Shamus Toomey, managing editor of DNAinfo.com Chicago, will be the keynote speaker for the 30th Annual Illinois College Press Association convention Feb. 22-23 at the DoubleTree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio St.
• Nicole Korecki, political reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and author of “Only in Chicago,” a book detailing the Blagojovich trial. She will talk about the Rise and Fall of Rod Blagojovich.
• Jonathan Eig, Editor in Chief and co-founder of ChicagoSide, a groundbreaking new Chicago sports news site that features in-depth profiles, strong opinion pieces and man-on-the-street videos about Chicago sports teams. He will talk about starting up the site and its future.
• Jimmy Greenfield, Community Manager at ChicagoNow, the Chicago Tribune’s innovative blog network, who will talk about ChicagoNow and what it represents for journalism.
• Raymond J. Flowers and David Dincolo, Advertising Manager and Advertising Director, respectively, of the Chicago Reader, who will talk about the challenges of selling ads in today’s print media environment.
• Jeffrey Kelly Lowenstein, database and investigative editor at Hoy, who will talk about data mining.
• Chuck Berman and Steve Kagan, who will critique the Shoot Chicago Photo Contest.
• Kerry Lester, politics and projects writer for the Daily Herald, who will speak about the challenges of covering politics in Illinois.
• Chuck Burke, senior editor and designer of the Chicago Tribune, who will talk about design stuff.
• A panel on using your journalism skills to get a non-journalism job, which will be moderated by Brien McHugh and feature three recent grads from St. Francis and one from DePaul, who will address that topic.