Southeast Storytelling Workshop

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For the first time in a long time, the NPPA brings one of its premier video storytelling events to the Southeast!

This summer, some of the finest broadcast journalists in the country will meet in Atlanta for the NPPA Southeast Storytelling Workshop. Join us on Friday, 6/10 and Saturday, 6/11 for two days of great visual storytelling education the same weekend as the Southeast Emmy Awards.

Sessions include:

Captivating and Connecting: Widely acclaimed reporter Boyd Huppert gives presentations that are often as compelling and powerful as his regularly award-winning stories. We are proud to have him as our keynote speaker for the Southeast Storytelling Workshop.

Laying the Foundation: It all starts with the basics -- and then leads to growing into greatness. Storied photojournalist Scott Jensen of the Alaska Dispatch talks about the building blocks of visual storytelling.

Investigative Storytelling: This session focuses on producing investigative reports, which can often be visually challenging, in a rich visual way that connects with viewers -- presented by Murrow award winner and former NPPA Reporter of the Year Chris Vanderveen of KUSA-TV in Denver.

Leading a NewsroomMark Ginther helped develop a nationally renowned storytelling shop at KING-TV in Seattle. Now he looks to do the same at KXAS-TV in Dallas. Here, he discusses how to instill a storytelling culture in a local newsroom.

Doing It All and Doing It Well: Solo video journalism is an often overlooked topic, despite the fact that 90% of local newsrooms use MMJs. This session goes deep into how to thrive as a do-it-all reporter, presented by three-time NPPA Solo Video Journalist of the Year Matt Pearl of WXIA-TV in Atlanta.

Crafting a Script: Reporter John Le of WLOS-TV in Asheville wins annual awards for his powerful writing. He offers his advice on how to develop a script that works with one's video and connects with one's viewers.

Storytelling in a Hostile Environment: Photojournalist Jed Gamber and reporter Kathleen Cairns told some of the most compelling, heartfelt stories from last year's coverage of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. The WBFF-TV teammates talk about their strategy and mindset.

A Look at the Landscape: What defines visual storytelling, and how can it stay relevant in an increasingly fragmented media environment? This panel discussion includes major decision-makers at two of the biggest broadcast companies in the country: Scott Livingston of Sinclair and Ellen Crooke of TEGNA.

Expanding the Form: Limitations only exist if we let them. That's the mindset that has enabled Brendan Keefe of WXIA-TV to win boatloads of awards as an investigative MMJ. This year he even won a Peabody. Here he shows some of his best tips and tricks.

Working as a Team: Traditional crews can benefit from great collaboration or struggle from a lack of it. Photojournalist Catherine Steward and reporter Jason Lamb of WTVF-TV in Nashville describe how they work together to produce standout stories.

Succeeding on Social Media: This panel discussion offers tips and best practices for building one's following and engagement on social media, presented by three MMJs who have thrived in this area at WXIA-TV in Atlanta: Blayne Alexander, Jeremy Campbell, and Kaitlyn Ross.

We will also feature critique sessions and the 2016 NPPA BOP Awards!

COST:
$25 - student rate (valid student ID required)
$50 - NPPA member
$90 - non-member

FRIDAY, JUNE 10

8-9 AM: REGISTRATION

9 AM to 1 PM: MORNING SESSIONS

  • Laying the Foundation: Scott Jensen
  • Investigative/Hard News Storytelling: Chris Vanderveen
  • A Look at the Landscape: Scott Livingston & Ellen Crooke

1-2 PM: LUNCH

2-6 PM: AFTERNOON SESSIONS

  • Doing It All and Doing It Well: Matt Pearl
  • Expanding the Form: Brendan Keefe (Main Stage)
  • Working as a Team: Catherine Steward & Jason Lamb (Breakout Room)
  • Storytelling in a Hostile Environment: Jed Gamber & Kathleen Cairns

EVENING: NPPA Video Awards (see below for full description!)

