Learn how to build your brand online tonight with #SPJchat

Twitter iconsBuilding your online brand as a journalist will be the subject of tonight’s #SPJchat on Twitter, so tune in!

Start time is 7 p.m. Houston time. Follow @SPJchat on Twitter to get news and comments from moderator Mike Reilley at DePaul University. 

Here is the line up of tonight’s guests, from Mike’s #SPJchat Web site:

Jan. 20 Topic: Building a Journalist’s Brand Online With Our Panel of Experts:

  • Darren Rovell, sports business reporter, NBC Universal

  • Jennifer Gaie Hellum, recent graduate, ASU Cronkite Journalism MA Program

  • Morgan Siem, Social Media Strategist at Media Two Interactive, UNC alum

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Judges, journalists to swap places for a day — and Wayne Dolcefino will be a juror

Ever wondered what it would be like if journalists and judges swapped places?

Well, you can find out on Jan. 26 at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, when a judge-journalist role reversal will be one of the sessions at the Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media‘s winter regional conference.

The theme for the day will have a direct Houston tie: “After Enron: Have Modern Media Wrecked Traditional Venue Law?” (Registration is free for journalists; register at this link.)

Among the big names coming in from out of town:

Many prominent local journalists are also slated to participate including KTRK investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino, who will play a juror in the judge-journalist role reversal session; Chronicle editor Jeff Cohen; and former Chronicle legal writer (and lawyer) Mary Flood, who gets to play the defendant.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

8:00 a.m. – Registration/Breakfast available: Piano Foyer, South Texas College of Law

8:30 a.m. – Conference called to Order: Garrett-Townes Auditorium

  • Overview of Conference and Introduction of Jeff Cohen: Ben Holden, RNCCM Director
  • Welcome: Houston Chronicle

8:45 a.m. – Program Begins: Garrett-Townes Auditorium

  • Launch of Reynolds Courts & Media Law Journal
  • John R. Emswhiller, Reporter, Wall Street Journal; co-author, 24 Days: How Two Wall Street Journal Reporters Uncovered The Lies That Destroyed Faith in Corporate America
  • Walter H. Bush, Esq., Partner, Carlton Fields, Attorneys at Law: “Free Press v. Fair Trial in the Skilling case”
  • Ben Holden, Esq., Director, Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media: “Unmasking Anonymous Bloggers”
  • Eric Robinson, Esq., Deputy Director, Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media: “Summary Guide to the Courts and Media: A Basic Guide for Judges”

9:30 a.m. – Setting the Stage: The Rise and Fall of Enron: Garrett-Townes Auditorium

  • John R. Emswhiller, Reporter, Wall Street Journal; co-author, 24 Days: How Two Wall Street Journal Reporters Uncovered The Lies That Destroyed Faith in Corporate America
  • Alex Gibney, Director, The Smartest Guys in the Room (invited)

9:45 a.m. — Panel Discussion: Will Social Media Re-Write Traditional Venue Law?
Garrett-Townes Auditorium

Moderator:  Hon. William L. Dressel, President, The National Judicial College

  • Walter H. Bush, Esq., Partner, Carlton Fields, Attorneys at Law
  • Eric Robinson, Esq., Deputy Director, Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media
  • Laura Prather, Esq., Partner, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP
  • Charles W. Rhodes, Esq., Professor of Constitutional Law, South Texas College of Law

10:45 a.m. – Short Break
Coffee and soft drinks available

11:00 a.m. — Break-Out Sessions

JUDGES: “Sleeping with the Enemy: Why Judges Should Not Be Scared to Death of Journalists”
T. Gerald Treece Courtroom

  • Moderator: Lucy Dalglish, Esq., Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press §  A Primer on Press Access
  • Mary Flood, Esq., Androvett Legal Media & Marketing
  • Jim Alfini, Esq., Professor of Judicial Ethics, South Texas College of Law
  • Seana Willing, Esq., Executive Director, (Texas) State Commission on Judicial Conduct
  • Hon. William L. Dressel, President, The National Judicial College

PRESS: Basic Court Reporting Course for Journalists – Emily Slohm Room

  • Moderator:  Toni Locy, Reynolds Professor of Legal Reporting, Washington and Lee University §  “What Every Journalist Must Know About the Courts”
  • Chris Freeman, Esq., Carlton Fields, Attorneys at Law
  • Laura Prather, Esq., Partner, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP
  • Charles W. Rhodes, Esq., Professor of Constitutional Law, South Texas College of Law

ATTORNEYS: How to Get The Best (or least bad) Results For Your Client – Garrett-Townes Auditorium

  • Moderator: Geoff Corn, Esq., Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law
    §  “Asymetrical Warfare in Litigation”
  • Col. (ret.) John Galligan, Esq., counsel to accused Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal (invited)
  • Wayne Dolcefino, Investigative Reporter, KTRK-TV, Houston
  • John R. Emswhiller, Reporter, Wall Street Journal; co-author, 24 Days: How Two Wall Street Journal Reporters Uncovered The Lies That Destroyed Faith in Corporate America

12:30 p.m. Lunch – “Judges, Jurors and the Web” Chip Babcock, Esq., Partner, Jackson Walker, LLP
Garrett-Townes Auditorium

1:30 p.m. Plenary Session:  JUDGE-JOURNALIST Role Reversal
Garrett-Townes Auditorium

  • Bring the journalists and judges together for a fun role-play role reversal exercise
  • Audience: Judges, Journalists, Lawyers, Law Faculty, Law Students, Journalism Students
  • Moderator:  Nancy Hamilton, Esq., Partner, Jackson Walker, LLP;  Arthur Miller, Esq., Professor of Law, NYU School of Law (invited)
  • Legal roles:
  • Judge: John R. Emswhiller, Reporter, Wall Street Journal
  • Juror: Wayne Dolcefino, Investigative Reporter, KTRK-TV, Houston
  • Prosecutor: Lucy Dalglish, Esq., Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Defense counsel: Richard Alderman, Esq. Associate Dean and Dwight Olds Chair in Law University of Houston Law Center
  • Defendant: Mary Flood, Esq., Androvett Legal Media & Marketing

Journalist roles: Judges to be determined

3 p.m.: Conference adjourns

‘Copy Editing & Social Media’ topic of tonight’s SPJ live Twitter chat

Things kick off at 7 p.m. Houston time. From the #SPJchat site:

Jan. 13 Topic: Copy Editing and Social Media with our Panel of Experts:

* Andy Bechtel, University of North Carolina and author of The Editor’s Desk blog
* Mignon Fogarty, author of Grammar Girl book and podcasts
* Sue Bullard, University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communication
* Mark Allen, freelance writer and copy editor, ACES/Copydesk.org
* and a SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY GRAMMAR HULK!