Attendees arrived at the Marriott Downtown on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, settled in, and kicked off the convention at the Goose Island Wrigleyville restaurant and brewery. Newcomers were welcomed at a special reception that included displays of this year's award-winning sports writing.
Thursday's activities included the general session (A Year of Scandal in College Sports) and three workshops (What's Going on Around Here?, Social Media and Ethics in Sports Journalism, and Branding Your Local Coverage). Sandy Rosenbush, the first female president of the APSE, was presented the Mary Garber Pioneer Award. The day was capped by a late afternoon stroll and generous hospitality from the Chicago Tribune.
Photo by Steph Langan
Friday brought another round of fantastic workshops and sessions, including a morning session on the Olympics and workshops on ambitious journalism, unlocking SEO, and the consumption of sports content by women. Later at the 2012 Red Smith Award luncheon, sportswriter, NPR commentator and novelist Frank DeFord delivered an inspiring acceptance speech. After another round of workshops and a session focusing on the rebirth of the Sunday paper, conference attendees enjoyed the Milwaukee Brewers vs. the Chicago Sox baseball game.Photo by Steph Langan
The day began with an in-depth session focusing on the legacy of 40 years of Title IX. The Craig Stanke Memorial APSE 5k run along the lake at Jane Addams Memorial Park was followed by a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Windy City Fieldhouse. Later in the evening, the APSE Awards Banquet served as a perfect grand finale for the conference.