Practicing Journalism in Dangerous Times

SPJ Region 1 Conference


Friday April 7 - Saturday April 8, 2017

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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

524 West 59th Street

New York, NY 10019


Claire Regan
Conference Chair


Conference Hotel

A 20-room block is available at a discounted rate for conference attendees at The Watson Hotel, 440 W 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019. The Watson (formerly a Holiday Inn) is located within walking distance of the conference site, John Jay College of Criminal Justice at 524 W 59th Street.  

The discounted rate is $219 plus tax for single or double occupancy with one king bed or two double beds. There is a $20 charge for each additional guest after the second guest. Rollaways are an additional $25.

The rate is valid for the nights of April 6, 7 and 8. The cut-off date for reservations is March 16. To make a reservation, call the hotel at 212-581-8100 or 800-231-0405 and identify yourself as a participant in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 1 Conference, group code XDC. All reservations must be secured by a credit card at the time of booking.




A regional conference hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, 2017 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
524 West 59th St., Manhattan

Journalists today face more challenges than ever before. Covering the war on terror, piercing restricted access, ferreting out fake news, navigating anti-press sentiment and working with fewer resources are challenges even for the best of us. Join the conversation at the 2017 SPJ Regional Conference and take away tools you can use on all platforms.

Students, journalists and SPJ friends can take advantage of early-bird rates for Practicing Journalism in Dangerous Times now through March 24. In-person registration starts at noon on Friday, April 7.


The conference kicks off on Friday at 1 p.m. with a plenary session presented by photojournalists Richard Drew and David Handschuh whose coverage of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 touched the world. Drew’s photo for the Associated Press of a man falling to his death from the burning Trade Center continues to stir ethical debates.  Handschuh was buried in rubble and seriously injured on the scene. Hear them discuss their work and how the trauma impacted their careers and their lives.

Concurrent sessions continue through 5 p.m. on Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Registration includes an opening reception Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the SPJ Mark of Excellence awards luncheon on Saturday at noon. Kyle Pope of CJR will be the keynote speaker.


  • Covering the LGBTQ community
  • Storytelling in the multimedia age
  • The journalist as protester
  • Investigative reporting in the health care field
  • Ethics in today’s uncertain times
  • Fashion and beauty reporting in NYC
  • Tackling the real-estate beat in NYC
  • Journalist to author: How to make the transition
  • Newsroom to classroom: Reinventing yourself
  • The latest in Google tools