The schedule for the Atlantic Coast Region annual meeting Monday, May 6 at the Atlantic Coast Conference headquarters in Greensboro, N.C.

9-9:15 a.m. — Introductions

9:15 -9:45 — Ken Halpin is the athletics director at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

Topic: Leading a mid-major athletics program, his department’s future and ongoing situations in the college athletics landscape.

10-10:45 a.m. — Steve Politi is a sports columnist for the Star-Ledger and, and frankly, one of the best in the business.

Topic: Developing into a columnist, finding unique story ideas and how media members can define a fact-based voice.

11-noon — John Swofford is the commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference

Topic: This will be an open forum for reporters and students to ask Swofford questions. Topics will vary.

Lunch paired with a conversation about current issues in the media industry

1:15-2 p.m. — Jonas Pope is a sports reporter for the News and Observer in Raleigh; Kyle Serba is the director of sports information at North Carolina Central; and Jeff Mills is a sports reporter with the Greensboro News & Record.

Topic: How can media cover small schools, and what’s the best way to build relationships between athletic departments and media members.

2 p.m. — Jonas Pope covers recruiting for the News and Observer; Frankie Mansfield is the sports department for the Moultrie News in Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Bret McCormick is the sports department for the Rock Hill Herald in S.C.

Topic: How to cover college recruiting in different ways. All have used non-traditional storytelling with serious success.

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. — Lauren Brownlow is a radio personality for 99.9 The Fan and a writer for in Raleigh.

Topic: How she’s carved out her multifaceted role under the WRAL umbrella, as well as her growing social media following.

3:15 to end — Closing remarks

Topic: Talk briefly about APSE and the benefits of being involved with the organization.


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