Conference Schedule


10 a.m.
Armchair chat
Ballroom C

“From Newsbreakers to Newsmakers” How We Became the Story on Marriage Equality But Kept Our Newsroom Jobs and Our Integrity

with Mary and Sharon Bishop-Baldwin, Tulsa journalists

Journalists have long dealt with the challenges of being affected by the story - reporting on a tornado that damaged their own homes; writing about tax increases that they, too, will have to pay; or covering a football game where their child attends school.

But in 2004, Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin took that challenge to a new level by filing a federal lawsuit against the federal Defense of Marriage Act and the state of Oklahoma's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. As Tulsa World editors, they didn't make the decision lightly, and they didn't do so without consulting the World's top editors.

Those editors offered their support - and a framework for how the conflict of interest and the need for transparency would be handled. That was the first of many such conversations over the nearly 10-year life of the lawsuit, which ultimately brought marriage equality to Oklahoma in October 2014.

11:30 a.m.
Keynote lunch
Ballroom A-B

“Ferguson: Making Sense Out of Sensation”

with Jeff Truesdell, People Magazine

When a local story overnight explodes into a national story, and video images seize the narrative, how do you provide nuance and context without surrendering to breathless competition?

The challenge is especially acute for a reporter who sees his hometown suddenly portrayed in terms he doesn't recognize. A conversation about decisions that guide public perception -- right and wrong -- in breaking-news.

1 p.m.
Afternoon plenary session
Ballroom C

“The Oklahoma City bombing”

with journalists Joe Hight, Diana Baldwin, J Pat Carter and Todd Pendleton

The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in downtown Oklahoma City affected the lives of more than just the residents of this metro area. It affected the journalists who covered the event. How do you remain objective and unbiased when such a traumatic event involves your colleagues, friends and family?

Afternoon workshops

2 p.m.
UCO Documentary Film Festival
Ballroom C

See award-winning student films. Hosted by UCO Professor Jeff Palmer. (stay for the panel at 3)

2 p.m.
Decisions in Advertising
Robert S. Kerr Room

Moderator: Dr. Sandra Martin, UCO professor

Panelists: ​Erick Worrell, STAPLEGUN; Bobbie Earles, 

Advertisers are tasked with producing persuasive messages and eye-catching visuals for clients. The panelists will speak about the difficulties ad consultants face in satisfying clients and still keeping within the industry’s code of ethics.

2 p.m.
When Your Station Becomes the News
Carl Albert Room

Moderator: Dr. Terry Clark, UCO professor

Panelists: ​Dr. Mark Hanebutt, UCO professor; Alex Cameron, News9; Adam Pursch, Fox25

Two TV journalists were shot and killed live on the air. Their colleagues back at the station had to recover quickly and report this story. What personal and professional ethics were used here?

3 p.m.
Ethical Documentary Film Making
Ballroom C

Moderator: Jeff Palmer, UCO professor

Panelists: UCO Student Filmmakers: Jake Scott, Angela Helmig, Matt Barnett, Jeff Gonzales, Bryan Huddleston, Adam Ropp, Jeremy Davis, Michael Ipong, Youngsun Yun, Meagan Thomas, Gina Brewer and Jacob Beeman.

Creating documentaries involves getting up close and personal with participants in order to capture the essence of the subject. The panelists will share the challenges documentarians face when deciding what to include in their work and where to draw the line.

3 p.m.
“Skills that Transfer”
Robert S. Kerr Room

Moderator: Amy Raymond, The Oklahoman

Panelists: Jessica Martinez-Brooks, OCCC; John Estus, OMES; George Lang, Koch Communications; Dr. William Hickman, UCO professor

Regardless of your chosen degree path, it is a fact that most people change their careers at least one time before they retire. While the jobs may be different, there are certain skills that can be used in various fields. The panelists will discuss their experiences with career changes, and what skills work in multiple fields. 

3 p.m.
Journalism Disrupted: Social Media/Blogging
Carl Albert Room

Moderator: Steve Hill (UCO Professor)

Panelists: Raina Wansick, Real Talk with Raina; Yvette Walker, NewsTeach; Hannah Royce,; Brandy McDonnell, BAM's Blog

“Journalism Disrupted” will explore how disruptive technologies like blogging and social networks like Twitter have changed journalism irreversibly, and provide insight into how journalists can use these new tools to their advantage.


Thursday, Oct. 8

9:30 a.m.
“Ethics in PR”
Robert S. Kerr Room

Moderator: Dr. Jill Lambeth (UCO professor)

Panelists: Rob Crissinger, Bumbershoot PR; Chad Perry, UCO professor; Adrienne Nobles, UCO University Relations; Josh Watson, Oklahoma Christian

Public relations professionals have to find the balance between representing their clients and keeping up with the industry’s ethical standards. The panelists will share personal experiences they have faced while working in the PR field.

11 a.m.
Photographing Tragedy
Robert S. Kerr Room

 Jesse Miller, UCO professor; Mark Zimmerman, UCO professor; J Pat Carter, photojournalist

What is the responsibility of the photojournalist while documenting a tragic event? This panel will discuss the important decisions a photographer must make while covering a crisis situation. They will also speak about the decisions photographers must make when it comes to editing photographs.

11 a.m.
Ethics in Broadcast
Carl Albert Room

Moderator: Jachin Merrill, News9

Panelists: Evan Anderson, News9; Keaton Fox, Fox25

When it comes to reporting breaking news, do you choose speed over accuracy? How do ethics in broadcast journalism differ from ethics in print journalism? The panelists will talk about the challenges of the broadcast media to report the news in an ethical manner.