Toomey to keynote annual convention Feb. 22-23; deadline for hotel reservations Jan. 31


Shamus Toomey, managing editor of 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.

Toomey oversees’s staff of Chicago reporters and editors, tackling the news of the city’s many diverse neighborhoods. Toomey was formerly with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he was the assistant managing editor/metro, overseeing the newspaper’s news coverage. At the Sun-Times, he supervised the team that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. That team included Mark Konkol, now Chicago’s writer-at-large.
Toomey will join a long list of other Chicago area journalists speaking at the convention, including Chicago Tribune Movie Critic Michael Phillips.
ICPA members have until Jan. 31, to make reservations at the DoubleTree and get the ICPA rate of $121 for up to quad occupancy. Phone: 312-787-6100.
Registration for the convention is $45 for students and faculty and must be made by Feb. 8 with ICPA Secretary-Treasurer John Ryan. A registration form is attached. The form can be faxed (217-581-2923) or emailed to After Feb. 8, registration jumps to $90.
Other program speakers include:

• 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.



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