SATURDAY, JUNE 11

9 AM to 1 PM: MORNING SESSIONS

  • Leading a Newsroom: Mark Ginther
  • Succeeding on Social: Blayne Alexander, Jeremy Campbell, & Kaitlyn Ross (Main Stage)
  • Crafting A Script: John Le (Breakout Room)
  • Captivating and Connecting: Boyd Huppert

1-2:30 PM: LUNCH & critiques in main & breakout rooms

EVENING: 2016 NPPA Video Awards sponsored by Comrex

 

Einstein's Midtown
1077 Juniper Street Northeast (about a mile from Garage at Tech Square)

Doors open at 6:30
Program begins at 7:00

Storytelling festivities continue at Einstein’s Midtown where winners of the major categories from the NPPA Best of Photojournalism: Video competition will be announced - Stations of the Year, Editor of the Year, NPPA Photojournalism Award for Reporting and Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year. Also honored will be the NPPA Regional Photographers of the Year and Solo Video Journalist of the Year from the NPPA TV Quarterly Contest. Individual awards of the BOPV will be presented too.

Join us at Einstein's Midtown - the winners, conference speakers and master of ceremonies KGTV / San Diego solo video journalist, Joe Little!

On-site check-in begins at 8 AM on Friday, June 10.

Sessions run from 9 AM to 6 PM on Friday and 9 AM to 1 PM, with optional critique sessions after, on Saturday, June 11.

The workshop will take place at the following location:

The Garage at Tech Square
848 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

DIRECTIONS

From I-75/85 Southbound: Exit 10th street and head east. Take a right (south) onto Spring Street and proceed four blocks. Turn right (west) onto Abercrombie (look for LA Fitness) and The Garage will be on your right at the base of the SQ5 tower. Continue 100 feet for access to Centergy Parking Deck.

From I-75/85 Northbound: Exit 10th street and head east. Take a right (south) onto Spring Street and proceed four blocks. Turn right (west) onto Abercrombie (look for LA Fitness) and The Garage will be on your right at the base of the SQ5 tower. Continue 100 feet for access to Centergy Parking Deck.

From MARTA Southbound: Get off at Midtown station and walk west to Spring Street. Take a left (south) and four blocks down take a right (west) onto Abercrombie (look for LA Fitness) and The Garage will be on your right at the base of the SQ5 tower. Bike parking adjacent in The Alleyway.

From MARTA Northbound: Get off at North Avenue station and walk north along West Peachtree Street to Abercrombie Place (look for Grain and Renaissance Hotel). Take a left (west), cross over Spring Street, and jog left to the continuation of Abercrombie (look for LA Fitness). The Garage will be on your right at the base of the SQ5 tower. Bike parking adjacent in The Alleyway.

During his 32 year career in television news, Boyd Huppert has become widely known for his work as a video storyteller and teacher.

In his primary role, Boyd works as a reporter at KARE TV in Minneapolis, where he produces and hosts the station's weekly "Land of 10,000 Stories" segment.

Boyd has also presented more than 150 visual storytelling workshops in the United States, Canada, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand. Boyd is a longtime faculty member at the Advanced Storytelling Workshop sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and held each spring at Texas State University - San Marcos.

Boyd's work as a reporter has earned some of journalism's highest honors, including a national Emmy for feature reporting, the Scripps Howard Award, and multiple National Headliner, Sigma Delta Chi and Gabriel Awards. In 2015 Boyd was recognized with his 14th national Edward R. Murrow Award. Boyd is a 2016 recipient of the Sprague Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Press Photographers Association.

Prior to his arrival at KARE in 1996, Boyd worked at WITI-TV in Milwaukee, KETV in Omaha and WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Boyd grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and graduated with a journalism degree from UW-River Falls, where he was named the university's 2013 distinguished alumnus.

Boyd and his wife Sheri have two son, Sam and Matt, both out of the house and producing their own stories.

One constant throughout Scott Jensen’s 20-year career in video journalism has been his passion for passing along knowledge and skills. From his earliest days learning and working as a television photojournalist, Scott continues to be consumed with improving his own experience as a highly technical video storyteller. He credits this obsession to militant mentors who drilled into his mechanics the need for a steady, sequenced visual presentation. These early lessons meant Scott had to develop methods that allowed him to achieve the standard in a fast-paced news environment, all without compromising ethics, which were also instilled in him. With these principles close to his heart, Scott’s signature storytelling style evolved with the ability to anticipate and capture the raw, emotional moments that define the people who he produces stories about. He believes the events occurring in a person’s natural course of life are intrinsic building blocks of stories that promote empathy, and thereby, community.

Inspiring the desire of fostering an empathetic community in other journalists is Scott’s ultimate goal.

