The 2021 conference will be held virtually July 14-17. Three sessions are planned for each weekday, starting at 1 p.m. CST. A "social" session will take place at the end of each day. The cost will be $25 per person, $75 per newsroom (up to 7), $150 per newsroom (8 or more) and $10 for students.
Feel free to sign-up a friend to join the conference. A six-month membership will be included for non members.
Wednesday, July 14 will deal with legal issues, such as removing stories from archives, journalists arrests, etc.
Thursday's sessions will focus on editorials, opinion pages, being a public information officer, etc.
Business issues will be discussed on Friday, July 16 including Facebook training.
The ISWNE business meeting and election of officers will be on Saturday, July 17, in the morning. Election of officers, which usually takes place at the annual business meeting at the conference, will be done electronically. The past presidents will propose a slate of officers, and other nominations can be made by email. Voting will be done by email or virtually after the nomination period has passed.
There will be a session for the 2020 Golden Quill and Cervi winners on Wednesday, July 14. The 2021 Golden Quill and Cervi winners will be announced and recognized on Saturday, July 17.
Sessions will be live with a taped version emailed to those who register for the conference. Contact Jan Haupt (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-592-4278) if you need the link(s).)
The editorial critiques, a long-standing tradition at ISWNE conferences, will be take place in June via Zoom. They will continue to be in small groups of six to eight people, discussing editorial pages submitted by editors. Additional information and instructions will be provided at a later date.
There will be an online silent action with proceeds going to the ISWNE Foundation.
Results of the ISWNE survey indicated an interest in a virtual 2021 conference. Click here for survey results.
Because Al Cross is retiring, the 2022 conference will take place in Lexington, Kentucky.
The 2020 and 2021 conferences were scheduled to be in Reno, Nevada. Due to the pandemic and other reasons, an in-person conference could not take place either year. There is a possibility the 2023 conference will be held in Reno.
ISWNE has had an annual conference every year since the Society began in 1955, so we are obviously extremely disappointed we did not have a conference in 2020 and a virtual conference in 2021. The board of directors will host this year's conference, attempting to emulate in-person conferences.