PNA Calendar of Events

2017 Sharon Johnson Memorial Workshop

  • Date: Nov 16, 2017 - Nov 16, 2017
  • Location: Harrisburg
  • Address: Pennsylvania Newspaper Association 3899 N. Front St
  • Contact: Meg Michaelian
  • Email:
  • Phone: (717) 703-3012

With a different topic each year this workshop helps newsrooms to excel without a large budget or staff. Most recently, participants learned about social media strategies, sports coverage in the digital age, engaging with readers, video, watchdog journalism and enterprise reporting. Registration fee of $19 includes lunch.

For 2017, our focus will be on the opioid crisis and how to best cover it in your local community.  Appropriate for papers of all sizes as all communities are struggling with this epidemic.  Workshop panels will include ideas for best coverage practices from across the state; survivors/victims and their families on what would help most; experts discussing addiction, treatments and what’s next.

Tentative Schedule:

8:45-9 a.m.: Registration and Coffee

9-9:10 a.m.: Welcome and Greetings

9:15-10:15 a.m.: Panel - Surviving moms of opioid victims talk about how they’d like to see the media cover the issue and offer their observations of how the topic is covered now.

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Keynote Speaker TBD

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch

12:30-1:30 p.m.:  Panel - Meeting the crisis on the front line – observations of the crisis from a variety of roles,

1:45-2:45 p.m.: Panel - Best ideas on covering opioids in your community.

2:50-3:10 p.m.: Wrap up and Going Forward - Introducing a plan to join forces across the state and find a day or week to focus on one aspect of the opioids epidemic.

Additional information will be available soon.  Check back!

For 30 years, Sharon Johnson connected with the readers of The Patriot-News (Harrisburg) through her arts and entertainment writing. Her witty and informed style made her a must-read in central Pa. In honor of Sharon's memory, this workshop will focus on important issues or concerns on writing.  In honor of Sharon’s memory, PennLive/The Patriot-News sponsors this annual workshop through the PNA Foundation with a focus on using the latest tools to provide the best stories and coverage. Through its Pulitzer-Prize-winning efforts for local reporting, PennLive/The Patriot-News works with the PNA Foundation to coordinate this workshop. Together, we recognize that while the tools, resources, formats and products may have changed since Sharon Johnson was writing, a good story and valuable information – whether printed, tweeted or videotaped – are still what readers want.



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