When: October 20-22, 2017
Where: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
300 W Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, Pa., 15219
Apply: Online by 11:59 p.m. ET September 30, 2017
Friday, October 20
4-4:30 p.m. | Registration
4:30-6 p.m. | Opening Session
Introductions and icebreakers to kick off a full weekend of everything SPJ.
6:30-8 p.m. | Dinner
After dinner, catch up on the state of the society. Ask questions, voice suggestions and learn how you can participate on a national level.
8-10 p.m. | SPJ Fun
Get ready for some SPJ Fun!
Saturday, October 21
Breakfast available starting at 8 a.m.
8:30-11:45 a.m. | Understanding and Appreciating Individual Contributions
This session focuses on one thing you. Youll learn to better understand your personal style and increase your effectiveness when working with others.
Noon-1 p.m. | Lunch
1:15-1:45 p.m. | Rapid Fire: SPJ Need to Know
During this session, well cover things you know, things you didnt know and things youll want to know, all at an incredibly rapid pace. Well cover helpful hints from the folks at HQ, tips and tricks about SPJ.org, one of your most valuable resources, and more.
1:45-3:30 p.m. | Peer 2 Peer Problem Solving
Theres sure to be a lot of journalism (and career) experts in the room, so lets work together to solve some of your biggest challenges.
3:30-4 p.m. | Rapid Fire: Web Tools for Leaders
Well fire a quick list of web tools that make it easier for you to do your job as a leader from communication tools to event planning and everything in between.
4-5:30 p.m. | Why Journalism? Why You?
Do you have a mantra? Remember why you decided journalism was it for you? In this session, well dig a little deeper and figure out what keeps you going and what you can bring to the table because of it.
Head off with a group of your new SPJ friends to places all over the city. Youre on your own to enjoy an evening of excitement.
Sunday, October 22
Breakfast available starting at 8:30 a.m.
9-9:30 a.m. | SPJ Sit Down: Idea Exchange
Sit down as a group with your peers to reflect on everything youve learned. Share new and old ideas, make lasting connections and even plan for future joint events.
9:30-10:30 a.m. | Taking It Home
Tell us what you liked, what you hated and what you wish we would have done. Then, write a note to yourself about things youd like to accomplish in the coming year. Well mail it to you in a few weeks just to jog your memory.
10:30-11:30 a.m. | Graduation, Awards and Goodbyes
Contact Membership Coordinator Chrystal Parvin with questions or comments about the Institute at 317-927-8000, ext. 213 or via e-mail.