2016 NFPW Communications Conference Sessions schedule now available!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Time Session Speaker Location

7 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Registration open

Consulate foyer

8-9 a.m.

Meeting

POPPS (Parley of Past Presidents State)

Consulate I

9 a.m.-noon

Meeting

NFPW board, appointed officers & advisors

Consulate II

1 p.m.

Meeting

NFPW membership milestones, memorial

Consulate II

2-4 p.m.

Meeting

NFPW membership

Consulate II

 

 

 

 

6-7 p.m.

Welcome

Celebrate 75 Years with Kansas Professional Communicators

Take a trip down memory lane to our early years and leap ahead to the excitement of the future. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Salon I

7:15-9 p.m.

Dinner

On your own

Hotel restaurant or Old Town Wichita

Friday, September 9, 2016

Time Session Speaker Location

7 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Registration open

Consulate foyer

7:45-9 a.m.

Breakfast

Adaptive Leadership — Julia Fabris, Kansas Leadership Center

Salon I

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Session 1

Dig Into Leadership, Part 1 — Mary Shivley, Emporia State University

Consulate I

 

Session 2

Covering Crises From All Sides — Panel

No matter what your role, you’ll learn from those who have covered and handled breaking news . . . a public information officer during the Greensburg tornado, a weekly newspaper reporter covering a local workplace shooting and an Associated Press reporter covering Ferguson.

Consulate III

10:45 a.m.-noon

Session 1

Dig Into Leadership, Part 2 — Mary Shivley, Emporia State University

Consulate I

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Session 2

Using WordPress — Skyler Lovelace and Carolyn Erickson, Pixel Time

Is your WordPress site working for you? This Pixel Time session will show you how to develop a stellar WordPress site to showcase your work and promote your business as a communicator. Taught by two WordPress veteran users who will share insights and tips to help writers, photographers and others in the communications field create top-notch WordPress sites to highlight work, appeal to prospective clients, and best market your services. They’ll also share insights on issues such as hosting and ideas for keeping your page fresh.
Note: This session will not be a hands-on tutorial for creating your WordPress site. It’s aimed at people who already have site, and want to know how to enhance it, refresh it, update it and ensure it has all the bells and whistles you need to get eyes focused on what you do.

Consulate III

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Lunch

Aaron Wirtz

A self-described marketing entrepreneur, Aaron Wirtz has combined his many passions with his training to carve his own path. He works two days a week as marketing and media manager at Subaru of Wichita and Super Car Guys, and three days a week at his own business, CurveBreak, a video production and marketing agency. And he uses his acting and dance training as the wacky, over-the-topTV pitchman for Super Car Guys.

Salon I

1:45-3 p.m.

Session 1

Sunshine Laws in Kansas — Doug Anstaett and Max Kautsch, Kansas Press Association

Despite Kansas’ reputation in the national media, the state has made strides in First Amendment issues, thanks to the KPA and its member newspapers. You’ll find issues and solutions to take back to your own state.

Consulate I

 

Session 2

It IS All About Grammar — Sue Novak, State University of New York Potsdam

Sue’s grammar presentations are always hands-on and sometimes cringe-worthy when you learn from others’ mistakes that made it to print.

Consulate III

3-3:45 p.m.

Break

Visit the Silent Auction

Salon II

4-5:15 p.m.

Session 1

Life After Retirement — Panel Discussion

They no longer punch a time clock, but our group of panelists have carved careers that allow them to continue to feed their passion for writing and get paid for it. You may not be ready to retire, but you’ll find good tips to help you begin to build a client base for a solo career.

Consulate I

 

Session 2

When the First Amendment Doesn’t Apply — Lessons Learned from a Russian Journalist’s Career — Sue Novak, State University of New York Potsdam

Consulate III

6-6:30 p.m.

Meeting

COA Rehearsal

Salon I

6:30-7 p.m.

Social

Reception and cash bar

Salon I

7-10 p.m.

Dinner

Communicator of Achievement

Salon I

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Time Session Speaker Location

7 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Registration open

Consulate foyer

7:45-9 a.m.

Breakfast

Roundtable Networking/Invitation to Alabama

Here’s a great opportunity to visit with new friends, learn more about topics you heard or share your own expertise. Tables at breakfast will be designated by topics, so sit with others who share your interest.

Salon I

9:15-10:30 a.m.

President’s Roundtable

NFPW’s High School Journalism Initiative

Learn about our successes this past year and issues that need more work. Find out how you can get involved.

Salon I

10:45 a.m.-noon

Session 1

Working With Associations — Panel Discussion

If you’ve ever written a great profile but wish you had some statistics to add depth or written on an engaging topic but really need a face to finish the story, then this is your chance to learn how trade associations can help you. And if you’re already in a position where you’re the one called for statistics and sources, learn from your contemporaries some new ways to work with journalists.

Consulate I

 

Session 2

The First Impression Formula

We know that networking is key to a successful journalism career. Learn to look, act and feel confident no matter the audience or situation; think and act like a charming, charismatic person in personal and professional relationships; and how to initiate conversation and connect with new people.

Consulate III

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Lunch

High School Contest Awards

Salon I

1:45-3 p.m.

Session 1

#TweetPitch Success — Cynthia Price, University of Richmond

Twitter can be a valuable tool in your media and public relations efforts. Learn how you can use Twitter to pitch the media, respond to reporter requests and amplify your reach. As a business owner or independent practitioner you can use Twitter to talk about your business to different audiences. Twitter also is a great tool to stay current of what’s trending. Learn how to tweet your way to PR success.

Consulate I

 

Session 2

Going Solo — Panel Discussion

If you’re already a solopreneur or thinking of making the jump, hear practical advice from an accountant, attorney and small business development consultant.

Consulate III

 

Bonus

Resume check-up

Consulate II

3-3:45 p.m.

Break

Vendor Fair

Pre-function space

4-5:15 p.m.

Session 1

Videolicious — Shoot and Edit Great Video on Your Cellphone

It’s a snap to add multimedia content with this easy-to-use app and your cell phone. Learn how to shoot interviews, edit them with voice over and upload them all from the phone in your hand.

Consulate I

 

Session 2

(Coming soon)

 

Consulate III

 

Bonus

Resume check-up

Consulate II

6:30-7 p.m.

Social

Reception and cash bar

Salon I

7-10 p.m.

Dinner

Communication Contest Awards

Salon I