Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2011 Fall Conference is set

In a year of blizzards, tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes, it’s only natural to focus NINA’s Fall Conference on disaster coverage.

Kevin Wendt, editor of the Hunstville (Ala.) Times and a 2000 graduate of Northern Illinois University, will serve as keynote speaker for the Oct. 20 evening event. Wendt’s paper provided acclaimed coverage of this year’s tornadoes in northern Alabama.

In 2005, while with the San Jose Mercury News, parent company Knight Ridder sent Wendt to Columbus, Georgia, to help the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun-Herald cover Hurricane Katrina. From Columbus, Wendt helped organize the desk operation that remotely published the paper for 11 days. The coverage received a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

In 2001, with Wendt as a key designer, the Mercury News was named one of the five “World’s Best Designed Newspapers” by the Society for News Design. He later would serve as the paper’s assistant managing editor before departing for Huntsville in 2008.

The Oct. 20 event at NIU also features NINA’s annual awards dinner, with honors announced in 28 individual categories, plus newspaper sweepstakes awards for dailies and nondailies. Judging has been completed and contest results now are being compiled, said contest coordinator Jim Killam.

What: NINA Fall Conference and Awards Dinner

When: Thursday, Oct. 20

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Social hour (cash bar); 6:30-7:15 dinner; program follows

Where: University Suite, second floor of the Holmes Student Center, NIU-DeKalb

Cost: $30 a person for dinner and program

To register online: http://www.ninaonline.org/

To register by phone or email: Contact Jim Killam at 815-753-4239 / jkillam@niu.edu

Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 10.

1 comment:

Politics Matters said...

It would be interesting to hear how the changing world of journalism is addressed at the conference. On the changing face of the newspaper business, Bob Gibson, Executive Director of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, recently said: “I think our journalism and our politics are changing at an ever-increasing rate. The rapid change in journalism is very unsettling to the business. They are finding new business models that can work for newspapers in the internet age. Radio and television are also cutting back as advertising has shifted. They have to find working business models. They’ve also started cooperating with non-profit groups.... I think new partnerships are going to change the way the media is covering the news and the way the platforms are for reporting the news.... Everyone is trying new business models because old print newspaper empires will die if they view themselves as old print newspaper empires. They are either in the news business or in the newspaper business, and if they are in the news business they will adapt a new business model and survive. If they are in the newspaper business, they’ll just go out of business.” (Gibson appeared on the Charlottesville, VA, interview program Politics Matters with host Jan Paynter discussing journalism http://bit.ly/pm-gibson)