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2021 Regional Conference 

The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is proud to host the Regional Conference of 2021 on April 9 & April 10. This year the conference is completely virtual and completely free!

The national SPJ has lined up incredible speakers on Saturday to accompany awarding of the Mark of Excellence Awards, and locally we are also hosting some incredible breakout sessions.

To register for the main event CLICK HERE. For the Utah breakout sessions please RSVP at the links below.

Friday April 9, 12 pm MST

“Protecting the Press” A summer of police protests, an insurrection at our nation’s capital and unrest elsewhere has made a journalists job more perilous than ever. Join us for a panel discussion featuring journalists from Utah, Colorado and California as we discuss how newsrooms are adapting and keeping reporters safe on the job as they continue to cover these historic but dangerous events.

Please RSVP by following this link,


Saturday April 10

“Innovative Nonprofit Newsrooms,” 9:30 am MST 

At this session we look at the trend of trail blazing nonprofit newsrooms featuring panelists including Trip Jennings the founder of New Mexico InDepth as well as Salt Lake Tribune editor Lauren Gustus, who will discuss the paper’s historic transition from for-profit to nonprofit status.

Please RSVP by following this link


Welcome & Super Session: “How We Got the Story”, 11 am MST (Register at

Hear University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism faculty and students and National Public Radio Senior Editor Robert Little discuss their award-winning collaborative efforts. Howard Center’s Kathy Best will moderate.

Prioritize Yourself: Invest in Your Own Mental Health, 12-1 MST

Did you breathe a sigh of relief when you turned your calendar to 2021? Never before has fear for our safety and attacks on our professional credibility been this intense. This session will provide you with warning signs that you're way beyond being stressed and overworked. Recognize the red flags and be prepared to take care of yourself. Find relief from some specific dos and don'ts and work to invest in your own mental health with Dr. Tammy McCoy-Arballo, a licensed Clinical Forensic psychologist. She is a former journalist who works with journalists and first responders. Jerry McCormick, SPJ At-Large Board Member, will moderate.

Regional Mark of Excellence Awards Presentations, 1:30 pm MST

Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism.

Entries are first judged on the regional level. First-place regional winners advance to the national competition.

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