A major honor for Scott was the opportunity to serve as the University of Alaska, Anchorage visiting Atwood Chair of Journalism in the spring of 2011. In that semester, Scott taught upper division classes in video production, documentary filmmaking and emerging media. In the years following his Atwood post, Scott worked in Seattle as KING-TV’s director of photojournalism. Partly due to Scott’s influence, KING’s photojournalism staff was a National Press Photographers Association finalist for the Large Market Station of the Year award in five straight years. Their team won the title twice in that time period, and twice more they were honored as the SOY runner-up. Himself a two-time winner of the Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year award, at KING Scott managed photographers who were Ernie Crisp finalists more than a dozen times. Twice a photojournalist on the KING staff won the honor. Another was a runner-up. The photo staff was vital in KING winning the 2015 National Murrow for Overall Excellence.

Since 2003, Scott has been a speaker, teacher and contest judge at television photography and journalism gatherings including several NPPA annual conventions, the NPPA News Video Workshop in Oklahoma, the Airborne and Flying Short Course traveling seminars, Ignite Your Passion, Northern Short Course, Northwest Storytelling Workshop, National Association of Hispanic Journalists annual convention, Michigan, Kentucky, New Mexico and Alaska broadcaster associations and the Alaska Press Club. He’s also been a guest lecturer at many universities, individual television stations and industry seminars.

Scott has had several other leadership positions in his career including as a board member of the Alaska Press Club, and a stint as the NPPA Television Quarterly Clip Contest National Chair, from 2007 - 2011, during which he restructured the rules and divisions of a declining competition. Now the TVQCC has seen years of renewed interest and major growth. He also created the NPPA Solo Video Contest from scratch, which now has more than fifty competitors annually. In 2015, he was the Northwest Storytelling Workshop director and coordinator of the NPPA Video Awards celebration.

Perhaps the greatest learning takes place in a one-on-one setting. Scott keeps in touch with several reporters, MMJs and photojournalists to help develop skills on an individual level. The foundational lesson he wants to impart is that video journalists need to make the right choices in the moment of storytelling. It’s all about the story! The most compelling storytelling incorporates high quality technique and compelling subject matter that come together as the story unfolds in front of the journalist.

Chris Vanderveen is a national-award winning reporter at KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado. In 2014, after 12 years as a general assignment reporter at the 12-time NPPA Station of the Year, Chris moved over to the station’s investigative unit “9Wants to Know.” His work has helped change state law and inspired legislation on both a local and national level. Most recently, his work on antiquated helicopter fuel systems helped prompt Congressional legislation to alleviate the dangers associated with survivable helicopter crashes.

In 1996, he started out in Casper, Wyoming, as a photojournalist, reporter, weekend anchor, and part-time sports guy.In 1999, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to work for KOAA-TV. Three years later, he moved back to his hometown of Denver, Colorado, to work for the station he grew up watching as a kid.

Chris has received numerous awards for his work, but he says he remains most proud of the 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Documentary, the 2012 NPPA Reporter of the Year Award, and the 2011 national Edward R. Murrow Award for best sports reporting. Just recently, his investigative work was honored by Scripps Howard as a finalist in the local television news category.

Native Minnesotan…..began broadcast career at KCMT-TV in Alexandria Minnesota as a studio camera operator. Attended college in St. Paul, Minnesota (Twin Cities) interning at WCCO TV. During and after college worked as an assignment editor, producer and field producer at WCCO-TV. Worked with former NPPA POY Dave Delozier. Left television for a career in radio launching KFAN all sports radio in 1991. Returned to television joining KSTP-TV in 1996. At KSTP worked with former NPPA POY Mark Anderson. KSTP became NPPA station of the year twice while I worked there. Left KSTP for WHO-TV in Des Moines, IA. Worked with past NPPA President Mike Borland. WHO-TV won two station of the year awards while I was there under Borland’s leadership. In 2006 I moved to Dallas, joining WFAA TV as assistant news director. In 2008 was promoted to Executive News Director at KING-TV. KING had been a three time station of the year winner. I was fortunate enough to hire Scott Jensen, Doug Burgess, and reporter John Sharify which helped the rebirth of great storytelling at the Pacific Northwest. In September 2015 left KING for KXAS-TV in Dallas to become VP of news.

Matt Pearl is an 17-time Emmy Award-winning and five-time regional Edward R. Murrow Award-winning reporter for WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, Ga.

He specializes in human interest pieces and regularly produces long-form stories as a multimedia journalist, or MMJ.

