*This schedule is subject to change.

Take a sneak peek at the schedule for our 2022 National Convention! Please note that this agenda is subject to change.

Sessions marked with a * will be livestreamed on our Pathable virtual event platform.

The full schedule, including session information, speakers, locations and more, will be available within the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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Day 1 - Thursday, Sept. 8

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 

Bi+ Morning Meet-Up

Women’s+ Morning Meet-Up

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Coffee Klatch

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Chapter Leadership Meeting

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. — Breakout Block    

Evaluating Our Worth as Journalists*

The Importance of Gender-Affirming Care and Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Mental Health*

The Strength of Streamyard*

Author’s Cafe*

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch: On Your Own

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. — Plenary

A View From the Top: The State of Journalism and Where We’re Heading*

12:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

IRE Watchdog Workshop

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. — Breakout Block

Beyond the Beat: Tips To Turn Any Topic Into Powerful Journalism*

​Global Coverage through the Lens of CNN’s LGBTQ+ Journalists (CNN)*

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Coffee Break Cafe (TOYOTA)

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. — Breakout Block

Perfecting the Pitch: How to Get Your Story on the Air and on Digital (NBCUniversal)* – application required

What’s in a Name? Are you Latinx, Latine, Latina, Latino, and Why It Matters* 

Redefining a Winning Culture (TEGNA)*

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. — Breakout Block

Warner Bros. Discovery and “The WBD Inclusive” Present: Pride at Work – The Next 50 Years*

Reporting and Writing Scene*

Embracing Your Identity On Air*

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

NBC Fireside Chat: Joe Fryer in Conversation with Janelle Rodriguez*

5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

ABC Fireside Chat: Chad Matthews in Conversation with Dan Krauth*

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Open 12-Step Meeting

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Opening Reception Featuring E. Faye Butler

9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Lifetime Members Reception — Sponsored by Stoli

(by invitation only)


Day 2 - Friday, Sept. 9

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Registration available all day.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 

QPOC Morning Meet-Up

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Expo Kickoff and Cafe

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Career and Community Expo

9:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. 

ABC Storytellers Summit (ABC News)

On-site registration required

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. — Plenary 

Reporting on Monkeypox: What Every Reporter Should Know (NBCUniversal)*

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Resume, Social Media and Reel Critique Sessions

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Breakout Sessions  

The Evolution of LGBTQ Travel Writing*

Uncensorable Money: How and Why to to Use Cryptocurrencies for Secure Payments and Donations (CoinDesk)*

Title IX and the Impact the LGBTQIA+ Community Has Had on the Growth of Women Sports (ESPN)*

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. — Plenary

Be Afraid? What’s Next for LGBTQ Rights in a Post-Roe Reality*

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 

Fireside Chat: Navigating Problematic Destinations as an LGBTQ Traveler (The Points Guy)*

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. — Breakout Sessions

Early Career Paths & Career Changes*

Buy The Book: How to Maximize Your Publishing Experience*

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. — Breakout Sessions

​Finding & Telling The Story With Social Media*

Gender and Language in the Newsrooms: What Journalists Can Do to Be More Inclusive (Condé Nast)*

Fixing Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (Think Public Media)*

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Diversity Reception

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

Women’s+ Networking Dinner (Dandy Crown, ticket required)

8:30 p.m.

Night Out Chicago (Stoli)

Day 3 - Saturday, Sept. 10

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 


8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Trans & Nonbinary Morning Meet-Up

SPNA Networking Breakfast (by invitation only)

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

The Center of the Storm: Trans Lives, Trans Stories, Trans Truths*

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Creating an Inclusive Workplace for Trans & Nonbinary Journalists (McKinsey)*

Being Your Best (CBS)*

B is the Majority in LGBTQ*

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 

Hall of Fame Plenary*

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Randy Shilts and Patient Zero: The Perils of Artistic License*

How Google Tools Can Help You Work Smarter and Better*

So Many Titles, So Little Time*

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Coffee Break Café (Sponsored by Toyota)

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

Gay and Gray: The Caregiving Experiences of LBGTQ Older Adults (AARP)*

Covering Black, Latino, and Trans stories: Responsible reporting, even when it’s hard (SAG-AFTRA)*

Covering Complex Topics in Smart Brevity (Axios)*

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Employee Resource Groups: Creating a Culture of belonging (Gannett)*

Language, Please: A Living Resource to Thoughtfully Cover Evolving, Social, Cultural, and Identity Related Topics (Vox)*

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Open 12-Step Meeting

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

Closing Reception

Day 4 - Sunday, Sept. 11

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Closed Board Meeting