This year’s event, organized by the New England Pro Chapter of SPJ, will bring together professional and student journalists throughout the northeast for two days of professional development and networking at Boston University.

The conference starts the afternoon on April 25 and goes through April 26, but there will be organized events Thursday night and Saturday night for those arriving early and staying late.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Byte Back! Doing Great Journalism in the Digital Age” and will include programs on investigative reporting, cross-disciplinary journalism, ethics, high-tech newsgathering, personal branding, legal issues for journalists and much, much more. It is guaranteed to be exciting and informative event — not to mention an investment in your career.

An opening night reception will be held at The Castle, a gorgeous Tudor Revival mansion on the BU campus, where legendary broadcast journalist Carole Simpson will share her thoughts on the present and future states of journalism.

On Saturday, we’ll take a break from programming to have a delicious lunch in  BU’s elegant Trustee Ballroom, where we’ll honor the best collegiate journalism in the region at the annual Mark of Excellence Awards ceremony.

Getting to Boston is easy. In addition to Amtrak, Megabus.com is offering free rides from their locations to Boston for those coming from long distances. There are also discounted rates at several local hotels.

Early bird prices expire March 31. We’re expecting a sold-out event, so reserve your place! For details on the SPJ Region 1 Conference and to register, visit spjr1c.org.

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