Many of Matt's highest honors have come from the NPPA. He captured a Best of Photojournalism 1st place award in 2014 for Solo Video Journalism, General News. For the past three years, Matt has been named the NPPA's national Solo Video Journalist of the Year.

During his career, Matt has served as a correspondent from the 2008 Democratic Convention, the 2010 BP Gulf oil spill, and the Winter Olympics twice, in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi. His work has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and the Weather Channel. Most famously, he MMJ'd a story about Bryant Collins, who found a baby crawling by the side of a Georgia highway, that aired on NBC Nightly News.

Matt is a native of New Jersey and graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He worked at affiliates in Sioux City, Iowa and Buffalo, NY before taking his current position in Atlanta. He has worked in both news and sports, taught at various journalism conferences, and in 2013 created a journalism and storytelling blog and podcast called "Telling the Story".

John Le prides himself on being a well-rounded mountain storyteller. He approaches each assignment with a sense of how to convey the human element of those stories.

The everyday people of Western North Carolina are among his most memorable reports. The subjects often reveal everything from tearful emotion to humor.

He's earned 13 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, including "Best Writer" six times. John's also received five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Radio Television Digital News Association named him North Carolina "Reporter Of The Year" three times .Also, John was twice a national finalist for the National Press Photographers Association Photojournalism Award for Reporting.

John shares those honors with News 13's fine photography staff and the people who share their stories each night. He's worked here in the Western North Carolina since 1996.

John's lovely wife Alicia grew up in Brevard. They have a son Korey, who's a rising young tennis star! They've got two dogs and a cat. John's originally from Orange County in sunny Southern California, where he majored in Broadcast Journalism at Cal State Northridge.

Back in the day, John teamed up on community college news productions with Will Ferrell. Ferrell eventually became an iconic comedian on "Saturday Night Live" and starred in many movies.

Over the years, John's most memorable interviews include actor Ben Affleck, entertainer Donnie Osmond, fruit-slamming comedian Gallagher, Jeff Foxworthy, Phyllis Diller, the Smothers Brothers, Joe Pesci, Whitman Mayo (Grady from "Sanford and Son"), and fitness guru Richard Simmons.

But the best stories, he says, are with folks in the mountains who have great stories to share. John's always in search of untold stories that are inspiring and thought provoking.

Jed Gamber is the Chief Photojournalist at WBFF-TV in Baltimore, a station with a history of great storytelling.

Before becoming the "Chief", Jed held multiple jobs throughout the news room including being in front of the camera as a Sports Anchor/Reporter in Charlottesville, VA. He still fills in on the sports anchor desk every now and then at WBFF!

Jed has a passion for telling great stories. He lives by the belief that attitude is everything in storytelling and he has the drive to turn an ordinary story in to an extraordinary story every day.

Jed has won multiple Emmy's, AP's, a Murrow and has been recognized by the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism contest. He's been part of a NPPA National Station of the Year award in 2012 and multiple East Top Station of the Year awards.

Kathleen Cairns-Heist has been a Television Journalist for more than 25 years. The majority of her career has been spent covering the Baltimore region, as a General Assignment Reporter for WBFF-TV. She loves the versatility of her job and the unique opportunities each day can bring. Kathleen has been with the Fox45 News Team since its inception in 1991. During her tenure, she has earned 24 National Capital Chesapeake Bay EMMY Awards. Six of those Emmy awards have been covering Breaking News in the Baltimore/Washington DC region. Kathleen loves to find unusual events and extraordinary characters to share with viewers.

Kathleen started her career at WRGB in Albany, New York in the mid-1980s, with no TV experience, (she started in radio). The News Director who hired her told her she would learn everything she needs to know from the photographers out in the field. It proved to be true. To this day, she credits photographers for being her true partners on every assignment she covers. She likes to weave natural sound into all of her stories. She tries to ‘avoid’ using a spokesperson or politician as her main character. Instead, she goes the extra mile to find the real people affected by a situation or issue. Her stories are character driven and compelling.

Kathleen is married to Stan Heist, (a Former NPPA POY). They have two children. Their son, Taylor, was a journalism major at University of Maryland and helped start the NPPA chapter on campus. Taylor now works at Newsplex in Charlottesville VA, as a multi-media Journalist. Their 6 year old daughter Grace already shows a keen interest in photography, every time she takes ‘selfie’ photos with her Mother’s phone!

Kathleen believes if you stop learning, you stop growing. She is very excited about being a part of this event, so she can pick up tips about covering the news from other journalists!

