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“Protecting the Press” April 9, 12 pm MST

After a summer of protests and an insurrection at the nation’s capital, it’s been a turbulent and dangerous time for journalists. Join our panel of reporters discussing how things have changed and how newsrooms have adapted to keep journalists safe as they cover the moments that make history.



Trent Nelson has documented the people of Utah for The Salt Lake Tribune since 1995, earning five news photographer of the year titles. Working with multiple Tribune reporters, Trent has covered the modern history of polygamy throughout the American West with a focus on the followers of Warren Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints. In 2020 he and the rest of the Tribune photo staff extensively covered rallies and protests against police violence.

Madison Lauterbach is the editor and founder of Ms. Mayhem, a Denver-based online news outlet. She graduated from MSU Denver in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a minor in political science. She has worked for The Metropolitan, Sentinel Colorado and The Daily Camera. Madison launched Ms. Mayhem in May 2020 and set out to build a grassroots publication that focused on the intersection of race, class, ability, gender and sexual preference. The outlet predominantly features femme-identifying people who make waves in their communities and disrupt male-dominated industries. Ms. Mayhem’s main objective is to tell stories for marginalized communities, rather than about them. A key part of this work is assembling a diverse newsroom from the ground up. By employing writers with diverse backgrounds, Ms. Mayhem casts a wider net to find stories and angles that many established news organizations miss. When she’s not working, Madison enjoys amateur graphic design and cooking. She has been fly fishing as a hobby for eight years and loves spending a day out on the river. 

Spenser Heaps is the deputy director of photography at the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. He grew up in Massachusetts and studied photojournalism at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication. In 2011, Spenser moved to Utah where he served as a photojournalist and later the photo editor at the Daily Herald in Provo before taking his current position at the Deseret News.

John Wilson is the Chief Photographer at KSL-5 TV. He started his career in Lexington, KY where he worked 9 years as a sports producer and investigative photojournalist. In 2014 he made the move to Salt Lake City to lead the video storytellers at KSL-5 television. John specializes in character driven stories done on deadline. Wilson is a 20-time regional Emmy award winner as a producer and photojournalist, a three-time Edward R. Murrow Award winner, and 2013 National Press Photographers Association Regional Photographer of the Year. Under his direction KSL has been named National Press Photographers Association West Top station of the Year in 2017, 2018, and 2019. 

If you would like to register for the rest of SPJ Regional 9 Conference events on Saturday April 10, go here to register, all programs this year are free!

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