The APSE Mid-Atlantic Region meeting will be held Monday, April 18 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pa.

A brisk and robust agenda tentatively includes Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour for an on-the-record Q & A.

Cost is $40 and includes breakfast and lunch, plus beverages and snacks throughout the day. Also, attendees will take home a CD of “Best Ideas” submitted from media outlets throughout the region. To submit your content, email PDFs to Jim Reeser at

For more information, or to RSVP, email Chris Imperiale at

If you are planning on coming up a night early, a block of hotel rooms is available.

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803

APSE rate: $129

Deadline for rooms: March 25

1-800-233-7505 OR go to their website at, select “The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel”, select “Reserve Your Stay”, select “Group Reservations”, enter our Reservation Identification Number FAMD16A and submit.


Tentative agenda

  • 8:45-9:15 a.m.: Welcome, registration

  • 9:15-10:05 a.m.: SOCIAL SUCCESS: Winning strategies to drive your product and dominate your market through social media at any size newspaper.

    • Panel: Mary Nahorniak, USA Today Social Media editor; Alex Iniguez, Associate Sports Editor for Digital, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Jessica Sprenkle, York Daily Record/; Curt Chandler, multimedia professor, Penn State (moderator)

  • 10:15-11:05 a.m.: THINK BIG: Being a small to mid-size newspaper doesn’t mean you can’t think big. APSE award-winning editors share their insights into how to produce winning content in a shrinking newsroom.

    • Panel: Eric Hall, Beaver County Times (2015 APSE Triple Crown winner, under 30K); Cory Giger, The Altoona Mirror; Chris Imperiale, The Times-Tribune; Jim Reeser, The Citizens’ Voice (moderator)

  • 11:15 a.m.: SANDY BARBOUR (tentative): Q&A with Penn State athletic director; John Affleck, Knight Chair in Sports Journalism, Penn State (moderator)

  • Noon: LUNCH:- Award for Excellence in Coverage of Youth Sports, presented by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State.

    • Recipient: Newsday for “Hard Knocks,” its project that focused on helmet safety for 10,000 student-athletes playing high school football in Long Island. Link to project: (

  • 1:15-2:05 p.m.: OVERCOME LIMITED ACCESS: It is becoming increasingly difficult to cover college athletes and teams due to limited access.This panel discusses the challenges and solutions to reporting with limited or no access, developing alternative sources and breaking out from the pack.

    • Panel: Dave Revsine, studio host, Big Ten Network, and New York Times and Boston Globe bestselling author of “The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation”; Jon Solomon, national college football beat writer,; Donnie Collins, Penn State beat writer, The Times-Tribune; Gary Potosky, deputy sports editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer (moderator)

  • 2:15-3:05 p.m.: BE AWSM: Women have been working in sports journalism since the 1970s, have won major awards, have led the sports departments at the AP and USA Today, among other places, and often outnumber men in sports journalism classes at Penn State. Nonetheless, female sports journalists still face harassment and conditions in the workplace that make doing their jobs more difficult. This panel, sponsored by the Penn State chapter of the Association for Women in Sports Media, will discuss what it’s like to be a woman in sports and what editors can do to support them effectively.

    • Panel includes: Dana O’Neil, ESPN college basketball reporter; Audrey Snyder, Penn State beat writer,

  • 3:15 p.m.: MEET THE STUDENTS: Penn State journalism students join us to hand out resumes and writing samples and get career advice and feedback.

  • 4 p.m.: APSE business meeting (APSE members only)