SPJ Hawaii: 2023 Regional Conference

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SPJ Region 11 Conference: Journalism at the Edge, Looking to the Future

Explore the future of journalism, nontraditional media models, AI and the latest Google training sessions. Hear from Maui wildfire reporters

Because of the massive wildfire that destroyed Lahaina, the popular Maui Invitational college basketball tournament has been moved to the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus on Oahu. Parking is expected to be extremely limited because of this and will affect the SPJ Region 11 conference scheduled at the same time (Nov. 20-21) at UH-Manoa's Campus Center.

The Hawaii Professional Chapter advises conference attendees to be prepared to wait in line (with students, faculty) as early as 6 a.m. each day to pay to get into the lower campus parking structure, take Uber or TheBus or get dropped off and picked up.

You can still sign up for the five remaining dorm-like rooms ($85 a night) at Lincoln Hall at the East-West Center, not far from the venue: Contact Hawaii Professional Chapter President Stirling Morita at smorita1@twc.com

Find out the future of journalism including nontraditional models; what might be around the corner of journalism thanks to artificial intelligence; how Hawaii is coping after the wildfire in Lahaina that claimed the most lives in a wildfire in the past century.

And, of course, mingle and network with students and pros in the profession from SPJ Region 11: Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and Mariana Islands.

All on the beautiful University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. Ticket price includes a bento (box) lunch each day.

Monday, Nov. 20, 2023

8 – 9 a.m. Registration – Ballroom, second floor of Campus Center

8:30 a.m. Coffee/rolls
9 - 9:15 a.m. Plenary session - Welcome, logistics, etc. SPJ-Hawaii President Stirling Morita.
9:20-10:30 a.m. Future of Journalism panel discussion.
10:40-11:55 a.m. Artificial Intelligence and Journalism panel discussion.
Noon-1:15 Lunch -- Speaker – Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi. From the News Studio to Honolulu Hale (City Hall); Station General Manager Turned Mayor.
1:15-2:30 p.m. Lahaina fire coverage. Talk by Chelsea Davis of Hawaii News Now, who had covered the wildfire in her hometown since Day One.
2:40- 4 p.m. How to cover a massive wildfire. Lessons learned from Lahaina.

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023

8:30-9 a.m. – coffee/rolls - mingling/networking
9:05 -9:30 a.m. Regional meeting for chapter officers and any other members who are interested in SPJ regional news.
9:45-11:45 a.m. Google Training: Advanced search techniques and data mining. Mary Nahorniak, a Google News Lab’s U.S. teaching fellow, will lead the training.
Noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch. The Lahaina fire’s impact on the lives of Maui journalists. Marina Riker of Honolulu Civil Beat, who continues to cover the fire’s effect after before and after it destroyed her house.
1:30-3:30 p.m. Google Training: Graphics how to spice up websites and make videos from Google World.

Regional conference will be Nov. 20-21


Buying tickets

Early bird specials end midnight Oct. 27. Last day to sign up: midnight Nov. 12.

Tickets are on sale now. Use the Eventbrite RSVP, or send checks to SPJ-Hawaii, HAWAII CHAPTER SPJ // P.O. BOX 3141 // HONOLULU, HI 96802


Venue is the Campus Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, seven miles from Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Things start right away on Monday (Nov. 20) so it will be good for out-of-towners to arrive by Sunday night (Nov. 19).


We have arranged for 8 non-air-conditioned studio rooms -- $85 per night at Lincoln Hall of the East-West Center, two blocks from the Campus Center. You can make reservations through Hawaii SPJ President Stirling Morita at smorita1@twc.com. Since the rooms are not air-conditioned, you might want to bring a portable hand-held fan.

If that doesn't appeal to you, here is a list of hotels not that far from the venue. Approximate daily rates for rooms with 1-2 beds, not including taxes: Pagoda: $123-131. Rooms with kitchenette $139-143. Service fee up to 15% of subtotal of room rates (minimum $19.99) Ohana Waikiki East: as low as $163. Resort fee of $27. Ohana Malia: $193. $22 resort fee. Ala Moana Hotel: $177 Royal Hawaiian Hotel: $249 (one King bed), $256 (two double beds) $50/night resort charge.


UH Students *
$10.00 +$2.51 Fee
Sales end on Nov 13, 2023
* University of Hawaii-Manoa students qualify for a substantial discount because a university agency is sponsoring the use of the Campus Center.

Early Bird Students, non-UH
$20.00 +$3.18 Fee
Sales end on Oct 29, 2023

Students, non-UH
$40.00 +$4.52 Fee
Sales end on Nov 13, 2023

Early Bird SPJ Pro members
40.00 +$4.52 Fee
Sales end on Oct 29, 2023

SPJ Pro members
Sales start on Oct 29, 2023
$60.00 +$5.87 Fee

Early Bird for Non SPJ members
$60.00 +$5.87 Fee
Sales end on Oct. 29, 2023

Non SPJ members
$80.00 +$7.21 Fee
Sales end on Nov. 13, 2023

Monday only - students
$10.00 +$2.51 Fee
Sales end on Nov. 13, 2023

Tuesday only - students
$10.00 +$2.51 Fee
Sales end on Nov. 13, 2023

Monday only - nonstudents
$30.00 +$3.85 Fee
Sales end on Nov 13, 2023

Tuesday only- nonstudents
$30.00 +$3.85 Fee
Sales end on Nov 13, 2023


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