philly Inquirer, Matt Stanmyre, reporter, NJ.com; Jim Reeser, sports editor, The Citizens’ Voice

3:15-4:15 p.m.: POLITICS AND SPORTS: During and after the 2016 election, figures in the sports world became more vocal about their political views, and actions such as a White House visit became fraught with partisan messages. How should reporters and editors treat sports stories with a political element, and what should news organizations’ position be on the desire to speak out from members of their own reporting teams? Panel includes: Gary Potosky of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

4:15-4:45 p.m.: STUDENTS: Editors meet with students to discuss the value of membership in APSE and benefits of having a student chapter at their university. Students from Penn State, Temple and Rutgers will be in attendance.

4:45-5: Brief meeting of APSE members. Seeking nominations for region vice chair; Jim Reeser moves up to chair at June convention.

PARKING: Parking is not great at the Pegula Ice Arena, so PSU will send us information on parking closer to the meeting.

HOTEL: We’ve secured a block of 15 rooms at The Atherton Hotel, 125 S. Atherton St., State College. Cost is $90 and is guaranteed for Sunday, April 23. Code is APSE ’17 (although I don’t see where you can enter that on the hotel’s website). Phone: 1-814-231-2100

Deadline to reserve a room is April 14

Please contact me or Jim Reeser (jreeser@citizensvoice.com) to RSVP or with any questions. Hope to see many of you there.

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