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2014 Tom Bigler Journalism Conference

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2014 Tom Bigler Journalism Conference

When: Friday, April 11
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Communications Department at Wilkes University invites you and the members of your newspaper, broadcast or online media staffs to participate in the 14th annual Tom Bigler Journalism Conference from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Friday, April 11, on our campus.

This year’s theme will be “Online Journalism.” In our discussion with advisers last year, many of you noted that your school’s newspaper had an online-only component or was creating an online component. That led us to design the 2014 conference around the special considerations and implications of this growing segment of media industry. In addition, we have added online as a competition element that will allow those schools with online-only publications to be more involved in the conference.

Andrew Seaman, our keynote speaker, is a first-generation practitioner of online journalism. After graduating from Wilkes, he received a master’s degree from the renowned Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Based in New York, Mr. Seaman is a reporter covering healthcare and healthcare policy for Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider. We believe his overview as someone who has grown up and now works in a digital world will provide a valuable perspective for students.

We have also continued to evolve to make the Tom Bigler Journalism Conference more relevant to students considering careers in communications. This year we adjusted our Session C by adding a Career Panel in which several professionals will discuss how communication studies can lead to careers other than those traditionally considered. We also added a fun component – a Jeopardy-style ethics game called “What Would Tom Bigler Do?” It is inspired by our namesake’s devotion to ethics in journalism.

As always, students will have the opportunity to submit their work in our annual competition. The categories and guidelines are included in the packet as well. Please contact Loran Lewis, if you have any questions about the competition. Following the keynote address and sessions, we will provide a lunch for attendees and recognize the award winners.

Plan to join us for a special day of education and camaraderie. We believe this year’s theme will be especially valuable given the volatile nature of the news business today. Don’t forget to complete the enclosed application and return it to us by March 28, 2014. We look forward to seeing you then.


Conference Schedule:

  •   Registration: 7:30 - 8:50 a.m. Henry Student Center Grand Ballroom |  84 W. South St.
  •   Welcome & Keynote Address: 9 - 9:45 a.m. (Grand Ballroom)
  •   Session A-Speakers: 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (varied rooms)
  •   Session B-Workshops: 11 a.m - 11:45 a.m. (varied rooms)
  •   Session C-Panels: noon - 12:45 p.m. (varied rooms)
  •   Lunch & Awards Ceremony: 1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. | Henry Student Center Grand Ballroom - 2nd floor

Conference Registration Forms

Bigler Schedule

Conference registration

Newspaper contest entry

Broadcast contest entry

Online contest entry

Bigler changes

Thank you for your past attendance at the conference. We hope to see you again this year.

For more information about the 14th annual Tom Bigler Journalism Conference, contact Dr. Loran Lewis at 570-408-4165 or loran.lewis@wilkes.edu.


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