Journalists from Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana converged on the Lipscomb University campus in Nashville Saturday for the 2011 Society of Professional Journalists' Region 12 spring conference.
Among the highlights:
- Our keynote speaker, SPJ national president and Nashvillian by upbringing Hagit Limor, gave a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting from Japan during the recent earthquake and tsunami and talked about the recent and troubling trend of states gutting their open government laws;
- Prof. Sybril Bennett of Belmont University got rave reviews for her morning session on multimedia in the changing journalism landscape
- The Louisiana schools took home bucketloads of honors in the Mark of Excellence awards for student journalism. Among our local winners were Lipscomb, TSU and Vol State (see separate post for more details and a complete list of winners).
- And Prof. Donald Page of TSU won the door prize drawing, taking home free registration to the SPJ/RTDNA convention in September in New Orleans.
Thanks to everyone who attended and volunteered!