Just another reminder that Monday’s APSE Northeast Regional Meeting, held in conjunction with AWSM, will have what we think is a very strong agenda of panel discussions. I hope to see many of you at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. And we welcome our brothers and sisters from the Mid-Atlantic region as well. The agenda, which boasts some big names in the business, is listed below.

Please be sure to register (https://docs.google.com/…/1lU_kd4aKf5ER_f9E8l6XCKMx4W…/edit…) so that we have an accurate count for lunch.

For those interested, we have arranged for a discounted rate at the Residence Inn in West Orange. (You must use this link to get the $189 rate; there is no code: http://www.marriott.com/…/group-corporate-tra…/groupCorp.mi….)

There are other less expensive hotel possibilities, as well: LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 265 Route 3 East, Clifton, NJ 07014 Phone (973) 778-6500; Hampton Inn and Suites, 118 US Highway 46, Fairfield, NJ 07004, (973) 575-5777; Best Western-Fairfield Executive Inn, 216 US Highway 46, Fairfield, NJ 07004, (973) 575-7700.

The Agenda:
9 a.m. — Coffee and danish.
10 a.m. — Data Journalism: Access is getting more and more difficult to get. Athletes are trained to give cliche quotes. Coaches say nothing at all. Some of our most interesting and enterprising journalism involves reporting with pure data. Panelists include Kevin Quealy of the New York Times’ Upshot (the brains behind Fourth-Down Bot), Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, Allison McCann of FiveThirtyEight and Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post. Moderated by Jason Murray of syracuse.com.
11:30 a.m. — The Perils of Social Media: Trolls are trolls, but the abuse that women in sports media face on social media seemingly outweighs that of male counterparts. The issue has been in the news (from the ESPN reporter targeted by the wife of Washington’s GM to the Chicago radio anchor receiving death threats over her coverage of the Patrick Kane investigation). We hear from reporters Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News, Jane McManus from ESPN.com, Nicole Auerbach from USA Today and editor Adena Andrews from ESPNW on strategies and concerns. Moderated by Kelly Whiteside, Montclair State University.
12:45 — Lunch, courtesy of Montclair State’s School of Communication and Media.
1:30 p.m. –The Athlete as Journalist: The museum will feature an exhibit on the first athletes to move into the broadcast booth. The trend seems to be picking up speed every day. What does that mean to “civilians” hoping for a career in the broadcast booth. Panelists include Jessica Mendoza of ESPN (via Skype), the first woman to call a MLB playoff game, Dan Plesac of MLB Network, Tim Scanlan, former ESPN Vice President, and Lori Berlin, EVP Content and Distribution for Champions League Inc. Moderated by Lindsay Berra of MLB.com.
3 p.m. — The Five-Tools Journalist: We tell the students and job hunters that it’s important to have varied skills. Shoot video, take still photos, collect and edit audio, be a beast on social, write code, and oh yeah, report out a story. Let’s talk about how they prioritize their tasks, how they learned their skills, what sacrifices they make. Panelists include Justin Pelletier of the Lewiston Sun Journal, Tom Franklin of Montclair State, Diana Nearhos of the Glens Falls Post-Star, with Mark Carig of Newsday. Moderated by Hank Winnicki of Newsday.