2021 NDPC Spring Conference

    • Thursday, April 22, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Friday, April 23, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom

    Valley MarComm, NDPC's northeast district group, cordially invites you to the North Dakota Professional Communicators 2021 conference on Thursday and Friday, April 22-23. Registration is now open.

    The virtual conference, titled "The Changing Face of Media," will feature topics, including:

    • Fake news
    • The story behind the start and evolution of Forum Communications’ Modulist site
    • A panel of newspaper editors and publishers from around the state will share how newsrooms have changed in recent years
    • Tips on how to take the best photos with your smartphone
    • Basic graphic design skills

    The conference is a great opportunity for professional development and to connect with other communicators. Please mark your calendars and watch for further notices as we unveil speakers. Hope you will make plans now to attend! 

    See details on the conference page



Thursday, April 22
Awards Ceremony  ||  4 p.m.

  • Welcome
  • Member Milestones
  • Communicator of Achievement
  • Communications Contest and Sweepstakes Results

Friday, April 23

Annual Membership Meeting  || 9 a.m.

Welcome Remarks || 9:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion  ||  9:20-10:15 a.m. || Diversity in the Media

  • Hillary Kempenich, member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and a multidisciplinary artist, cultural bearer, and advocate, emphasizing her work to empower Indigenous people.
  • Hamzat Koriko, professor of intercultural competence, diversity and inclusion specialist and honors faculty fellow at UND
  • Katie Dachtler, Grand Forks City Councilwoman

    Break || 10:15 a.m.

    Session 1  ||  10:30-11 a.m. || Fake News, Real Consequences

    Presenter: Erin Hemme Froslie, English instructor at Concordia College

    Fake news. Deep fakes. Clickbait. Journalists as enemies of the state. How is our view of the world and institutions shaped when disinformation seems to be everywhere? Why do people believe conspiracy theories and readily share misinformation? We’ll take a brief look at why we’re vulnerable to misinformation (thanks, brain!) and consider some ways we can better assess the accuracy of what we read and watch.

    Erin Hemme Froslie is an instructor in the English department at Concordia College where she teaches journalism and advises the student newspaper. She started her career as a newspaper journalist, including nearly 12 years at The Forum. She has worked in marketing, serving as editor of a college alumni magazine and weekly digital newsletters, and founded her own writing business, Whistle Editorial.

    Session 2  ||  11-11:30 a.m. || Becoming Modulist: How a team built a platform to partner with communities and newspapers

    Presenter: Devlyn Brooks, Modulist President

    Lunch || 11:30 a.m.

    Session 3  ||  12:30-1 p.m. || Graphic Design 101: Tips and Tricks for Effective Visual Communication

    Presenter: Zach Otteson, Marketing Coordinator at AE2S

      Panel Discussion ||  1-2 p.m. || The Pandemic’s Impact on Journalism

      Newspaper editors from across the state will share how the pandemic has affected journalism and what newsrooms look like today. We’ll learn about current news consumption practices and what the industry predicts for the future.

      • Amy Dalrymple, Bismarck Tribune
      • Mary Jo Hotzler, Forum News Service
      • Sydney Mook, Grand Forks Herald

      Break || 2 p.m.

      Session 4  ||  2:15-2:45 p.m. || Photography on the Go

      Presenter: Kari Suedel, Digital Media Specialist and Staff Photographer, Energy & Environmental Research Center

        Closing Remarks || 2:45 p.m.

        Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support!

        Forum Communications   ||   Bell Bank    ||   AE2S

        NDPC members invited to participate in logo design contest

        Winner to be be announced at the end of the spring conference

        With all the improvements we’ve made throughout the past year, it’s time to spruce up our brand too. The NDPC logo should be more modern and inviting. It should be professional and edgy, but communicators should feel welcomed to our organization when they see our logo. That’s where you come in. You are invited to participate in the NDPC Logo Design contest! 

        Read details here

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