Sports Journalism Institute

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100-plus expected in Atlanta for summer conference

By Liz Finny
SJI Class of 2019

APSE’s summer conference features a schedule packed with topical sessions, tempting side trips and a keynote luncheon with the first family of Georgia football, Vince and Barbara Dooley.

The conference, in Atlanta, will include a reception at the College Football Hall of Fame plus trips to SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Also on tap is the presentation of the Red Smith Award to Sandy Rosenbush, co-founder (with Leon Carter) of the Sports Journalism Institute.

The conference — June 16-19 — will include a range of learning sessions for sports journalists in addition to the luncheons, dinners and award ceremonies. Topics on the agenda include newsroom diversity, the power of data, content generation, audience connection, sourcing, media’s place in society today, understanding analytics and book writing.

Sessions will be led by sports editors from papers such as the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Orlando Sentinel and the Boston Globe, as well as the Associated Press.

“In between it all, we will all learn how to do our jobs better,” wrote outgoing APSE president John Bednarowski, on the APSE website.

On May 31, a few days after the deadline for registrants to receive the discounted APSE group rate at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, convention coordinator Glen Crevier said about 100 people had registered and estimated another 5-10 could still sign up.

APSE received a donation from the Arthur Blank Foundation to help students and registrants from small and midsized publications to attend. But the total as of May 31 was still right around last year’s total, Crevier said, noting that “the state of the industry” was likely the reason for the attendance doldrums.

The Arthur Blank Foundation “seeks innovative solutions that enable young people, families and communities to achieve results beyond what seems possible today” and invests in education, youth development and community redevelopment, among other things, in the Atlanta area, according to the Foundation’s website.

Among the sponsors for the conference are platinumlevel contributors including the Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer; gold sponsors such as Major League Baseball, the Associated Press, USA TODAY Sports; and bronze sponsors NASCAR, the NHL and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.