Celebrating Our Past & Recreating Our Future!




The Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to join us for an exciting, two-day professional-development event in Columbus, April 4-5, 2014.

Journalists, students, journalism educators and communicators will be together in one place to hear from industry experts about a wide range of journalism issues. Networking and mentoring opportunities will allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of best professional practices.


Friday night serves as our opening reception and annual Founder’s Day event, featuring Jeff Smith as our keynote speaker. Smith is the author/cartoonist of the BONE graphic novels, winner of numerous national and international awards and a former journalism student, with introduction by Lucy Shelton Caswell, founding curator of the Billy Ireland, whose scholarly work focuses on the history of newspaper comic strips and the history of American editorial cartoons. Register for Founder’s Day here! 


The conference is targeted for journalists at any career level and promises to be entertaining for all ages. Celebrate journalism and enhance your career by joining us!


Our opening reception and Founder's Event on Friday, April 4, will be held at the new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum on The Ohio State University campus, the largest and most comprehensive academic research facility documenting printed cartoon art. While you're there, you can check out the new "Exploring Calvin & Hobbes" exhibit!

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Saturday we will gather at the Fawcett Center on the OSU campus, where you will have the opportunity to hear the region’s best and brightest discuss a wide range of topics important to you and our industry in a series of panel discussions, and attend the Mark of Excellence luncheon.


Plan to stay after the conference Saturday and attend Columbus’ popular Gallery Hop in the Short North. The first Saturday of each month, thousands of visitors converge on High Street between Downtown and OSU to visit art galleries, eat, and shop in the art district’s many specialty shops and restaurants.

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