The agenda has been finalized for the Great Lakes Region meeting Monday, April 18 at the Indianapolis Star offices.

There is no charge for the event, which will include lunch provided courtesy of Sport Ngin.

There will be an informal reception for those arriving Sunday night. Contact region chair Loren Nelson for details at or 952-353-0800.

Great Lakes Region Meeting

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, April 18

WHERE: The Indianapolis Star, 130 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225

PARKING: The Indianapolis Star is located downtown in the Circle Centre Mall, so mall parking is recommended. If you park in the Moon Garage and come up the east escalators, you end up outside the Star lobby. You can enter the Moon Garage from Georgia Street.

COST: Free

LUNCH: Provided

RSVP: Send region chair Loren Nelson an email at



9 a.m.: Opening introductions and remarks. 

9:15-10:30 a.m.: Mobile-First Reporting
How to identify, capture, promote and present content geared for an ever-growing mobile audience.
Panelists: Galen Clavio, Associate Professor of Sports Media, Indiana University; Nathan Baird, Sports Reporter, Lafayette Journal & Courier; Amy Bartner, Downtown Indy Reporter, Indianapolis Star; Ronnie Ramos, Managing Director, Indianapolis Star.
Moderator: Jon Styf, Sports Editor, Northwest Herald (Ill.)

10:30 a.m.-Noon: Public Records Reporting
How to report and write stories that have lasting impact and force accountability by using open-records laws to mine for information.
Panelists: Jon Styf, Sports Editor, Northwest Herald (Ill.); A.Jay Wagner, College of Communication, Butler University; Ted Bridis, News Editor, Associated Press.
Moderator: Loren Nelson, Managing Editor, Sport Ngin/Minnesota Hockey Hub

Noon-12:30 p.m.: Tour of Indianapolis Star offices

12:30-1 p.m.: Lunch

1-2:30 p.m.: Column Reporting/Writing
Columnists have vastly different styles and voices that are unique to their personality, background and interests. But the great ones all share the trait of being outstanding reporters who offer much more substance than just a steady diet of hot takes.
Panelists: Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer; Tim Sullivan, Louisville Courier-Journal.
Moderator: Loren Nelson, Managing Editor, Sport Ngin/Minnesota Hockey Hub

2:30-4 p.m.: Data Journalism
Access to college and pro athletes and coaches remains on the decline. Often, those same athletes and coaches, when available, offer only cliche quotes or say nothing at all. Enterprising journalists are working around these issues by reporting with pure data.
Panelists:Ted Bridis, News Editor, Associated Press; Jeff Dooley, Editor-in-Chief, Pro Football Focus; Mark Nichols, Data Journalist, USA TODAY.
Moderator: Loren Nelson, Managing Editor, Sport Ngin/Minnesota Hockey Hub

4-5 p.m.: Student Roundtable
Journalism students share their impressions and expectations of the business and ask and answer questions to and from the audience of editors, reporters, educators and fellow students.
Panelists: Nick Kelly, Lakeville North (Minn.) High School; Marisa Miller, Butler University; Zach Horrall, Butler University; Michael Hughes, Indiana University.
Moderator: Loren Nelson, Managing Editor, Sport Ngin/Minnesota Hockey Hub

Note: This is the tentative agenda. The status of several potential additional panelists is pending.