Join journalists from throughout the Northeast as we gather on April 12-13 at the New Brunswick, N.J. campus of Rutgers University for the SPJ Region 1 Spring Conference
Sonny Albarado is projects editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and president of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Before Newsday, where he started in 2010, he was executive producer of News 12 Interactive, running the Web and interactive TV operations of the seven News 12 cable stations. He also launched and ran a hyperlocal initiative covering towns on Long Island and New Jersey called News 12 My Town.Read more
Tom Davis is an award-winning journalist and web producer who is the regional editor for Jersey Shore news at AOL's Patch.com. He established 11 Patch sites covering the Jersey Shore, all of which were actively involved in the coverage of Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, drawing as many as 100,000 visitors to Toms River Patch alone. His first book, A Legacy of Madness: Recovering My Family from Generations of Mental Illness, is scheduled to be released by Hazelden Publishing on Oct. 3, 2011. The book is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Wal-Mart. The book was endorsed by former First Lady R…Read more
John Ensslin, past president of the Society of Professional Journalists, is a reporter at The Record in northern New Jersey, where he covers Bergen County government. Ensslin is co-chair of the 2013 SPJ Region Spring Conference.
Dan Forman is an Emmy award winning journalist and veteran TV news manager who serves in two capacities at WCBS-TV. He is the Managing Editor of the News Department, responsible for how the reporters, camera crews, assignment desk and video editors cover the local news. This includes generating stories, writing and quality control of the final product.
Dan is also creator and Executive Producer of CBS New York +, a secondary channel utilizing all of the platforms of CBS and is the only broadcast source of 24 hour TV news in the market (NY1, Fios and News 12 are available only on cable.)
Founder of Baristanet.com, now at Montclair State University, where she works news organizations throughout New Jersey. She is the author of "Rattled," (St. Martin's Press, 2006) and "Fear and Yoga in New Jersey" (St. Martin's Press, 2008), both social satires.
Record Editor and veteran journalist Martin Gottlieb will deliver the keynote address on how to bring out the best in journalists and news organizations during an era of shrinking resources.
Joanna Hernandez is director of the Office of Career Services at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.
Prior to joining CUNY, she was a Multiplatform Editor at The Washington Post.
Before that, she was a copy editor for The Record and the Herald News, two newspapers owned by the North Jersey Media Group.
In addition to teaching at CUNY’s J-School, she has also taught the craft of journalism at New York University and Hunter College.
Previously, she was director of the Feature Production Center for The New York Times Regional Media Group; weekend entertainment editor at…
Lara (@BostonLara) is a content producer for the online breaking news and feature site of the Boston Globe, Boston.com. She is the founder and author of the site's online column Ultra Sound Pregnancy, which takes a closer look at trends on fertility, pregnancy, and delivery. She also writes for the weekly "Be Well" section of the Boston Globe which analyzes the latest scientific studies to offer a brief and simple look at the findings and what it means for you.
She field produces pieces in the New England area for ABC News shows including Good Morning America and World News with Diane Sa…