Scott Livingston is Vice President of News for Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest and most diversified television broadcasting company in the nation. He was named to this position in 2012 after a long, successful tenure at Sinclair’s flagship station, WBFF-TV in Baltimore. As the leader of 63 news operations, Scott is committed to raising the bar of excellence and building a culture dedicated to serving and advocating for our communities.

Scott spent a decade running the news department as News Director at Fox 45. Under his leadership, the news operation won more regional Emmy Awards than all the other news stations in Baltimore combined. Fox45 News also won the prestigious 1996 National Press Photographers Association Station of the Year Award, an honor the photography staff would win again in 2011.

Prior to his promotion to News Director, Scott held other positions at WBFF-TV including Assistant News Director and Chief Photographer from 1991-1997. He had the honor of winning the 1999 National Edward R. Murrow Award. He also won the Alfred DuPont Columbia University Excellence in Journalism Award for continuing coverage of how violence affects Baltimore’s youth. He has been recognized with 23 Chesapeake Region Emmy Awards and the prestigious Ted Yates Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a three-time winner of the National Press Photographer Association’s Regional Photographer of the Year. The Associated Press has twice named Scott Photographer of the Year.

Scott has always been a proud Marylander and has spent more than 25 years covering Maryland news, beginning with his first job in TV as a studio camera operator at WBOC in his hometown of Salisbury.

Excellent storytelling and results-driven content have been the hallmarks of Scott’s success. He has inspired and mentored countless photographers, reporters, anchors and producers throughout his career. Now as Vice President of News for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Scott shares his vision for quality storytelling with journalists across the country. When he’s not traveling, Scott lives in Baltimore County, Maryland with his wife and two children.

Ellen M. Crooke was named VP of News for TEGNA Media in September of 2014. Before that she was VP of News for WXIA, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Atlanta from 2008 to 2014 and VP of News for WGRZ in Buffalo from 2003 to 2008. She was also a Regional News Executive for Gannett from 2010 to 2014.

Prior to joining TEGNA Media, Crooke served as News Director for WNDU in South Bend, Indiana from 1993 to 2002. Prior to that she was Assistant News Director for WHAS in Louisville, KY.

Ellen was named Gannett’s Innovator of the Year in 2009, Trail Blazer of the Year in 2009 by the Atlanta Business League and Local TV Person of the Year by The Buffalo News in 2007. She is the recipient of four National Edward R. Murrow Awards including Overall Excellence, Best Newscast and two Continuing Coverage awards and multiple South East Emmy Awards including Best Overall News Operation and Best Newscast.

Crooke is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo. Crooke and her husband, Photographer Stephen Hayes, have two daughters and three dogs.

A Peabody Award winner and National Investigative Murrow Award recipient, Brendan Keefe leads The 11 Alive Investigators, Atlanta's team holding the powerful accountable. Send your news tips to [email protected]

Brendan's groundbreaking style of investigative reporting has earned 55 Emmy awards since 1996, along with multiple Murrow awards in recent years.

In 2014, Brendan joined WXIA 11 Alive, Atlanta's NBC affiliate, as Chief Investigative Reporter and Lead Trainer for TEGNA Media's multi-skilled journalists program. Brendan is also a contributor for USA Today.

Brendan spent the previous seven years as a weeknight anchor and chief investigator for WCPO 9, Cincinnati's ABC affiliate.

In the last eight years, Brendan has been honored with 48 Emmys from the Southeast and Ohio Valley chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and five regional Murrow awards. He won the 2016 Atlanta Press Club Excellence Award for Investigative Reporting, and was previously named both Best Large Market TV Reporter and Best Photographer by the Ohio Associated Press.

Catherine Steward is a photojournalist for WTVF NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, TN. In her time at WTVF, she has received two EMMYs.

Originally from Palmer, Alaska, Catherine has previously worked for KTUU and KTVA in Anchorage. During her time in the Last Frontier she was named NPPA Photographer of the Year for the West General region. She has served as a judge for the NPPA Best Of Photojournalism Television Editing contest and the White House News Photographers Association. Her work has also been honored by the Tennessee Associated Press and Alaska Broadcasters Association.

For the last three years, Jason Lamb has been telling the stories of middle Tennesseans as a reporter for NewsChannel 5 in Nashville.

