Zorn headlines ’10 convention

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Eric Zorn, an editorial page columnist for the Chicago Tribune, will be the keynote speaker at the 27th Annual ICPA Convention Feb. 19-20 at Chicago’s Double Tree Hotel Magnificent Mile Hotel.

Zorn, who also writes a blog, writes on a wide range of topics. A longtime columnist, Zorn is a University of Michigan graduate, where he was a senior editor on the Michigan Daily.

Other speakers at the annual two-day convention will include veteran journalists leading sessions on new media, photography, reporting, law and film criticism, among other topics.

To be eligible for the convention, ICPA members should make hotel reservations as soon as possible and register for the convention.

ICPA members can make hotel reservations up to Feb. 8 at the convention rate of $115 a night up to quad occupancy.

The Double Tree is located at 300 E. Ohio St. Click here for locator map. Phone: 312-787-6100; Fax: 312-787-6259.

Parking at the City Centre currently runs $41 a day for self park.

In addition to registering at the hotel, ICPA members should also sign up for the convention by filling out this PDF form and then sending it in with registration fees. ICPA members can fax the form in care of ICPA Secretary/Treasurer John Ryan at 217-581-2923, mailing in their registration fees afterward. The registration form cane also be sent by e-mail to Ryan [jmryan@eiu.edu]. Any mailed checks or forms should go to John Ryan in care of:

Student Publications

Eastern Illinois University

600 Lincoln Ave.

Charleston, Ill. 61920.

Registration is $45 per person, if made before Feb. 15. It will cost $90 per person after Feb. 15.

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.

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. on Friday, Feb. 19.

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. Zorn will deliver the keynote address 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 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 2009 ICPA Editorial and Advertising Contest will be announced.

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