Mark Konkol, who with a team of Chicago Sun-Times staff members won a Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting in 2011, will be the keynote speaker at the 29th Annual ICPA Convention Feb. 17-18 at the Double Tree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio St.
Konkol, a writer at-large at the Sun-Times, was part of a team that examined the “immersive documentation of violence in Chicago neighborhoods, probing the lives of victims, criminals and detectives as a widespread code of silence impedes solutions.”
A 1995 graduate of Western Illinois University, Konkol’s specialty is writing about Chicago — its government, neighborhoods and people.
Konkol and other Chicago area journalists will lead sessions for students throughout the two-day conference.
ICPA members should make hotel reservations as soon as possible and register for the convention with secretary-treasurer John Ryan.
Room reservations must be made by Feb. 2 to get the convention rate of $118 a night up to quad occupancy. Reservations can be made by phone, 312-787-6100; Fax, 312-787-6259; and online at http://www.doubletreemagmile.com and using the group code, ICP. Parking at the City Centre currently runs $41 a day for self park.
ICPA members should also register for the convention by filling out the form included in this newsletter and sending it in with registration fees. ICPA members could Fax the form in care of Ryan at 217-581-2923 and then send their registration fees in. The information also could be sent by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Checks should be mailed to Ryan in care of Student Publications, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, Ill. 61920. Registration is $45 per person if made before Feb. 9. It will cost $90 per person after Feb. 9.
Each member newspaper also may have one photographer sign up for the “Shoot Chicago” contest. Photographers will spend part of their day Friday taking photographs of Chicago and have their work judged by Tribune photographers and editors. Details will be sent to advisers via email.
Convention-goers are asked to pick up programs and name tags at the convention registration desk, beginning at 11 a.m. The convention will get under way at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. Four general sessions will be run each hour from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and from 2:40 to 3:40 p.m. on Friday, said Lola Burnham, ICPA president.
A keynote address will be held at 4 p.m. Friday. On Saturday a continental breakfast will be served, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The ICPA Board of Directors will meet at 8:30 a.m. for their annual membership meeting. All members are invited. Each student newspaper has a vote at the meeting.
From 9:50 to 10:40 a.m. Saturday and again from 10:50 to 11:40 a.m. four sessions will be held followed by a break for checkout. At noon Saturday, the awards luncheon will be held. Winners of the 2011 ICPA Editorial and Advertising Contest will be announced.
Richard Moreno, editorial adviser of the Western Courier, is the first vice president in charge of programming.