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Schedule

NFPW 2017 Communications Conference
and 80th Anniversary Celebration

Hosted by Alabama Media Professionals

DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham
808 South 20th Street
Birmingham, Alabama

Preliminary NFPW Conference schedule

Thursday, Sept. 7 Logo day - wear NFPW logo or purple
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration open Lower level foyer
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. POPPS meeting University
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. NFPW board, appointed officers, advisors Arlington
9 a.m. Optional Civil Rights tour Meet in hotel lobby
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch on own
1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. NFPW membership milestones, memorial service Heritage 1
2 p.m .- 4 p.m. NFPW general membership meeting, election Heritage 1
4 p.m. Introduction of COA nominees, first timers Heritage 1
4:30 p.m. Education Fund board meeting University

Friday, Sept. 8
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Education Fund Silent Auction Heritage 2
7:30 a.m. - noon Registration open Lower level foyer
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome to Alabama Heritage 1
9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Choice of 2 workshops
  • Tricks for Loosening Up A Tough Subject, with Carolanne Griffith Roberts
  • Sports Podcasting, with Ryan Fowler
Centennial 1, 2
9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Affiliate membership directors meeting University
10:30 a.m. - noon "Writing with Color," with Rick Bragg workshop Centennial I
10:30 a.m. Past president/NFPW board meet and greet University
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon with Rick Bragg, invite to Pennsylvania Heritage 1
1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. Choice of 2 workshops
  • Travel Writing, with Annette Thompson
  • People, Not Page Views, with Javacia Harris Bowser
Centennial 1, 2
1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. High School contest directors meeting University
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Choice of 2 workshops
  • Write It Right, Concise and Precise, with Stuart Englert
  • Copyright for Creators, with India Vincent
Centennial 1, 2
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Affiliate COA Directors meeting University
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Registration open Lower level foyer
5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. COA rehearsal Heritage 1
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Reception/no-host bar open Heritage 1 and foyer
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dinner and Communicator of Achievement award Heritage 1

Saturday, Sept. 9
8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Education Fund Silent Auction Heritage 2
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration open Lower level foyer
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. President’s roundtable breakfast with speaker Judge Helen Shores Lee. Heritage 1
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Choice of 2 workshops
  • "Maintaining Objectivity While Covering Racially Charged Events," Judge Lee
  • #TweetPitch Success, with Cynthia Price
Centennial 1, 2
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Affiliate contest directors meeting University
10:45 a.m. - noon Choice of 2 workshops
  • 7 Steps to Making Your Fiction or Non-Fiction A Page-Turner, with T.K. Thorne
  • Social Media and Fractured Channels, with Ike Pigott
Centennial 1, 2
10:45 a.m. - noon New NFPW board/directors meeting University
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Registration open Lower level foyer
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. NFPW High School Journalism awards Heritage 1
1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. Choice of 2 workshops
  • Filling in the Gaps, with Nick Patterson and Virginia Martin
  • Talking Your Book, with Donna Francavilla
Centennial 1, 2
1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. Conference Directors meeting University
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Book signings for NFPW authors Lower level foyer
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Choice of 2 workshops
  • "Grant Proposals: Stay Calm and Write!" with Herb Patterson
  • Politics, The Media and American Democracy, with Natalie Davis
Centennial 1, 2
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Reception/registration open Lower level foyer
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Reception/no-host bar — drum music by Angela Smith Heritage 1 and foyer
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Awards banquet, 80th celebration, install officers Heritage 1
10 p.m. Farewell party hosted by Iowa Press Women President’s Suite