Prior to working in Nashville, Jason worked for four years at KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska, covering everything from Sarah Palin's Vice Presidential run to a volcanic eruption and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

Jason's storytelling has been honored with several EMMY awards, a national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing, an SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature reporting and two Gabriel Awards.

Jason grew up in Beaverton, Oregon. He graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Journalism and Political Science.

Blayne Alexander is a reporter and anchor for 11Alive News, Atlanta's NBC affiliate. In addition to her weekday reports, you can see her anchoring the weekend edition of 11Alive News on Saturdays and Sundays at 6 and 11pm.

As a multimedia journalist, Blayne shoots, edits and reports all of her own stories, often enterprising new ways to present the content online and on social media.

A four-time regional Emmy Award nominee, Blayne has traveled across the country to cover some of the biggest news stories in recent history, including Baltimore protests after the death of Freddie Gray and the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, AL. In 2014, Blayne twice travelled to Ferguson, MO to report on the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Blayne’s first major assignment came in 2009, when she covered the first inauguration of President Barack Obama, an assignment she would repeat four years later.

As a community servant, Blayne is a member of Junior League of Atlanta, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and an active volunteer and mentor with Cool Girls, Inc. Blayne is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Georgia and in 2016, the Atlanta Press Club honored her with the Rising Star Award, presented to Atlanta's top journalists under the age of 30.

In September of 2015, Blayne and her fiancé, James Bailey, founded the Phoenix Leadership Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to creating positive role models for young people.

A graduate of Duke University, Blayne hails from Edmond, Oklahoma – but has loved making Atlanta her home!

Jeremy Campbell is an Emmy award-winning MMJ at WXIA NBC Atlanta where he shoots, writes and edits his own stories.

He is also lead investigator of The Triangle, an investigative docu-series launched online at herointraingle.com

Campbell has worked as a "one person news crew" everywhere from the coast of California to the South Lawn of the White House to the Nile River in Africa.

His general assignment beat has taken him from crime scenes and the State Capitol to the Kennedy Space Center for the final space shuttle launch. He was among a small group of journalists selected by NASA to cover the final shuttle landing from the runway. He toured the inside of Atlantis, shooting video from the space shuttle's cockpit. His career reached a new height when he fell 13,000 feet alongside the U.S. Army's skydiving team.

Campbell was on the frontline field reporting during the 2014 Atlanta “Snow Jam” that shut down the city’s interstate system. During the 2011 tornado Super Outbreak he was caught in one of 305 destructive tornadoes, covering the damage with his iPhone after enduring a direct hit.

Campbell's reporting career began with Hurricane Katrina. He was working behind-the-scenes at WGNO in New Orleans when he shot a documentary about life immediately after the storm. Campbell transformed that footage into a series of news reports that led to a Reporter/Anchor position in Lafayette, LA. He’s also worked as a MMJ in Tampa and Birmingham.

His stories have appeared nationally on CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, The Weather Channel and CBS News.

Before beginning his reporting career Campbell founded ten18films, a documentary production company with a focus on Louisiana culture.

Kaitlyn Ross is a general assignment reporter at 11Alive News. She joins us from our sister station in Jacksonville, FL. There, Kaitlyn was an Investigative Reporter with the FCI unit.

During her 3 years in Jacksonville, Kaitlyn uncovered government corruption, discriminatory education practices, and flaws in the child welfare system. Through her reporting, Kaitlyn was able to help change state law and protect children in the sunshine state.

Before coming south, Kaitlyn started her journalism career in her home state of New York. Working in a few newsrooms upstate, Kaitlyn was a bureau chief, morning reporter, and political reporter. While she misses the people in New York, she certainly doesn't miss the winters, and is thrilled to be reporting in Atlanta.

Kaitlyn is a graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School, and is still an enthusiastic fan of the Orange!

FLYING IN: Our venue is a 20-minute drive or MARTA train ride from the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL).

GETTING AROUND: You do not need a car to attend this conference, as the venue is a 10-minute walk from either the North Avenue or Midtown stops on the MARTA North/South line. There are many hotels and restaurants within walking distance of the venue.

HOTELS: We have received a room block at the Renaissance Hotel in Midtown, a short walk from the venue. To book a room, use this reservation link: http://bit.ly/1X2Vs7URooms with this block must be booked by May 19.

As our venue is in the heart of Midtown, we suggest any of the major hotels in that area. Many hotels are also available downtown, which would require a 5-minute drive or MARTA train ride.